There are many interest stories about proud owners of exotic birds who have lost a feathered friend for one sad reason or another. The stories intensify when we learn that because of a loss, a caregiver seeks to become a solution and a safe haven for other unfortunate large birds. Often this turns into life-long commitments. These ideas generally turn into small but essential sanctuaries and proper care facilities for one of our most misunderstood realities when seeking exotic pets – a bird that could actually outlive their caregivers.
In 2012, Monika Sangar purchased an Electus parrot. As a first time caregiver, she was having to learn how to take care of her new parrot like most new owners do – by experience and by acquired help. Unfortunately, within six months, the parrot, now named Prego, had died from a neurological disorder. Sangar believed the parrot to be much younger than it likely was, but the bird’s age was likely misrepresented. With a wealth of accumulated knowledge sought out during the ordeal with Prego, Sangar decided to apply that knowledge in an effort to assist and help other parrots. In 2014, she opened the Prego Dalliance Sanctuary (PDS) with the acquisition of a rescued parrot named Pepper, who was completely plucked.
During the first year, PDS’s services researched more fully the plight of plucked birds. They examined and studied the diet, environment, and medical care that the troubled parrots were receiving, They also explored holistic medical approaches in an effort to improve upon the health of afflicted parrots.
Over the timespan of the existence of Prego Dalliance Sanctuary, Sangar and her family have intervened and helped over 100 parrots from lives that might have been mired in pain and disruption. Instead, they’ve provided a loving home, good food, and medical care, all of which are largely dependent upon charitable donations to the service. Additionally, the family creates and sells a collection of enrichment and play toys via Etsy that also help in the needed payments for essential resources that look after their birds in their care.
Prego Dalliance Sanctuary is heavily involved in rescue and adoption, and even fostering services for their birds. They act as a center of information for “parronts” that adopt birds so that they are never in the dark about any issues surrounding the bird in their care. Sangar offers this wise advice to potential bird owners: “I will never say yes, adopt a parrot. They are exotic animals and as such, need a lot of care. They are loud, destructive, emotional, and highly intelligent animals. You need to be a special type of person to be able to deal with all of that.”
Today, the Prego Dalliance Sanctuary, a small non-profit service located in Los Angeles, California, is a thriving sanctuary with about 20 birds within its walls. Those birds include Eclectus parrots, ring-necked parrots, and Alexandrine parrots.
You can learn more about Prego Dalliance Sanctuary at their Facebook page, and their social bases on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, a YouTube channel, and their own webpage. Their full line of stocked safe toys is located here.