Animal Rescue Organizations
As experienced animal disaster personnel, you may be fully trained for disaster response for domesticated pets and livestock. Rescuing wild psittacines is another universe--the basic principles apply but the victims are very different. First and foremost, wild psittacines are WILDLIFE and their rescue and care must be focused on this fact.
The best preparation for psittacine victims is to make contact with local wildlife carers or rescue organizations, in advance, which even in non-crisis times is valuable and mutually beneficial. They may need your assistance on many levels, even in normal times (and vice versa). Join training, drill and exercises can be valuable.
Having psittacine-experienced people and veterinary staff is a must. The first-aid, care, and housing of wild psittacines is a specialty and routine pet medicine will not suffice. Check the EMERGENCY CONTACTS if there is an active disaster to see if we have local or global people available for help. Contact us privately for assistance, help advice or networking, pre-, during, or after a disaster event.
It is very important to be familiar with the laws governing wildlife interactions within the country. Psittacines, unlike most of the animals you work with, are CITES I and II listed and as such may be subject to extensive legal and euthanasia issues. In some areas, even benign assistance to injured psittacines may be an actionable offense. Making friends and securing professional bridges with local wildlife authorities will go a long way in the event of a catastrophe.
Gaining experience with psittacine restraint, capture, examination, and care could mean life-or-death in the field. It is well worth finding wildlife rehabilitators, avian-experienced veterinarians, and and others willing to train you on these skills.
Contact us for suggestions! We can provide suggestions for emergency, temporary, medium-term housing; feeding, veterinary, rehabilitation and release, and placement of non-releasable survivors.