A DIFFERENT LOOK AT HELPING AVIAN COMPANIONS
LETTER FROM ARC'S PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER

During my tenure as a volunteer and then the executive director of Parrot Education and Adoption Center, I started to notice some areas in the world of animal rescue and rehoming that I felt needed to be redesigned.  Through the generosity of the Kern Trust and Foundation, I was able to leave Parrot Education and Adoption Center and develop ARC, the Avian Rehabilitation Center, through which I am able to facilitate this necessary assistance through my own design, with guidance from the ARC Board of Directors.

ARC’s mission encompasses the following three arms, implementing measures that address the welfare of exotic avian species:

Education:  During my time as director of a parrot rescue organization, I found that there was a need for more education, not only on topics necessary for those contemplating adopting an exotic bird, but for those who already have a bird as a companion and are looking for more information on a variety of topics, ranging from proper diet and housing to working with behavioral problems. 

ARC will be offering one-on-one, as well as small-group, presentations on a wide range of avian-related topics.  We will also provide a comprehensive presentation, "All Things Parrot," for those wishing to adopt one of the ARC foster birds under our care.  This presentation will be supplemented by a specific one that is tailored to provide not only the information necessary for success with the species that the person wishes to adopt, but also encompassing specific details for the individual bird in which they are interested. 

To further its educational mission, ARC will have a presence at select outreach events throughout Southern California.  Additionally, using members of the ARC resident flock, we will provide educational presentations to schools and community groups in the Southern California area.

Included in ARC’s educational arm is its Pet Therapy program.  It has been shown that not only dogs, but also parrots, can help calm anxiety.  Members of the ARC resident flock will visit patients in local nursing homes, rehab centers, hospitals, and other facilities, not only to educate patients on issues pertaining to companion parrots, but also to provide a calming atmosphere to those who need it.

Rehabilitation and Rehoming:  ARC will assist those who need to rehome their exotic avian pet.  Thorough our thorough evaluation of their bird, we will advise them on the most appropriate outcome, be it accepting it into the ARC foster or resident flock, or working with the owner to find strategies they can employ to keep their pet, or helping them to find another appropriate outcome for their individual bird.

Grant Funding:  ARC will offer two types of grants.  These will be funded by our own fundraising efforts. The first type of grant is a limited-assistance program for those in need of emergency vet care but who financially cannot afford it.  Each case will be handled individually and discussed by the ARC Board of Directors, and the funds granted will be allocated directly to the avian vet treating the bird.  Secondly, ARC will be offering a grant funding program that will open an avenue for 501(c)3 avian rescues to write grant applications and submit them to the ARC Board of Directors for review.  

As ARC grows and develops, it is my hope that more people and exotic avian species will experience the benefits of each other’s companionship. I want to thank you in advance for your financial support as we continue to help birds in need. 

Sincerely yours,

Eric Kern
Founder/President
ArcPresident@AvianRehabilitationCenterUSA.org

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