The HAMILTON PARROT CLUB provides monthly meetings to help enrich the lives of pet parrots by educating members and the public in the specialty care, nutritional requirements, husbandry and socialization parrots need.
Monday, November 30 Meeting; Dr. Hugues Beaufrere, DVM, Service Chief, Avian and Exotic Service, Ontario Veterinary College will be giving a short presentation on preventative medicine re the value of health checks. Please bring a non-perishable food item to help stock the Dundas Salvation Army Food Bank.
Dr. Beaufrère received his veterinary degree from the University of Lyon, France in 2006. He then completed a small animal internship in a private practice in Belgium in 2007 followed by an avian and exotic medicine internship at the Ontario Veterinary College the following year. Following his internships, Dr. Beaufrère enrolled into a combined PhD and Zoological Medicine Residency program in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine - Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA and the Audubon Nature Institute, New Orleans, USA. In 2012, Dr. Beaufrère became a board-certified veterinary specialist in avian medicine both in Europe through the European College of Zoological Medicine (Avian) and in North America through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners - Avian Practice. Dr. Beaufrère obtained his PhD degree in 2013 and also became board-certified in zoological medicine through the American College of Zoological Medicine in 2014.
Dr. Beaufrère has extensive experience in companion avian and exotic animal medicine, raptor medicine and surgery, wildlife rehabilitation, and veterinary care of various captive zoological animal species and has published numerous book chapters and scientific articles (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=Beaufrere%20H%5BAuthor%5D). Dr. Beaufrère's special interests are in avian cardiovascular diseases, raptor orthopedics, psittacine internal medicine, and veterinary biostatistics.
No meeting in December as the community centre is closed. The club will return January 25 for our Annual Potluck Dinner.
The Hamilton Parrot Club supports the ethical beliefs, dedication and work of Parrot Resource Centre, an avian educational organization based in Alberta, Canada. Thanks to the intervention of Parrot Resource Centre the Hamilton Parrot Club was able to rescue Babs (see The Rescue of Babs on our home page) the Umbrella Cockatoo. Without their financial assistance of over $6,000 plus 2 boxes of toys we would not have been able to have taken her under our care and Babs would have continued to have had a severe choanal vent prolapse, living in a too small a cage with no mental stimulation, with owners who did not want her and faced the real possibility of infection and an early death. PRC is supporting Babs ongoing care by raising funds with an online auction. Visit http://www.parrotresourcecenter.ca/2/category/Auction%20for%20Babs/1.html. Working with like-minded organizations such as Parrot Resource Centre we can better the lives of companion parrots and educate their guardians as to the care they need and deserve.
Thank You Parrot Resource Centre for your unselfish acts of kindness.
“Many have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it. You remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed" Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Please visit http://www.parrotresourcecenter.ca/about-us.html for full details on this amazing group and consider donating to their organization http://www.parrotresourcecenter.ca/support-the-prc.html
Babs Update February, 2015. PRC has contributed almost $7,000 to Babs ongoing care. She is finally healthy for a parrot who lives with chronic issues but is now thriving due to her latest surgery.
BABS, mascot of Parrot Resource Centre & the Hamilton Parrot Club
BABS & MRR MRR mascots of the Hamilton Parrot Club, April 2015
BABS recovering from her life saving tracheal surgery in May 2014
The Hamilton Parrot Club founded in September, 2006 is a group of like-minded parrot enthusiasts dedicated to the conscientious and humane treatment of psittacines in captivity as well as their preservation in their natural environment.
Our main focus is to provide an open forum at our monthly meetings where members and guests can freely exchange avian information, ideas and socialize their healthy pet parrots. The Hamilton Parrot Club is an inclusive club that does not discriminate, both breeders and those that believe in “Don’t Breed, Don’t Buy, Adopt” are welcome to attend and participate in the exchange of information for the betterment of all. We also recognize the reality that many pet parrots are feather mutilators and accept them as the precious pets they are “Feathered or Featherless they are Beautiful to us and should not be hidden away”. We believe our featherless birds are our best educational ambassadors we have to explain ’what can happen’ to a pet parrot if its nutritional, physical and psychological needs are not met.
The Hamilton Parrot Club is committed to enriching the lives of pet parrots by educating members and the public in the specialty care, nutritional requirements, husbandry and socialization parrots need. Through education and socialization we endeavour to allow our parrots to thrive, thus living long, happy and healthy lives in captivity.
“Building a trust based relationship with our parrots one STEP UP at a TIME”.
The Hamilton Parrot Club’s main Purpose is to disseminate accurate scientific based evidence and information in order to assist all parrot owners and those interested in parrots. We accomplish this by; maintaining a web site, email and phone number where we can be reached 24/7, providing open monthly meetings, offering free/low cost educational seminars, a member's lending library, participating in community outreach, offering a pet therapy program for those with special needs, providing a counseling service for behavioural issues, giving mutual support to members and assistance in finding a veterinarian that specializes in avian and exotic medicine.
We also strive to cooperate, promote and assist other parrot clubs, businesses and organizations that share our goals and attitudes.
Our conservation efforts are focused on the Canadian Parrot Conference’s Pennies4Parrots campaign. The Canadian Parrot Conference supports conservation of our wild psittacines by raising funds with their Pennies4Parrots Challenge. The Hamilton Parrot Club joined this worthy cause in 2011and invites club members and the public to donate their pennies and loose change at our monthly meetings or special events.
Due to the fact that parrots live long lives, life situations change and parrots do not always make the best of pets we assist club members with rehoming and/or acquiring a ‘second hand’ bird.
Though we are not a sanctuary or a rescue organization we will strive to assist parrots in our area that are in need of rescue with a foster or new permanent home.
We meet the last Monday of the month, except December at the Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre, 10 Market Street, South, Dundas, Ontario ( see Contact Us for Google map) . Doors open at 7 pm and meeting will start at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to attend, your first meeting is free. Yearly Memberships are $25 single or family and $20 for students and seniors.
2015 Meetings; January 26, February 23, March 30, April 27, May 25, September 28, October 26 and November 30. No MEETING in DECEMBER.
Only members may bring their healthy bird(s) to a meeting, birds must have an avian health check by a pre approved vet. All birds must be approved by the Executive prior to attending a meeting. Please be sure wings are clipped or bird is caged or on a harness for its own safety and that of members and their birds. You are responsible for cleaning up after your bird and for bringing your own supplies. Supplies should include a stand, water, food that does not include nuts as we are in a nut free facility, towel for emergency handling, hand sanitizer and paper towels or wet wipes. The Executive retains the right to remove or refuse a bird to a Hamilton Parrot Club meeting or event.