For years, any person with a disability that wished to pursue an interest or career within the animal welfare environment , would find that opportunities were very few and far between, if at all. Although attitudes are changing these roles remain extremely limited, and for those that have a desire to help improve the lives of animals and birds, they continue to struggle to find a place within these multi-disciplined environments. This is where Abijoes is going to make a positive change.
Once our funding target is reached (for details of this please see our 'How to help' page, Abijoes will site and build a new bird rescue centre that caters for all types of birds, both wild and domestic. It will incorporate the latest features that will enable staff and volunteers, that have various health specific requirements, to ultimately run the centre themselves.
The following will all be designed and built to accommodate these features:
Although there will be a senior member of staff on site at all times, new members of the team will be trained to manage the centre and all of the resident and incoming birds on their own. This includes arranging for collections of new arrivals, overseeing quarantine procedures, health checks, veterinary visits, general avian housekeeping, office management, and heading our bird welfare campaigns and tutorials.
Outreach programmes into the local community will also become available to help others care for their pet birds, either with direct 'at home’ support or via our telephone advice line. The outreach programme will also offer bird care tutorials either on-site or at locations such as schools and community centres. They will also spearhead campaigns that raise awareness to the plight of many wild, cage and poultry birds, as well as offering advice and support via information leaflets, telephone and Internet services.
Abijoes is totally dedicated to the welfare of birds and enabling those with disability to work within this environment.