For many years the role of a disabled person within an animal welfare environment has been very restricted. And, although attitudes are changing, these roles remain extremely limited, particularly for those that are within the care of mental health. Often their passion for the welfare of birds and animals is overlooked and here is where we are going to make a positive change.
Once our funding target is reached, Abijoes will then site and build a new bird rescue centre that caters for all types of wild and domestic birds. It will incorporate the latest ease of use features that will enable staff and volunteers, that have various types of health difficulties, to ultimately run the centre for 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 aim to raise awareness and 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.