Often when you think of animal rescue groups, most people think of dogs, cats and horses. However, there are many other animals that people get involved with rescuing as well including birds. Husband and wife team, Jake & Tara Hurlin, decided that they wanted to start a parrot rescue and have named it Hurlin’s Hospitality and Parrot Rescue which is operated out of their house in Traverse City.
Hurlin’s Hospitality and Parrot Rescue specializes in urgent and severe rescue including life or death situations and birds in a state of emergency such as abandonment. They also offer a boarding service to help fund their rescue. They just started their rescue group although they have been rescuing parrots for several years.
Parrots are often in need of rescue because their owners have to give them up for a behavior issue or a life change in which the person no longer has time for the bid. Because some larger parrots can outlive their owners, they are a huge commitment to make as a pet. Owners should think about what would happen to their Parrot if something would happen to them and the bird would need to be re-homed. For more information about the life spans of Parrots, please click here.
A green cheek Conure was Tara’s first rescue Parrot and is still very missed. Eight years ago, Remwaldo the Timneh African Grey came into Tara’s life and home. This is the little guy who opened her eyes to how extraordinary these animals truly are. Through him she was introduced to the world of Parrots along with the good and the bad things that come with this knowledge. Over the years, she took in rescue here and there but never had the resources to really feel like she could make a difference. Now married to a partner, Jake, who shares her love (and workload) for these animals, and with a house of their own, they decided to open their home and dedicate their time to parrots in need. Tara says, “Every person can make a difference in one way or another and I strive to be a part of it. I have found my niche in this huge world.”
Tara got her first parrot when she moved out of her parents house at age 18. There weren’t any birds in her house as a child but she remembers being obsessed with wanting to fly when she was a kid. She made bird costumes out of paper, cardboard and crayons so that she could look like a Blue and Gold Macaw.
Tara says, “Parrots are very deep, intelligent, intellectual creatures. There is so much that we do not know about them. They are very emotional creatures. My opinion is they should never be left completely alone, especially if you work all day. This doesn’t necessarily mean two birds in one cage–none of my birds get along well enough for that. But they do enjoy having someone to talk to during the day. After all, they are flock animals.”
The rescue currently has four residents – Goffins Cockatoo (Betty Boop), Citron Cockatoo (Maggie May), Timneh African Grey (Remwaldo/Remy) and Red Lory (Buddy)
Although the rescue doesn’t currently have parrots available for adoption, they will in the future. Tara says, “it depends on the condition of the bird and how much time it will take for them to be suitable for a home. I will be matching the birds to their owners–Parrots “choose” their owners, not the other way around. Every parrot needs their fair chance to be with a person they connect with.”
The Hurlins also have two miniature dachshunds and an Iguana – and they occasionally take in reptiles in need as well.
The Hurlins are currently working on becoming an official non-profit group and are in need of donations and supplies. Right now, every penny is paid out of their pockets from their regular jobs. Donations are needed for supplies (toys, perches, dishes, newspaper), cages, medical bills, food and utilities. They also offer Parrot boarding for people going on vacation to help fund the rescue. The Parrots who are boarded are in a separate room from where the rescue birds are and more information can be found about this on the Facebook page here.
If you or someone you know needs help finding a new home for their Parrot or needs to relinquish their bird and lives in the Traverse City/Northern Michigan area, Tara says not to hesitate in contacting her.
Tara & Jake Hurlin
10413 Thiel Rd.
Traverse City, MI 49685
Donation account: click here.