Bird adoption, sanctuary, rescue, and care education services for parrots and other captive exotic 'pet' birds. Based in Minneapolis - St. Paul (Twin Cities) area of Minnesota and serving Midwest.



1360 University Ave W #347  St. Paul, MN 55104  

Phone: (651) 275-0568  Fax: (651) 275-0457  


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Home > Help Us > Gimme Shelter! > Issue 3: July 2004 > Lurch & Patrick

Lurch and Patrick - Blue-crowned Conure and Nanday Conure (Photo © 2004 Tina McCormick)Lurch & Patrick

Lurch, a Blue-crowned Conure, was captured in the wild and lived for twenty-five years in the same home with his lifelong companion. They did not receive the best of care, by any standards, yet their lives were made tolerable by the love and company of a special friend. When illness struck both of them, Lurch's companion died and Lurch — very sick himself — was taken to a shelter that asked MAARS to take him in. Everything Lurch had ever loved and known had been taken away from him.

When Lurch arrived at The Landing, he had a chronic sinus infection that had gone untreated long enough that it has left one eye and one nare (nostril) permanently disfigured. Since his arrival, Lurch has patiently endured weeks of medical treatments including injections, oral antibiotics, daily eye flushes, and vitamin supplements to boost his immune system. It is likely that Lurch will always be prone to infection due to his age and many years of poor care.

At MAARS, Lurch was introduced to Patrick, a Nanday Conure, in the hope that they might become friends. These two sweet birds soon became soul-mates; they are inseparable. Patrick is gentle and protective with Lurch, keeping a watchful eye on him while they play, visit, and vocalize with their friends and neighbors. Thanks to MAARS, these two will be able to live together for the rest of their lives.

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The MAARS Annual Membership Program gives you and our other loyal MAARS Supporting Flock Members the opportunity to help MAARS on an ongoing, sustaining basis. Your annual financial contribution will allow us to continue to provide and expand our valuable rescue, intake, care, veterinary and behavioral evaluation and treatment, adoption, sanctuary, outreach, and educational services for the displaced captive birds who we meet and the people whose lives they touch.

With so little, you can do so much to change the lives of birds like Lurch & Patrick. On average, it takes $1.00 per day to care for each MAARS bird. Every small donation makes a big difference, and big donations help even more. Your participation in the MAARS Annual Membership Program will help save and improve the lives of hundreds of parrots and other displaced captive birds.

Please join MAARS today! Give them shelter! Ease their pain! Stop the cycle! And know that you made one corner of the world a better place for another living creature!

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Midwest Avian Adoption & Rescue Services, Inc., is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Federal ID# 41-1944074) and is registered with the Office of the Secretary of State and the Office of the Attorney General of Minnesota as a charitable organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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