P.O. Box 821 · Stillwater, MN 55082
Phone: (651) 275-0568 · Fax: (651) 275-0457
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Issue 8: March 2004
In This Issue:
MAARS Turns Five!
• 2003 Was a Very Busy Year…
• 2004 Will Be Better Than Ever!
MAARS Turns Five!
In April 1999, seven people concerned about the increasing number of birds needing new homes got together to figure out what they could do about the problem. They had little idea that the issue of "homeless" parrots would be so overwhelming. Almost five years later, Midwest Avian Adoption & Rescue Services (MAARS) now has a 60–90 day waiting list for intakes, and receives 2–5 phone calls or e-mails each day from people looking to give up their birds. MAARS Volunteers have cared for over 1,400 birds in our short history, and have placed over 1,000 birds in homes. Although an increasing number of larger birds have been surrendered to MAARS in the last 24 months, especially cockatoos, 70% of the birds placed by MAARS have been conure size or smaller.
On any given day, a flock of 200–250 birds call The Landing home. MAARS and the birds are fortunate enough to have more than 70 active Volunteers performing the day-to-day operations and behind-the-scenes work who have allowed us to grow and thrive these past years. From direct bird care to adoption home visits, MAARS Volunteers put in well over 450 hours per week! This teamwork and commitment is unheard of in most organizations.
In July 2004, MAARS will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of our incorporation. Please watch your e-mail box for announcements about our birthday celebration!
2003 Was a Very Busy Year…
Animal Planet aired an episode of "A Pet Story" featuring MAARS' Angel, a cockatoo with a prosthetic beak.
MAARS Directors had speaking engagements at three out-of-state bird clubs.
MAARS began the "Gimme Shelter" e-mail fundraising campaign, which raised almost $4,000.
MAARS attended H.H. Backer 37th Annual Pet Industry Christmas Trade Show & Educational Conference in Chicago to bring more and better products to the MAARS store and to the birds at The Landing.
MAARS held its 3rd Annual Silent Auction Benefit & Buffet, which was the most successful to date!
MAARS participated in the Best Friends No More Homeless Pets on-line forum discussing the needs of birds in shelter settings. During the holidays, our friends, families and supporters out-did themselves by donating more toys and gifts for the birds than in any previous year!
MAARS has continued its ongoing educational programs for Veterinary students at the University of Minnesota, Vet Tech students at Argosy University, local humane society staff, metro-area elementary schools, and the "Basic Bird Care" class through the St. Louis Park Community Education Program.
2004 Will Be Better Than Ever!
We have big plans and exciting news for 2004!
Thank You for Your Help!
At this significant milestone, the MAARS Board of Directors would like to offer our Volunteers, adopters, and supporters our most heartfelt thanks for your ongoing support. This has been an incredible journey for all of us at MAARS. We look forward to continuing to serve displaced birds in our region with your generous help!
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.
Midwest Avian Adoption & Rescue Services (MAARS)
P.O. Box 821, Stillwater, MN 55082
Phone: (651) 275-0568
Fax: (651) 275-0457