Favorite Welcome to the Rescue Reference!

Bottle feeding rescue animalsI’ve created the Rescue Reference to help new and existing animal rescues and shelters become more efficient and financially sustainable. This site is focused on offering support and education to existing animal rescues and shelters, as well as for those wishing to start their own animal rescue.

I’ll be posting information on business structure, best-practices and policies, creative fundraising, and more. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have. As a community, we can all learn from each other.

Although the bulk of this site will be information for those starting or running their own wildlife, bird, cat or dog rescue, I’ll also be sharing information to help the owners of a rescued animal, including behavior, training, and enrichment.

Please feel free to share this page with anyone you feel might be interested. I’m going to have a website full of content and resources for rescues and shelters coming soon. I’m adding more content daily.

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How To Make A Curly Straw Toy For Your Bird

Finished Curly Straw ToyDid you ever wonder how they make those curly straw bird toys? I’m going to show you how it’s done!

These incredibly cheap, or free if you already have a few simple materials around the house, toys are easy to make and our birds love them.

Destructible or shred toys like this one are important additions to your bird’s cage. Keeping your bird entertained and mentally stimulated helps alleviate boredom which leads to destructive and unhealthy behaviors like feather plucking. Continue reading

How to make a shred toy for your bird

Parrots need shred toys

My parrots, finches, and parrotlets all enjoy tearing things apart. Continually buying them shred toys at the pet shop gets expensive, so I’m going to show you how to use an old phone book to make your own shred toy for almost nothing!

These are easy to make with just a few simple tools, and they are quick and easy to make, too. I spent about 15 minutes making 4 of them, and that included stopping to take these pictures for each step!

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