Q & A: New Shelter Book: It's for the Birds
|Eileen McMarthy of MAARS cozies up to Angel, her 14-year old umbrella cockatoo. BRIAN MICHAEL|
You had budgies growing up, but it sounds like you had a very different relationship with the cockatiel your husband gave you.
Yeah, because she was hand-raised and was human-bonded. And then I started thinking I might like another bird, but I never really believed in purchasing animals from pet stores. So I was thinking there had to be birds that needed homes. But I started looking around and there really wasn’t anything except for a local bird club that had a small adoption program. I joined the club mostly because I was interested in adopting a bird. And as it happened, they needed somebody to work on the adoption committee, and I just realized the huge need for it. By that point … they were pretty saturated with birds. … I thought, “This needs to be done, it’s not being addressed. There’s lots of people doing cats and dogs, and maybe this is somewhere I can really make a difference.” I just had a sense of responsibility once I had seen the scope of the issues.