Top Ten Halloween Safety Tips From The ASPCA

Attention, bird lovers, it’s almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying “trick or treat!” all the way to November 1.

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  1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters,

        not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially

       dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and

       cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also

       cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something

       toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison

      Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

  1. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are

       considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach

       upset in pets who nibble on them.

  1. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be

      kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts

      or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

  1. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you

      Choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and

      cause a fire. Curious kittens and birds especially run the risk of getting

      burned or singed by candle flames.

  1. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog

      or cat or bird in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a

      few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,”

      however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.

  1. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or

      unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or

      impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on

      costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic

      or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or

      donning a festive bandana.

  1. Take a closer look at your  pet’s costume and make sure it does not have

      small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also,

      ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

      8.  All but the most social pets should be kept in a separate room away from

      the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can

      be scary and stressful for pets.

  1. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your pet doesn’t

      dart outside.

      10.  IDs, please! Always make sure your pet has proper identification. If for any

      reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip

      can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

This is a great time to adopt. Birds included! Did you know that funds from the CPOP and license plate fund help animal shelters specifically? Thanks to the generous CO residents who checked off a donation to this fund on their taxes, and for those who purchase a CPOP License Plate, this fund dispersed over $315,000.00 to shelters, funds ranging from $2K - $30K. These funds are specifically for veterinary/medical expenses. With your support, TGF benefitted by a $4000.00 grant from this fund. This helps us offset the cost of veterinary care for our birds, especially those from hoarding, animal control, cruelty, shelter transfers and relinquishments that are unable to provide any funding to assist TGF's veterinary costs. Thank you CO animal and bird lovers.Help prevent unwanted pet births by donating on your income tax form to the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund. www.savecoloradopets.org ... See MoreSee Less

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adoption is the only way to go - I have been adopting my entire life and currently have 8 birds, 6 cats and 2 Greyhounds - all adopted as unwanted or rescues - they fill my heart and home with so much love I can't begin to explain my happiness♥

2 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Eagle scout Ryan Read gathered the other members of his troop, taught them how to make large bird toys, and made the most wonderful truck-full of bird toys you can imagine. They got a production line going and surpassed our dreams by making over 250 toys in just one day. Our flock is so grateful that Ryan chose to work with us for his Eagle Scout project and make much needed large bird enrichment. Thank you to your entire troop for all of your hard work! ... See MoreSee Less

Eagle scout Ryan Read gathered the other members of his troop, taught them how to make large bird toys, and made the most wonderful truck-full of bird toys you can imagine. They got a production line going and surpassed our dreams by making over 250 toys in just one day. Our flock is so grateful that Ryan chose  to work with us for his Eagle Scout project and make much needed large bird enrichment. Thank you to your entire troop for all of your hard work!

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Wow I need to hear a lot of stories like this these days! Wonderful project and such a terrific and appreciated gift to the birds of TGF! Thank you Eagle Scouts and Ryan Read for showing what real leadership is about.

There are wonderful human beings out there. Thank you to them❤️

WONDERFUL TROOP!! So happy, made my week!

Can't wait to start hanging them up!

Thanks Eagle Scouts. Git 'er done!

That's terrific!

Awesome!

Great Job Ryan!

Way to go!

Awesome.

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3 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Attention music aficionados! Higgins would love to share his interest in jazz and blues with just the right person. Higgins is a wild caught Timneh African Grey parrot, purchased in 1983 from a now closed pet store. Wild caught Grey parrots were widely imported into the bird sales market before the Wild Bird Conservation Act went into effect in 1992. Higgins is a hoot, from the whistling with vibrato and a gravelly voice to the sounds of fingers snapping and of course his fondness for jazz and blues. Along with his taste in music Higgins now enjoys a varied diet and requests that his new home has plenty of wood to shred, toilet paper rolls and cardboard to take apart, bite by bite. Invest in Higgin's trust and you will reap the rewards!

For more information about our adoption process, please visit our website.

thegabrielfoundation.org/adoption/adoption-process/
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Attention music aficionados! Higgins would love to share his interest in jazz and blues with just the right person. Higgins is a wild caught Timneh African Grey parrot, purchased in 1983 from a now closed pet store. Wild caught Grey parrots were widely imported into the bird sales market before the Wild Bird Conservation Act went into effect in 1992. Higgins is a hoot, from the whistling with vibrato and a gravelly voice to the sounds of fingers snapping and of course his fondness for jazz and blues. Along with his taste in music Higgins now enjoys a varied diet and requests that his new home has plenty of wood to shred, toilet paper rolls and cardboard to take apart, bite by bite. Invest in Higgins trust and you will reap the rewards!

For more information about our adoption process, please visit our website.

http://thegabrielfoundation.org/adoption/adoption-process/

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Hope he finds a wonderful forever home! His little face is so full of personality. I thought wild caught were less likely to pluck? What is his feather problem?

Love it. I play violin for the animals at the zoo and Marvel :)

I had a wild caught B&G, my best buddy. Miss him every day. Dr.s estimate he was 40-50 at the time of his passing based on his band #. He was a rescue with an unknown history. All we had was band # and what quarantine station he came from with a approximation of what year he passed through.

Timnehs are wonderful birds. We had a wildcaught TAG years ago (had come from the shelter) that was the most loving and loyal parrot after six months of gently gaining his trust. Wish we weren't so far away...in CA.

Aww hope he gets a good home!

He's beautiful! Wish I were closer

I fell in love with his personality while volunteering. He is a wonderful little guy. Sassy too!

I think I'm in love! TAG's are the best!

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