The Night Before Christmas…..at The Gabriel Foundation

Words adapted by Kelly McKee – Haynes

 ‘2014-12-24 07.10.25

Twas the night before Christmas all through The Foundation
Every creature was stirring via flight, feet or defecation!
The toys were all hung in the cages with care; the African Greys counting to make sure it was fair.
The husbandry staff was listening to Edgar’s loud crooning…
Our new bookkeeper was snoozing!
Julie in her office, all torn up from tiling, was wracking her brain to print the 990 IRS filing.

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When out in the field there arose such a clatter, all Julie could think was, “NOW what’s the matter?”
She flew to the window that still had no sash, and thought, “Oh I hope Waste Management picked up the trash!”
As the moon was reflecting on the corners of flights,
Julie had an idea to add to the website…(but back to the story)
But what to her wondering eyes should appear? A vision of people with ideas to fund the next year. With the organization lead by a feisty kind elf, who thought of birds and people, but not herself,
She was thinking about the new year when she realized,
We’ll flourish next year if we just strategize!

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“Now Brenda, now Miguel, now Hector and Elder!  On Whitney, Kris, Amanda and Eric!
“On Janessa, on Kelly, on Jessica & Dawn!  On both our Melissas…..oh, I need a diagram!”
As dry leaves before wild tornadoes do fly,
When we meet with an obstacle – we’ll just modify!
So into the fray of running a nonprofit for birds she flew
With special knowledge very few of us knew!

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And then in a twinkling we heard from the flights,
“I think rearranging will lessen the fights!”
As the parrots were watching, their heads turned around….
Who should come running but more staff in their nightgowns!

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While they were dressed in pajamas they understood what was at stake.
They each had an item Julie showed them how to make.
Sergio was grumbling, (he thought to himself) until he realized his iPod was broadcasting to all other elves!

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Julie’s eyes how they twinkled, her dimples, how merry!  Her cheeks were like roses,
But her nose very wary.  Her ability to smell any inappropriate scents, protected the birds from dangerous contents.

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Julie has curly hair and the kindest of eyes, but mistreat a parrot….you’d better run for your lives!
She was caring and driven, her heart bigger than Texas.  She just wanted to help birds not deal with the messes!
She pushed and she pushed ‘til we all had a list that if it hadn’t come from her, things would have been missed!
She sprang in her sleigh, to her team gave a “thumbs up”!
We almost collapsed from the stuff to clean up!
But we heard her exclaim, as we were all exhausted and pale,
“Don’t worry about tomorrow’s list – I’ll send it by email!”

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Become a Secret Santa and show that you care. Please make your 2014 end of year donation now. https://thegabrielfoundation.org/donate/donate/

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4 hours ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Who needs a guard dog when you can have a guard Cockatoo?

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My parrots bark all the time. It is so funny. Love it!!

*L*O*V*E*

Adorable!!!

Omg Mitchell Thomas I REALLY want a cockatoo! Lol

I'm watching this as I'm listening to Nutzy screeching and screaming in the background. This time of year he gets very vocal. Time to cover his cage LOL

We have a Jardine that barks when you say "sick 'em!"

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1 day ago

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Sometimes our resident birds just know best. This certainly holds true for Claude and Jasper. When Wendy from Boise was looking to add an African Grey to her flock she had an immediate connection with shy Claude, a long term resident here at The Gabriel Foundation. Jasper the Goffin's Cockatoo had his own plans, and he wasn't about to let her get away without him as well. 7 months later Wendy reports that both birds have settled in well and that Jasper has readjusted the entire household's bedtime to better suit his needs! Claude is a family favorite and has amazed everyone with his mimicry of different voices and random sounds. An adoption success!

If you would like to share your own TGF adoption success, please send your story with a few photos to [email protected]
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Sometimes our resident birds just know best.  This certainly holds true for Claude and Jasper.  When Wendy from Boise was looking to add an African Grey to her flock she had an immediate connection with shy Claude, a long term resident here at The Gabriel Foundation. Jasper the Goffins Cockatoo had his own plans, and he wasnt about to let her get away without him as well.  7 months later Wendy reports that both birds have settled in well and that Jasper has readjusted the entire households bedtime to better suit his needs! Claude is a family favorite and has amazed everyone with his mimicry of different voices and random sounds.  An adoption success!

If you would like to share your own TGF adoption success, please send your story with a few photos to wmarchant@thegabrielfoundation.org

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At TGF, we love news from our adopters and their flock.

Well....I always have said.....do not pick a particular bird as a companion. Let the bird pick you!

We missed out on a planned visit and with rare openings in our schedule, I'm very sad. But, with that being said, as soon as I have some vacation time, I'm taking a day and making an appointment.

Such great news! Love that they pick their own "family" Most happy for Jasper ❤️

They pick who they want! And those are the best matches! Congrats guys!

Great story....animals pick their humans.

luv these friends

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