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Who We Are Miss Vicki’s Parrot Village is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3), non-profit parrot rescue that is licensed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. We are located approximately 15 miles south of Atlanta. We rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home parrots of all…

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Each bird here at “The Village” has a story. That story determines what type of person or family the bird will be happiest with. In order to do our best to ensure that your home will be a proper fit…

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Boarding

Q: What amenities are included in the daily boarding donation? A: We supply a cage of appropriate size, a morning meal of fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains, an afternoon meal of pelleted food and seeds (we have Harrisons and Zupreem…

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Your gift helps fund a full range of services for rescued birds including food, shelter, toys,Β veterinary care, insurance, transportation, cages, play areas, and more. 100% of all donations go directly to the birds. Even $1.00 will provide a fresh pomegranate…

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Wednesday February 3rd, 2016 - 11:04 am

We haven't taken in any birds for a few months, but that will change today when King Tut arrives. Moluccan cockatoos are my life's passion and the reason I went into parrot rescue. We have never had to turn one away, and I am eternally grateful to donors who make it possible to literally save the life of one of these precious birds. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

So we got a call a few weeks ago from the Erie County SPCA in the Buffalo, NY area. They took in three Moluccan cockatoos from an elderly woman who could no longer care for them. They were a dad and two offspring. The offspring were adoptable, but the Dad was wild caught 32 years ago and was NOT a happy camper. "King Tut" was facing euthanasia if they couldn't find a place to take him... so we got on the case.

Working with Denise Kelly of the Avian Welfare Coalition, we began scouring the country for a permanent home for Tut. We had a few leads which quickly went cold. There was one option in the NY Metro area that might work as a plan B, but wasn't the best option. Things were looking bleak.

Then we found Miss Vicki's Parrot Village located just outside Atlanta, Georgia. Vicki LeClaire, the director of the Parrot Village is a self-described Moluccan cockatoo fanatic and given the story on Tut, immediately gave us a green light to get him down there. Thanks to the efforts of the Erie SPCA, a volunteer transport was set up to take Tut all the way from Buffalo to Georgia and now, as I write this, our King Tut is on the road and almost there. Just hours away from another happy ending.

As an animal rescue we realize that you can't win them all. We have to take the bad with the good and accept the bad outcomes so that we can move on and continue making a dent for the greater good. But happy endings don't always come about as a bird entering our shelter and leaving with a new, wonderful family. Sometimes the happy endings take on different forms... but that doesn't make them any less happy.

Today we are thrilled to know that King Tut will be ok. His future went from hopeless to endless in the space of less than 48 hours. For this, we can be really, really thankful!

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Debra Halcomb CressBless you he is a beautiful boy I also have a u2 and he is my baby1   ·  1 week ago

Stacey O'BrienBeautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1   ·  1 week ago

Laura SmileyWonderful! I also love the moluccans. I have a U2 and a M2 and they have been allowed to be parrots. I believe interacting is important but not to the point of depending on their person for happiness. We must think to their future for they have a long life if provided the proper care. Bless you for caring!1   ·  1 week ago

Lara JosephI'm going to share this on my page. I like to support those that do great work. Thank you!2   ·  1 week ago

Kelly BrownWhat an awesome name for such a majestic bird! cannot wait for your pics, Vicki!1   ·  1 week ago

Myra Grisham AndersonSounds like a few more donations are in order!!!1   ·  1 week ago

Ann Wrightcan not wait to see new pics of king tut1   ·  1 week ago

Bethany Seifert ChatterjeeFantastic name :)1 week ago

Jennifer BellandI love him.1 week ago

Janet DillardOMG he is beautiful1 week ago

Betty BruceI'm also a Cockatoo lover, I have an umbrella, thank you for the wonderful work you do in saving the lives of these amazing birds..1 week ago

Mary Ann RiceHurray !!!1 week ago

Cookie Brunet7 days ago

Teresa ElliottHappy for Tut7 days ago

Kim Pacy Oyt-HayThank YOU!!!! You make a difference!!6 days ago

Brenda Richard-MilliganYou are the best Miss Vicki....one bird at a time!5 days ago

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Friday January 29th, 2016 - 6:44 pm

A personal plea from Vicki...

I have been trying to find the best way to address some questions that I have been getting from supporters, volunteers, even other rescues about my absence over the last few months. I, quite honestly, still don't know what is the best way, but in order to avoid problems with people making their own reasons, I feel I have no choice but to address the issue here in hopes everyone understands.

Long before the rescue started, my personal life went through mild changes that eventually became more pronounced but still very much in the background. That 'normal' changed for the worse in early 2015 and has continued to take what extra focus and energy I have at the end of they day just to prep for the next day of taking care of the birds, many of which are extremely challenging in their own right. The last few months have been the worst, and the chaos will likely continue for a few more months.

Ultimately, the birds and their care are and will remain the absolute #1 priority, even before myself...BUT...unlike the 'old me' who would try to make sure everyone got an equal share of what they needed from me on a personal and/or professional level, I have learned that if I am to continue doing this kind of work with the kinds of birds we take in, the first piece of pie dished out after the birds' needs are met must to myself, for now, at least. This is where problems seem to originate, quite understandably.

I know many who have went through times like these will understand, but for those who have not, my personal plea is this...please do not hold my lack of personal involvement, attention, posting, etc as a negative against the rescue as a whole. I am only human, and there is only so much one human can take on at one time. There is only so much stress one human can safely manage at one time, and right now is more stressful than at any other time in my life, but the time I spend with the birds keeps me centered, focused, and reminds me great strides in the right direction take time and don't always come easily or pain-free. If they can do it, so can I. ;-)

Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time, and I look forward to getting back into the fun stuff...the sooner, the better! ... See MoreSee Less

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Karen Sherrill EskewI've got a name for it, compassion fatigue. Bless you for what you do!5   ·  2 weeks ago

Jean CaterTake care of yourself.1   ·  2 weeks ago

Billie Faye KingYou have to take care of yourself FIRST before you take care of ANYONE else....Need to understand this....because if YOU do NOT follow this...there will be no one to take care of them the way you do....so many, including myself, find this out too late!3   ·  2 weeks ago

Carolyn PlaxcoSending love and healing vibes to you, Vicki. There's no way I can know exactly what you are going through, but I don't need the details to know there are times when we have to "disappear" to conserve energy for the priorities. Take care of the birds and yourself and allow others to help.2 weeks ago

Cher WellmanYou just take care of you and the birds sweety, no one has a right to criticize beyond those things.. <3 I hope that you find an easier journey soon (((hugs)))1   ·  2 weeks ago

Beth Burns ThomsonPeace be with you.2 weeks ago

Carol EdmondsonYou are so good to take care of the birds and handle their stresses. You certainly need time for yourself. Rest and do what you need to do for your own good. I will be praying for you.2 weeks ago

Deborah SmithPrayers for a light at the end of the tunnel. I know what you are talking about. If I can help in any way please message me.2 weeks ago

Tricia DixonI would not feel the need to give details if I didn't want to. "I have had some personal issues and business that has required my time" should be explanation enough. For those who think they need to know more, PFFFFT. Share what you are comfortable with and the rest can go hang.2   ·  2 weeks ago

Myra Grisham AndersonVicki, you absolutely must put yourself first in order to take care of what you must! Only when you do that can you handle everything else in your life! I am here for you if you need to talk! God bless you and keep you safe in his arms.2 weeks ago

Carol Dunn PattersonBless you, Vickie...and take care of yourself..If you don't do that you won't be a ble to take care of anyone.....2 weeks ago

Virginia Sutton WoodThis is so-o-o nobody's business, and other than people who are genuinely worried about you, to heck with anyone who questions whatever you're doing. Been through some changes of my own lately (sort of like a Waring blender, to quote one of my favorite rockers) and would be happy to chat with you privately if that ever would be helpful--just to vent, hear from somebody else a resounding That's Normal!1   ·  2 weeks ago

Paula RossowSounds to me as though you have your priorities in order. One foot in front of the other over this rough time, eh? <3 But may I suggest delegating what you can and venting to close friends once in a while.1   ·  2 weeks ago

Sandra TomlinsonPraying for you my friend 😊2 weeks ago

Kathe DuBoisXO Sending glow. Bless you.2 weeks ago

Anne Newtonprayers for you as you deal with this difficult time2 weeks ago

Donna CarrVicki, recently I got off FB for a while to get my priorities straight. I still don't know how you do it because sometimes I feel overwhelmed with quite a few less birds. Are you able to get away? That helps me to destress. Bird's care and Vicki time should be your main earthly focus. Prayers that things will smooth out for you and your trials will diminish..2 weeks ago

Patty SegoviaThank you for all that you do. Hope you have better days ahead.2 weeks ago

Mickey Ferrell TinsleyVicki, you must put yourself first. Before everything! Sending prayers that all will be well.2 weeks ago

Constantina ZossPrayers. Take care of you x2 weeks ago

Kelly HafnerWithout Miss Vicki, there is no Parrot Village. You have to take care of yourself first. I'm sending you love and light and support from across the miles. If there is anything I can do, for you or the birds, please don't hesitate to ask. Brett knows how to get in touch with me as well.2 weeks ago

Kendra Benefield LausmanI hope things get better. Take care of yourself and the birds, feelings be damned for those too clueless to get it.2 weeks ago

Nan ThompsonYou are you. You don't have to prove yourself to anyone but you. The rest can fly off.1   ·  2 weeks ago

Miss Vicki's Parrot Village, IncI deeply appreciate the support, thank you. The harsh truth is that rescue is a business, and if I am not out there doing fundraisers, etc, people tend to move on to the next animal in need; there are far more of them than there are of us! Without me doing that, among the dozens of other jobs that need doing and no one coming in behind me, it leaves a wide door for all our funds to exit, and rightfully so. Having to choose between that harsh reality and the other harsh reality which is I simply cannot spend critical personal time doing it right now, compounded by the wonderful folks who like to guess why I went from everywhere to nowhere almost overnight, leaves me in a position where I have to choose what to keep private and what to share. I would rather be honest and share than to try to keep dodging the issue...life is so much easier when no one knows you! ;-)20   ·  2 weeks ago

Ann WrightIt is quite alright to no be active on FB, that just shows that you are busy taking care of the birds and can't post. Forget anyone else, you do not have to explain anything to anyone period,1   ·  2 weeks ago

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Sunday January 17th, 2016 - 12:30 pm

This is what "Goffin Guilt" looks like. I, personally, don't believe birds belong in cages, but these two, Boyd and CeeCee, test that every time they are out to play. Maybe a jail cell instead of a cage?? :) ... See MoreSee Less

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Mindy Spates MatthewsWhat did they do now?1   ·  3 weeks ago

Lynne RobertsLOL we had a pair at the rescue once and they worked in tandem to get iinto mischief!1   ·  3 weeks ago

Tammy C MooreBeautiful1   ·  3 weeks ago

Janelle Tait KovnerI recognize that look very well . . . "so sweet, just want to have a little fun, innocent until proven guilty (we never do any thing wrong)" etc!!3   ·  3 weeks ago

Belinda Skeltonlol3 weeks ago

Joanne KunertWho them!?!? Look at those innocent faces!!1   ·  3 weeks ago

Rilda CarrenderMine is the same won't stay on a perch gets down and chases people, I believe she thinks it's funny2   ·  3 weeks ago

Rebekah RabinowitzYou always have to have those 2 Goffins that thrive on mischief. What would you do without them? They give you a chapter or 2 in your book of 'Too's.2   ·  3 weeks ago

Sharon Begley Mingolathey look so precious1   ·  3 weeks ago

Crystal Hutton Smith...the dog did it. :D1   ·  3 weeks ago

Rose EssexThey look perfectly innocent to me!! πŸ˜‰2   ·  3 weeks ago

Adwoa AsareIs there a number that we can call to get in contact with you, I have two boards I am interested in boarding?3 weeks ago

Sandra TomlinsonThey're so beautiful 😍. Can't wait for bird boot camp 🐦 πŸ˜ƒ1   ·  3 weeks ago

Brycen TaraAll I can say is sometimes you gotta at least put the super naughty ones in a cage when they are unsupervised so they do not do themselves some kind of harm. Parrots do love some mischief.2   ·  3 weeks ago

Eleanor Mendiola NealThey are beautiful1 week ago

Cynthia A AngrisaniI totally get that, I have a rescue Goffins and OMG!7 days ago

Brenda Richard-MilliganMy two quaker's are like these two.5 days ago

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Tuesday January 5th, 2016 - 10:56 am

One small clarification regarding boarding...

I am still doing boarding for a few existing supporters. The rescue took a large hit this year from boarders who did not pay, which left us with twelve additional birds to care for, in addition to the loss of over $5,000.00 in uncollected boarding funds/expenses, etc. I accept full responsibility for this because I was far too soft in my initial response to this problem, but it was a lesson learned the hard way.

It is going to take most of this year to make up for those losses, which means we will not be taking in any new surrenders for the first time since we started. The ripple effect is real, but so is the need for people to board their birds. I will do my best to balance both and appreciate the support and patience of those who are helping.

Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

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Yvonne SerranoCan't you make a shame page for the nonpayment people? Or do you still have the birds....?2   ·  1 month ago

Rose EssexSo sorry. It's happened everywhere I've worked. 😠1 month ago

Chanda KalmanIf I can help in any way since I understand the Nickster is still there, (not the sole reason, but a good one) please let me know. I still have the OTT lights for you :)1 month ago

Deborah SmithThis is so sad.1 month ago

Sharon LeaThis hurts my heart to hear.1 month ago

Chris Gee1 month ago

Chris GeeThese are very hard decisions to make and I know other rescues/sanctuaries have had to make those decisions too based upon this - $5k is alot for a sanctuary like you and being you could have used those monies for the birds makes it more the more heart breaking1 month ago

Rachel Cereghino FowlerI am willing to adopt a bird in need of a home.1 month ago

Stacey MacKenzieI am SO sorry this happened. I feel badly because I can't do more, but I DO support you in every way possible. And if Watu Watu ever comes available, I am still very much interested.1 month ago

Brycen TaraUm how do you just leave your bird in boarding? I am not the best bird person but I know enough to know they would miss their human deeply and a sad parrot is a bratty parrot.1 month ago

Joyce Faye HenkeStart charging up front payment required. That will not stop people who abandon them πŸ˜–1 month ago

Terry Lawrence RiordanCurious, do you have a # of birds you can accomodate, or do you go by money/space available?1 month ago

Lynn Hillen Kukolwhat kind of bird do you have that need homes. i could take 1 of them.1 month ago

Sonya BrewerAre birds still in custody. And would you consider small claims court?1 month ago

Mona MilfordWishing you much success in the New Year and much better clients1 month ago

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Sunday January 3rd, 2016 - 1:23 pm

I would like to thank everyone who donated in 2015. This was the most challenging year we have had yet, but in the end it was a banner year in many areas.

Many people don't realize rescue is a business. We like to think we are a business with a heart, but we are a business that relies on money like any other. Like any for-profit business, The Village has a business plan and a 5-year plan, among many others. The end of 2015 brings us to the point where we finalize changes and put more focus on our next plan...the 10-year plan.

Some of the changes come about through things like cost benefit analysis, very cut and dry accounting that paints a relatively accurate picture of how well a program is doing, how much it costs the rescue, and how much it benefits the community and the birds in that community. We have programs here that did not make the cut into 2016, with boarding being at the top of the list. Boarding was something I did personally and gave the funds to the rescue. It has helped us get to this point; we have been able to do things no other rescue could do, but it has come at a cost that is invaluable...my time and peace of mind. I need to be able to get away and have my own time so I can give the birds here the best 'me' possible. I cannot do that if I am here 24/7/365 watching birds for people as they travel and escape. I am collecting a long-overdue debt and am at peace with the decision.

I apologize if this causes any issues with anyone. I am happy to refer you to other people and rescues who now offer this service. It has served us well, but I am looking forward to the new opportunities my time will present for The Village. Happy 2016! ... See MoreSee Less

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Debbie AllisonA life & a business is all about the steps you take to get you where you need to be!1 month ago

Belinda SkeltonI commend your dedication and commitment to the Village, and your continuing insight and personal growth. Here's to a wonderful 2016! πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ
You are awesome.1 month ago

Pinky BeeThis is sad to hear but Im glad you are doing what is best for you, and what is best for the birds.
I would love a list of other boarding facilities in the area, we may be traveling soon and will definitely need them.1 month ago

Mary FerraraWell Ms. Vicki, as you know, Scott Stern boards with me as do several others. I have a dedicated Bird Room, it has a HEPA/UV machine to clean the air, and birds get a combo of organic fruit/vegetables every day plus Brita filtered water. I recently moved to have that dedicated Bird Room and am off of I-85 between Shallowford Road and Chamblee-Tucker Road. Yes, it is a lot of work, so I can only imagine what it's like with all the rescues.

Please keep me in mind!1 month ago

Myra Grisham AndersonMiss Vicki, Dakota and I are heart broken but we still support you decision. I don't know if I can trust anyone the way we trust you but time will tell. Can you please recommend someone on this side of town as I will be needing a sitter this month! I do totally agree with the "why" you made this decision. (((HUGS)))1   ·  1 month ago

Sandra TomlinsonHappy 2016. πŸ˜ƒ1 month ago

Alison ShookI am so happy that you are going to give yourself a bit of time and care! Love yourself so you can love those demanding feathered creatures.1 month ago

Brenda Richard-MilliganHappy New Year and God bless you and your spirit! Hold your head high as you venture into 2016 as you are incredible to be able to rescue cockatoos and do it with LOVE from your heart!1 month ago

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I can't imagine a better "stop" along the way to finding a new home than Miss Vicki's and her crew! I've seen first hand who she is and what she does! Thank you all!

- Janet Holt Hilton

100% applause. This is my dream and someone else is livin it! Awesome job! I wish I had millions to help. I loved the feathered friends!

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A joy to be in such a wonderful, happy bird place. If you have never visited, and are interested in adopting a wonderful bird who is waiting for a new home, make plans to go!!

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