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Frankie was then moved to a shelter, but Frankie was deemed unsuitable for adoption, and thus moved to Parrots First.

Frankie is now at Parrots First where she will get the excellent care and attention she needs and deserves, while she waits for permanent placement in a sanctuary.

Sponsor Frankie

Frankie was confiscated with one other parrot from an animal hoarding situation.

About Frankie

Frankie is an Eleanora cockatoo that came to Parrots First from a confiscation. The person was keeping snakes, lizards, and alligators. Frankie was one of 2 birds that were seized, and Parrots First was asked to take them in as they were not good candidates for the city shelter to adopt out. Frankie is missing all but one of his toes but gets around surprisingly well.

Why Sponsor Frankie?

Being fearful of humans, especially of hands, it was decided that Frankie is unsuitable for adoption, and a cockatoo sanctuary with colonies of sulfur crested cockatoos would be best for Frankie. However, when California was placed under quarantine for Newcastle Disease, the sanctuary decided not to take in any new parrots, so Frankie will be staying with Parrots First.

Frankie is doing well but still does not want to be touched or handled. Frankie is very smart and has learned to station (stay put) in his cage to allow for feeding and cleaning. We are still hoping to get him to the sanctuary when they again accept new cockatoos, but it may be 18 months until the sanctuary starts accepting birds again, so we need financial support to care for Frankie in the meantime. Frankie also needs special perches since he has only one toe, and an aviary for more freedom of movement.

Frankie’s Favorite Things

Frankie loves corn and sugar snap peas, and we encourage donations of medium-sized, hanging wood toys if sponsorship isn’t an option.

How to Sponsor Frankie ($55 per month or $660 per year)

Payment can be made either through monthly installments or one-time donations, and you can stop sponsorship at any time. Once your sponsorship is processed, Parrots First will mail you a Certificate of Sponsorship with a picture and short biography of the sponsored bird. You will also be provided with periodic updates on your sponsored bird. Parrots First also welcomes non-cash donations of treats and toys for your sponsored bird.

  1. Go to Network for Good, which is the online payment portal for Parrots First (Network for Good will allow you to donate using PayPal if you prefer).

  2. Indicate that you are sponsoring Frankie in the “Designation” field. If your sponsorship is a gift, please indicate the name of the recipient in the “Dedication or Gift” field.


Other Parrots First Sponsorship Program Policies

Parrots First and its Board of Directors shall have sole discretion to disperse Sponsorship funds for the care of the specified bird (care includes, but is not limited to, veterinary expenses, food, supplies, or other expenses). Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by State and Federal Law.

Email for questions and comments.


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