Welcome to problem parrots, I am Shell the charity Administration and finance director.
I have been owned by parrots since my husband encouraged me into joining a parrot rescue, so we could offer our home to an African grey. We joined the rescue in 2006 and within my time with them we helped many birds find their new homes. I held many positions from safe house, ACO to rescue manager and director and working alongside some great people to improve my knowledge and experience as a group.
We worked with all birds from budgies to macaws and help overcome many behaviours such as plucking, biting and screaming alongside many health conditions. The best feeling of satisfaction for me is to work with a parrot to overcome behaviours and find their loving homes but also working 1-1 with the owners to support them to work through their problems. I have ventured all over the UK visiting owners and offering my help and experience with hands on training following the theory of applied behaviour analysis.
My experience within the charity had been invaluable and the high level of parrots looking for sanctuary within the rescue was alarming to me! The rescue had many amazing members and supported 1000’s of parrots a year but due to the level of parrots needing help there was not much time for 1-1 advice and support.
In 2008 myself and 2 other members decided to start a welfare charity with the overall aim of EDUCATION, that would help owners BEFORE the need came to move their loved family parrot out of their home and into rescue as this was not going to be the best for the owner or parrot.
This is where Problem Parrots Welfare Organisation came about. Our aim is to support birds at home to prevent the need to move into rescues and for them t remain where they are happiest where ever possible.
I am currently owned by a flock of macaws and they most definitely keep me on my toes.