Hundreds of exotic parrots desperate for new homes as B.C. bird refuge closes next month

COOMBS, B.C. – Hundreds of parrots living at a Vancouver Island sanctuary need new homes as an Aug. 1 deadline approaches for the closure of the World Parrot Refuge.

Between 450 and 500 parrots, including macaws, cockatoos, lovebirds and conures, are up for adoption, following the death last February of refuge founder Wendy Huntbatch.

“After Wendy’s passing, the money has basically run out,” said Matthew Spate, a refuge supervisor and one of its few remaining paid staff.

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