|Bennie posing for the camera at Parrot Outreach|
314 miles. 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Outrageous humidity. Steep mountains. Trucks roaring by, spewing black exhaust. Feet pounding the hot asphalt for more than a week. Why would anyone want to run all the way across Tennessee in July?!?
Dusty Hardman is doing it to raise money to help parrots.
It's heartbreaking to see all of the wonderful, intelligent birds that need homes. Parrot Outreach currently has about fifty birds that need one-on-one attention and a family of their own. In the meantime, they live at the Parrot Outreach Society's storefront at 1105 Taylor Road in Punta Gorda, Florida in some well worn cages. I know I don't know much about birds but I have the opinion that by getting to know and understand a bird BEFORE bringing it into your home can be extremely valuable. With a baby, you get what you get. You're stuck. If you look for a bird (or dog or cat) at a rescue, the caretakers can fill you in on the bird's quirks, strong points and weaknesses so you can match just the right bird with your temperament and that of your family. If bird adoption is not your thing, consider donating to Parrot Outreach Society via Fundrazr to help replace our well worn cages.
I am Bennie and I’m a young 15 yr old Hahn’s Macaw. I am the smallest of the Macaws but my personality and attitude make up for my lack of size. I will tell you how I love you and how I’m Mamma’s baby boy. I can get in a mood sometimes but generally I’m pretty good boy. I love to play with my toys and will eat most anything you give me. I am used to having full flight but that is negotiable if you make it up to me with treats.