It's the only one in Nebraska and one of very few in the country. The Nebraska Parrot Rescue is located right here in the heartland and believe it or not, there is a major need for support. Needless to say, the birds speak for themselves.
“When we first got started it was supposed to be very small,” said Roberta Barr.
Barr is the founder of the Nebraska Parrot Rescue, a non-profit that is nothing but small. Barr runs the entire operation out of her house in Bellevue.
“We get the birds, we work with them so that they are friendly and we readopt them back out,” said Barr.
Right now she is housing more than 70 birds. She takes care of them, feeds them, socializes the birds and raises money for the cause. She tells Channel 6 she started the non-profit by accident, after her two children bought two birds for their home.
A few years later, for just as many birds that she has, she's adopted out many more. Last year she adopted out 258 birds. So far this year we're up to 89.
And she says even though it might not seem like it, a family friendly pet, like a cat or dog, birds are just like any other pet.
“They meow like cats, they bark like dogs, they sing they dance, the play around,” said Barr.
The biggest problem, she needs more space. She has a plan to build a new facility just south of her house. The cost will be about $140,000, so far she has raised about $17,000
For the time being, she’ll keep rescuing and raising birds because the need is so great.
If you’ve like to help her cause, visit http://www.nebraskaparrotrescue.org/
By the way, it is not illegal to house birds in Nebraska. There is no limit to the number of birds you can have. Barr says the Humane Society periodically stops by to check up on her non-profit. It’s a 501c3, which means donations are tax deductible.