Volunteer raises money for homeless parrots with 314 mile run
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CREATED Jun. 23, 2013
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Dozens of homeless parrots wait patiently for new homes at the Parrot Outreach Society in Punta Gorda.
"We take in birds that can't stay with their families for whatever reason, sometimes a family member has died, there has been a divorce," Pam Hill, Owner and Operator of the Parrot Outreach Society, said.
Parrots can live up to 80 years, so they most likely will always need more than one home.
That's where the Parrot Outreach Society comes in. It takes the birds in, gets them medical treatment and places them with the right family.
"It averages between 40-60 that we have in our care at a time," Hill said.
But things changed when Dusty Hardman showed up, looking to volunteer.
"It just seemed very interesting, and very, I am new to the area, so very Florida," Hardman said.
That interest turned to love. And now Hardman will be raising awareness--and money--for the birds with a 314 mile run across Tennessee.
"I love Dusty, she's awesome," Hill said. "She has really put a lot of time and effort in this campaign."
And she will do it in style. She plans on wearing a backpack and visor decorated with feathers from the parrots while she runs.
Hardman hopes to raise $5,000 to buy more cages for the birds.
"Our cages are being well used and they are starting to get well worn and we really need to replace them," Hill said.
Hardman begins her run to raise pennies for parrots on July 11.
"I am hoping it will take me seven days," Hardman said.