As a professional performer who happens to work with parrots, I meet thousands of people each week and I get invited to a lot of parrot rescues because of this. Now I know that most of the rescues I’ve been to sure meant well, but the fact remains that only a few are making a difference like Christy is at Zazu’s House Parrot Sanctuary just north of Seattle.
I was in the middle of loading my illusions into the arena in Everett, when I received a picture message from one of our tour managers. She had taken a picture of a Hyacinth in a pet shop across the street from us, and told me it was “the most amazing shop and birds are out everywhere!” She was right about it being an amazing shop. I walked into Apollo’s Bird Store and struck up a conversation with the owner, Bunni. You could tell instantly that she was a fan of birds and was willing to do anything to make sure they go to good homes.
Photo by Jamieleigh
Location: Bothell, WA
Pictured: Blue and Gold Macaw
It was then, that I first heard about Zazu’s House. It was this mysterious rescue that I needed to know more about. Bunni mentioned how the rescue lives off of donations and that once a year the pet shop holds a silent auction to raise money for Zazu’s House. Last year they raised almost $10,000 which went towards the construction of a new building. It was this drive that made me realize I needed to see this amazing place.
Within a couple days we had an appointment with the rescue, and we followed Bunni out while trying to make sure we got back to Everett in time for shows that evening. When the gates opened up and we drove up to the estate, I was blown away. This wasn’t just any old rescue, this was a heaven!
Photo by Dave
Location: Bothell, WA
Macaw Haven Aviary in Zazu’s House
There were two sections. One was for “special needs” and the other was for macaws only.
Since I choose editing video over writing to relay my message, I scheduled another visit so that I could film this incredible place, and share it with you. I felt inclined to donate, and hope that if you’re in a position to do the same that you do so without hesitation. Just watch the video above and you’ll soon know why.