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#119700 - 11/30/06 06:27 AM Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  

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Hello All,

Out of curiousity and a few of the threads posted lately I have decided to submit this poll and ask any and/ or all of you wishing to assist as to how you come to obtain your bird. This will help alot of the newbies understand the "cause and effect" of adopting.

Whether it be through Adoption, Rescue, Friends or Relatives, Rehome, Purchased (whether before or after joining Mytoos), or other.
Please be honest and don't be offended. This is only a Poll. You can submit as much info as you like.

I will gladly "Lead the Band".

My bird Lucky M2, 42 years old, came to me/us from our local Rescue. He was a mean S--T! Took a few good blows from his beak. eek
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This was the Rescue listing posted for Lucky: (was added after original posting, had to find ad again)

Notes: Lucky is a gorgeous Mollucan Cockatoo who prefers women! Lucky has been known to be very aggressive at times so he needs a very experienced home, familiar with Cockatoo aggression. He has come a very long way in his foster home but still needs that special home & environment to rebuild his trust in humans again. Lucky was left in a vacant apartment for approximately 18 months! His only contact with humans was when a person came to feed & water him daily! His cage, which he destroyed, was only 24" X 24", MUCH TOO SMALL for a large bird like him. . Lucky will make a wonderful pet for the right person. Could that be you? NO SMALL CHILDREN & preferably no males.
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We have now had him in our home for 1 month now and is doing Wonderful. Has fully regained his trust in humans........ well, Us anyways. laugh

We are currently Fostering him for a 6 month period then Adopting thereafter. These are the Adoption Rules that are setforth by the Rescue Agency.

Also have a 6 month Green Cheek Conure (Zachary), spoiled rotten too, and was a purchase due to "Couldn't resist his cute little face". Gotta love'em. So darn cute!

Thanks for participating,

Rick and Lucky smile

#119701 - 11/30/06 07:01 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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OK Rick I'll step up...

Rio - Cherry Head Conure - 25+? years old - wild caught. Bought at pet store I worked P/T at to make extra money, as if!! That was 17 years ago...
Still here Thank you Lord smile I knew less than nothing back then.

Rajah - Alexandrine - 17 years old - Captive bred/raised sympathy buy, 16 1/2 years ago... still here & I'm still not too bright either :rolleyes:

Indi - Goffin Cockatoo - 16 yrs old - Captive bred/raised - another sympathy buy, 12 yrs ago - on consignment at pet store, 3rd time round for her, she came home with me . I paid less or equal to what store paid 2nd owner but they don't carry big birds anymore either.
I'm getting somewhat brighter...

Simon - Moluccan Cockatoo - 21 yrs old- 6th rehome thru surrender to private sanctuary I work with. He choose me - that was 11 years ago. I was able to work WITH him before he came home for good smile

The Fab Four smile

Liisa

PS. I think if you search this one there was a similar thread, but it was quite a while ago.

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Liisa B,

Wow, what a family you have. Congratulations are definitly in order for you. Where do find the time. Although I should talk with 4 dogs and 2 birds.

Thanks for stepping up.

I noticed this was posted quite some time ago, but wanted to bring a new thread to the forefront, especially for the newbies.

Thanks again,

Rick

#119703 - 11/30/06 07:41 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  

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Ok here I am...

Tweet is a now 22 year old teil, he was given to me about a year and a half ago, he was unwanted so I offered to take him. He is still a little fiesty but I figure he is old enough to behave how ever he wants to. I adore him even though he bites harder than any bird I have ever been bit by!

Jake, less than a year old, right now cant remember his hatch date, I sorta bought him from a breeder, I sent some of the money and he was dropped off to me. My former friend was supposed to raise him and wean him....um, I think she didnt want to do it any more and he was brought top me with NO LESSONS on hand feeding. I was told I JUST FED HIM and that was that. Unfortunatley, I figured it out and I will NEVER I mean NEVER do that agian. Ive never been so scared of killing something my entire life!

When Jake was dropped off with me, there was also a 2 year old sweet as pie M2 named Billy brought to me from the air port. He was dropped off at my good friends Rescue in MO because he screamed an entire 15 minutes a day!! YIKES how dare him...I truley wanted to help so I took him. Guess what...I quickly realized wuith a toddler who thought the big pink bird was facinating this was a bad decision on my part and I wasnt meant to be Billys mama. With a lot of help from Tammy and Too haven I was able to realize I wasnt bad nor was I giving up I was doing the RIGHT THING and I took Billy to Toohaven rescue. Everyday I smile at my decision because sweet billy has the best home in the world now and that makes me very happy

Then there is the light of my life. Beebop. apx 12 year old CAG...Im not sure what you would call how I aquired him. I was talking to a lady on the phone, land lord lady, she told me she had the meanest bird on the planet and she hated him! BROKE MY HEART. I was new to birds and definatley didnt have THIS KIND of experiance...I made the offer, to take him in, left it at that. I kept in contact with her weekly and finally 8 months later, I finally got the call. I had worried about this bird all the time. FINALLY she told me she wanted me to buy him SO I DID! sight unseen, new he was flipping mean but I didnt care I knew he was in a bad situation so I did it. Now...I really didnt know squat about how to buy a bird, what to offer for such a bird but I did know how much they cost at the bird store so I offered her 700.00.....LMAO! I got a DEAL HUH??? I never saw a meaner more pittiful looking thing in my life. I uncovered his cage and he was so skinny I could count his bones! His keel bone still sticks out bad but we are slowly gaining. I got him out of the carrier and he tried to eat my face off, eat my husband the dog and everything else in that room. He now feeds me everytime I gret near the cage, he steps up and no longer says the mean terrible things he used to say...best 700 bucks I ever spent, and I would do it agian in a heart beat for a bird in his situation. Thats my flock....when I get home to AZ I willget settled and be bringing home a 14 year old CAG. His owner dropped him off and has not returned...its been 6 months now...VERY SAD!

Im done rambling. sorry

#119704 - 11/30/06 10:23 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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I Bought annabell from a couple that decided they wanted to travel and didnt want to leave her home alone anymore so I decided that I would take her and give her a forever home. Just the thought of her being passed around killed me and i know that I can give her that forever home she needed. The couple loved her but just didnt know alot about toos as neither did I till I found MyToos thanks heavens for you all!!! laugh I know that your not suspose to "buy" animals but this couple wasnt in it for the money nor were they going to get another bird so i didnt see anything wrong with it> And i didnt read this site till after i had put a deposit down on her frown But its all done now and we are gonna make the best life we can for her. Shes one of the family now. As for our Sun Conure well i bought it from a lady I know.. I know another bad choice!! But there again I put up the deposit before i read this site!! But whats done is done and now i know dont buy adopt so the point has gota in my head and from now on thats what we are gonna do!!!

#119705 - 11/30/06 12:58 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Here at the zoo we have:
Sonny- 30 year old wild caught CAG that was given to us when the guys son was hospitalized due to the dust. Hates my guts, bites me any chance she gets, and is my first bird, and I love her to death.

Gracie is my 3 year old Jenday that was a gift from my mom- she bought 2, gave me one, my Dad the other. After Mom passed, Dad was having a hrad time with the conure screech and wanted to rehome her. So now I have both- Gracie and Georgie, and the are my daughters pride and joy. They are kept in her room, seperate cages, and she spoils them rotten.

Raven is my 5 year old U2. She was locked in a laundry room for 3-4 years, no window, lights out most days, getting her cage kicked by her owners husband because she was loud and she hated him. She's been with me about 2 years and is just awesome. I never had any fear of her- when I went to look at her, I was smart enough to bring the truck- she walked across her cage top and cuddled into my chin (what was I thinking???!!!) and her owner burst into tears. She has yet to bite me, and trusts me completly- although she runs my boyfriend right out of the bedroom. I cannot bear to lock her up, so the bedroom has been birdproofed and she only goes into her cage at night.

Skoke is my adopted 4 year old CAG and the biggest clown in the house. I saw her on petfinder, listed by a rescue that helped me get a CAG at the ASPCA into better living conditions, and I filled out the application. We were 1 of over 100 applications she checked out, and she never even invited someone else to meet the bird. Love at first sight, Skoke was adopted after we were approved, and she never ruffled a feather. I am her chosen one, although she's getting better with strangers, and she never fails to make me laugh.

#119706 - 11/30/06 01:20 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Tut was a found M2 that the Zoo was called in it capture. I used to work there as a volunteer. The curator told me they were going to sell him to another zoo but was having trouble finding one that could take in an abused bird. I made an offer and they let me have him. He has been with me for 20 yrs. At the zoo for 2+ yrs. How old he is, is anyones guess.

Kyu the U2 was bought from the same curator from the zoo. He had a pair and they would produce a baby every so often.

Sysko the Scarlet was another zoo baby. They pair made a baby and they were not able to send him to another zoo because of the bloodline. Too many from the same pair.

Coowee the quaker was a gift from my nephew 5 yrs. ago.

#119707 - 11/30/06 04:02 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Wingnut the parrotlet came from someone who knew someone who knew someone.

Calypso the tiel came to us as a baby from a client at the vet clinic where I work.

Peaches our M2 came from a client who came in the clinic and begged me to take her. She was so eager to get rid of her that she gave me Peaches, her cage, food and a rubbermaid tote filled with toys and toy-making supplies for free. She even delivered the cage because it wouldn't fit in our van.

#119708 - 11/30/06 04:26 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Kiwi was purchased at a petstore before I had ever looked at mytoos. She was 1 and had already been traumatized by her first family, and was very afraid of everyone. She picked me, and I fell for it. After some research, she came home a week later. She has been with me for 3 1/2 years now, so that makes her 4 1/2 years old.

Aztec is a 10 1/2 year old ex-breeder. When he failed to "produce" he was stuffed into a tiny cage with no toys and fed only seeds. He never had any human contact. He was then dumped at a cat rescue because one of the ladies had a conure. They made a lot of progress with him, but still didn't try to handle him. I adopted him in January and he is one happy little guy. I can't touch him, but after a bit of feather ruffling I can pick him up. I'm also allowed (well, more like encouraged) to give beak kisses.

#119709 - 11/30/06 04:33 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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My girlfriend adopted her father's 12ish year old female U2, Harvey. We live together and she is a full time med student, so I have sortof taken over Harvey's care.

My gf's family lived in Indonesia for some time and got Harv there -- a coworker of her father's was emigrating and had to give away her flock. Harv was egg raised by humans and lived as good a life as any captive bird could in Indo.

When they were forced to leave Indonesia after all the Americans were evacuated, Harv came back to the states with them. She lived there for 8ish years before we adopted her. She was somewhat neglected there. The father which loved her very much has a very demanding job and could only spend a little time with her. The step family was afraid of her. So she didn't get the attention or bathing she needed =( She began plucking at this time -- a habit she is slowly starting to break, I think!

Anyway, Harvey is the sweetest bird in the world. She's very calm, has never bitten anyone, and makes all sorts of adorable noises even though she doesn't talk. She's great with strangers -- even the vet! I feel so lucky to get to takr care of her =)

#119710 - 11/30/06 05:30 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Angelina th u2 was purchased when I didnt know better. Charlie the african grey was given to me by a neighbor who lost his home and couldnt care for him. Vada the blue and gold macaw came into my care because of a relative with a drug problem.

#119711 - 11/30/06 05:37 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Unfortunately I bought my sweet Naya at a pet shop before I discovered this cite. Now I try not to even buy anything from a pet store that profits from selling live animals. Anyway, she is the best thing that has ever happened to me though. I instantly fell in love with her when she got on my shoulder and said "hello" at the pet store. She had chewed off most of her feathers and looked like a plucked chicken. Supposedly the person that had her before me became allergic and she was an emotional mess for missing her "mommy". After awhile all her feathers grew back and she is now the head of the household and really only goes in her cage when I'm at work. Am I totally insane or does anyone else feel like they love their bird almost more than their own family??

#119712 - 11/30/06 05:38 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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I love to be the next one to share my story of how our 10 year young Umbrella Too, Princess Samantha came to be a part of our family. We adopted her from a dear dear friend, Eddie, who (if you read my other post of how I came to be Samantha's Mom it gives the details) is now in his last days, he tricked Samanths & myself into becoming friends before we even realized what his plan was.
She was very protective of him, he has terminal cancer (which by the way he is living longer then the docs suspected) he rescued her, he informed me that they abused, neglected & kept her constantly caged, mostly covered and on terribly unhealty diet of left overs, rotten food/seeds & rarely fresh water. She was afraid of kids, loud noises & lights. But with Eddies love for her she came along way when I met her.
I came about becoming her mom due to Eddies failing health & agreed only AFTER the extensive reading, listening & learning as much as possible did we as a family come to the conclusion that without us she would have had to go to a rescue place (which was a great place, but after visiting it I could not live with myself knowing that all of Eddies love would be lost if I could not find it in myself as his friend to care for the one that was with him with an undying love for him. By my spending time with Samantha we decided that we would have her into our family forever.
We are also parents to 4 Chihuahua's, all of whom stare at Samantha with eyes that wonder what she still is. But they still steer clear of her, but slowly they will stay longer in the room when she returns to her cage to eat. When she comes out they leave the room. laugh We love her & daily I search & see more & more sites stating they SELL these baby birds at an over the top prices providing little or NO education at all about the care these babies will need once they are no longer the funny, cute & QUIET creatures they think they are. I have been compliing this list & will make arrangements to visit as many as possible & give them the correct information I received from the MYTOOS.COM website at least giving the customers (whom I will stop at the doors) and hand out a flyer with the accurate information I read before even considering the idea of becoming Samantha's new family.

#119713 - 11/30/06 05:48 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Earl was in a petsmart for almost a year when I met him, he bit he screamed and would climb to the top of his cage whenever the door was opened and reach down to bite whoever got near him. He would however give kisses through the bars as a trick then bite his potential owners, he was scared. He drew blood on me all the time but I always came back for more. Soon enough he was clearenced to half price and sold, I was sad but assumed it was a good home. Not too long afterwards the owner wanted me to have him because he screams :rolleyes: well my parents took him in for a year and then my mother left the household and my dad gave him to me. He doesnt bite anymore and can climb to the top of the cage without becoming an attack bird. He does scream but I dont mind unless its 6 am but hes a bird. His reciept actually says price change $800 "damaged". He does shake when I come into the room after he has been screaming previous owners banged on the cage to make him shut-up because that works. I also have 2 adopted cats one who is blind. And 4 assorted reptiles who where drop offs and 1 huge friendly hamster left at petsmart. Earl was 3yrs old in april and I look forward to many years with my destructive screaming destroying toddler

#119714 - 11/30/06 09:18 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Okay, letís see this could be long with four parakeets, six cockatiels, one lovebird, one senegal, one greater sulphur crested, and a u2 (not to mention six cats and four dogs). I only wonder how to set up a petting zoo to have the animals help pay for themselves. Lol.

Ive, keet, came to me from an office worker who wanted a hand reared parakeet in 1998. She purchased an unweened bird from a breeder and brought him to me. I had been a member of butte county bird club and had experience with feeding. I have fed him and weened him then she decided she didnít want him. He is a wholly terror and talks of a storm. I got the best part of the deal. Pearl was a rescued keet from a backyard about two years ago. A woman called our volunteer cat shelter looking for someone to come get her. She loves Ivy. Budgie, a keet, is residing with us for a year while her mom a university professors is on sabbatical for a year in Mexico. Blue bell, a keet, is a mickaboo rescue just recently. They all live and play together. The progression of keets shows my progression into a rescuer. Having worked with BCBC for several years, I developed a distain for breeders and relized that either they were good people and broke or they made a living with blood money.

When I moved to Stockton I bought property and began working with many rescues to save animals. Thatís where all the cats and dogs came from.

I saw Alaska, a beautiful white cockatiel, in a local pet store. I didnít buy her right away. I did visit her for months. I kept thinking surely someone will buy her. But each time I went, she would be there. She also started to become very friendly as I visited often. Finally after months of visits, I could resist no more and bought her. Later I bought Juno and then Homer, both tiels. Then they had babies. Now living with six tiels. Okay becoming enlighten is a slow process. I realized through internet searches that their were ways I could guarantee or lesson the chances of breeding, and I also discovered bird rescues, so in the long run the babies have been extra blessings.

I have always wanted a large bird but have always resisted the urge. Having worked in a pet store in the late 90ís and a volunteer with the bird club, I knew enough to know it was a big commitment. I am much more settled in my life now and with seeing how many birds, like cats and dogs, were waiting for forever homes, I decided this was the time to provide a bird with a forever home.

I began with signing up to take a class from mickaboo rescue and one from companion parrot connection. It turned out that they were both a month away and on the same day. In the meantime, I would continue to view rescue web sites and think about what kind of bird I would feel comfortable with. From mickaboo, I discovered mytoos which made me shy away from adopting a too. During that month, I couldnít help myself, and I visited the Peninsula Humane Society and fell in love with Sampson, the u2. The classes were the following weekend so I decided to wait a week before adopting Sampson. But, my mind was made up so I put a hold on him. And I have never looked back.

Birdy Birdy came to me threw the craigs list. His owner was starting a new career and wanted to find a good new home for his buddy. He wasnít selling him, and was even offended by anyone who emailed with money issues as part of the pitch. So I was the only email which talked about my home and experience. Well, that impressed his daddy so Birdy Birdy, which he loves to say over and over, came to live with us.

Now a new friend will join our flock this weekend. Baby Blaze has come to me from a mytoos member who has come to the realization that Blaze needed a more informed birdy home who could provide more attention and discipline.

Wow this was long, but fun to think about and see my growth and progression over the years.
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#119715 - 11/30/06 09:39 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Meeko came to us through our local bird rescue. She is an adopted 4 year old Bare-Eyed.
I fell in love with my girlfriend's Citron and after ALOT of time reading this board, decided we would NEVER buy a bird, but instead adopt one in need of a good home. I don't know if other people realize it, but it was awfully similar to adopting our child out of foster care, homevisits, foster parents, visits to the new family member, etc. Quite amusing. We adore her. She has been with us a month now and is still settling in. But every day we see she is adjusting and doing well.

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Our Abigail, M2 now 1 and a half years old almost.
Aquired though Owner of avariry, The bird was turned in by a couple that had a baby on the way and the M2 took to much outta them they said. Avairy owner knew of the loss of our previous M2 and called us to tell us he had a Orphan bird sold to him.He kept her a week to clean,her and make sure good health, Then rescued her for 1400$

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Jessa Bell - 9 Ĺ yo U2 - Didnít know better, bought from a breeder.

Amaretto - 8 yo G2 - Breeder needed money, pitty purchase.

Tasha - 7 yo YNA - Someone needed money - traded for it.

Sweetie - age ? RLA - Pitty purchase, paid ransom.

Streaker - 6 yo Red Lory - Owner didnít know how to take care of - paid ransom.

Zena - 5 yo TAG - Husbandís bird, boughten.

Lucky - 5 yo CAG - Given, birth defects, unwanted.

Jacqo - 30+ yo wild caught CAG - Given, not hand able.

Tinkerbell - 4 yo RB2 - bought.

Cupcake - 13 yo M2 - adopted from bad situation.

Angel - 3 yo G2 - Given, deformities, unwanted.

Enyo - 6 yo IRN - temporary, sonís bird.

Tweety - 8 yo Tiel - temporary, sonís bird.

Almost all of my birds had a ransom of some sort. Since joining this board, I can say that any of the birds brought into my home were being re-homed or had birth defects that needed special consideration.


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#119718 - 11/30/06 11:23 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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After survivng all the hurricanes that hit Fl a couple of years ago, while running a service business right where Charlie hit (translation working round the clock!), having my Husband leave me right after Charlie hit and thoughtfully leaving HIS Mother with me, 4 moves all hurricane related in 3 months............I took a weekend off to take my Mother to Ft. Lauderdale,to visit my Uncle. Was driving down a road, saw a "Bird Shop" turned around, went back, asked if they had any Cockatoos. They had one on consignment. I said I wanted her. Bought her. Brought her home. NO research,never owned a bird before. Gosh, I look back now and at least can "SEE" why my thinking might have been so bad!!!! Luckily,(Grace) found MyToos. Was TERRIFIED....still am sometimes....but the rest is history.
Our story is on here somewhere. Someone here I don't remember who, gave me "The dumbest way to get and transport a bird Award" I humbly accepted.

I did meet Lils previous owners, they are wonderful guys. But were forced to leave Lil home alone sometimes for up to 3 days at a time. So she was not abused only by necessity, neglected. They called a few months ago to invite me to a party, but do not want to see her again.

In the shop, she definately gave ALL the signs of choosing me. People there were amazed by her reactions to me. So I like to think it was "dumb..." fate and that I at least got her before she had multiple homes...or worse.

I would NEVER buy another bird. Even though my heart has been broken at the site of them. I like to think that I am educating myself not only on how to live with Lil but at the plight of all of the parrots out there. And, this is only done by being here on this site.

I had always wanted a Cockatoo.........! I have been a dog trainer and animal activist most of my life. But as we all know, that didn't help a hill of beans worth!!!!!! Ground Zero.
-edit- When people say,"Oh so she is your pseudo child"...I say no, she is my pseudo sanity. <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" />

#119719 - 12/01/06 02:34 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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We got a phone call one evening from a friend asking if we would want a too.Turns out a young man had been given Sugar by a lady with serious mental/drug problems.Her son got Sugar for her for mothers day mad .It seems the woman was quite mean to Sugar,screaming at her,kicking her cage,I know she squirted her with water.She got tired of the noise and mess and GAVE her,cage and all to the man we got her from.The man sold her to us for $800.cage and all.I had always wanted a parrot,I've had tiels over the years.My hubby wasn't thrilled with the idea but relented.He now calls her Daddy's girl.I'm so thankful we got her out of that situation.The man would have let her go to anyone with the money.Now she's here to stay laugh


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