People have asked about the Avian Rescue Network.
Anyone can join.. no fees..no hassle. Here's what we're all about:
The idea behind the Avian Rescue Network (ARN) was to bring together, on a neutral platform, those who were interested in "Saving Lives, One Bird At A Time". There were too many existing small platforms and organizations that were not connecting due to personal differences, political agendas, etc. Birds were dying. Resources were not available to help them. It was time for a change in those attitudes and a need for a network resource.
The original concept was designed not to be an exclusive network, but rather an inclusive network resource and open to ANYONE who wanted to
participate. It is clearly a GRASSROOTS RESCUE network. There should be no question about that. Those who participate are interested in
RESCUE. NO personal agendas, political views, etc. ARN was not created to force anyone to conform to their views or members views. As I quote from the Introduction Letter:
"We ask that all Egos and political agendas be left at the keyboard. ARN is not established to set unreasonable and unrealistic standards. We are ONLY here to expedite the saving of as many birds' lives as possible. The Network exists SOLELY to ensure that animals escape abuse, neglect and euthanasia by finding appropriate life-long placements."
This organization had to have some guidelines in place and some foundation rules in order to function in the spirit it was intended. As this was designed to be a GRASS ROOTS, member driven organization and it's future formed by the members involved, the *facilitators* (concept founders) would remain in the background and only step in when the direction was being steered away from the founding principals. These facilitators also wished to remain anonymous for now as they did not want to overshadow or confuse the goal
of the ARN as it was a separate entity from the organizations that they also represent.
Many heated discussions were had over the "types" of organizations and people that would join. Naturally we expected formal rescue organizations
(both accredited and non-accredited), individuals who engage in rescue and curious people. We did expect that a few breeders would become involved. Again - let me state that we were not trying to EXCLUDE anyone. We are not a *secret society*.
If BREEDERS wanted to see first hand the problems in rescue and/or were willing to participate in transport or in other LIMITED ways, they were
welcome to participate ON A VERY LIMITED BASIS. NO BIRDS CAN OR WILL BE PUT IN BREEDING PROGRAMS OR GO TO FACILITIES WHICH ADOPT TO BREEDERS OR
BREEDING PROGRAMS. PERIOD. THE DATABASE OF RESCUE THAT WILL BE MADE AS A PUBLIC RESOURCE , WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY HAVE REGIONAL OR STATE LISTINGS OF RESCUERS, REHABBERS AND ADOPTION OR SANCTUARY PROGRAMS, WILL NOT LIST BREEDERS OR THOSE WHO PROMOTE BREEDING.
FURTHERMORE discussions about rescue vs. breeding is not APPROPRIATE ON ANY ARN LIST, WHETHER WORKGROUP OR SUPPORT or any future lists.
ARN is here to try and gather information, make connections with other organizations in order to "Save Lives, One Bird At A Time". Any other
discussion that is not focused on the
administration, transport, finding homes, set up or organization of resources to this end are NOT welcome here. There are plenty of other venues out there for those discussions.
Thank you for your time and participation,
To see more or join us, click on the link below. http://www.mytoos.com/arn.html