Suddenly, once the decision to go had been made, we now had less than 48 hours to gather supplies and monetary donations. After mentioning the trip to just a few clients and without even sending out an email newsletter, money and phone calls started pouring in. It will be impossible for us to list all of the generous donors who helped with money, cages, phone calls and packing, especially since we did not have a record of every single person who made a cash donation, as many of them dropped cash into the basket on our counter. The following list is not in any particular order, and we have chosen not to list the exact amounts given by each person or organization. Everyone gave according to what they could manage, and every dollar and item helped the birds. If I have left someone off the list, please email me so I can correct this oversight.
ALL STAR PET SUPPLYDEVENA HARDWICK
PETCO OF INDEPENDENCESANDRA BROWN
THE CLIENTS OF CURVES IN PECULIAR PAUL & ANITA SKEHEN
THE PET BIRD CLUBDIANA WONNELL
MIKE OLENDER CONSTRUCTION MELODY RUDOLPH
JON GRASSER TONI TURPIN
HEIDI SZATKOWSKI LAURA MCKITTRICK
CAROLYN ROMONDO DONNA HILL
LYNN HOLT KAREN KLINE
SHARI HAYESJANI KENNEDY
DINAH BROOKS SUSAN ETTER
JEN & RUSS LOWNIEANN ZARR
KATHY CORDRY NANCY GRAHAM
RITA ANN COMFORTDEBRA COOK
JOHN & ROSEMARY SEALSMARGARET FIDLER
MARGARET BJELICAGREG CHOLLET
JANET & LYLE MUSSMAN RON & RENEE HARTMAN
JEAN EILER PENNY MONTGOMERY
NICOLE FEARCE HAROLD DELFENTHAL
BONNIE HARVEYLISA PETERSON
MARIE MARROQUIN KURT & JENNIFER
GAY REEDY HAMMETT
SUE HAGERMAN THE GREATER KANSAS
CAROL GROMELSKI CITY AVICULTURAL
THERESA SHEARMAN SOCIETY
DEBBIE MORRISSFRANCES EZER
NANCY WILLIS MAURICE & LEANNA
PUNKY MCDANIEL HOLDGRAF
ROBERTA DURBIN ANN DEY
ED & LOU STRATEMEIER
BRIAN & CHERYL CASEMENT
THE MONEY DONATED PRIOR TO OUR DEPARTURE CAME TO OVER $1700, AND MORE CAME IN AFTERWARD! SEE THE LATER PAGE FOR UPDATED TOTALS AND DETAILS OF HOW THE MONEY WAS SPENT. WE GOT A FEW QUICK PICTURES OF OUR PREPARATIONS.
Punky and Dr. Julie dismantle the top of a large cage so it will fit better into the van. Dr. Julie did not realize that the comfortable scrubs she chose to wear for the drive would be her outfit for the next 48 hours!
Elizabeth Berg showed up with her mom Vicki and said she wanted to go with us and help. She proved to be very useful as her younger body got around easier inside the van while the rest of us made her stay in there as we kept handing her more stuff to squeeze in to every nook and cranny.
Unsuspecting client Nicole showed up to visit the baby conure she is buying while we were packing and was immediately put to work. Meanwhile, bird nurse Julie Morriss kept track of everything she had organized and packed for us to take.
The four "fat chicks" pose for a final shot before Elizabeth, Vicki, and Dr. Julie hit the long road, leaving nurse Julie behind to run the clinic. We may look perky now, but 15 hours of driving all night left us feeling a bit road weary. Turns out we should have followed the MapQuest suggestion of driving I-70 to St. Louis, then taking I-55 to Baton Rouge. Those winding country highways that looked like a much shorter route were tedious at 4:00 in the morning. Our plan of two people in one smaller van had become 3 people, an SUV, and a 15 passenger supervan with the seats removed to make room for 3 big macaw cages that wouldn't come apart. The cages were crammed full of bird food, towels, smaller cages, medical supplies, and bedding, and we had 6 crates of new cages in there too. The SUV carried our food, clothing, water, and many of the items the rescuers had requested like bleach and paper towels.