GFAS Announces Avian Wellness Training Series for National Bird Day

parrots small prGlobal Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), an international sanctuary accreditation body, is announcing an upcoming online training series they are sponsoring in recognition of National Bird Day on January 5, 2015: “Protecting Captive Birds.” The first webinar in the series will be an introduction to the “Basics of Caring for Exotic Birds in the Shelter”, to be presented by Anthony Pilny, DVM, DABVP (Avian), and launches on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Organized by the Avian Welfare Coalition (AWC), an organization whose mission is to raise awareness to the plight of captive birds, the aim of the series is to expand resources to help captive birds in need by engaging the animal sheltering community, improving the standards of care for birds in shelters and providing educational materials to facilitate this goal.

“Traditional companion animal shelters are often unprepared to provide specialized care for undomesticated animals,” states Denise Kelly, AWC president. Captive birds, kept in nearly seven million homes in the U.S., are often abandoned at local animal shelters and fall into this category. The training series, in three parts, describes the best practices in temporary housing, intake, handling, disease, and nutrition, among other topics useful for short-term bird care.

“We are excited to provide a resource that supports animal welfare professionals that find themselves in need of additional training to care for birds that enter their facilities,” says Kellie Heckman, GFAS executive director. “We hope these webinars and the complementary workshop series will ultimately facilitate a safe placement of homeless birds into accredited sanctuaries.”

Details about the first webinar are available at: // You may register for the webinar at: This will be followed by two additional webinars in early 2015.

About Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries:
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries/rescues worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting sanctuaries/rescues is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. They represent top leadership from Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, the ASPCA, and American Anti-Vivisection Society. For more information, visit: localhost.

About Avian Welfare Coalition:
Formed in 2000, the Avian Welfare Coalition (AWC) is a working alliance of avian welfare and animal protection organizations dedicated to the ethical treatment of parrots and other captive birds. The mission of AWC is to raise awareness about the plight of parrots and other captive birds and to serve as an educational resource for the humane community, lawmakers, and the general pubic. AWC also aims to prevent the abuse, exploitation and suffering of captive birds, to address issues of rescue, placement and sanctuary for displaced birds, to increase legal protections for captive birds, and to support legitimate conservation programs aimed at preserving birds’ rightful place in the wild. AWC also offers resources and training to animal shelter facilities to help them tend to the needs of exotic birds:

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