These pictures aren’t of Hoisin Pork Stir Fry. These are pictures of just a few of the 47 cockatiels that were surrendered to The Center for Avian Adoption, Rescue and Education, CAARE, on Saturday morning. The original call said the people had about 30 Cockatiels to surrender from a single home so it was quite a surprise when the final count was 47. CAARE is a small rescue but there was no question they would take all of the birds. No bird is ever denied a place.
On my lunch break my friend. Steph, and I went to see the birds so I could decide if I could possibly take a couple when they are ready to be fostered. I was allowed to go back and see the birds. It was a heart breaking to see the signs of neglect. Many of the birds had poop on their feathers because they were so crowded they couldn’t avoid it. More than a few of the birds had bald patches on their head and shoulders where their mates had plucked them and they couldn’t get away from it. Two were plucked completely bald from the top of their heads to their shoulders. I was talking to some of them though the cage bars, and I’ll admit it,crying, for the shit these beautiful birds went through, when one of the cockatiels reached through the bars and booped my nose, like she was saying don’t worry we will be okay.
When I was telling my friend, Audrey, about the situation, she asked how one person could get so many birds. I told her that some people are animal hoarders but it is more likely these people had good intentions but simply got in over their heads. I speak from experience, when people find out you have birds, they will be all over you to take the birds they no longer want for whatever reason and it is very hard to say no, especially if you know the bird is in a bad situation. I have had customers and coworkers give me birds. I have had people leave birds on my door step. My first cockatiel was flew into a quonset where my friend’s husband was working. One of my first adoptions was a handicapped parakeet who was found in the trash bin behind a grocery store. If I took every bird that I was asked to, I would have cages from floor to ceiling in every one of my rooms. I don’t because I know the limits of what I can afford or have time to care for.
So many surrenders to people like me and to shelters across the country could be avoided if people would just do some basic homework. If they did they would know birds are loud. Birds are noisy. Birds are destructive. Birds are messy. Birds are not a cheap substitute for the dog your kids really want. It takes a lot of time and patience to develop a relationship with a bird. They are prey animals and you are a predator. Birds don’t automatically love and trust humans.
Often when I tell people these things they think I am against people having birds of their own. I am not. I am the proud owner of 6 Parakeets and 3 Cockatiels. I know how amazing birds are. What I am against is the uninformed impulse buying of a living, thinking, feeling being. Birds deserve better than this, as do all animals.
The 47 birds that landed at CAARE are lucky. They are going to finally get the care they need, both physically and emotionally. CAARE will find as many as they can good homes in the area and find places that can find good homes for the rest. Unfortunately, many other birds won’t be so lucky.
Hoisin Pork Stir Fry
From Well Fed 30 Minute Paleo Recipes Magazine
2 TBS coconut aminos
1 TBS arrowroot powder
1 TBS unseasoned rice vinegar
3/4 tsp salt
Meat and Vegetables
1 1/2 lbs pork loin (I used thick cut pork chops)
2 medium red bell peppers, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
6 scallions, cut into 2 inch lengths
1 TBS coconut aminos
1 TBS almond butter
1 scallion, dark green part only
1 tsp toasted sesame oil, if you only have plain sesame oil, it will do
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, crushed
In a bowl, combine the velveting sauce ingredients; mix well. Cut the pork into 1/4 inch thick slices. Combine with the velveting sauce; mix well. Set aside.
Meanwhile, cut all the into similar sized pieces so they cook at the same rate; set a side.
In a small bowl, combine all the sauce ingredients, mix well and set aside.
Prep the ingredients under aromatics and set a side. Have everything ready to go before you start cooking. Everything cooks really fast you won’t have time to prep everything.
When you are ready to cook, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meat and cook undisturbed 1-2 minutes. Stir and cook 1-2 more minutes. Transfer to a plate.
Add another tablespoon of oil and heat for a minute or so. Add the vegetables and stir fry until tender, 1 – 4 minutes, depending on the vegetables.
Push the vegetables aside. Add the aromatics and stir fry them for about 15 seconds or so. Combine the vegetables and aromatics.
Add the meat back to the pan and combine with the vegetable mixture. Add the sauce and toss to combine. Stir fry for about 11/2 minutes to reheat the meat.