AWOL - Issue 017

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AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE MAGAZINE

CREATING A HAVEN FOR ABUSED PETS

PROTECTING POLLY By Emma Dacol Photos by Paige Salmon

Alex is a blue and gold macaw. His owner, Claire Exten, volunteers at the Goruda Aviary in Poolesville, Maryland. The nonprofit sanctuary shelters abused and neglected parrots. She has been volunteering at the aviary for about a year and a half. She explained that since working at the aviary, she has learned a lot about parrot behavior and nutrition. She has also improved her relationship with Alex.

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