Wyoming Avian Rescue (W.A.R.) is a non-profit 501c3 bird rescue. The members of WAR have been rescuing on their own for years, with unwanted, unhealthy, and very troubled souls and nursing them mentally and physically back to health.
Our staff is extremely knowledgeable in behavior modification, nutrition, and the care that must be involved in these amazing gorgeous wild parrots. Why do I say wild??? Even a hand-fed baby is a wild parrot due to the fact that they have only been in our homes as companion pets for less than a few generations. Their instincts can be over-bearing….their need to exercise, chew, choose a mate, and procreate are still there deep down inside them. If we do not know how to handle these deep over-bearing needs, we get parrots that over-demanding, excessive screamers, highly destructive, and possessive of certain individuals. Try to think of it like bringing a wild lion cub into your home. If you left it in a cage, without the correct training and understanding, you would become fearful of its natural instincts to dominate, hunt prey, and mark its territory. Furthermore, being caged would cause anxiety and aggression.
We our not only here for the birds but, we are also here for you. If you have a parrot that you need assistance with we are more than happy to help you. Keeping the parrot in its original home is more often than not better than rehoming the parrot. However, there are times when, despite your best efforts, you are unable to keep your companion bird. We understand and are also able to help in those situations. We are not here to judge but to help!!!
Our Board of Directors
Shawn Morehead was first introduced to exotic birds over seven years ago. He has since dedicated his life and spare time to helping fids in need. His awesome leadership and people skills makes him help bring parrots and people together. We are so happy that Shawn has joined WAR and can’t wait to see what the future will bring.
Vice President /Public Relations & Communications Director
Richard “Web Guy” Winn
I first became interested in birds when I was still young, and like many, it all began with watching Barretta on TV. I knew from that young age that I wanted to own a bird “just like his”. As I grew older and as I learned more and more about cockatoos, I discovered that birds were not a simple pet but a true companion.
I have been married to my wife for 16 years and our flock consists of three children together, three adult children of mine, one adult stepchild, five grandchildren between them, two parakeets, one cockatiel, three cats, and one dog; not to mention the spider and snake that live on/under our front porch that the children have named. I am a proud father and grandfather and love to spend time with my flock.
After working in F&B in the highest management roles for over 20 years I decided I was going to change course and studied to became a certified computer IT tech and a certified graphic designer. My geekness truly came out as I opened a small collectible gaming store in Lander, Wyoming. After I was involved in an accident and sustained a back injury I found myself with a lot of time on my hands. I decided that I would use that time to make my home a better place for my flock to live in. With that goal in mind I began to seek ways in which I could be involved and help my true loves in life….family and birds.
I now design and develop websites for Wind River Graphic Design.
Cherry Boles and her rehomed scarlet Zora Riverton, WY Owner of Ace Hardware in Riverton, Wyoming. Cherry is a huge sponsor of Paws for life, W.A.R. and the central Wyoming Skate Park association. Cherry has the biggest heart and is always willing to help. As well as keeping track of every dollar spent or donated, she has gone above and beyond to help WAR, including coming up with the name Wyoming Avian Rescue.
Photo of Kim Coming Soon
My path to joining the board of WAR has been convoluted at best. My husband has always had a deep love of birds. He first brought in a few parakeets and then we acquired a Cockatiel. He then found WAR and we were off on an adventure like no other. I have spent the last year acting as what is lovingly called a Prisoner of WAR…spouses and loved ones of those obsessed…until I finally succumb to Stockholm Syndrome. That is the only explanation of why I have allowed my home to become a haven of birds, large and small. I am excited by the opportunity to assist WAR and hope to become a valuable asset to them.
Rescue Director/Behavior Consultant
Christina Morehead with her blue and gold macaw, Kai Riverton, WY Christina has always had a love for all animals and her fids are no exception. Christina is one of our avian behavioral consultants, and is full of knowledge about all things parrot related! She trains birds, horses, dogs, and owns a zoo (well almost). She believes there is hope in every bird that passes through WAR that they can be rehabilitated and re-homed. She will do anything to help any rescue animal.
Wyoming Avian Rescue Committees
Testing Committee will be working on putting together Wyoming Avian Rescue’s online education program and creating the tests needed to qualify for adoption or foster
The committee is made up of:
- Richard Winn — Committee Chair
- Kim Savage
- Christina Morehead
Policies and Procedures
The Policies and Procedures committee is charged with the creation of a Policies and Procedures manual for Wyoming Avian Rescue LLC
If you have any suggestions, comments, or concerns that you wish to bring before this committee, please Contact Us.
This committee is made up of:
- Shawn Morehead — Committee Chair
- Kim Savage
- Richard Winn
- Christine Morehead