|45.9%|| ||UNITED KINGDOM|
|12.2%|| ||UNITED STATES|
|0.4%|| ||NEW ZEALAND|
Counselling for the owners can cover many and varied situations. It may start as soon as the owner has purchased the bird either from a pet shop or from a dealer. In general we have found that when the general public "impulse" buy a pet bird, they very rarely take the time to study the species. When counselling the owners has been necessary, the Basic Care Leaflets have also been used and often sent to them free of charge.
Some owners of birds do not always understand the advice they have been given from a third party. We receive many calls from distraught owners that have either just found their beloved pet, sick in the bottom of a cage or their companion has simply died. These owners need a sympathetic ear and someone to listen to their problems. The SCA has always been able to offer this facility and can sometimes offer the name of a reputable breeder if the pet bird is to be replaced.
When the owner has asked for a bird to be re-homed for whatever reason, we aim to keep the owner in touch with the birds progress in its new home if they would like us to. Where we are not able to put new and old owners in contact directly, the Secretary endeavours to act as a go-between.
The SCA also has contacts with many Governing Bodies and Specialist Societies. If a member should require information of a more specific nature, we are able to help on all manner of topics, including Department of Environment CITES regulations. The Society has made available an extensive series of care leaflets on specific types of birds with more leaflets being prepared. The Society has close links with the RSPCA and RSPB, handling telephone inquiries and offering advice on Foreign Birds throughout the country.