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The Pidgie Fund:
Saving the World One Pet at a Time


By EelKat Wendy C Allen

IMPORTANT UPDATE!!!!

FEBRUARY 2014

The Pidgie Fund Animal Shelter

is NO LONGER accepting

new rescues and abandons!


Please do not bring your unwanted pets, found strays, or injured wildlife to our location any longer.

We are continuing to care for the animals currently in our care, but once they have all found other arrangements, The Pidgie Fund will be shutting down.

We hope this will be temporary, and at this point the goal is to reopen at a future date, however that is entirely dependent upon my health - when I recover, how fast I recover, and what tasks I will still be able to do after recovery.

At this point I am fairly certain that, if/when we do reopen, we will no longer be taking farm animals (horses, goats, etc). We will likely no longer take dogs or injured wildlife either.

As our primary function always was feral cat rescue and bird rehabilitation, it is likely that if/when we do reopen, we will only accept cats and birds in the future.

WHAT HAPPENED:

As you know my health has been deteriorating over the past ten years. Between cancer and chronic tendonitis, I have become increasingly limited in mobility.

In June 2013 the chronic tendonitis resulted in tendons seperating from my wrist and thumbs and forearms. I am as a result, no longer able to lift anything over 20lbs. This is a problem, as it takes 4 to 6 hours a day to feed the 500+ birds and animals we house here, and that involves carrying 36lb bags of catfood, 40lb bags of catlitter, and 50lb bags of grain. Not to mention shoveling 100s of pounds of manure and poop every day.

In November 2013 an injury damaged my hip farther injuring a previous hip injury.  This was compounded in January 2014 a fall on the ice, this fall resulting in a torn knee ligament, a pulled muscle (that big one from knee to hip), and a strained lower back muscle.

The first few months I was completely bed-ridden, than on crutches. I am now on a cane and the current diagnosis is that I will likely need the cane for the rest of my life. My ability to walk is incredibly limited.

The short of it is, I am no longer able to do the physical labor and heavy lifting this job requires.

WELCOME TO THE PIDGIE FUND!

The Pidgie Fund is a Zazzle Gallery that was started December 2005 by EelKat Wendy C. Allen. We are a non-profit group saving the world one pet at a time. All earnings from these products are used to buy food and supplies for pets in need and shelter animals in the Southern Maine area.

To date The Pidgie Fund has helped more than 500 animals ranging from house pets, to farm animals, to wildlife, including mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, mollusks, and amphibians.

The Pidgie fund was named in memory of my long time friend and companion: Pidgie, a Rock Dove or City Pigeon who was found as a day old chick laying in the middle of the road. He was quickly adopted by my 2-month-old kitten: Utopia, and the 2 of them grew up playing together and went on to become fast friends. The 2 of them were my own companions. I joined the Internet that same month of August 1997.

As my Internet fans all knew, whenever I went online, I was never alone, but always in the company of a little gray bird, who either was sitting on the computer, on my head, or running across the keyboard biting my fingers. In all my years online, I was never to use the computer without him at my side. It seemed like I’ve had Pidgie forever.

On December 10, 2005 my long time posting buddy died. He’d been my constant companion for many years and he shall not pass on unforgotten. Pidgie was not Utopia's only pet bird. My gentle Siamese cat also had 3 pet Budgies.

The Pidgie Fund was created December 11, 2005 in memory of my beloved Pidgie and is run by me and Pidgie's Siamese Cat companion Utopia. The original Website and CafePress shop opened later that week, and has over the last 2 years expanded greatly. 

All products designed, photos taken, and art painted/drawn by Wendy C. Allen. More products well continue to be added as time goes by. ~~Wendy C. Allen a.k.a EelKat You can find out more about us here: The Pidgie Fund on Squidoo Copper Cockeral Cards and Gifts stocks cards, shirts, and prints featuring original art and photos by Maine native Wendy C. Allen a.k.a. EelKat.This is the sister gallery to Copper Cockeral Cards & Gifts, both of which are owned by The Twighlight Manor Press .

The Shelter:

The shelter itself has no name but was founded in 1983 and has been located on Portland Ave, Old Orchard Beach, Maine since that time, where it is housed in a barns of a former poultry farm.

Once upon a time I was working on a goal towards becoming a ornithologist/bird vet, and that was when the place got started. Our primary function has always been birds and their care. We house up to 500 birds at any given time.

In the mid-1990s we expanded to devote our facilities to helping the huge feral cat population that is fast spreading across Southern Maine.

Since the beginning we have also always had horses, goats, rabbits, and dogs in our care.

The Pidgie Fund is the fundraiser used to buy food, medical care, and other needs of the animals.

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