- 6 hours ago
This is Bandit.
He is a pineapple green cheek conure. He has been at my local PetCo for at least a year (as long as I have lived in this area). He is quite timid and shy and (behaviorally) shows signs of abuse. One of his nails has been ripped out, though it has now healed and doesn’t bother him much. I have visited him every single time I’ve ever been in this PetCo over the entirety of my time here. He’s gotten to know me really well. He’ll come to the front of the cage and chirp at me and play back and forth on his toys, showing off. The best thing he does is perch on that ball and spin around - it makes me laugh so he does it frequently. I have handled him a few times and he is as sweet as can be with me. He listens to me if his exploring bites and nibbles get too hard or if he’s playing with something I don’t want him to (i.e. my necklace).
One of the employees has told me a bit about his time there. There are only two people who work there that are able to handle him without being severely bitten and him flying away. I am apparently the only customer who has ever handled him where he exhibits playful behavior and hasn’t bitten. I’m also the only person who has shown any interest in him for months. They recently got in a pair of blue quaker parrots that over took a Sun Conure that had been in on of their cages. I have not heard anything of what happened to that bird and no one will say when I ask, they just look forlorn - I’m assuming that means he didn’t get a home. I am scared this will happen to this little guy. The employee I have corresponded with many times has exhibited large amounts of worry for his well-being with having been there so long. Going so far as to say that I could easily get his price dropped fairly significantly if it would mean I could take him home and he’d be safe.
I have wanted a conure for a long time and have done extensive research on them over the last 2-3 years. I would love to be able to bring this guy home, even if just to give him a safe environment and save him from whatever awaits him being stuck in this small cage for so long in this store. I see people coming in constantly looking at the parakeets and almost always one is taken home, but people walk by this little guy and the cockatiels and the quakers constantly with not so much as a glance.
Add-on: I have contacted many local shelters/rescues to see if they are able to take him on. But either due to being understaffed, at maximum capacity, don’t work with birds, or insufficient funds to pay to get him out (yes they would have to buy him to get him out) none within a 1.5 hour radius are able to. So, this is why I have come to tumblr asking for help, as a last resort.
The reason I am making this post is to ask tumblr for help. I’m not expecting anyone to jump in and immediately make this possible. Or, let alone, really any help at all, to be honest. But, I figured I would ask anyways because this little guy needs help and I really want to help him. So, if anyone could or would be willing to donate so I can get him and some basic things he needs, I would greatly appreciate it.
The sub-total I have come up with is $565 ($610 with tax). The reason I cannot pay this, aside from maybe $5 right now, is because I am moving into an apartment with my girlfriend and searching for a job. All the money I have is going to the apartment - security deposits, first/last month rent. Both apartments we applied for are pet friendly, so he would be allowed to remain with me after I move. I will be nowhere in the area until probably Christmas as of April 28th and something could happen to him by then. I want to prevent that.
If you can donate absolutely any amount, I and Bandit would be honored.
This is a list of the costs for things so you can see why it amounts to $610.
- $200 is for Bandit himself (I spoke with the manager and his price is at a 50% discount).
- $160 is for the cage.
- $20 is for the food.
In reality that is all he would immediately need (cage comes with two perches and food/water dishes - I’m sure I can ask to take his toys he currently has too). So, if I can get to $380 he will be safe and away from PetCo. The other $230 is for perches, toys, treats, a play gym, and a sleep cage.
- $45-125 for toys and perches.
- $30 for the play gym.
- $38 for the sleep cage.
Though I am not the best artist, I sketch a lot (mostly manga and animals) and dabble in painting (watercolors mostly). If you are willing to donate I would be happy to give you a commission of your choice (I can post some of my work if people are interested). I also love to write and if you’d like a fanfic (rating and topic of your choice) I would be willing to write something in return as well (I am in the process of writing two books if you would like excerpts to see my writing style).
Also, I am sketching a few Bandit sketches (may paint one or two) to make prints to send to anyone who is able to donate.
I am pretty much set to move into either apartment - the only thing left is to choose which one and, well, move. I will be driving to whichever apartment with moving truck in tow on April 28th. I would need this money by then to get him out and moved safely with us. I will be completely moved in on May 1st. I will not be returning until Christmas… If I will be. This is my last chance to get this little guy out.
If you are willing to donate, I have a paypal account you can send any amount to. You can choose “I am sending money to family or friends” and type in my e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that you do not have to pay a fee when sending me anything.
There is also a paypal donate button and a GoFundMe button on my blog.
If you have any questions or you feel there is something I may need to add please, please, please do not hesitate to message me. I am desperate to get this little guy out because I dread what could happen to him if he’s stuck there for much longer. Please, if you cannot donate, reblog so that people can see this and hopefully help.
If you read all of this, thank you so much. If I cannot raise the money I will implore with anyone in the area (Sumter, SC) to try and get him out. He’s too cute and sweet to ‘suddenly disappear’ like his sun conure brethren.
I currently have $150 added to the fund. That’s about 25% of the goal! I just need $450 more. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Whether it’s a donation or a reblog!
Please help out, if you can! This little guy deserves a loving home with lots of attention and toys.
(via animewolf)Source: femshoni
- 6 hours ago
Goinnnn to the bookstore
gonnnnna get maa-aa-aarired
ransom and i got married several months ago in an intimate ceremony, but recently had a larger reception for more family and friends, and it was a blast! as we’re both writers, it seemed fitting to have the event at one of our favorite bookstores: the last bookstore in downtown LA. we’ve had a lot of requests for photos, so i thought i’d drop a few here. hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
:::for the especially curious:::
my bouquet: was made from the pages of ransom’s novel (miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children).
our photographers: brandon + katrina of brandon wong photography.
venue: the last bookstore in downtown los angeles.
catering: the extremely fabulous heirloomla.
flowers: from floral art!
the band: one of our favorite local indie bands, the gallery.
hugs and books!
(via animewolf)Source: taherehmafi
- 6 hours ago
DreamWorks Animation Studios has announced the addition of a black female heroine (gasp!) to its repertoire of white dogs, green ogres, snails, Neanderthals, pandas, white people and Antz. In doing so, it joins an elite club consisting of … well, nobody.
Not one major Hollywood studio has released a 3D animated feature starring a black character.
SHES VOICED BY RIHANNA
(via animewolf)Source: policymic
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The answer is NO.
The “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”
this bullshit fills me with a very specific kind of rage. so, TIME TO DEBUNK!
- that meal from mcdonalds takes virtually no time to acquire AND is available almost anywhere.
- the second meal? that “salad” is lettuce … with nothing else, not even dressing unless its just olive oil or some milk i guess? gross.
- also thats the price of each serving, not an entire loaf of bread, a bottle of olive oil, etc. that stuff adds up which means you have to have a lot of money at one time to buy it all.
- that meal probably took an hour and a half to make, which is a long fucking time when you work multiple jobs or are caring for a lot of people or dont have help! seriously, if you are a single parent of three who works, is spending an hour and a half every night preparing a meal a likely option?
- same with beans and rice! also, you know whats a fucking bummer? eating beans and rice every night because you are poor. ask any person who has done it and they will tell you (you can start with me).
- there is a “nutrition” argument here that lacks a follow up: poor people are more likely to be doing physical labor and need more than 571 calories per meal.
- you know who is less likely to know how to bake or prepare a chicken? people without access to the internet, or libraries, or who werent taught how to by their parents because their parents worked all the time. access to healthy foods is a classist issue and classism is cyclical, you fucking morons.
- seriously, these sorts of infographics make me want to fucking flip tables. do you know why people don’t eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, because they take a long time to prepare, because they dont live near a grocery store that has a decent produce section, because they dont have reliable transportation to get groceries to and from the grocery store, because they dont have the energy to plan all of the shit that is involved in making healthy, intentional, filling, balanced meals. basically: poor people get fucked, and then we get BLAMED for being lazy.
- eating “healthy”, aka access to fresh fruits and vegetables, is a privilege, first, foremost, always. so fuck you new york times and your ignorant goddamn infographic.
- there are SYSTEMATIC REASONS that we do not have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables. they are very REAL problems. besides, you know, systematic poverty in america, the total mis-distribution of farm subsidies is a perfect place to start. read about that, then either get bent or start working on the actual problem.
- 7 hours ago
hollywood sure has an easy time finding brown and black people to play terrorists, thugs, drug dealers, gangsters, servants, “barbarians”, hypersexualized or desexualized caricatures but all of a sudden you need a lead role and
gosh where did they go i swear we put them here right after zero dark thirty??Always reblog.
(via morallyunequivocal)Source: gaymergirls
- 7 hours ago
"Your too fat."
"I didn’t know [insert character] was black!"
"Why don’t you do more black cosplays?"
"Cosplay to your size!"
"I don’t think that looks right on you, why don’t you cosplay [insert character] instead?"
"Why is [insert character] black? They’re not black in the show."
"You shouldn’t cross-play, it looks weird on you."
"Your boobs are too big for [insert character]."
To everyone who as ever posted a comment or question like this, my answer:
I am a black plus size female cosplayer, if you don’t like it… well honestly I don’t care. The more you comment like an idiot, the more it feeds my will power to prove I’m an amazing cosplayer, not matter what you say. I may have days, or even weeks when I feel down about myself, but that will never stop me from doing what I love. I may have large boobs, chubby stomach, double chin, hair on my face, dark spots around my face and body, and a flat butt, but I rock any cosplay I put on. So grow up, and get out of my face. <3
(via ninetailsandcounting)Source: midnight-pursona
- 7 hours ago
Just remember. There is no such thing as a fake geek girl.
There are only fake geek boys.
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2014 International LGBTQI Pride Calendar For People of Color
Pull out the flags and pump up the music, because the first pride festivals of the new year are just around the corner! Below you’ll find a growing list of LGBTQI pride events for people of color. We’ll continue to update this as information becomes available. Don’t see your event here? Feel free to tell us all about it!
(via ninetailsandcounting)Source: qlicpress
- 1 day ago
This video might be the most clever way to raise money for dogs in need, because all you need to do is watch it.
"Just by watching these puppies, you’re raising money for dogs in need," says the narrator in the video above. "You see, if a video goes viral, YouTube shares the money they made from advertising with whoever made the video, and in this case, every dollar we earn will go toward feeding, treating and finding homes for dogs who haven’t been as lucky as us."
The video comes from The Pedigree Adoption Drive, and ends by imploring viewers to share because the more views received, the more money will be raised.
So share this video. You know, for the dogs.
(via agentladyhawkeye)Source: sansasturk