Pay it Forward: Avian Sanctuary and Protection helps all kinds of birds in need

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Pay it Forward: Avian Sanctuary and Protection helps all kinds of birds in need (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Avian Sanctuary and Protection rescues all kinds of birds.

It was founded by Richard Nowak.

"Birds have ben a passion my entire life," he said.

The staff and volunteers at ASAP get birds from shelters, and from the public--some of them sick or injured.

"We do what we can to help these birds," Nowak said.

They even adopt out some of the animals.

Other birds stay with the nonprofit long term. And staff will bring them around the community to teach people about the proper care of birds.

"We'll go to senior centers, schools, farmers markets, and other venues," Nowak said.

Nowak says having a bird as a pet is a long-term commitment.

"You should do homework about the care," he said.

And if you planning on feeding the ducks and geese at the pond, don't give them bread.

"It's like candy to them. It's not nutritious for them," he said.

Instead, you can give them grains and cracked corn.

Feeding the birds, as well as caring for medical needs, costs a lot of money.

"We average about 300 pounds of food a day here," Nowak said.

So Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to help Avian Sanctuary and Protection take care of our fine-feathered friends.

The nonprofit runs on donations, so if you would like to help, visit asaputah.org.

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