Big Foot

Seizures, she's tired and scared. Urgent tests are needed to help her!
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About the Campaign

Seizures Started Recently

Getting worse, medication not helping

“Big Foot” the Congo African Grey Parrot

She is 30 years-old and could easily live to 60, but about a month ago she started acting strange… especially lethargic. Normally this sweet bird is very active and talkative, but she has been getting quieter.

Howard took her to the doctor

VCA Animal Hospital in Upland examined Big Foot and did some tests. They are not sure what is happening, but did start her on medications. Her owner, Howard, suffers from seizures himself and thought she might have epilepsy.

Howard thought the medication might be helping for a few days, but sadly in the last week it is clear Big Foot is doing worse.

Howard has had Big Foot for 30 years

She was raised from a baby by Howard’s mother, who passed away in 2009. Howard inherited her (and 2 other birds) and is a bird lover himself. His father has passed as well, and Big Foot is a link to and reminder of his parents for Howard.

He has medical problems himself, suffering from seizures since he was a child. A few years ago Howard severely injured his back in a seizure. He cannot work, having up to 5 minor seizures in a day, on a bad day. Howard relies on a limited fixed income and the expenses related to the care Big Foot will need is beyond his budget.

In this video she may be having a mild seizure:

The Vet

VCA Central in Upland did extensive work on Big Foot, costing Howard a bit over $300, the bill he paid is below (click to enlarge).

However, the need to do more testing, including a set of detailed x-rays, a full blood work up and aerobic culture. These tests add up, and the total is a bit over $1000.00 which Howard simply does not have available.

Birds are treated at “Exotic Pet Veterinarians” and these specialists can be expensive. Howard is getting a very reasonable price, and the doctor is sympathetic to the case, but tests have to be paid for. If we can get the tests done, and discover what the root problem is, it may be treatable with medications, or other low-cost solutions. If it is costly the vet will work with us and we will find ways to get that taken care of when we get there.

You can help now

All donations are specifically and strictly for Big Foot! Your donation is paid directly and only to her veterinarian. If we end up not doing the tests, donations will be refunded! Please donate in confidence.

Poor Big Foot is not herself. You can see in some of the videos she has been pulling our her chest feathers, a clear sign of anxiety and fear in birds. This is similar to self-harm in people. She needs our help, and honestly, it won’t take that much. Can you help her today?

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  • Anonymous

    Poor sweet friend deserves some help!! My first donation for a bird.

    February 3, 2020 at 9:23 am Reply

    • Howard Kagebine

      Sincerest thanks for your donation to aid in Big Foot’s recovery. Without people like you willing to help my feathered companion’s cause, Big Foot would have no chance to receive further medical care. It’s appreciated!

      February 5, 2020 at 9:47 am Reply

  • Thom Santilla

    Hoping for a speedy recovery for Big Foot,great organization

    February 4, 2020 at 6:40 am Reply

    • Howard Kagebine

      Hello Thom, thank you for donating to the cause. It’s appreciated!

      February 11, 2020 at 2:37 pm Reply

  • Judy Schweizer

    Hoping and praying for your baby’s full recovery.

    February 4, 2020 at 7:16 pm Reply

    • Howard Kagebine

      Thank you for your generous donation. It means so much to know you have Big Foot’s back.

      February 11, 2020 at 2:42 pm Reply

  • Judy Schweizer

    Praying for a full recovery of your baby.

    February 4, 2020 at 7:23 pm Reply

  • Katrina Perez

    Sending healing prayers for Big foot and prayers for Howard

    February 5, 2020 at 8:43 am Reply

    • Howard Kagebine

      Thank you for your donation. Big Foot and I are truly grateful for your generosity.

      February 11, 2020 at 2:48 pm Reply

  • Carol Gibbons

    This is heartbreaking, I hope you feel better soon Big Foot. Sending lots of love to you and your Dad Howard ❤

    February 7, 2020 at 8:10 am Reply

    • Howard Kagebine

      Thank you for contributing to the effort to get my Congo African Grey much needed medical care. Big Foot and I appreciate your donation.

      February 11, 2020 at 2:53 pm Reply

  • THAO

    I was saving to adopt a new fid but came across this sad news on CL. I knew Angel, my CAG who could be Big Foot’s younger sister, would want me to help save a life instead! Please get her the necessary tests and treatment ASAP! I also know of a friend who’s Timney African Gray have had seizures for a few years now. She could be of great help knowledge and emotional wise. Please leave email or number in your CL post. Good luck!

    February 14, 2020 at 6:03 pm Reply

    • Howard Kagebine

      Hello Thao,

      I’m teeming with gratitude over your extremely generous donation to Big Foot’s campaign to seek medical care for the treatment of her seizures.

      After consulting and following up with a general practice vet, Big Foot and I have had the ability to see a vet who specializes in exotics. The cost to take this next step in Big Foot’s health care will be a larger burden than the costs expended on the general practice vet’s blood work and other primary diagnostic procedures.

      When I read your message, the enormous amount of empathy you are feeling was not lost on me. Your hand of kindness in tandem with all the other sympathetic donors to Big Foot’s FreeAnimalDoctor.Org campaign to seek medical care is sincerely appreciated beyond words. I’m overjoyed and truly blessed. Thank you.

      All the best, Howard

      February 19, 2020 at 12:50 pm Reply