About Us


Our History

Papayago Rescue House, Inc. was founded Jan 1, 2015 as a 501(c) (3), yet it has been in the making for the past 50 years.

Joyce Lewis raised her son and four daughters following Native traditions in California with an emphasis on natural foods and botanical healing for animals and people; and above all, responsibility and respect for all living things.

Maria has, in turn, raised her children keeping traditions alive and active, while learning new skills, adapting to new concepts and combining them for well rounded stewardship of animals specifically parrots.

Everyone in the family plays a big part in Papayago Rescue House, Inc. even the house birds!

We have shared the joys of living in harmony and balance with each other and our animals, walking the red road.

We are Papayago Rescue House.

Our Mission

Papayago Rescue House, Inc. will exist to support the well-being and maintenance of exotic birds, namely parrots, and their people families that require intervention and/or support services to thrive.

Papayago Rescue House, Inc. will act in a not-for-profit manner to target parrots for rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, and re-homing.

To better serve the third largest pet community in the world, we will work with bird owners to increase their knowledge, provide mentoring and training to cope with parrot ownership to lessen the need for parrot owners to give up their birds.

The community will be better supported to maintain the birds in their care to reduce how often birds are re-homed or placed in community facilities not equipped to handle bird requirements and behavior.

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The Pledge

We at the Papayago Rescue House, Inc. pledge as an organization to support the quality of life for parrots by living by our own words:

“I swear to fulfill and uphold, to the best of my abilities, the oath of Papayago Rescue House, Inc.:

I will care for all the birds that come my way with all the knowledge I have, will have or can gain from those who have come by their knowledge through service to birds.

I will learn for all the birds that come my way all that I may to improve their circumstances or do no harm.

I will have respect for all the birds that come my way as living, sentient beings capable of fear, suffering, love, trust, joy and contribution.

I will prevent ailing whenever I can for all the birds that come my way through prevention, education, knowledge, compassion and steadfast stewardship.

I will protect all the birds that come my way through strength of character, resisting apathy, standing against cruelty.

In living this pledge, may I also have protection, respect, compassion, strength, and improved life contributions and circumstances.”