Pickle Memorial Fund

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The Pickle Memorial Fund is a lasting way to honor your feathered friends that have passed on while helping care for the flock at the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary. There are four ways you can participate. Please use the form below for more information and to join the Memorial. Read about the history of the Pickle Memorial Fund here

Friend of the Flock – $50
As a Friend of the Flock your feathered angel’s picture will be memorialized on our Website Memorial Wall. We encourage you to include up to a 50 word remembrance of your bird to go along with the photo.

Patron of the Flock – $100
As a Patron of the Flock your feathered angel’s picture will be turned into a stunning 6” photo tile featuring your bird’s name. The tile will be mounted on our Memorial Wall in the garden of the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary. Your bird will also be memorialized on our Website Memorial Wall, as well. We encourage you to include up to a 50-word remembrance of your bird to go along with the photo on our website’s wall.

Champion of the Flock – $200
As a Champion of the Flock your feathered angel’s picture will be turned into a stunning 6” x 8” photo tile with your birds name and a written remembrance or other wording of your choice, up to 50 words, on the tile alongside the photo and mounted on the Memorial Wall in our garden. Your bird will also be memorialized on our Website Memorial Wall. Your written remembrance will also go alongside the photo on our website wall.

Guardian Angel of the Flock – Recurring monthly donation in the amount of your choice
As a Guardian Angel of the Flock, your recurring monthly donation to the Pickle Memorial Fund will benefit the Sanctuary by continuing to feed, house, care and provide a beautiful nurturing environment for the flock. Your name, and your bird’s name if you like, will be listed as Guardian Angels on our Website Memorial Wall.

Download the Pickle Memorial Fund Donation Form to mail us your donation.

The Pickle Memorial Fund directly supports the mission of the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary. Please see our donation form for more information on how to participate and memorialize your feathered angels. Your donation will be used to house, feed, rehabilitate and support the permanent residents and birds available for adoption in the Sanctuary. Please come and visit the flock and the Pickle Memorial Fund Wall during Sanctuary visiting hours when you are in the Summerland area.

History of the Pickle Memorial Fund

The Pickle Memorial Fund was founded in 2012 by Judge Joe Brown and his wife Deborah, long time friends of the Sanctuary. For several years they had been coming by for visits and to get supplies for their fallow green-cheeked conure, Pickle. In early 2012 they stopped by and with tears in their eyes, they related that Pickle had departed this world in a freak accident when his cage was knocked over. They graciously offered a donation and a framed photo of Pickle and let us know they wanted to start a fund in Pickle’s name that would benefit our flock in his memory. When you visit the Sanctuary be sure to look for Pickle’s tile on the Memorial Wall. Through Pickle and the warm generosity of Joe and Deborah Brown, the Pickle Memorial Fund was created to honor and benefit all of the birds we love so much.

Judge Joe Brown’s ode to Pickle

I loved you; you always gave me a morale boost and peace for the moment.

I can still feel you scampering and snuggling; I gladly confess that I felt closer to you than to any other.

I miss you so much; thank you my dear little girl for the short time we were able to be together.

You let my spirit fly with yours; yours will always be with mine.

Judge Joe Brown’s words to his new friend Pepper

PEPPER, that’ll be your name! There’s a vast void that I need to fill; a hole in my soul full of pain and loss. It is my hope that the spirit of our dear, sweet little PICKLE will grace us again by flying with you.

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