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Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

A True Story of Hope and the Healing Power of Animals

Lorin Lindner with Elizabeth Butler-Witter

St. Martin's Press

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"This true story will twist your heart like a sponge and renew your faith in the world." —Lee Woodruff, co-author with Bob Woodruff of the New York Times bestseller In an Instant

"A heartwarming book." —Vicki Myron, author of New York Times #1 Bestseller Dewey

"Reminds us of the extraordinary ways caring people are helping the men and women who have served our country...and animals along with them." —Maxine Waters

"I defy anyone to read it without shedding tears." —Rosemary Low, author of The Complete Book of Parrots

"It left me smiling, full of hope, and wishing there were more Lorin Linders out there." —Mary Gauthier

Animal lover though she was, Lorin Lindner was definitely not looking for a pet. Then came Sammy – a mischievous and extremely loud bright pink Moluccan cockatoo who had been abandoned. It was love at first sight. But Sammy needed a companion. Enter Mango, lover of humans ("Hewwo"), inveterate thief of precious objects. Realizing that there were many parrots in need of new homes, Dr. Lindner eventually founded a sanctuary for them.

Meanwhile, she began to meet homeless veterans on the streets of Los Angeles. Before long she was a full time advocate for these former service members, who were often suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Ultimately, Dr. Lindner created a program for them, too.

Eventually the two parts of her life came together when she founded Serenity Park, a unique sanctuary on the grounds of the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administr… More…

"This true story will twist your heart like a sponge and renew your faith in the world." —Lee Woodruff, co-author with Bob Woodruff of the New York Times bestseller In an Instant

"A heartwarming book." —Vicki Myron, author of New York Times #1 Bestseller Dewey

"Reminds us of the extraordinary ways caring people are helping the men and women who have served our country...and animals along with them." —Maxine Waters

"I defy anyone to read it without shedding tears." —Rosemary Low, author of The Complete Book of Parrots

"It left me smiling, full of hope, and wishing there were more Lorin Linders out there." —Mary Gauthier

Animal lover though she was, Lorin Lindner was definitely not looking for a pet. Then came Sammy – a mischievous and extremely loud bright pink Moluccan cockatoo who had been abandoned. It was love at first sight. But Sammy needed a companion. Enter Mango, lover of humans ("Hewwo"), inveterate thief of precious objects. Realizing that there were many parrots in need of new homes, Dr. Lindner eventually founded a sanctuary for them.

Meanwhile, she began to meet homeless veterans on the streets of Los Angeles. Before long she was a full time advocate for these former service members, who were often suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Ultimately, Dr. Lindner created a program for them, too.

Eventually the two parts of her life came together when she founded Serenity Park, a unique sanctuary on the grounds of the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration Healthcare Center. She had noticed that the veterans she treated as a clinical psychologist and the parrots she had taken in as a rescuer quickly formed bonds. Men and women who had been silent in therapy would share their stories and their feelings more easily with animals.

Birds of a Feather is ultimately a love story between veterans and the birds they nurse back to health and between Dr. Lindner and her husband, a veteran with PTSD, who healed at Serenity Park. Full of remarkable people and colorful birds, this book reminds us that we all have the power to make a difference.

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A Promise Is Made


A Robin Red breast in a Cage

Puts all Heaven in a Rage

—WILLIAM BLAKE, “Auguries of Innocence”

On Christmas Eve in 1987, a bird’s screams echoed through the canyons of...

Praise for Birds of a Feather

"Full of remarkable people and colorful birds, this book reminds us that we all have the power to make a difference." —Animal & Society Institute Newsletter

"Compelling...an uplifting book for animal lovers who care about changing the world." —Booklist

"[A] gem... The story gets under your skin." —Lee Woodruff

"A game-changer...throughout this wonderful book there is hope not only for the nonhumans but also for the humans who work with these amazing animals." —Psychology Today

"Birds of a Feather will make your spirit soar... and will renew your hope in the ability we all have to make a positive difference in each other’s lives." —PETA Prime

"A terrific read!" —Jonathan Balcombe, author of What a Fish Knows

"Encouraging and uplifting. Bird lovers, in particular, will enjoy the descriptions of the parrots [Lindner]saves.... A powerful story of dedicated service." —Kirkus Reviews

"Dr. Lindner’s book reminds us of the extraordinary ways caring people are helping the men and women who have served our country...and animals along with them." —Maxine Waters

Birds of a Feather is the story of one woman’s life long love of wounded, traumatised parrots, and wounded, traumatised people. It left me smiling, full of hope, and wishing there were more Lorin Linders out there. Turns out, Veterans with PTSD and traumatised birds have much in common, and can help each other in surprisingly beautiful ways. I cannot recommend this bo… More…

"Full of remarkable people and colorful birds, this book reminds us that we all have the power to make a difference." —Animal & Society Institute Newsletter

"Compelling...an uplifting book for animal lovers who care about changing the world." —Booklist

"[A] gem... The story gets under your skin." —Lee Woodruff

"A game-changer...throughout this wonderful book there is hope not only for the nonhumans but also for the humans who work with these amazing animals." —Psychology Today

"Birds of a Feather will make your spirit soar... and will renew your hope in the ability we all have to make a positive difference in each other’s lives." —PETA Prime

"A terrific read!" —Jonathan Balcombe, author of What a Fish Knows

"Encouraging and uplifting. Bird lovers, in particular, will enjoy the descriptions of the parrots [Lindner]saves.... A powerful story of dedicated service." —Kirkus Reviews

"Dr. Lindner’s book reminds us of the extraordinary ways caring people are helping the men and women who have served our country...and animals along with them." —Maxine Waters

Birds of a Feather is the story of one woman’s life long love of wounded, traumatised parrots, and wounded, traumatised people. It left me smiling, full of hope, and wishing there were more Lorin Linders out there. Turns out, Veterans with PTSD and traumatised birds have much in common, and can help each other in surprisingly beautiful ways. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Buy it, read it, share it. It’s an important love story for our time.” —Mary Gauthier

"Inspiring and heart warming Dr. Lorin Lindner is a true pioneer. Reading her story gives us hope for the future and hope that fewer birds will end up in small cages." —Bob Barker

"This true story will twist your heart like a sponge and renew your faith in the world." —Lee Woodruff, co-author with Bob Woodruff of the New York Times bestseller In an Instant and author of Perfectly Imperfect

"A heartwarming book." —Vicki Myron, author of New York Times #1 Bestseller Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

"Lindner’s book poignantly entwines three narratives: Stories of humans ravaged by their experiences of war, stories of parrots (and later canids) ravaged by maltreatment, and her own story—how she finds a way to help these humans and nonhumans simultaneously and synergistically." —Irene M. Pepperberg, PhD; Research Associate, Harvard University, author of New York Times bestseller Alex & Me

"I wish this book had been available to me when I was first trying to learn the ways of parrots. My life was likewise turned around by the birds, who ended up getting me off the street. Birds of a Feather is both well written and engaging..." —Mark Bittner, author of the New York Times bestseller The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

“Dr. Lindner’s story brings to light the tremendous potential we all have to make this a better world." —Larry Williams, Program manager, New Directions; Vietnam Veteran (purple heart)

“An extraordinary story...Dr. Lorin Lindner's writing radiates with warmth and love for humans and animals alike.” —Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Ph.D., The New York Times bestselling author of When Elephants Weep

“This heartfelt book demonstrates that kindness to animals is also good for people, and that caring for others helps to heal ourselves. I greatly admire Dr. Lindner’s work, which helps both people and other animals by encouraging empathy and compassion.” —Gene Baur, cofounder and president of Farm Sanctuary and author of Farm Sanctuary and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life

"A true, inspirational story. The emotional impact of this book is such that I defy anyone to read it without shedding tears. It is a multi-layered story: how veterans learned a new way of interacting with the world by focusing on others – abandoned cockatoos and abused macaws; the stories of individual men and women, their lives shattered by war, and of the sentient and highly intelligent being that are the parrots that brought them peace." —Rosemary Low, author of The Complete Book of Parrots

"A magical story. Dr. Lindner reminds us to be open to the possibility that healing sometimes comes in unexpected forms." —Robert Kenner, director of “Food, Inc” and “Merchants of Doubt” and, soon to be released, “Birds of a Feather”

“The real-life stories in this book will touch your heart and make you look at the world in a different way.” —Patty Shenker, President of the Animal Acres Sanctuary and Dream Catchers Sanctuary

"It's a love beyond measure and on a very deep level, with a keen understanding of their complex emotions, superior intelligence and needs. And for birds who must live in captivity, she does her best to make their life as stimulating as possible." —Vernon Weir, American Sanctuary Association

"Through the tears of sadness, and hope I congratulate Lorin Lindner on her wonderful writing about the Birds of a Feather." —Tippi Hedren, President, The Roar Foundation, The Shambala Preserve

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Lorin Lindner with Elizabeth Butler-Witter

Dr. Lorin Lindner is the Clinical Psychologist for Clinica Sierra Vista Behavioral Health. She initiated the use of animals to treat trauma in Veterans at the VA Hospital in Los Angeles—the first program of its kind. She is the President of the Board of the Association for Parrot C.A.R.E. and of the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center. She and her husband live in the mountains above Los Angeles with numerous rescued wolfdogs, wolves, coyotes, foxes, horses, dogs and of course parrots.

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