Karleen Koehler was a bird-lover without equal. She founded Jeepers Cheepers, a sanctuary for birds rescued from neglect and cruelty.
Photographer Carole May introduced me to Jeepers Cheepers after I adopted the Byrds. It was an amazing place with about 200 birds of every feather from humble parakeet to zebra finches, cockatiels, and majestic parrots. To help fund the sanctuary, Mrs. Koehler sold bird supplies and food. Her millet was phenomenal. Ms. May eulogized her dear friend Mrs. Koehler:
Her legacy is all the birds she took in, rehabilitated and found good homes for. And those who couldn’t be rehabilitated were cared for lovingly so they could live out their time on earth the best they could. I know when she got to Rainbow Bridge, there were many there to greet her and she crossed over with a very colorful flock around her.
Friends and relatives celebrated Mrs. Koehler’s life at a memorial potluck dinner which was exceptionally well-attended. Fortunately, most of the birds at Jeepers Cheepers have been adopted. Ms. May adopted a pair of gorgeous lovebirds she has named Adagio and Dolce.
They are joining Dundee, who spent many vacations with Ms. Koehler and loved her very much.
Angel 2, who is one of my Byrds, is also mourning Mrs. Koehler. She took loving care of him when he had issues with his beak. He and Mozart love, love, loved the millet from Jeepers Cheepers.
Mrs. Koehler passed away on April 20, 2010. Our hearts and prayers are with Mrs. Koehler’s adoring husband Larry and her family and friends ~ those with feathers and those without. Mrs. Koehler will be deeply missed by everyone.