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Lifetime Care
Guidelines and Policies

Fee Structure
Lifetime Care Application

Sometimes, there are unforeseen events in your life that require you to find a new home for your beloved companion parrot. It may be extreme health issues, or a necessary move to assisted living accommodations or other home that does not allow pets, or job responsibilities that keep you away from your bird a great deal of time. There are many reasons that result in the inability to care for your bird. This program is for your bird who needs a forever home in the immediate, or near future, and is either not adoptable or fosterable, or you do not wish to have your bird adopted or fostered. Our Lifetime of Care program at EAST can help.

In planning for the care of your parrot, the first and most important question is who will be trusted to adequately care for him or her. The key attributes here are willingness, trust, and ability. Ideally, there is someone in your immediate family, or a close friend or neighbor, who not only loves your parrot, but also understands the depth of responsibility involved. But this may not necessarily be the case. The choice should be governed by common sense and concern for your parrot. For example, you should not feel compelled to give your parrot to a relative or close friend who “really loves” your parrot, but who has never owned a parrot or has a household that is likely to be inhospitable (e.g., cat(s) and/or dog(s). If there is no one that you trust to care for your parrot, you may consider a charitable organization that would be willing and able to care for your parrot the best option. At EAST, our staff and volunteers know and love parrots and are trained to care for them properly.

EAST has many requests for birds to live as permanent residents at the Sanctuary. Acceptance of a bird depends on available resources such as space and funding. All requests are reviewed and considered; however, submission of a request does not guarantee acceptance. If we are able to accept your bird as a resident at the Sanctuary, we will contact you within 2 weeks of submitting the request. Decisions are made by Staff and/or Board Members of the Exotic Avian Sanctuary of Tennessee, Inc. and are based on how well we feel your bird will integrate and thrive in our environment.

Our Lifetime of Care program requires you to financially support your bird here at the Sanctuary for the remainder of his or her life. You will be required to provide funding either annually or monthly. The fees are based on the life expectancy of your bird (see Fee Structure), and cover its needs for its lifetime: aviary space, quality food, veterinary care, and enrichment. A signed and notarized contract is required to ensure that you continue to support your bird here on an annual or monthly basis for the remainder of your bird’s life. You may choose a one-time lump sum donation based on life expectancy of your bird, but we realize this is not financially possible for most people.

To begin the application process, you must fill out the Lifetime Care Application in its entirety and email it, along with at least two photographs of your bird, to to be considered. Photographs must be clear with good lighting, and show your bird and your bird’s current environment. The more detailed information you can provide us, the better it will help us to make a decision. If you have questions, feel free to contact us. Keep in mind, we are a working sanctuary and it may take a little while for us to get back to you.

Thank you for your consideration to entrust us with your bird(s).