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WE HAVE ADOPTION APPLICATIONS TEMPORARILY ON HOLD UNTIL WE GET SOME OF THE ONES WE HAVE PROCESSED. PLEASE CHECK BACK IN FEBRUARY. THANK YOU!
We appreciate your interest in parrot adoption. There are thousands of parrots waiting in rescue facilities nationally for committed, compassionate adoptive homes.
Our adoption process is very structured and will include a visit to your home as well as reference checks. An interview, a visit to your home, and several visits with your chosen friend will be required. This gives us the opportunity to assess the prospective adoptive family’s ability to provide patience, quality care, stability, and love.
We do not publicly post our birds available for adoption because we find it is easy to become fixated on one bird or species. By allowing us to help match you with a selection of birds based on your application, lifestyle, home visit, and goals, the odds of finding a true match are much higher. We are currently limited to adopting birds within a 2-hour radius of Nashville, TN. (There may be exceptions under certain circumstances.)
We are committed to finding the right home for each and every bird, and to providing you with the support and information necessary to create the best match possible. Our goal with each placement is to find the very best home for every bird that comes to us, and that is why you are asked to provide the information in this application.
When you complete this form and send it back to us, we will begin working together to discover which parrots and guardians make the best match. Please consider the questions on this application carefully. When the process is complete, we want what’s best for the parrot and your family, and the information you provide is crucial to our mutual success.
Please review the following information carefully before you complete and return the adoption application.
The adoption process may appear lengthy, but it is nothing compared to the challenges of living with a parrot. If you do not have the patience to go through the adoption process, consider whether the requirements of parrot caretaking are for you. Living with a parrot may be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of your life, but parrots demand patience and dedication from their guardians.
Steps of the Adoption Process:
- Complete and return the adoption application.
- We will contact you to schedule a home visit. We urge that all household members be present during the home visit, because this is a family decision. This is NOT a test! We simply want to work together to make the best possible long-term matches for each parrot, and talking in advance about your particular situation may greatly help this effort.
- When a bird that matches your lifestyle and household becomes available, we will contact you to schedule a visit with the bird to begin the adoption process.
- Once we agree that your family and a particular bird are a good match we will sign a three month probationary adoption agreement with you, this will include 50% of the adoption fee. If after three months you decide you would like to make the adoption “official”, we will finalize the Adoption Contract and the remaining adoption fee will be due at the time.
Please Note: For all birds, THERE IS AN ADOPTION FEE. This includes, and may not be limited to, the cost of medical care and treatment. Upon intake, all of our parrots have a blood chemistry and panel test, fecal testing, and over-all wellness exam performed. Many of our birds may have additional tests for diseases or other procedures, depending on their environment prior to relinquishment. Vet costs vary with birds depending on their general health and basic condition. If we did not have fees, we could not sustain our adoption program.
Though many parrots come with cages, some do not. You may be required to purchase a sturdy, good-quality cage. We believe that all parrots deserve the largest cage possible. Parrots should only be housed in environments that give them lots of room for flapping and foraging; room for a wide variety of perches (cloth, wood, rope, etc); multiple feed dishes to encourage activity and natural foraging instincts; bar spacing that is an appropriate size; and they should receive plenty of time outside the cage.
Why Would Anyone Want to Rescue a Parrot?
Author: Anne Feldhacker
Parrots are not pets. It is not mutually beneficial for parrots to live with us. Parrots are more intelligent and more empathetic than we, as humans, have even begun to understand. Parrots deserve to live their lives with their families, in the rain-soaked jungles, dense forests and fog-shrouded mountains of the world. Unfortunately, as usually happens when human beings get involved, millions of parrots worldwide will never have the chance to live with their own families in their natural habitat. If you have never actually lived with a parrot and worked to understand its motivations, fears, unending memory, sense of humor and sense of loyalty, this concept of parrots ‘not being pets’ may sound like a hysterical response to a nonexistent problem.
These are some of our EAST rescues or surrenders who have found new homes, families, and a new life. We, and these feathered babies, are grateful to these wonderful people who have given them love, and a second chance.