Parrot Adoption: Homeless Parrots Need You!

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shutterstock 101924263 165x300 Parrot Adoption: Homeless Parrots Need You!Captive parrots are facing an epidemic of overpopulation and homelessness.  People get a new, cute, baby parrot, whether it is a small Cockatiel or Parakeet or a large Cockatoo or Macaw only to find that they are not equipped to offer it a life long home.  They turn to parrot adoption. The top three reasons that we hear about why people relinquish a pet bird are that:

  1. The parrot develops behavior problems that make it miserable to live with such as biting, screaming or feather plucking.
  2. Parrots are too messy.
  3. Life circumstances changed such as a marriage, having a baby or moving.
Finding a new forever home for a parrot is difficult and sad for all involved, especially the parrot. Good homes that will work with a saddened or re-homed parrot are hard to find.  You see, parrots are different than domesticated pets like cats and dogs. Parrots take a tremendous amount of attention, care and training.  They are not a pet that can be left unattended for long periods of time and they need a lot of daily interaction.  Parrots need consistent positive bird training and they are not a pet for the naive.  Without attention and proper training, parrots will be miserable and they will make you miserable.  Complicating this, parrots develop extremely strong bonds with their family.  Many of the larger species can live 40-80 years and often outlive their caretakers. When the caretakers interests change, Polly has to find a new home it is emotionally damaging for them.  Despite these facts, hundreds of people flock to bird breeders every year thinking that a baby parrot is just the pet for them only to relinquish them when the going gets tough.  While there are many excellent bird breeders out there who provide socialization and a strong emotional foundation for baby parrots, there are more “parrot mills” that breed parrots to sell at bird shows around the country.
Reputable parrot rescues take in unwanted parrots, nurse them back to health, teach them socialization skills and attempt to locate new forever homes of people that are capable of committing to proper parrot care and training.  They make every effort for a successful parrot adoption.  You can help solve both the parrot mill problem and over-crowded rescue facilities by adopting or re-homing a parrot rather than buying a baby bird from an indiscriminate breeder.  A reputable parrot rescue operation will help you choose a parrot species that matches your lifestyle and offer you training on parrot care and bird training techniques to create a strong bond with your new parrot companion.

About Diane Burroughs

Diane Burroughs, founded BirdSupplies.com in 1998. A bird lover who is owned by African Grey's, a Moluccan, a Parrotlet and a Red-Bellied Parrot, Diane is dedicated to improving the lives of pet birds with vet-approved parrot tested supplies and expert bird care articles.

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