Bird Care Education Services
Education is crucial to successful captive bird care, and the lack of education is the majority of bird homelessness. In order to prepare people to live life with a bird, and to help people overcome temporary stumbling blocks in their relationships with their birds.
If a bird’s caretaker’s life changes and he/she can no longer care properly for a their bird, he/she may choose to surrender the bird to WAR.
Bird Rescue Services
Unfortunately, WAR must occasionally rescue birds that have been neglected, abused, abandoned, injured, or malnourished.
Adoption into qualified, non-breeding homes is the preferred option for most parrots and other captive birds. We assess prospective adopters for their ability to provide patience, quality care, stability, and love.
Captive Bird Sanctuary Placement Services
In some instances it is not appropriate or desirable to place a bird into a private home. In these cases, sanctuary placement insures a permanent, stable, safe, life-long home. WAR currently collaborates with existing organizations to provide this type of setting in special cases.
There are many reasons why people decide to place an avian companion into an adoption program: Their lives change, they move, change jobs, get married, have children, become ill, or simply learn enough about themselves to realize that they are not a “bird person”. They may not be able to give their bird the love, time, attention, patience, and quality of life it deserves.
Is A New Home Always the Best Solution?
Many people can be helped over the “rough spots” in their relationships with their avian companions by offering new information, insights, and resources for coping with the life changes that test these relationships. Unless the situation is extreme or unchangeable, a bird is usually better off continuing to live with its familiar family “flock.” However, while it may be possible for W.A.R. to offer advice in accommodating life changes, surrendering a bird for placement is often the only long-term solution. Although ending a relationship with a beloved companion — even a troubled one — can be very difficult, it is sometimes the best decision for everyone involved.
What Happens to the Birds W.A.R. Takes In?
All birds are thoroughly evaluated and treated or rehabilitated whenever appropriate and for as long as is deemed necessary and in an individual bird’s best interest. Any bird determined to have a medical condition receives appropriate treatment at our expense. We maintain detailed files on every bird, including past histories and a record of all tests and treatment(s), concerns, and health or behavioral issues.
W.A.R. requires that all birds entering our care or a foster home obtain a CBC and Chlamydia PCR Test.
There has been no incidence of illness or death due to contagious disease in any bird associated with any of our birds at any time; this is attributable to excellent standards of care as well as good fortune. Every bird entering a foster home is quarantined until all test results indicate that the bird is free of infectious disease.
When appropriate, rescued birds — including those with medical and/or behavioral conditions — are permanently placed in new adoptive homes. W.A.R. is very careful to insure that these homes are fully aware of the condition(s) and are thoroughly prepared to handle the bird’s special needs. Under special physical or psychological circumstances, some rescued birds are placed in a sanctuary situation instead of a a home with people to live out their lives.
For severely neglected or abused birds there may be no happy ending, but we do all that we can to provide love, comfort, care, and a safe place to live. If they choose to fight, we fight with them. If they choose to trust again, we give them our trust. If they choose to be unforgiving, we offer our forgiveness. And if they must leave this world, we allow them their dignity and give them our respect.
How Do I Surrender My Bird to WAR for Placement?
If you no longer feel you can properly care for your bird and are considering giving him/her up to W.A.R. for placement, please contact us first to discuss possible solutions and review your options. If you decide to surrender your bird for placement in a new situation, please fill out our Surrender Form in its entirety. The information you provide will help us to determine the needs of the bird and the most suitable environment for its future.
Adoption into qualified, non-breeding homes is the preferred option for most parrots and other captive birds. Caring for a captive bird requires a serious commitment, especially if the bird is older and has suffered from neglect, abuse, or ignorance on the part of its former human companion.
What Birds Are Available for Adoption?
While we have far more birds than qualified adoptive homes, we are very protective of the birds that we have come to know and care for. We carefully screen prospective adopters with home visits and interviews, assessing their ability to provide patience, quality care, stability, and love. Please visit the Our Birds page to see the birds available for adoption in our care.
How Do I Adopt a Bird?
In order to ensure that a bird is placed in the environment best suited to meet its needs, all applicants must successfully complete the Adoption process. All Adoptions will be made in the best interest of the bird, and decided by a majority vote of the W.A.R. Adoption committee.
The Adoption process requires:
- A thoroughly completed Adoption Application. You may submit your application online, by mail, or by fax. Please Note: Our site is fully encrypted with 256 bit security.
- A phone interview. Or personal Interview
- 2 references from people who have known you for at least 5 years or more (included in the application).
- Must spend a minimum of four (4) hours with the bird(s) being considered for Adoption.
- Completion of the W.A.R. Basic Bird Care Course with a score of at least 85% on the exam.
- A home visit from a W.A.R. representative team.
- Housing arrangements approved by the our Rescue Director for the bird being considered for Adoption.
- Agreement to all terms of the Adoption Contract.
We will thoroughly consider all applicants. All Adoptions are approved or denied based on the submitted Adoption Application, telephone interview, personal interview, home interview, references, recommendation of the Rescue Director, and majority vote of the Wyoming Avian Rescue Adoption Team.
Approved Adoption applicants are required to obtain an approved cage for the bird to be adopted (many of our birds the cage can be included in the adoption), participate in a Basic Bird Care Class, demonstrate a clear understanding of the individual bird’s needs, agree to follow-up phone calls and visits from a W.A.R. Adoption Committee member or Representative, and sign a legally binding Adoption Contract. Wyoming Avian Rescue Directors, Volunteer Staff, family, friends, and associates must meet the same stringent criteria to become an approved adoption/foster home.
Every Adopter receives a copy of all available history and medical records of the bird adopted.
Adoption Applications that fail to meet all of our requirements for adoptive homes will be denied and the applicant will be contacted by a W.A.R. Representative. Application fees are not refundable.
How Much Does W.A.R. Charge for Adoption Fees?
Application fee is $20.00 Non-refundable.
Wyoming Avian Rescue does not profit from the Adoption fees — they are a reflection of the average cost of care provided for that bird species, including veterinary medical care. However, in order to maintain our programs and our high standard of avian care, we must charge reasonable Adoption fees. Many birds will need our care indefinitely, some for the rest of their lives. Every dollar that W.A.R. brings in is used to promote our mission and provide for birds in need.
The application fee is due in full at the time application is submitted. The Adoption fee is due in full at the time of Adoption (when contract is signed).
Our Foster Care Program
What W.A.R. Birds are available for the Foster Program?
All of the birds in our care can be fostered. We always put the bird’s best interest first and no bird will be placed into a foster home that hasn’t proven that home can meet the needs of any specific bird.
Becoming a Foster Care Provider
Foster care applicants should apply using our online Foster Application. The foster care placement process requires that the foster care provider:
- Fully Completed Foster Care Application
- complete the Bird Basics class
- a physical home visit is made by a designated W.A.R. staff member or volunteer if no previous adoption or foster care bird placement has occurred
Foster care providers agree to maintain contact weekly with Wyoming Avian Rescue to provide updates about the bird’s incorporation into the foster care provider’s home and family.
How Does This Differ From Adoption?
The difference between placing a bird into foster care or into our adoption program is that the bird in foster remains a part of W.A.R. For this reason, the foster care provider is eligible for a tax deduction for any documented bird-related expenses greater than $250. In order to receive a donation acknowledgement letter for IRS purposes, the foster care provider must provide W.A.R. with copies of that bird’s related care expenses. Furthermore, foster care birds are provided annual physical exams by WAR’s designated veterinarians. The foster care provider can make a tax deductible donation to WAR for this veterinary service.
General Avian Resources
Avian Welfare – Link to the Avian Welfare website
Parrot Fun Zone – The ParrotFunZone website was developed to engage bird lovers of all age levels in learning about the wonderful world of pet parrots and their care. The ParrotFunZone site is packed with informative articles, fun games, parrot trivia, challenging quizzes and parrot related activities.
Health and Wellness
Avian Enrichment – The Avian Enrichment site provides information to bird owners that addresses their companion parrot’s physical, emotional and instinctual needs. When you visit this site you will have free access to over 100 articles on 12 easy to navigate essential topics that will help you enrich your bird’s life
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Safe Cockatiel Foods – Cockatiel Cottage Website
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