Parrot Rescue

Basic Requirements What the rescuer needs.
Charlie's Bird House Home of Cast-away Treasures, We accept Handicapped Birds
Charlie's Bird House is a home for homeless companion and breeder birds. Charlie's is the "end of the line" for many of the inhabitants. It is the mission of Charlie's to provide a clean, healthy, emotionally stimulating and nutritious environment for the remaining days of its residents. It is also the goal at Charlie's to provide an environment of education to the present owners of companion and breeder birds.
fax: 254-248-1343 Email 
Gatesville, TX
Dee Thompson Parrot Rescue No breeding, no resale. Committed, experienced care for parrots. Physical handicaps and behavioral problems are welcome. Education and outreach programs available for schools, clubs, stores. Helping unwanted pet birds since 1988. PO Box 645 Savage, Md 20763
Feathered Friends
Avian Rescue & Resource Association
Feathered Friends is a registered non-profit, charitable organization devoted to the rescue and care of unwanted, neglected and abused pet birds - big and small. Our goal is to find stable loving homes for all the birds who come to our shelter, but we will also offer sanctuary where birds we are unable to place in adoptive homes can live out their lives in a caring environment.
Edmonton, Alberta Canada (780) 470-4179 
FLOPRS Located in Abbotsford B.C. Canada, this society offers a permanent loving home to abused, neglected and unwanted psittacine and is the special place where loved parrots can be willed or given to. To help support the refuge, the founder Wendy Huntbach manufactures exceptionally high quality cages at very good prices. (Can be shipped the the USA)
Foundation Dutch Parrot Refuge This foundation has been founded on 16 February 1987. Parrots were and still are brought in by owners who cannot take care of their pets any longer. Most of the parrots who find a new place with us are brought by private persons and others are placed by different departments of the government. Holland
Foster Parrots Ltd Foster Parrots was established in 1990 when we became aware of the large number of parrots and related species that were living lives of neglect and abuse and was incorporated as a non-profit rescue and adoption service, specifically for parrots and related species, in February of 1999.
If you would like more information or would like to visit us, please call Marc Johnson at: (781) 878-3733, or write to us at:
Foster Parrots Ltd. P.O. Box 650
Rockland, MA 02370
or e-mail us at
The Garuda Aviary The Garuda Aviary of Sedona is an all-volunteer, nonprofit rescue operation dedicated to providing lifelong sanctuary for abused and neglected companion birds.
Sedona, AZ
Loved Bird Rescue And Pet Education Services Our objective is to help educate bird and other pet owners in knowing what is involved in being a responsible bird owner and pet owner. In hopes that maybe so many birds and other pets will not end up in need of rescue or in shelters.
Frederick Maryland
Macaw Landing Foundation The foundation is dedicated to the preservation of Macaws. We, as a conservation organization, promote and apply scientifically based information from the field to the propagation of endangered Macaws, to wildlife management, and to environmental education, while building public awareness and supporting other organizations that work to preserve Macaws in the wild.
Parrot Education & Adoption Center Parrot Education & Adoption Center (PEAC) is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to educating current and potential bird owners on the proper care of pet birds. Unwanted or found parrots are accepted at PEAC. They are cared for until adopted to qualified applicants. San Diego, CA
Parrot Line Parrot Line, the UK's largest rescue and rehabilitation charity, operates a free adoption scheme along with a 24hr advisory service.
Endangered birds are placed in specialized breeding programs around the UK. Pet birds whose owners give up on them are placed into a pet situation ASAP and free of charge. Birds that need special rehabilitation are placed in the sanctuary with other birds of their species.

Any owner request information or advice please call

Tel: +44 114 2747985 or Fax: 08700 549813

Recapture A method to recapture an escaped parrot.
Safe Haven Avian Refuge Located in the Nebraska, Safe Haven provides shelter for parrots and other small birds, in crisis or transition, and offers re-homing service for unwanted birds. Experienced with behavioral problems, nutritional needs and hand-feeding."
Rescue Me
Avian Santuary
Located in the District of Columbia, is a non-profit, non-adoption, all volunteer sanctuary for large parrots only. Founded in 1990 and incorporated in 1997, rescue me operates on the premise that these birds are not pets; rather they are wild animals who should have been left in the wild. Birds are in free flight flocks with like birds. Endangered birds are encouraged to mate and breed for conservation purposes only. Contact rescue me a 202/332-7434 or e-mail at
Second Flight
Parrot Sanctuary & Education
Second Flight is the first and only charitable organization of its kind in Ontario to provide permanent Sanctuary to parrots in need, an adoption program for our happy healthy companion parrots as well as an extensive education program that reaches thousands of people throughout all of Ontario. We are also not in any way affiliated with any other organization of this kind.
Orillia Ontario 705-689-4208
The Gabriel Foundation A Colorado non-profit organization promoting education, rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, and sanctuary for companion parrots. We aspire to educate persons interested in parrots about the complex needs of our feathered friends through focus on their psychological, physiological, environmental, and nutritional needs.
The Society for Conservation in Aviculture The Society for Conservation in Aviculture (SCA) was formed in 1993, when a need became apparent to start to conserve avian species before they were lost forever. The Society aims to promote and develop all species and varieties of birds kept by aviculturists, with special regard being paid to threatened and endangered species, both in the wild, and domesticated. Winchester, England
Tucson Avian Adoption and Rescue Foundation (TARA) Tucson Avian Adoption and Rescue Foundation (TARA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to rescue parrots in need of new homes, no matter the reason. TARA exists to improve the lives of companion birds through the education of humans and the nurturing of young aviculturists. Tucson, Arizona
The Tropics Exotic Bird Refuge The Tropics Exotic Bird Refuge, the only one of its kind in the nation, specializes in the long term care of handicapped, unwanted & retiring breeder exotic birds. North Carolina
Wings Of Hope 
Parrot Rescue and Rehabilitation
Located just outside Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We rescue, take in unwanted birds, rehabilitate if necessary, and then adopt out to good homes. The adoption process is a detailed process of us evaluating people and deciding if they will make suitable owners for each individual bird. We will also work with people to try to improve life with their avian friend if they desire to do so, as well as trying to educate people on parrots in general. We will also help people who need to find a new home for their much loved pet. 

To contact us call: 
Colleen Ciphery (613) 623-8059

Wobbly" Parrot Rescue Run from a small one-bedded flat in the centre of busy Reading, in Royal Berkshire, is a unique charity. Originally a hobby which has snowballed into a much needed service, it's name is the "Wobbly" Parrot Rescue , the only parrot sanctuary in and around the Berkshire area, and probably the U.K. to specialize in psittacine rescue.
World Parrot Trust With thousands of members in 65 countries, our branches work cooperatively to achieve the stated aims of the World Parrot Trust, which are The survival of parrot species in the wild, and the welfare of captive birds


Housing: Sometimes you will get lucky and your rescue will come with an appropriate cage, but often they won't. The rescuer needs to have an assortment of clean, empty cages available in a quarantine area in which to house rescues. The rescuer should also have a "sick" cage available which is equipped with heat, humidity, quiet, darkness, towels, bedding, and other things that a sick bird might need.

Food: The rescuer must know what all the types of birds they are willing to rescue eat, and have it or a reasonable substitute available, as well as some things (like parrot seed mix) you might not normally use, since sometimes you'll get a bird that initially that is all they will eat. The rescuer should also have basic emergency staples like Infalyte, applesauce, Instant Ounces or other emergency food, hand-feeding formula, Cheerios, etc. on hand for sick or injured birds that may not be eating well.

Medical: The rescuer needs to have a relationship with an avian vet that they can call and take rescue birds to. This vet should know you well enough that if you take in an obviously abused or neglected bird, there's no question of "did you really rescue it or did YOU do this?" The rescuer should also have either financial arrangements with this vet or sufficient financial resources to deal with medical problems that rescues may have.

Support Network: No one can know everything about every species of bird, or even parrot; the rescuer should have a support network of breeders and other bird-loving friends that they can call if they need help or more info about a particular bird.

Knowledge: At minimum, the rescuer should be able to: Spot a sick bird. Clip wings. Administer oral medication. Provide basic first aid (stop bleeding, provide warmth, etc.). Be able to safely towel and restrain a bird. Tolerate bites and scratches without reacting angrily on the bird.

>From there, I suggest the following "levels" of expertise:

Level I Able to hand-feed babies and sick birds who will take formula and medications voluntarily. Able to work with and calm a basically tame but scared bird. Able to pull blood feathers and deal with broken nails.

Level II Able to force-feed sick birds and administer oral medication to unwilling patients, and feed "day one" babies if necessary. Able to deal with basic behavioral problems such as cage-bound, territorial aggression, fear biting. Able to trim or file beaks and nails as necessary and know when beak/nail growth is abnormal. Able to bandage/splint broken legs and wings temporarily. Able to diagnose common medical conditions such as scaly face mites, crop impaction, malnutrition, yeast infections, etc.

Level III Able to give injections IM or SubQ and administer SubQ fluids. Able to perform minor medical procedures such as skin stitches, crop flushing, bandaging, splint, and applying an E-collar. Able to deal with behavioral problems such as random biting, screaming, plucking, self-mutilation, etc. Able to provide for crippled and debilitated birds short-term. Able to provide long-term supportive care and special diets for chronically ill or diseased birds that will recover.

Level IV Able to provide permanent home for special needs or unrecoverable birds regardless of condition, temperament, behavior, etc. Able to deal with severe emotional and behavioral problems that the can probably not be corrected.

Perhaps it would be helpful to have a basic understanding of what levels we are all at, and use each other as resources when a bird that is beyond our level of expertise needs help. I also think it is true that birds should, when possible, be placed with the lowest level that is needed for them, as the rescuer needs the experience and it frees up the more experienced rescuers for the birds that really need them. One good way to get some of this experience is to volunteer at a vet clinic. Most vets could always use some help, especially if they don't have to pay you, and even as "kennel help" you'd have the opportunity to learn how to do some of these things.

Don't flame me too bad, it's just a jumping-off point, some suggestions to start us off on discussing these things and maybe setting up some guidelines. -- Heike Ewing a/k/a: Hyacinth the Dragoness, The Mac Doctor -------------------------------------------- web site: --------------------------------------------

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Do everything as high up as possible. And don't chase him all over and miss. You will only make him more wary.

1. They usually come in at dawn and dusk, If possible put the mate outside in a small cage inside the larger one. If possible.

2.Get the mate in a smaller cage up against the house with the bigger cage in front of it with trap door open. If possible.

Throw some food on top of the house, and perhaps water in his dish on top also. Not too much, you want him hungry. That will keep him close. If his food is in a crock put the crock up there.

The more weight he loses the better he can fly, so the quicker you want to catch him.

Get a few garden hoses ready, that will reach everywhere. If he avoids all cages but comes in low, wait till he perches someplace and hit him with all you got from the water hose. Get him as wet as you can as fast as you can. He will be surprised and too heavy to fly immediately. Throw a towel over him then.

If he still isn't trapped by night watch where he roosts, it may be low enough to sneak up at night and catch him, but you only usually get one shot at night.

About the third day is when they get careless because they are hungry. Usually your best shot then. Above all don't give up. They show up 3 weeks later sometimes.

You need to be up at daybreak. It is amazing how they try to stay close. Good luck Jean

Jean "The African Queen" Pattison (FL)

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