Our Adoption Process
WE ONLY ADOPT IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA
If you wish to adopt one of our birds, please understand that our process is not immediate. There is a sequence of steps that need to be completed, the average adoption process takes approximately two weeks. Below are the steps that you can expect to incur during the adoption process. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or 941-347-8876
Adopting a parrot is a huge responsibility! Potential adopters may not realize the amount of work that goes into sharing your life with a companion parrot. When considering adopting a parrot you have to ask yourself why, how, when, what and where.
- Why do you want a parrot?
- How will your lifestyle impact the quality of life and care of your parrot?
- When will you be prepared for the responsibilities associated with adopting a parrot?
- What type of food, cage, entertainment and health care you will be providing your parrot?
- Where will your parrot be kept once s/he is in your home after the adoption process is completed? As well as who will care for your parrot if it out lives you.
Parrots are beautiful and intelligent creatures and many people are easily enchanted with them but do not realize that parrots are wild animals. There is no such thing as a domesticated parrot, despite the many years they have been in captivity. There is no such thing as a quiet parrot or a parrot that does not bite. Parrots bite! It is up to you educate yourself regarding parrot behavior, body language and needs. Parrots also squawk and scream, this is how they communicate in the wild. This behavior can happen more frequently when they are not receiving the quality of care that is required with parrot companionship. So, with that being said, the first step in adopting a parrot is EDUCATION and RESEARCH! Please read our sections on basic bird care and utilize the links to other websites we suggest on our “Links” page.
The second step to the adoption process is TIME! You will need to spend time at our facility bonding with one of our parrots. This does NOT happen overnight. It takes time and may take up to a week or more and several visits over that time frame. It is very important that you and your potential companion are on your way to a fulfilling relationship for both of you prior to taking the bird home. You may be surprised to realize that the bird will pick you,rather than you choosing the bird. Come in with an open mind about the type of bird you want to share your life with. Once this step is finished it will be time to move on to the third step.
The third step to the adoption process is completing an extensive adoption APPLICATION. Once you have completed the application you can either email it to parrot firstname.lastname@example.org or mail/bring it to our facility at 1205 Elizabeth St. Suite I; Punta Gorda, FL 33950 attn. Adoption Coordinator. This step can take up to 72 hours once we have received your paperwork before you receive a phone call from our Adoption Coordinator.
Once your application has been reviewed and processed, you will receive an email or phone call from our Adoption Coordinator to schedule a TELEPHONE INTERVIEW. If all goes well during the telephone interview, the Adoption Coordinator will schedule a home visit.
We strongly encourage that you start the 3 separate, 1 hour bonding sessions with the bird of your choice, prior to your home visit. These can be done prior to our Adoption Coordinator doing your home visit.
A HOME VISIT is the fifth step to our adoption process. One of our members will visit your home. If things go well during the home visit, you will be one step closer to bringing your new companion parrot home. The home visit provides quiet time allowing you to ask questions and offer information that you may not have thought of while at the adoption center.
The sixth step to our adoption process is PREPARATION. You will need to make sure that you have the following items on hand before you bring your companion parrot home. We, at Parrot Outreach, have all of the following affordably priced at our facility. We do this because we want to ensure that one of our flock is properly outfitted before s/he goes home with you.
- CAGE - must be appropriate for the species of parrot you are adopting. Please note that we will not allow a parrot to go home if it does not have an appropriately sized cage. Under the adoption tab of our website, you will see “Proper Housing for Your New Companion” , there, you will find minimum cage size requirements that are species specific.
- CARRIER – you can use an avian, cat or dog carrier appropriately sized for transporting your new companion. Please note that we do not allow a parrot to leave our facility unless it is in a proper enclosure.
- FOOD – Our parrots are fed a pellet diet unless otherwise noted. In addition to a pellet diet, parrots can eat a large variety of fruits and vegetables. You can reference our list of safe foods and treats under the bird care tab on our website.
- TOYS and PERCHES - Parrots are natural foragers and constantly forge when in the wild. This is why toys and perches are necessary. Not only do parrots use perches to perch upon, they also shred and chew on them. Do not be surprised when this occurs. Toys should also be supplied and replaced once they are destroyed by your parrot. A cage should have no less than 3 toys and can have as many toys as you like as long as the parrot is able to spread its wings without hitting anything, and the toys are not obstructing it’s path when it climbs the bars of the cage. This will help prevent your parrot from being bored and discourage some unhealthy behaviors.
- VET CARE – Vet care is very important for a parrot owner as prevention is always key. It is easier to prevent an illness than it is to heal an illness once it has occurred. Proper avian vet care can be a matter of life or death for your parrot, as parrots sometimes conceal their illness until it is too late. This is a protective behavior that parrots have in the wild. Parrots will mask an illness until it is so severe that they can no longer hide it….which may lead to death. This is why we cannot put enough emphasis on having a Vet and an annual health visit. Your new companion will need to see your vet within the first few days of coming home for routine blood work and exam. The bird will also need an annual vet exam. Microchipping is encouraged.
Once you have met all the requirements of our adoption process you will be ready to bring your new companion parrot home! All that is left for you to do is schedule an appointment to pick up your new family member.
To help offset costs associated with the care of our flock, we do have set adoption fees for each bird, they are very reasonable and nowhere near the price of buying a bird from a breeder or pet store. Our parrots are tested for Polyoma, PBFD, and Chlamydia and examined by our vet. Results of those tests will be sent with the adoptive family to furnish to their vet. Please note, that despite the testing being done by us, we require that the adoptive family take their new companion for a baseline vet check upon completion of the adoption process.
Our team at Parrot Outreach is always available for support and questions throughout the lifetime of your companion parrot. Our adoption coordinator or one of our members will contact you intermittently after the adoption to ensure that things are going smoothly with your new companion parrot.
Please know that we do NOT adopt Cockatoos into condo, apt., duplex or townhouse settings, this is in the best interest of the birds. If you live in a home owners association you must have a letter stating you can have a loud bird.
Parrot Outreach Society reserves the right to refuse an adoption at its sole discretion. This can happen at any point during the adoption process.