Deciding to Relinquish Your Parrot

We all encounter unexpected changes in our lifetime and sadly, this may impact our feathered friends. Parrots are intelligent, sensitive creatures and tend to react to stressful situations by exhibiting behavioral problems and/or plucking. There are also times when a parrot and human find themselves in an incompatible relationship.  


Feathered Friends Forever can assist by evaluating you and your parrot's behaviors, physical health and well-being . Like any relationship, sometimes there are irreconcilable differences and everyone is better off going their separate ways.


It can be difficult to find the perfect new home for your parrot unless you have family or friends that understand and love your bird. Even then, they may not be willing to take on the responsibility of a parrot. Often, owners must make the heartbreaking decision to surrender their feathered friend to our facility. 


Hundreds of birds from various backgrounds have made their way to Feathered Friends Forever from all across the United States. Some become permanent residents, while others are adopted to new loving homes. 

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Adoptive Placement

While we prefer to assess your parrot to determine if sanctuary or adoption is the best option, ultimately it is the owner's decision. Some owners prefer a sanctuary setting for their parrot because they worry that he or she will be bounced from home to home. Others prefer that their parrot find a new, loving home. 


If your parrot is a candidate for adoption, we will work hard to find proper placement in a forever home.  It is substantially better for a parrot to live in a permanent home with a compatible and happy family. 


If your parrot is not suitable to become someone’s loving companion, then it will remain a permanent resident at our facility. 

Permanent Placement

In some cases, placing a parrot in a home environment is not acceptable, or desirable. Sanctuary placement in these situations guarantees a permanent, secure, long-term habitat where birds can learn to be birds again, rather than live with a human companion. 


Although our sanctuary parrots will never have the opportunity to know freedom in the wild, we strive to provide a fulfilling, peaceful and tranquil life.  Companionship and social support are vital needs for all parrots. In captivity, many parrots spend their lives alone in a cage. Our goal is to give all our parrot residents the chance to find the companionship they need by integrating them into a flock. 


However, there is no "one-size-fits-all" care plan when it comes to parrots. We take the time to learn the individual needs of all our birds and follow their lead.  


Please visit our Permanent Residence page for more information on this program. 

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Last Will & Testament Permanent Placement

Every responsible parrot owner wants the comfort of knowing that their feathered friends will be loved and cared for should anything happen to them.  


Estate planning can be tricky, therefore it is important to consult with an estate planning attorney to prepare your will.  Your will should contain instructions on your parrot's future care, and an endowment to cover any costs associated with it.  If you choose Feathered Friends Forever as the retirement home for your parrot, we will need to be listed as a beneficiary in your will. 


If the estate is not sufficient to cover the necessary endowment, a life insurance policy may be obtained naming Feathered Friends Forever as beneficiary. Please note that some insurance agencies will not allow an organization to be listed as a beneficiary. In this circumstance,  one of our executive officers can be named beneficiary and will transfer the funds to our organization. 


Feathered Friends Forever is currently taking reservations for all incoming parrots designated for care and placement at our facility. Standard reservation fees are based on the size and species of bird.  These fees will guarantee a permanent home for your bird at Feathered Friends Forever.  


 Please visit our Permanent Residence page for more information on this program.  

Financial Support

 Since Feathered Friends Forever operates solely on donations, your financial support is necessary to both your feathered companion and the continued success of our organization. 


Several factors are evaluated to ensure proper funding is present for your parrot. Medical care, food requirements, special needs and maintenance are just a few of the necessities of parrot care. 


In order to continue to accept new birds, we must have the resources to support the existing flock first. Therefore, we will require donations for all aspects of placement. 


 Please visit our Permanent Residence page for more information.  

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Abandoned Birds

If you agree to support your parrot, please be sure to honor your commitment. Far too often, we have owners drop off their feathered friend, discontinue financial support and we never hear from them again. 


Should your personal situation change or if you run into financial issues, please let us know. We will do our best to work with you until you recover. 


Please note: If you fail to maintain payments for a period of 90 days and have not contacted us, your parrot will be considered abandoned and eligible for adoption. 

Making the Transition Easier for your Parrot

Once you've made the decision to place your parrot at Feathered Friends Forever, there are several things to keep in mind before transporting your feathered friend to our facility. 


To make the transition easier and less stressful, please be sure to bring your parrot's cage, toys, and at least a 30-day supply of their favorite food. These items will help your parrot be more comfortable in his or her new surroundings. Also, be sure to write down any information about your bird that may be useful, such as vocabulary, favorite treats, and daily routines. Any veterinary records you may have will also be helpful.  The more information you provide us, the easier it will be for your feathered friend.

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Transporting your Parrot

If your parrot will be traveling in a vehicle to our facility, it is best to treat him or her with the same regard as an infant. Avoid placing your bird in direct sunlight, in front of air/heat vents or near open windows while driving. 


Be sure to supply your parrot with fresh water and food for the ride. Under no circumstances should you transport your bird in the back of a truck where wind, road debris and exhaust fumes could be deadly. 


Be prepared for the emotional impact of leaving your feathered friend with us. To make the transition easier on yourself and your parrot, we encourage you to spend some time together before you leave. 

Shipping your Parrot

If you will be shipping your parrot to our facility, it is recommended that you use Delta Pet First. Your parrot will be transported in a climate controlled cabin, and go "counter" to "counter," which means your bird will not sit on the tarmac with the luggage. Once you have made the flight arrangements, you will need to notify us of the flight plan. 


You will need to purchase a pet carrier for your bird to be transported in. We recommend installing a perch inside the carrier. The carrier should be large enough for your bird to stand on a perch without his head touching the top. You should also line the bottom of the carrier with newspaper. Do not place toys, bowls or a water bottle inside the carrier, as these could injure the bird during transport. Fresh fruit can be used as a food and water substitute for your parrot during their flight. Be sure to check with the airline regarding requirements for the carrier since some require you to screen in or wire the open holes. Lastly, make sure the carrier is labeled with contact information for yourself and our facility. 


You will need to notify us when you check your bird in at the airport. If there are any flight delays, please let us know as soon as possible. Someone from our organization will arrive at the airport prior to the scheduled landing time and then transport your parrot to our facility. 

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For more information on placing your parrot at Feathered Friends Forever, please contact BirdRescueRon@aol.com or call (706) 556-2424.