How do you adopt birds?


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Adopt a pet bird from a local animal shelter or bird rescue organization. The Avian Welfare Coalition features a national directory of bird rescues and sanctuaries. A similar directory is found on Midwest Avian Adoption and Rescue Services' website.

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Many local animal shelters and humane societies that offer cat and dog adoptions also offer pet birds. Small birds, such as lovebirds, parakeets and cockatiels, are common in shelters, but larger parrots are sometimes surrendered as well.

Bird rescue groups are a reliable source for pet bird adoptions. Rescue groups evaluate the temperament and needs of the individual bird and attempt to place the bird in an appropriate home. Veterinary clinics that specialize in avian medicine often know of birds in need of homes. The Association of Avian Veterinarians maintains a directory of avian veterinarians on its website.

Before adopting a pet bird, especially a large parrot, be aware of their special needs. Pet birds are long-lived, highly social animals who require specialized diets, companionship and stimulation. Birds are messy pets, and large parrots are often loud and destructive. Birds in captivity sometimes have behavior problems that make them hard to live with, and the specialized veterinary care a bird requires is more expensive than similar care for a dog or cat.

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