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Intakes are re-opened on a space available basis. Contact us to have your name put on our list for placement.

Click here to download relinquishment form.

The mission of EBR is to provide a safe haven for birds to stay until they can be adopted into new homes. The owners of these birds entrust them to our care to find and qualify new homes or other appropriate placement for their companion birds.

"Rescue" is a misnormer to describe what we do. Very few of the birds coming into rescue are actually "rescued" but instead are voluntarily relinquished to us by their owners. They have often been well-cared for and loved or at the very least, the owners had the best of intentions.

Exotic Bird Rescue does not purchase or trade birds. The birds are considered a charitable donation to our 501(c )(3) organization. Any cages and supplies donated are also considered a charitable donation. Fees are applicable when placing a bird with our organization.  Fees range from $5.00 to $25.00 for small birds, $10.00 to $50.00 for amazons and up.   We request that any bird being relinquished to EBR come into rescue with a recent health exam documentation. If you are unable to see a vet before relinquishing your bird to us, we suggest a donation to cover the cost of a vet visit.

The majority of the birds placed with Exotic Bird Rescue have been tame companion birds kept as pets in someone's home. It is our experience that the bird's best interests is served by continuing a home environment relationship by having them be a member of a family rather than being placed in a rescue sanctuary.

Our organization consists of all volunteers working out of their homes in some capacity- as foster homes or performing other organizational functions. Our rescue finances are 100% donation supported and survival of the organization is dependant on these donations. Please consider a monthly donation to EBR in any amount.
When placing a bird with our organization:

1. Contact us by phone or email. The initial contact is to establish if there is a possibility of keeping your companion bird in your home. We can offer behavior help or direct you to websites that give the opportunity to learn more about how to care for your bird.
2. If rehoming your bird is the only option and you wish to place your bird with our organization you will be asked some basic questions regarding your bird. We take all exotic birds regardless of size, medical or behavioral issues. We  will then set a date for intake. In most cases we require that the owner be able to bring the bird to us. If you are not able to bring the bird to us we do offer pick- up services for a fee of .50 cents per mile.  Due to over population of our foster homes, we may not be able to take your bird right away. Occasionally we do not have room or funds to care for additional birds. If we cannot take your bird right now, we will put you on our waiting list and will contact you when an opening is available.

3. On the date of intake the owner will need to bring the bird, cage, and any other supplies to the agreed drop off point. We will have a release form for the owner to sign that relinquishes custody of the bird to Exotic Bird Rescue. You will also need to bring your intake fee(s) at that time. The intake process concerning the owner is complete.

What happens to relinquised birds:

1. The relinquished bird typically spends 2-7 days with the initial drop person so that he/she can get a preliminary idea of the behavioral/medical health of the bird and select a foster home that is appropriately trained to handle a bird with those specific issues and of that specific species. Often the we will schedule the vet visit for the bird and transport the bird to and from the vet. However, occasionally, this responsibility is passed on to the foster home to facilitate. All birds receive a basic physical exam and fecal gramstain and any further treatment deemed necessary by the avian veterinarian at that time.

2. Once a foster home is selected, the bird is transferred with all necessary supplies. The foster home will enforce our necessary quarantine procedures for 30 days during which time the bird will be unavailable for adoption (see the Quarantine guidelines below). The foster home will also work on issues the bird has that require rehabilitation to make it better suited as a companion animal.

3. At the end of the quarantine period the bird will be listed as available for adoption and interested adopters can begin the adoption process. See our adoption page for information about what steps a potential adopter must complete to adopt a bird from our organization.

We often get requests from persons who would like us to find homes for their birds but allow them to keep the bird(s) in there home until the adoption takes place. EBR will advertise, find and qualify any parties interested in adoption of your bird.
What is required to relinquish your bird:
1. Submission of a EBR Relinquishing Your Bird form.
2. Documentation of a vet visit within the last 6 months giving the bird a clean bill of health.
3. Signed agreement releasing the adoption fee to EBR.
4.  Setting up special circumstances for your bird to remain in your home during the adoption period.
5. Potential adopters visit the bird in a trained foster home, giving them a good representation of what standards we expect in bird care.
6. Potential adopters have more success in handling a bird when the intense bond with its owner is not present.
7. Having the owner relinquish the bird rather than serve as the foster home prevents disappointment if an adopter qualifies but then the owner backs out.

Maintaining a relationship with the new owner:

1. Only if the foster home is willing to facilitate such a relationship.

2. Only if the adopter is willing to facilitate such a relationship.

It is not part of our policies and generally not in the best interest of the bird or the previous owner to continue the relationship. Once that bond is broken, the bird typically forms a new bond (a survival strategy) with a new person. The previous owner is generally viewed then as the intruder on the new relationship and this can be a emotionally hard for the previous owner to experience and can be very confusing for the bird.  We are generally willing however to provide updates as to how the bird is doing with our organization.

If you have further questions about our intake policies and procedures please contact us from the Contact Us page. Click on the link below to connect to that page.

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