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Regardless of the reason, situation, or circumstance, we are here to help you and your parrot. We do not judge you and we realize the decision is a difficult one. However, please understand that our space is extremely limited, so emergency situations are always taken care of first. We will do our best to be available when you need us, but space depends on how many adoptions we have had and the funds available to us at that time. While we do ask for surrender donations if you can afford it, it does not come close to covering the expenses that will be incurred by the rescue on intake of any bird.
What Happens Next?
Once the decision has been made to surrender your parrot,
there is a certain process you can expect to take place:
•The parrot/bird is either brought to the foster home by the person who is relinquishing, or we arrange transportation. Please remember, we work out of a network of approved foster homes all over the state. We do not have a public shelter.
•You will be required to sign a relinquishment form.
•Your bird will be quarantined for at least 30 days. Your bird will still receive plenty of attention, but this is done to prevent the possible spread of disease.
•During the quarantine period, your bird will be taken to one of our avian vets for a check-up and blood work.
•Once our avian veterinarian clears your bird for adoption, his/her temperament will be evaluated by the foster home and a biography will be written that will be placed on our website, Facebook page, and several adoption pages we work with.
•Each potential adopter must go through our adoption process. We take this adoption process very seriously and our volunteers and foster homes spend a great deal of time finding the perfect new adoptive home for your bird.
•In the event the new home doesn’t work out as planned, the bird must be returned to Wings of Love Parrot Rescue Center of the Bluegrass, Inc.
The relinquishment request form is a legally-binding contract.
Please feel free to contact us
with any questions or concerns you may have about relinquishment.
We do request relinquishment donations on each bird coming into rescue, as adoption fees come nowhere close to covering veterinarian fees. Every bird goes to the veterinarian regardless of species, and around 50-60% of incoming parrots need expensive treatments such as blood tests, medications, surgeries, or other necessary procedures, plus the cost of cages, toys, and food while in rescue, where needed. This can cost anywhere from $150 to $1,500 per bird depending on the circumstances, and sometimes more.
•There is a minimum relinquishment donation of $20.00 for extra small birds.
(Canaries, Budgies, Finches, etc...)
•There is a minimum relinquishment donation of $25.00 for small birds
(Lovebirds, Cockatiels, Parrotlets, etc...)
•There is a minimum relinquishment donation of $50.00 for medium birds.
(Caiques, Quakers, Conures, Senegals, Indian Ringneck Parakeets, Alexandrines, Lorikeets, etc...)
•There is a minimum relinquishment donation of $75.00 for large birds.
(Eclectus, African Greys, Amazons, Pionus, Mini-Macaws, Goffins Cockatoos, Bare Eyed Cockatoos, etc...)
•There is a minimum relinquishment donation of $100.00 for extra-large birds.
(B&G Macaws, Green-Winged Macaws, Scarlet Macaws, Umbrella Cockatoos, Moluccan Cockatoos, etc...)
NOTE: We also request that if the cage your bird currently has is not appropriate due to size or condition,
an additional relinquishment donation be made to cover the cost of the rescue purchasing a new cage for your bird.
If re-homing due to financial circumstances, please let us know, and we can work with you!
WE HAVE A WAITING LIST FOR BIRDS NEEDING TO COME INTO RESCUE AT THIS TIME.
PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY AND WELL IN ADVANCE OF NEEDING TO SURRENDER.
If you need guidance while searching for another rescue or for a sanctuary, you can e-mail us for a list of items to consider while doing that research. We do not make recommendations as we feel that each bird and each situation is unique and the owner of the parrot should research what is best for their individual animal.
Please completely fill out each part of the following form and please be as honest as possible. This will help us place your bird in the right foster home for your bird, where he/she will be comfortable, provided the proper diet, and with someone who is experienced with his/her needs.