Before rehoming your Parrot!


By John Anderson

Published on 17 April 2018

Try seeking advice, to see if it's possible to keep your bird with you.

There's plenty of education, training and counseling. We suggest that you seek any help that might be available.

There are some very good DVD’s and books for in-home training as well.

Please use these links:

Then after you've tryed everything, and still think the rehomeing of your Parrot is the best option for your bird.

Then you should do all of the following:

1. First you should ask around your family and friends, someone that you know and trust, this way you will know exactly where the Bird is going, and can visit to check how the bird is doing.

2. If step one is not going to be an option you, and your thinking of using a rehomeing service, you need to make sure you find the best one possible, Please don't rush this step. Things to consider, ask lots of questions. How long they have been in business? The length of time and care they are going to take in finding the best possible home for your loved pet bird.

3. Ask the rescue rehomeing service for a copy of their Adoption Policies/Terms and Conditions of Adoption, and a copy of the Adoption Contract that they use. If they can't provide any of this, don't let them take your bird.

4. If adoption fees are asked for when rehomeing a parrot, ask if it's REFUNDABLE as a (Security deposit) that is refunded on safe return of the bird, and make sure this is stated on the Adoption Contact. Please read more on this below.

5. Then when you think you've found the best one, ask them if it would be possible for you to self foster your bird until they find a suitable home. This way you know the process isn't rushed, and you can meet the new owner, then easily keep in touch with them for updates on the how the bird is doing, and by being involved in the Adoption process, you are going to make sure it's been done properly.

6. If self foster is not an option, It's highly recommended that you take your bird to the rescues location, rather than let them collect from you. And if you see anything that you don't like about the place, you can say you've changed your mind, and then walk away. This will help the rescue, and some do prefer to do it this way.

No Parrot rescue charity, can guarantee that your bird will go to a good caring home, in some cases this doesn't happen, even if they take all the correct steps, and use all the relevant paper work that's needed to adopt out a bird. For example: Some applicants will tell lie's on their application forms, to get a bird.

It's upto you to make sure they do their Job properly, the best way to do this is to self foster if it's possible (as mentioned above) and keeping in contact with the new adopted owner, is definitely recommended.

Self foster advantages: The problem of birds being moved to a re-homing facility and then on to a new owner would be greatly reduced- It would mean that the bird has one less move, and as every move for a bird is stressful, this is a great advantage.

Besides being beneficial for the bird it would give the owner the opportunity to visit the home of the new owner and decide for themselves if they are happy with that person, the home environment, knowledge and experience of the potential new owner.

For information on proper care, please read our Parrot Care Guide

NYPR does not rehome any Parrots. We are a rescue that now only take in sick, injured, abused, abandoned, orhaned, and found birds of all types, in the Yorkshire area, and provide free help, advice, and pet bird education, See About NYPR, after rehabilitation birds are then moved on to Rainbow Bird and Animal Rescue.


By John Anderson

Published on 17 April 2018

Is asking for a fixed non-refundable adoption fee for a parrot, selling birds?

And when the bird is returned to the rehomeing service to be put up for adoption again, it's then adopted out again, and again, and again, so even more Adoption fees can be collected for the same parrot. Is this wrong?

Yes! Of course it is.

How does this protect the bird. It doesn't. They should only keep the membership fees and donations. This should be enough to cover their expenses.

So how should it be done?

The Adoption fee should be fully refundable, but only on the condition that the bird is returned safely to the rescue, and in good health. This protects the bird, by making sure it's being cared for, in accordance with the bird rescues recommended level of care.

And also, if anything should happen to this bird while under their care, accidentally or not, the Adoption fee wouldn't be refunded.

The Adoption fee should be 50% of the Parrots value.

What's your opinion?