Before rehoming your Parrot!


By John Anderson, NYPR

Published on 17 April 2018

It is a fact, that not all of the birds going into rescue will be found a good, caring, and long-term happy home, there is no such thing as a forever home for your Parrot, if you are going to place your bird with a rehoming charity.

Please take these steps before rehoming your birds.

If it's at all possible, first 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:

Please also try reading the following pages on our website Parrot Training, Parrot Behaviour, Feather Plucking, Screaming, Biting Problems, Rehabilitation

Sometimes with right advice or behavioural training the rehoming of the bird has not been necessary.

Then after you've tryed your best to keep your bird with you or think the rehoming of your Parrot is the better option.

Then you should do all of the following:

1. First you could 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 rehoming service, you need to make sure you find the best one possible, Please don't rush this step. There are many 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 to find the best possible home for your loved pet bird.

3. Ask the rehoming 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 important information, don't let them take your bird.

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

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. (Not recommend for birds that have serious behavioural problems, feather plucking etc.) This way you will know for sure the Adoption process isn't being rushed, and you can meet the new owner, and easily keep in touch with them for updates on the how the bird is doing.

6. If self foster is not going to be an option, It's highly recommended that you take your bird to the Main Rescue Centres location, (Not a foster home) rather than let them collect the bird 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. Some rescues centres do prefer to do it this way.

No Parrot rescue charity, can guarantee that your bird will always 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 paper work that's needed to adopt out a bird. For example: Some applicants will tell lie's on their application form, 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 with birds being moved to a re-homing facility and then moved on again 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. Also the bird will bond with the foster carer, then be moved on again, this is not being kind to the bird.

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 parrot care, please read our Parrot Care Guide

NYPR provide free help and advice to Parrot owners, and other pet bird education. Some of our rescue birds are referred on to live at the Rainbow Bird and Animal Rescue Sanctuary.

They are a Bird and Animal Rescue Charity, with locations in Manchester and North Wales.

Please visit these websites for more information. and


By John Anderson, NYPR

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 rescue charity 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. The charity should only keep the membership fees, donations and funds raised from fundraising. This should be enough to cover all of their charitable expenses, and should not be used for any uncharitable expenses, if a non profit organisation.

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 charity, and in good health. This helps to protect the bird, by making sure it's going to be 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/Security Deposit, should be around 50% of the average value of the Parrots.

What's your opinion?