How We Can Help
Parrots are difficult to care for, and they don’t necessarily adapt as well to life changes like dogs, cats, and reptiles can. Add these problems to the length of time a parrot can live, and you have the answer to “Why do parrots need rescuing?”
Sometimes it is not the parrot that needs rescuing. Sometimes it is the parrot’s family. Life is not always kind and predictable. Through circumstances beyond your control, you may find yourself in a situation where you can no longer spend the time or money needed to care for your bird.
Regardless of the reason, situation, or circumstance, we are here to help you and your parrot. We do not judge or belittle your decision to relinquish your parrot. At Miss Vicki’s Parrot Village, you are met with open arms and compassion. The decision is a difficult one, and we understand what you are going through.
Because we offer different surrender options , long-term fostering, and sanctuary programs, feel free to fill out the Surrender form, and we will help you decide which program best fits your situation. We had to start asking for donation amounts for some species being surrendered beginning in 2015 because we take in birds that other rescues can’t because they are so difficult to re-home. At this time, those species are as follows: Blue and Gold Macaws, Mini Macaws, Male Umbrella Cockatoos, Sun/Jenday/Sunday Conures, Cockatiels, Parakeets, and Lovebirds. If we are at capacity (which is most of the time), and you still want your parrot to come to The Village, we ask that you take the bird to our vet, For Pet’s Sake, for a full workup, including Psittacosis testing. Lovebirds also need to be tested for PBFD. We work with rescues across the country to transfer birds, so if you need to surrender one of the above species but cannot donate to help cover their long-term care, we can help you decide if transferring will work for you and your bird(s). We also keep a long waiting list of birds waiting for an open spot.
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.
What Happens Next?
Once the decision has been made to surrender your parrot to Miss Vicki’s Parrot Village, you may be wondering, “What will happen to my precious parrot?” Each situation is different, but this is what happens most of the time:
- The parrot is either brought to us or we arrange transportation to “The Village”. You are welcome to visit prior to making your final decision.
- We ask that you write a short note about your parrot, telling us and the future adopter (if applicable) all you can about your parrot’s routines, favorite foods, favorite words, etc. This will help us get your bird as comfortable as possible. You can also use our relinquesment form, if you prefer.
- You will be required to sign a Georgia Department of Agriculture Incoming Animal Form. This form is used to track all birds in the event of a disease outbreak. You will also be asked to show your drivers license.
- Your bird will be put in quarantine for at least 30 days. Not to worry, this sounds much harsher than it really is. It is a comfortable room that no other birds are in, but he/she will still get plenty of attention. This is done to prevent the spread of disease.
- During the quarantine period, your bird will be taken to our avian vet for a check-up and tested for, at the very least, Psittacosis.
- Once the quarantine period is nearing an end, behavior evaluation begins. Parrots won’t show their “true colors” during the first few weeks in a new environment. It is called the “honeymoon period”, and it is usually over by the time the bird is moved in with the rest of the flock.
- Each potential adopter must go through our Adoption Process, so you can be sure we do our homework before placing a bird in a new home.
- In the event the new home doesn’t work out as planned, the bird must be returned here. This is a legally-binding contract, and is stated in our Adoption Contract.
Please feel free to Contact Us with any questions or concerns you may have about the surrendering of your parrot. We will be happy to help in any way we can. We cannot take in all birds that we receive calls about. You may be referred to another rescue or a sanctuary in your area. Most rescues in the country are full, but we do our best to put you in contact with someone who can help or get you on our waiting list.