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Large parrots like cockatoos and macaws may live to be over 80 years old.
Their personalities, beautiful plumage, ability to speak and their intelligence make parrots an amazing addition to any home.
Parrots are highly intelligent; they are also very emotional and sociable and can become unmanageable and intolerable to new owners as well as in a lifetime change for long time owners.
They are very intelligent, emotional and sociable animals but they can quickly become unmanageable! When they are stressed they respond much like a child. They scream, some scream continually, they throw things; they tear out their hair (feathers). Even under ordinary conditions, their chewing can be a problem. Furniture and crown molding are wood and they just love chewing anything made of wood. Electric wires, keyboards, lampshades and paper are also high on their list of favorite “chewables”. This behavior can quickly become unbearable to new owners who are not prepared for such a drastic change.
Virtually thousands of undesired parrots are placed in rescues once the new owners learn that a parrot isn’t compatible with his or her lifestyle. A large majority of these birds are considered or become unadoptable each year and require lifetime care in a sanctuary.
Parrots need proper care, socialization and maintenance on a daily basis (and many birds are relinquished due to the lack of it.) We encourage you not to get a parrot on impulse but to research parrot ownership in dept. Decide if sharing your life with a parrot is right for you long term. Becoming a parrot parent requires a clear understanding of the commitment and obligations involved.
Education is key to providing proper care. Learn and volunteer at a bird sanctuary to familiarize yourself with all phases of parrot behavior and essential daily care, along with the proper handling of a bird. Importantly, learn and volunteer at a bird sanctuary that has no vested interest in adoption birds.
Remember, a parrot has much in common with a child; they both depend on their adults for food, shelter and love. Unlike a child who grows up and becomes self-sufficient, a parrot will always remain dependent on you, emotionally and financially. Be prepared for a lifetime of expense.
The cost to maintain your bird in our sanctuary is $1,000 per year for small birds, $1,500 per year for medium-sized birds, and $2,000 per year for large birds.
We require a two-year payment upon intake, with scheduled or pre-payment for the additional years of the bird’s life. Unfortunately, because of the many birds we take in from animal welfare groups such as NJSPCA, St. Hubert Animal Control, and other organizations, and from individuals experiencing foreclosures and natural disaster situations, etc, we would not be able to provide care without the kindness of your endowments, bequests, and all other forms of financial help.
We welcome therefore, your financial support, to maintain the cost of the many parrots who have been admitted to our sanctuary without provision.
Please, consider making a donation to help support our work and the many parrots in our care who have been left to chance without provision.