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Time for Change

At Under My Wing Avian Refuge, our staff understands that unexpected changes in your life circumstances can force you to relinquish your beloved companion bird, and we are here to help you with this difficult process.

Like many other bird owners, you don’t want to let go of your dear companion, After all, most people who have to give up a companion bird have lived with their bird for many years and parting with it can be a wrenching experience. However, in the face of the inevitable, you want to make sure the bird is well provided for.

Most owners who struggle with relinquishing their bird are comforted by knowing where or with whom their bird will be going, and that it will receive excellent care.  And for a fortunate few, the pain of never being able to see their bird again vanishes as they learn that they will be able to visit their bird in its new home.

Under My Wing Avian Refuge is here to help. We address both your concerns and your bird’s needs, and offer alternatives option to help you to separating your companion bird from you. Visitations with your bird at the refuge is one of them, by written agreement and as time and circumstances allow

Adopting out your bird to a new family that has been prescreened and approved for bird is one that we make every effort to match your bird to the most suitable home possible

We also offer Short-term, long-term, and permanent residency

Re-adoption, should your situation change within a short period of time, and we find your bird had not been relinquished because an abuse or neglect situation

Care for a terminally ill bird, if you request this. We never euthanize birds

We offer options because we realize that although life-change is inevitable, unforeseen events necessitating giving up your bird (eg, short- or long-time illness, family members finding themselves left with a relative’s bird after that person’s death, home foreclosure or other financial reverses, or even a move to a residence where parrots are not allowed) should not cause you emotional hardship and leave you in a quandary about your bird’s future life and well-being.

Change can be very difficult for your parrot, too. Many parrots experience a traumatic and difficult adjustment when re-homed to strangers. Any change to a new home must be handled with care and caution, especially for parrots that have lived alone with one family for years. That is why, unlike other bird rescue groups and sanctuaries, we encourage a slow change whenever possible to help minimize the stress and grief of the parrot as well as owner when parting is necessary. Ideally, the separation from the human bond should be made in gradual steps by allowing known people to remain connected with the bird and allowing the bird to keep its familiar cage and toys.

Because of their high intelligence and strong emotional needs, parrots can suffer from depression and a broken spirit when these needs are not met. Unlike people, parrots have no counselors to speak to and cannot take antidepressants. All they are left with is themselves and their beautiful plumage, which they often attack, plucking themselves bare and bloody. Some people choose to ignore the fact that parrots have emotional needs, yet it’s well known that parrots find it very comforting to be held, caressed, and spoken to. The tone alone that we use can make a huge difference in a parrot’s life.

Given our organization’s concern about the overall welfare of captive birds, we must add here that today, more than ever, parrots are neglected, abused, and mistreated all over the world – a fact minimally recognized by the general public. Sadly, many are ill-treated and disrespected even in death, with their bodies buried in back yards or tossed in the garbage, with no regard for the dignity of their lives. Clearly, a wider appreciation of these beautiful creatures must be encouraged and awareness of the growing crisis of displaced exotic birds must be increased through education of the public.

Under My Wing Avian Refuge is neither connected with nor utilizes outside services such as “Rescue Agents” to assist us with placement of birds. To ensure that we can monitor the adoptable birds, we have a no-ship policy, and adopt out birds only in our own state and nearby out-of-state areas.

Again, Under My Wing Avian Refuge is here to help.

When you are faced with the need to give up your bird due to unforeseen circumstances or if you can no longer care properly for your bird, surrender it to us with confidence, knowing where it will be living and where you can visit it if you wish (we do not foster birds). We will accept your reason for surrendering your bird without judgment, and will provide it with the safe, loving environment it so very much deserves.

To relinquish your bird to Under My Wing Avian Refuge please fill out te relinquish form under our Contact Us page

Additional information before deciding to relinquish your bird can be found on our site under Credibility and what you Should Know - Reputable Organization Criteria


Under My Wing Avian Refuge looks forward to helping you with the process of finding the best solution for your bird's future.

Our required process for relinquishing a bird to Under My Wing Avian Refuge begins carefully reading our options listed below. Once your decision has been made and you would like to proceed forth we require you to complete our Bird’s History Questionnaire. Following receipt of the completed questionnaire we may make an appointment to visit the bird in its current home, or may contact you for additional information required by the Board Members. Once acceptance of your bird is approved by our Board, we will make arrangements for its transport to the sanctuary.

Please note that we do offer Special Arrangements and or Emergency intake of birds. Special arrangements or emergency situations can be discussed directly with Paula. Rapid admission of a bird can be granted provided that we have the room as well as the means to properly care for your bird and meet its specific needs.

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