Calling the Batphone

Written By: B.D. Butler - Apr• 01•13
I got batphone here.

I got batphone here.

The phone rings, she answers.  On the other end it’s a person who has decided they want to adopt a parrot from a rescue.  “Why do you ask so many questions?”, “Why are there so many forms?”, “Why do you have to come to my house for a visit?”, these are just a sample of the questions that rescues get asked every day.  My favorite is the idea, rescues should be “lucky” that someone is wanting to re-home one of their birds.  This my friends,  actually happens and yes, there are people out there who really think this way.  

“Why do you ask so many questions?”  It just so happens that when a rescue does an intake, they like to know as much about the parrot as possible.  Good information can be the thing that leads a veterinarian to the cause of a behavioral issue, or a plucking problem.  Information can also cue a rescue to find the proper foster home or know what type of home to look for in a future adoption situation.  Without those questions you are answering, there wouldn’t be an answer.

Climbing a Pile of Files“Why are there so many forms?” There are legal avenues that need to be handled, and relinquishing a bird is just that.  You are signing away your legal rights to that bird as property.  These forms also put fosters and adopters into a contract with the best interest of the bird.  If there weren’t these formalities, the adoption process would be madness.  Actually if you come upon a rescue that does not require all of this paperwork, I would reconsider working with that organization.  

Click here for doorbell.

Click here for doorbell.

“Why do you have to come to my house for a visit?”  Fostering or Adopting a bird is like that of offering a home to a child.  You can’t walk into social services and just pick one at random.  The rescue needs to make sure that your home is safe and the proper environment for the very bird that you are interested in.  

Rescues have been dealing with these “objections” for years.  There are just procedures.  I understand the pain of going through paperwork and formality, because patience sometimes just isn’t my forte’.  However, it’s good to think things through and make sure your ducks are in a row before making such a large commitment to a feathered companion.  It’s that  kind of sheer impetuous behavior that has most of the birds where they are.  John Doe thought he wanted a bird and instead of doing their research and taking the time to investigate they went out and made an impulse purchase.  Then when circumstances changed they merely figured out a way to send their birds away, because after all, “it’s just a bird”.  Now before some of you come after me with your torches and pitch forks,  this does not include every bird, or every bird owner.  Sometimes there are times and situations that cannot be avoided.  I feel for those people who have to give up their birds.

Click here for Free

Click here for Free

A few colleagues I know  who run rescues, also get people complaining about pricing.  “Why aren’t your birds free?”  Yes these birds do need home, but you can’t feed and house a bird on “good intentions”.  A good rescue will have their birds immediately taken to a veterinarian and checked out.  Blood panels and examinations cost money.  Food costs money, cages cost money.  And let’s not forget the cost of toys.  One good Macaw toy can cost anywhere from $35 -$50.  

Good rescues aren’t cheap and cheap rescues aren’t good.  

There should be a set fee for the bird depending on the species and these funds should go right back into the rescue to enable proper care for the other remaining birds at the rescue.  

When it comes to birds, there is really nothing cheap or inexpensive about them, they require special attention, food, veterinary care, toys etc.  You just can’t cut corners when it comes to birds.  It’s the best thing to associate with rescues that don’t.   You should also be able to do your research online regarding the rescue.  See what their reviews are, after all, it never hurts to check things out.

A final bit of advice working with a rescue, have patience.  Running a rescue is not an easy job, if they seem to “grill” you about things, it’s because they need to know what kind of environment you will provide for a prospective bird.  Most rescues are over-worked, under-paid, and short-staffed.  

In the end, it may take some paperwork, or some extra time in answering those questions, but in the end it will help a parrot.  Simply, a parrot that cannot help themselves.   





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