Who We Serve
From our beginning WOL Bird Haven, Inc. was established to take in companion birds from tiny finches all the way to the large Hyacinth Macaws. Unfortunately, due to funding, space, and lack of enough volunteer help, we have made changes to this allowance. As of April 1st, 2008, we only take in birds from conure size and larger. In other words, we no longer take in finch, lovebirds, budgies, canaries, or cockatiel. This has been a very hard decision for our board to make, however, one we had no choice in if we wanted to give the best care possible to the birds we take in.
We operate in the state of Texas. We began focusing our adoptions only on the DFW area but soon learned that this area wasn't large enough to find the number of good qualifying homes we needed so we branched out to other parts of Texas. We are currently striving to place home-checkers throughout the entire state of Texas. If you feel you would qualify to be a home checker for us please CLICK HERE to fill out the application. You will also need to fill out the VISITATION LIABILITY RELEASE FORM.
We strive to be available for support, information sharing, and referral to current bird owners to help them enjoy and live with these beautiful creatures. The best way for us to do this is through our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bhrescue) either in the public area or via private message. If you need help please reach out to us here first.
For companion birds that unfortunately cannot remain in their current home, we offer care for them at the Haven until future adoption homes can be found. Through screening, education, and support we will act responsibly to facilitate committed, stable new homes that are matched to an individual birds' temperament and needs. Please know that there might be a waiting list because we have limited space.
Who is Running Wings of Love Bird Haven?
Wings of Love Bird Haven has board members that work together to make the decisions of how the Haven should be organized. On a day-to-day basis, however, the Executive director, director-in-training, 1 part-time staff member, and a few volunteers take care of the routine needs of the birds at the Haven.
Why are there Adoption fees?
Having a rescue means veterinarian care, supply costs, utility bills, and food costs just to name a few things. As well, we are currently just in the beginning stages of trying to develop our newly purchased 10-acre property so that it can accommodate the endless number of birds that need our help. While we are always attempting to do fundraisers and apply for grants, this still isn't enough. Birds require medical attention just like other animals. We at the Haven choose to use an Avian Certified Veterinarian in most situations. All of these expenses add up greatly, and the adoption fees help to provide for these needs.
Why are there surrender fees?
The surrender fees are necessary because we test each bird before it comes into our main bird areas. They are kept in a quarantine building while we wait for the test results. Birds can be carriers of diseases- yet they themselves are not sick. Other birds coming into contact with the carrier bird could then become fatally ill in a relatively short period of time. We routinely test for 4 different tests, however, if a bird shows any signs of illness further testing will be done. We routinely test for Pachechos, Polyoma, PBFD and Chlamydia. There are others that we test for if we deem them necessary. The surrender fees basically help to cover the costs of these tests and typically nothing more.
What is meant by permanent homes?
Birds can live a very long time. Some as many as 100 years or more. When a caregiver takes in a bird from the Haven, they are agreeing to keep that bird and care for it in the best possible way for as long as they possibly can. Anyone adopting a bird through Wings of Love Bird Haven, Inc. agrees to not sell or otherwise re-home any adopted bird during the first three years of the adoption. If for any reason they are not able to continue caring for the bird during this first three years they are REQUIRED to relinquish the bird back to Wings of Love Bird Haven, Inc. After the three years is up, the Haven no longer can mandate this, however, we ask that if at any time they are not able to continue caring for the bird, you consider returning the bird back to Wings of Love Bird Haven to be placed into another kind and caring home. We go the "extra mile" to be sure the home we choose to place a bird in is the best possible placement for that bird.
Can relinquishing owner choose the new caregiver?
Surrendering owners give up all rights and claims to the birds. However, surrendering owners may make certain reasonable suggestions regarding the birds upon the release such as: suggesting an individual caretaker, specifying a reasonable adoption procedure, requesting that certain birds be kept together, etc. We do what we can to honor these requests, however, all decisions made will be in the best interest of the birds.
A few things to be aware of:
- We only adopt within the state of Texas unless it is a very special circumstance. (board approval)
- We never place birds with smokers. this includes people who smoke only outside, at work, in the car, or anywhere else.
- We will NOT SHIP BIRDS. Adopters must be willing to come to the Haven one or more times to fulfill all adoption requirements.
- We won't place a bird with anyone we haven't met, interviewed, and visited with. They will also need to be familiar with the bird. No bird will leave here with a stranger.
- We never place birds in breeding or resale situations. We don't hate breeders... we just can't place birds with them.
- If you adopt from us you will sign a legally enforceable contract.
- We do not place birds with minors. Parents may NOT "sign for" their children to adopt or make an adoption for them.
- We do not adopt birds to be given as a gift. You are more than welcome to initiate the contact, however, we must meet and adopt to the person who will be the birds' new keeper.
- We will conduct a background check on each adopter. Please be aware of this prior to filling out the application.
If you feel you qualify for an adoption please fill out our PARROT ADOPTION APPLICATION.
What are we looking for in an adoptive home:
Other than the above-mentioned items:
- Plenty of time to give to the bird
- Feed fresh food and water daily. Never a pellet/seed-only diet.
- Adequate cage and other supplies
- Adequate resources for diet as well as necessary medical care.
- Safe environment inside and out. Never take a bird out unrestrained
- Adequate (and safe) outside time for proper sunshine needs. UV lighting cannot penetrate windows and birds need sunshine.
Why don't we do fostering on a regular basis?
We have tried several attempts at fostering and for the most part, it just didn't work out for many reasons. We will occasionally place a bird in a foster situation with those who live close, we know well and have already had a working relationship with. The foster home must either be bird-free and agree to not bring other birds into their home or they must agree to pay to have their own bird's disease tested. All birds that are placed in a foster home with birds will also have been disease tested prior to placement unless it is a bird-free home.
If you live within a 20-minute drive from the Haven and might be interested in fostering for us please fill out the FOSTER APPLICATION here.