Adoption Process

Please Note: We only adopt birds to people within the state of Texas.  On rare occasions will we ever adopt out of state... only when it is in the birds best interest to do so. 

A few things to be aware of:

1. We never place birds with smokers including guests and roommates. this includes cigarettes, cigars, e-cigs and vaping. Also note this means people who smoke only outside, at work, in the car, or anywhere.

 2. We DO NOT SHIP BIRDS.

3. We never place a bird with someone we haven't met, interviewed and visited with either here, in their home or both. 

4. We never place bird in breeding or resale situations. We don't hate breeders or retailers... we just can't sell them birds.

5. If you adopt from us, you will sign a legally enforceable contract; you can read it here.

6. We do not place birds with minors. Parents may NOT "sign for" their children to adopt or make an adoption for them.

7. We will conduct a background check. If the board sees anything they don't approve of we will not make a placement. 

Adoption Process

1.  Send parrot interest survey 

2.  We will contact you if we have any questions.

3.  Attend our Parrot 101 Class

4.  Schedule Home Visit

5.  Schedule a visit to the Haven

6.  Finalize the adoption.

1. If you are interested in adopting, you start by filling out a Parrot Interest Survey and paying the $25 application fee.   This application fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.  You can send the application via email to (adoptions@bird-haven.org), print it and mail it or fax it to 972-617-3936.  The application fee can be subitted via PayPal (birdhaven) or online on our website at www.bird-haven.org, or via USPS.  If you send via mail:  PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH.  We accept money orders, checks, Visa cards or Paypal.  Send you application and/or fee to:  Wings of Love Bird Haven, Inc. PO BOX 182, Red Oak, TX 75154 or email it to adoptions@bird-haven.org.

2.  The application will be considered by our board and they will decide whether or not to proceed. If they have any additional questions or concerns, they will contact you and ask for clarification.  If they accept the application, we can move to the next step.  

3.  Parrot 101 Classes will periodically be conducted at our training center.  The times and dates of each class can be found on the Events link on the home page of the website (www.bird-haven.org).  Attending a Parrot 101 class is MANDATORY for all adopters.  Household members are encouraged to attend.  Due to space, we ask that only those living in the household where the new bird will live should attend.  We need to know how many people are attending the class in advance.  Class is restricted to ages 15 years of age and older.

4.  If all that goes well, we will need to set up a home visit.  We will be looking for safety, health, space and all the other things that will work for the birds; it's about making the fit right.  There will be a $25 home check fee required prior to the home visit payable online as described above for anyone within a 50 mile radius of one of our home checkers.  If you are outside of a 50 mile radius, there will be additional fees to cover based on the GPS mileage, and it may take longer to schedule a home visit.  UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL WE SHIP A BIRD, OR MAKE A PLACEMENT WITH ANYONE WE HAVEN'T MET.  WE ONLY ADOPT WITHIN THE STATE OF TEXAS.  

5.  If all has gone well with the above steps, we will need to schedule a visit to the Haven.  We are located in Ferris, TX .   With advanced notice we can schedule this almost any day of the week.  This will have to be agreed upon by both parties.  Since we've already met you, now it's time for you to meet our birds. Our goal is to match the person/family that is best for each bird.  Please know the best fit may not be the one you applied for. 

When you make an appointment, please be on time.  We plan our schedule around each visit. 

You will be asked to sign a liability release waiver prior to visiting with the birds.  

6.  Depending on how this visit goes, we will determine if/when the final adoption will take place.  If for some reason none of the birds are a perfect fit, we will hold your approved application for up to 1 year.  

You must bring a suitable carrier to pick the bird up in. You must already have the cage set up and approved before taking the bird home. 

*Please note, we feel that birds do best in the company of other birds.  However, we prefer each bird to adopt individually to give the new bird and family members adequate adjustment time.  We do not encourage birds to be introduced as cage mates as adult birds.  If this is your only bird we encourage each family to consider adoption within 3-6 months to give your bird a flockmate.  

OUR ADOPTION PROCESS

Wings of Love Bird Haven, Inc. is a rescue for unwanted, abandoned, neglected, abused, and/or injured parrots. It is of utmost importance that the best interest of each bird is considered at all times. These birds each have a story- a history- a life that is unique. Each and every decision that is made is made with the best interest of the bird in mind.There are many different reasons that birds are surrendered to the Haven. Here are just a few of them:

  • They are too loud
  • They are too destructive
  • They are too messy
  • They bite
  • They are plucking their feathers
  • I don't have enough time
  • I'm having a baby
  • Allergies
  • I lost my job
  • Bird was given as a gift- not really wanted
  • doesn't like all household members
  • It is too expensive
  • death of family member
  • and many more

Please remember that companion birds can be very expensive to take care of properly. They live a very long time; anywhere from 20-100 + years. You need to consider these things when you are considering adopting a parrot. Adopting a bird is not to be thought of as an easier and cheaper way to acquire a pet parrot. Whether purchasing retail or adopting, caring for a pet parrot is a huge responsibility and expense.The very best adoption results are with those people who are willing to come out several times and get to know the bird prior to the adoption. Spending time with them here in their familiar territory will help the bond once they are in your home environment. Because of this  our adoption process is lengthy and strict.

*Just remember: we do what we do for the benefit of the birds, not for the people seeking to adopt them. Please don't ask or expect us to do anything less than this. If you have any questions or comments regarding this process you can email us at info@bird-haven.org