Surrender/Relinquishment/Rescue

Incoming Birds- Responsible transfer of ownership:

  • Counseling/guidance with the owner to help keep the bird if possible
  •  A detailed history of bird obtained
  •  Legal release forms obtained
  • Surrender fee required unless prior agreement 

*** True rescue: Most of our birds are Surrendered/Relinquished, however, there are many situations where a bird truly is a rescue. Animal Control from various areas, birds found in the community as well as those that truly need to be "rescued" from an owner who can no longer care for them and cannot afford the surrender fee. In these situations, we do try our best to take these birds when we have room, and we ask that the public will help us to sponsor their disease testing costs.

Records

  • Accurate records will be kept on each bird including intake date, all vet/disease testing records, regular weight documentation, dietary needs, behavior tendencies, preferences and more.

Quarantine

  • Birds will be kept in quarantine until after all disease testing is complete and results are in. If any concerns, more testing will be done before moving them into the aviary. We do have a separate quarantine building on our property. Inside there are 6 individual air-space rooms for a single (or possibly pair of birds from one home. There is also a "family room" where several birds from one home can be quarantined together. Each cubicle has its own airspace.  The director and/or caretaker will be the only one that does any feeding/caring for the quarantine birds. Once the quarantine area is entered the person is not allowed to go back into the main bird building.     

Housing and Husbandry

  • Appropriate type, size and material for cage
  • Plenty of appropriate to species enrichment  will be provided
  • Diet type and amount appropriate to each species will be provided
  • Cages cleaned and disinfected regularly
  • Floors cleaned, mopped, and disinfected regularly.
  •  All those who enter the aviary must walk thru a disinfectant foot bath and sanitize hands.

Chipping

  • We work directly with the Parrot 911 Lost and Found group online. It is sad to see just how many birds are getting away from their owners on a daily basis. Even sadder is that many of these birds would not get away if their owners would practice safe care such as using a carrier or leash any time they take the bird outside. We strive to always educate about this any chance we get.

In the meantime, we believe that it would help to reunite these birds to their owners better if the birds were chipped. Because of this, it is our goal to provide chipping for each bird that comes into the Haven. We eventually want to make our services available to the public as well.    We haven't started this part of the program yet but our goal is to begin chipping all of our birds as soon as possible.

Click here to learn how to surrender a bird to the Haven.