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are very sensitive creatures.
Tey are not entertainment although they
are gifted to give people many hours of pleasure.
We uphold a strickt policy and process
for adoption of
a companion bird.
In considering you as candidate for adoption our main focus
is to the welfare of the
bird and it's happiness in your home.
Adoption is a process not a quick
are not children's
or adult toys.
you are serious about adopting please consider your yearly financial
obligation along with the innitial cost to adopt in your budget.
We require a home visit before and after adopting a bird.
The cost of travel will be prepaid to us by the applicant @ .40 cent
Adoption Donation Fee will not be discussed unless your aplication and
home visit is approved.
of application may take up to 3 weeks.
Under My Wing Avian
refuge has had many successful adoptions over the years. Key
to these are the sound and often long-lasting relationships we maintain
with the adoptive families. We encourage the new owners to update us on
the birds’ lives with their new families via e-mail, photos, videos,
and social media. Also, we encourage them to bring the birds
back to the refuge for “play-dates” with the other refuge birds. This
sustained relationship has occasionally led to additional adoptions.
For example, a family who adopted a Nandy Conure in 2006 decided to add
a new member to their family and returned in 2011 to adopt an African
Similarly, our founder,
Paula, has maintained relationships with a few individuals who were
forced to give up their beloved birds because of unfortunate
circumstances. In these cases, Paula has worked with the owners to
arrange visits with their birds at the refuge, and periodically sends
the owners e-mail photos of them. This mitigates the pain of loss and
allows the owners to continue to share in the lives of the birds they
Under My Wing Avian Refuge
takes adoption of exotic birds very seriously and our requirements for
this are strict (but for good reason).
The majority of exotic birds relinquished to us had been living in poor
circumstances. For example, they may have been abused, housed in dirty
or inappropriately sized cages, kept continually in closets or darkened
rooms because of their noise or mess, or repeatedly shuffled from owner
to owner. Not infrequently, they arrive undernourished or with injuries
untreated by a veterinarian. Given the frequent cases of ill-treatment
we encounter, we have to make certain that the birds we adopt out will
be placed in a responsible, caring home and not in another bad or
potentially bad situation.
Our adoption process is as
You must submit an
application, which you can obtain by clicking the link below. Your
application will then be processed, checked, and reviewed by each of
our Board Members. We also check with other parrot rescues in the area
to determine if you are on a waiting list to adopt a bird from them or
if your application was not accepted, and why.
If your application is approved by our Board Members, we run a
background check to determine if there are any past or pending charges
against you for animal abuse. Provided you have no record of animal
abuse and we feel you meet the criteria for adopting
one of our birds, we will contact you to make arrangements to visit
your home to ensure you have a proper cage, feed
choice, and environment for your intended new companion.
If your home is approved we contact you to schedule
an appointment for you to meet the bird requested in
your application. If you have no prior experience with a parrot, you
may be asked to spend some time volunteering here at
the rescue to get acquainted with your bird and with parrot behavior in
Appointments to see adoptable
bird will be made only after application is approved.
Requirements will vary according to bird, size, needs and temperament.
Mail Adoption Application to:
Under My Wing Avian
Franklin, NJ 07416
email us. We are working on making application web ready
Do Not Send Adoption
Application Via Email.
A non-refundable application
processing fee of $20.00 must accompany application.
applications must be completed in order for it to be processed.
not complete will not be processed for consideration of adoption.
questions can be submitted via email.
Process of application may take up to 3 weeks.