Austin Parrot Society has a foster and adoption network for birds who are in need of new homes. If you need to rehome your bird(s) or are looking to foster or adopt a bird, please first read the FAQs below, then feel free to send us an email through the Contact page of this website.
SHORT-TERM FOSTER BIRDS
No birds need short-term foster homes at this time.
LONG-TERM FOSTER BIRDS
Jack – Double Yellow Headed Amazon (Info coming soon!)
Conky was surrendered to us by an ill, elderly woman who could no longer care for him. He was in pretty bad shape when he came to us, but first-time bird owners Gary and LeeAnn decided to foster him to see if bird ownership was right for them, and soon fell in love with him. After a couple of months they decide to adopt him, and sent us this photo on the left a few months later to show us how far he’s come. You can see how many new feathers he’s grown in. He’s a happy boy!
Miss Rosie was surrendered to us at 8 weeks old by an inexperienced breeder who didn’t know that birds needed substrate in their nest boxes. As a result, Rosie had severe splay leg and couldn’t stand up on her own. Rosie’s foster mom worked closely with Dr. Annaliese Strunk at Research Pet and Bird Hospital, taking her in for regular physical therapy sessions and doing daily physical therapy sessions at home. Rosie eventually learned to stand on her own, then walk, then fly, and her foster mom allowed her to be abundance weaned and fledged in her own good time. When she was finally fully weaned and able to successfully navigate on her own, an Austin Parrot Society member fell in love with her and decided to adopt her. Rosie and her new owner are now best buds, and as you can see in the second photo above, aside from some mild pigeon toes you’d never guess she had been a disabled baby!
Mowgli was surrendered to us when his owner moved out of country and couldn’t take him with her. He had asthma because his previous owner burned incense by his cage every day, didn’t know how to eat anything other than seeds and bananas, and would bite anyone he could reach. Mowgli’s foster mom put him in a clean room with clean air, and his asthma went away. She taught him how to eat a variety of fresh, healthy foods, and also taught him how to forage and play with toys. She also trained him to step up and to enjoy getting scritches without biting. One day, APS’s president Tracey came to visit, and Mowgli fell in love with her. He was putty in her hands. So Tracey adopted him and they have shared a special bond ever since!
Molly was surrendered to us by a vet clinic who had her in their lobby for four years. Since it is nearly impossible for vet clinics to provide a stable, healthy, enriching environment for parrots, Molly had started to develop aggressive behaviors, and the owners of the vet clinic were concerned that she would bite one of their clients. George and Carole, who were brand new APS members at the time, had just lost their own female Double Yellow Headed Amazon and decided to adopt her. Even though her behavior has been difficult at times, they have been patient and persistent, and have provided her with a loving, enriching home environment.
Sammi was surrendered to us by a couple who was getting divorced and could no longer care for her. George and Carole, who had adopted Molly about a year prior, initially fostered her for us, but soon fell in love and made the adoption permanent. She has been a constant delight for them ever since!