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Criteria For Genuine Parrot Sanctuaries

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Greg Glendell

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Criteria For Genuine Parrot Sanctuaries
« on: June 08, 2011, 02:38:08 PM »

I am often asked for help where someone wishes to re-home their bird and they are asking for a genuine sanctuary where it might go to.  I find it extremely hard to advise them on this issue.  While there are a lot of 'sanctuaries' and rescue groups out there, very few  are run on professional lines, so donors and their birds face real problems in finding a *genuine*, knowledgeable and caring sanctuary.  Many People  who care for parrots are certainly very sympathetic, but sympathy is not the same as empathy nor indeed sound knowledge.  I would like to know if anyone has knowledge of sanctuaries/rescues which have the standards mentioned below.  These I feel should be the *minimum* criteria for a genuine place:  

1. No birds are bought or sold.  
2. No breeding of any birds
3. Birds are not used (not taken to temporary venues) to generate publicity or funds for the sanctuary/rescue.
4. At least some of the staff have a reasonable knowledge of bird behaviour based on scientific disciplines.  
5. Birds are provided with accommodation which allows them to carry out as many of their 'natural' behaviours as possible, including flying, foraging, socialising with other parrots.
6. Birds are provided with environmental conditions suitable for the species in question.  They are protected from cold weather (never have to experience temperatures below 5 degrees C.).  
7. Quarantine facilities are available for the numbers of birds likely to be admitted.  
8.  All details of birds admitted, held and annual mortalities, are available to the public.  
9.  All income and expenditure/accounts are available to the public each year as annual records.
10 Rescues/re-homing bodies have formal, legal procedures for fostering out birds.  

Greg Glendell
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Re: Criteria For Genuine Parrot Sanctuaries
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2011, 06:11:01 PM »

I don't have any first hand knowledge of any sanctuaries but I certainly agree with your list. If I had to give up my bird I would want her to go to somewhere that met those criteria

Laurie Durand

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Re: Criteria For Genuine Parrot Sanctuaries
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2011, 09:05:15 AM »

I guess one of the biggest problems facing sanctuaries and rescue missions like this is funding.....fund raising is essential to keep them going and if none of the rescued birds can be visible as part of the fund raising effort this may serve to dilute the efforts to keep the sanctuary going.......but they must not be exploited or suffer further trauma, of course.

Its all very difficult and I 'll do all I can in my life to prevent my birds ending up in a sanctuary, but life has strange twists and turns.   I hope that I can provde adequately in terms of money and placement for them via my Will, but not everyone can and birds end up abandoned  or needing to be rescued all the time......we all need to work hard at educating people about parrots and the fact that they are not "pets" or easy domesticated animals, that would reduce the numbers needing to be rescued in the first place!
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