A-Flamingo, Inc., Parrot Rescue - Brecksville, Ohio
ABOUT A-PARROT TO A-FLAMINGO, INC.
A Safe Haven for Parrots and Other Pet Birds - Parrot Re-Homing Agency -"No Kill" Policy - Bird Adoption to Adults - Professional Screening of Applicants - Caring Team of Pet Bird Specialists - Ohio-based Rescue - Over 25 Years of Re-homing Parrots - Our Available Birds are Listed on Petfinder.com - Donations
WELCOME TO OUR BIRD RESCUE SITE !!
A-Parrot to A-Flamingo, Inc., Parrot Rescue
PO Box 41414
Brecksville, Ohio, 44141
We are located in northern Ohio, between Cleveland and Akron.
Website: (you are here now)
(We prefer email contact initially....)
Right now we are looking for great
adopters for birds left in our care. Are you an experienced parrot owner
interested in obtaining another bird? We adopt out to multi-pet and multi-bird
owners too. We would like to meet you via email ! Adoption
consideration depends on one completing our adoption process, with final
approval by our Board of Directors.
HOW TO USE THIS SITE
You will note that the info on this website is long and very detailed. We have included lots of interesting information on the psychology of pet adoption, definition of adoption terms, do's and don'ts of rescue, cautions, and problems you might run into with a second-hand rescue bird. Most of the questions you may have about A-Parrot Rescue are included on the sidebar choices on the left. Please take the time to review these pages before you email us.
DO YOU HAVE A PARROT YOU CANNOT
You have reached a nonprofit parrot rescue and re-homing organization, a safe haven for parrots looking for a permanent home. If you are looking for a new home for your bird, please understand that our group acts as your "agent" to find a new home for birds turned over to our care.
We are not soliciting for parrots for our personal ownership, we cannot purchase your parrot, and we cannot start the "rehoming process" until birds are signed over to us. Our agency does not "sell birds for profit". We have an investigative process in effect in order to find good homes for birds. Our function is to "adopt" birds out to qualified adults. Donations are how we are able to feed and care for the birds left in our temporary care until they find their permanent home.
See our pages: "REHOME CAUTION"
"QUESTIONS" and "DONATE BIRDS" next.
BIRD / PARROT ADOPTION
Adopters must first clear our adoption process. A-Parrot Rescue is always looking for just the right home for each and every bird released into our care. Our Adoption Contract conditions apply. We adopt out to Ohio area residents (adults only), or to those living in States close to Ohio. Inquire.
A-Parrot to A-Flamingo's policies are in effect totally for the benefit of the birds released into our care. If you are looking for a new bird by the end of the week, our adoption process will take a little longer than that to interview you and get your application mailed to you. You will be "applying to adopt a bird". We reserve the right to turn down inappropriate (in our opinion) applications. Please understand we do our best to match up parrots with people. We want both YOU and the bird to be happy with each other.
A-Parrot Rescue does not ship birds, nor do we meet you part way for drop-off. We need to meet the actual adopter before adoptions are finalized also. We do not adopt out parrots as "gifts" for adults or children.
WHO WE ARE
A-Parrot to A-Flamingo, Inc., Parrot Rescue takes the place of The Bird Placement Program. BPP is closed as of June 2007. Our same rescue team has been (and is continuing to find) new homes for unwanted birds for over 25 years. A-Parrot to A-Flamingo Rescue will take in most species of parrots and pet birds in need of a new home. Our rescue professionals work diligently to find just the right new home for any bird released to our temporary care.
A-Parrot to A-Flamingo, Inc. is
privileged to have a page listed on Petfinder.com Our current adoptable
birds, pictures and bird personalities, are advertised there.
BASIC INFO ABOUT A-PARROT TO
(1) A-Parrot to A-Flamingo is a bird placement and re-homing agency. We are not a forever-home sanctuary. Our sanctuary functions merely as a "safe haven" prior to locating that great home for any bird turned over to us.
(2) A-Parrot to A-Flamingo Rescue does detailed screening of qualified parrot owners for the placement of parrots turned over to us.
(3) A-Parrot to A-Flamingo's birds are temporarily fostered in private homes in the northern Ohio area, with current parrot owners, prior to their placement. Birds are housed in a home environment.
(4) A-Parrot to A-Flamingo does not have a "facility". Since we operate out of a large private home and our birds are fostered in other private homes, we are not open for "tours". There is no visiting of birds until an Adopter's application has been approved by our Board of Directors first.
A-Parrot to A-Flamingo is located in Brecksville, Ohio, an upscale suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. We reserve the right to turn down birds temporarily if our cage-holding space is full, or there may be a waiting list for drop off at times.
(5) Drop-off and pick up of birds is in Brecksville, Ohio ONLY. We will gladly accept birds driven to us from other States. Adopters must live in States local to Ohio, and adopters must be open to post-adoption visits after one receives a bird from our organization.
(6) A-Parrot to A-Flamingo will accept most older and problem birds, so we are looking for experienced parrot owners to adopt our parrots to, someone who has lived with a similar species of parrot and who honestly understands parrot "issues or quirks". Other rescues may not have this requirement. We do. Our organization gets in mostly older birds. Tame birds come in occasionally too.
(7) Serious potential Adopters must initially go thru our email interview "chat". (This "chat" is not our actual application). We explain our adoption policies further in these emails too. Applications can be mailed out to potential adopters after we "meet you" via email first.
8) We do not interview in person or over the phone as we prefer to put our policies in writing. Our email interview will explain further.
(9) Potential clients who are considering dropping off their bird, please click onto the top sidebar "DONATE BIRDS" for more info.
(10) If you need a new home for your parrot, please be sure to read our "REHOMING CAUTIONS” page next. It covers cautions about giving away birds to strangers on the Internet who are soliciting for free parrots.
A-Parrot to A-Flamingo Rescue, as a non-profit organization, is dedicated to alleviating parrot neglect and suffering, offering advice to bird owners to assist them in creating a good environment for their pet bird. A-Parrot's goal is to promote safe and humane care of companion parrots an smaller pet birds.
We provide a safe haven with top quality care for the birds/parrots released into our care prior to our locating good homes for them. We are a "no kill" organization. We are against euthanizing healthy, older parrots.
A-Parrot to A-Flamingo Rescue sincerely feels that if all pet owners researched the pet they were interested in, then this would most certainly alleviate the great number of birds (and other pets) that may have to be turned over to rescue organizations or shelters at a later date. Hopefully some day, thru public awareness, our jobs as "animal rescuers" will be lightened, or phased out entirely.
Our education program for parrot advice is contained on this detailed website. Please take the time to read over this valuable information. You may also feel free to email our representative at your convenience with any parrot questions you may have on parrot behavior or species differences.
However, we are not avian vets, so A-Parrot Rescue can't give out medical advice. We recommend avian vets, not dog/cat vets if you need help with any medical issue concerning your parrot. Our A-Parrot representative can give you a local list of avian vets if you need a referral.
PARROT/BIRD SPECIES WE TAKE IN
A-Parrot Rescue will take in "finches to macaws -- plus flamingos". Large and small parrots (African greys, timnehs, caiques, amazons, eclectus, etc.), conures, ringneck parrots, other parakeets species, grass parakeets, cockatiels, budgies, finches, canaries.
Flamingos? We will gladly accept "unwanted" pink plastic garden flamingos -- to add to the flock "decor" in our yard.
NOTE: Birds in bad feather condition which we may sometimes have for placement have not been "abused" by our rescue organization. Feather picking is a common problem with parrrots. As they say, the buck stops here...parrots in bad feather condition are dropped off with A-Parrot to A-Flamingo Rescue at times.
See our web page: "ABUSED BIRDS??" for more on this issue.
WE DO NOT TAKE IN
No wild or outside birds, baby birds fallen out of nests, farm birds, game birds, swans, peacocks, toucans, mynahs, lories, doves, or pigeons. We may have a referral for dove species. A-Parrot Rescue reserves the right to turn down any bird or hamster offered to us.
WANT TO ADOPT A PARROT????
*IMPORTANT: We do require a copy of a proof receipt showing that you have owned a parrot in the recent past. Otherwise your application to adopt may not clear.
(1) Since this is the Internet and we do not know you personally, A-Parrot to A-Flamingo Rescue requires a proof receipt to prove that the tentative Adopter own/owned a parrot in the recent past. (Sorry, pictures/videos do not count. Just owning a budgie, cockatiel, or small bird will not qualify for parrot adoption from our agency.) Email our interviewer if you have questions in this regard.
(2) If you can send us a proof receipt, the next step is our email interview "chat". Our adoption process, more info about the bird of your choice, and your questions are answered during your interviews.....
(3) Applications can be mailed after your interview.
(4) Our Board of Directors reviews all applications, and final adoption approval is up to them.
(5) Our adoption policies and qualifications apply equally to all applicants.
(6) Cockatiels and smaller birds are available to most everyone. An email "chat" still starts our adoption process no matter what species you are interested in.
INFO FOR FIRST-TIME PARROT OWNERS
A-Parrot Rescue will be glad to answer any questions via email that you may have if you are undecided about what species to of bird to obtain. We may have some website referrals for you also. A-Parrot to A-Flamingo encourages every person to do their research on bird care and parrot species info BEFORE choosing a bird as a pet. Petfinder.com also has quite a bit of info on their site.
Please do not obtain a bird (or any pet) without first finding out more about their quirks and care. It is also important that everyone makes sure the species of parrot they are considering would in all reality be suitable for their home, apartment space, family, and lifestyle.
** Because of a large parrot's potential noise level, biting ability and possible aggressiveness (these are older birds we get in...), obtaining a macaw, amazon, or cockatoo as your first bird is not a good idea. Also, these species are NOT apartment pets, as the potential noise level will cause neighbor complaints, and large parrot species may not be good around small children (Any parrot can bite…hard.)
If you have never owned a parrot
before, most probably you would not be able to adopt one from A-Parrot to
A-Flamingo, Inc. There are other rescue orgnizations that may be able to
assist you, though.
BIRD CARE CLASSES
Bird care classes are very helpful and informative for new bird owners. Bird care is very different from caring for a dog or a cat. Unfortunately A-Parrot to A-Flamingo just does not have the time to hold bird care training classes ourselves. Please contact other local bird rescue organizations for this training. Classes are a very good idea for current bird owners also!
INFO AND PICTURES OF BIRDS AVAILABLE
Visit our birds at our page on Petfinder.com:
All birds are subject to prior adoption at any time. This list is revised as fast as we can.
SOME OF OUR ADOPTION CONTRACT CONDITIONS…..
We are looking for nice pet homes for the birds we adopt out. You must be 21 years of age or older. We do not allow breeding of any rescue bird one obtains from our agency. We do adopt out to multi-pet, mult-parrot homes.
Other Adoption Contract conditions apply. These are explained in our email "chat". Our rescue agency has the right to retrieve any bird if our adoption contract conditions are breached.
If one is not able to keep the parrot you have obtained from A-Parrot Rescue for any reason, you must return it to A-Parrot to re-home.
Leg bands are NOT to be removed from any bird's leg that is adopted from A-Parrot Rescue. That is your proof of ownership in case the bird ever gets loose for you and A-Parrot has a record of the band number also.
FREE PARROTS, CHEAP BIRDS ?
A-Parrot to A-Flamingo Rescue is not a give-away site. We cannot give birds away for free. Reasonable donations apply.
We understand that money is tight for all of us right now .... and this is especially true for anyone who runs an organization involving live animals that need to be fed and cared for on a daily basis.
All pet owners must be able to afford the animals in their care. Also, a rescue organization MUST be able to afford the cost of caring for animals left in their care for re-homing.
The expense of owning one macaw is at least fifty times that of owning a budgie. Macaws eat a lot of expensive seed and pellets, plus fresh fruit and veggies! For any bird rescue organization, multiply that expense by many, many times – This is why A-Parrot to A-Flamingo Rescue needs to request donations for drop off and pick up of birds.
REFERRALS AND OUR CLIENTS
A-Parrot Rescue is privileged to receive lots of referrals from previous clients, avian vets, other bird owners who can attest to our sincerity in finding just the right home for any bird released to our care. Our clients have chosen and trusted A-Parrot to find a home for birds they can no longer keep. We feel it an honor to be chosen by our clients, and we take that responsibility seriously.
OUR FUNDING -- NONE
A-Parrot to A-Flamingo Rescue is on a "subfixed income", meaning we get NO subsidies or grants to run our agency. We are not a 501C3 at this time. Our birds are fostered in private homes locally. Our expenses are kept at a minimum -- so that any gift/donation to A-Parrot Rescue goes to care for our rescues, primarily to purchase food items and be able to pay for necessary medical expenses.
A-Parrot to A-Flamingo Rescue must depend on private support for drop-off of birds and for adopting a bird from our organization. Your consideration of a donation is much appreciated. Seed and pellet donations, any brands, and plain newspaper are gratefully accepted also! Thank you in advance! End of commercial......
Please see the sidebar
"MISC. BIRD STUFF" for more info. in this regard.
OUR CLIENT'S PRIVACY
Your privacy is important to us. All info that we request of you stays in A-Parrot's files and is only used for placing birds in our care. A-Parrot to A-Flamingo, Inc., Parrot Rescue does not give out our Clients', Adopters', Volunteers', or Staffs' personal information to any marketer, website, advertiser, company, Adopter, previous bird owner, etc.
A-Parrot to A-Flamingo, Inc. Parrot Rescue
PO Box 41414
Brecksville, Ohio 44141-0414
Attention: Fran Filak, Director
If you agree to our adoption policies as explained here so far, feel free to email us in order to start your EMAIL interview! (we prefer email contact first, rather than phoning...)
Why must we list a PO Box? A-Parrot to A-Flamingo Rescue cannot have birds or any other animal dropped off anonymously without our first knowing about it. We will gladly supply our address info to verified clients.
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Disclaimer: A-Parrot to A-Flamingo's Board of Directors makes all final adoption approvals. We may or may not adopt out a bird to the first person who applies for the bird of their choice. Not everyone may be approved to adopt a parrot from our agency. We reserve the right to disapprove an application and to turn away any bird offered to us. Our policies also may change at any time without notice.
Every parrot rescue organization has its own policies and rules. If one is unhappy with A-Parrot to A-Flamingo's policies or terms, there are other local rescue organizations who may be able to assist you instead.
Rev. 2012, 2013 - The info on this website is for A-Parrot's use only. Copying, lifting, or borrowing any wording from this site is a violation of copyright laws. Contact Fran Filak, Director, for permission to use any section, in part or complete, from this site .