Adopt or Buy?
THE BIG QUESTION... Are you "Purchasing" or "Adopting" that Pet???
Brokers and Sellers vs. A True Rescue Organization
Everyone on the Internet is pushing to "adopt" a pet rather than "buy" a pet. But parrot care is not comparable to owning a cat or a dog. A parrot is a specialty pet. A parrot is still considered a wild animal, even though most species have been bred in the U.S. for years now. Please do not consider a parrot as a pet without doing your bird care, species, and "loudness" research first before considering getting your first parrot.
Parrot rescues primarily get in OLDER parrots that may be set in their ways, may or may not be tame, may bite at times, may not be good with children, may be loud at times. These quirks need to be understood by anyone wanting to obtain a second-hand parrot. (Nice parrots also come in at times also.) Do not expect to find a baby parrot at a rescue organization!
OTHER FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW:
If there are young children in your family, be aware that all parrots will bite and be loud at some time. They may not want to be on your shoulder or on your hand. NOT every parrot will talk. Parrots rarely fall in love with every member of one's family. Common sense dictates that there are reasons why parrots have been released to a parrot rescue organization. But older parrots can still make great additions to your family IF one has done their research to figure out if this is the choice for you.
Each parrot has its own very variable personality. If you are trying to match up the personality of a previous parrot you owned in the past, be advised that you will never find a clone for your previous buddy. Pls. keep an open mind to accepting a parrot with a different personality if you want to "rescue, rather than purchase a bird from a pet shop".
So if a rescue person quizzes you when you contact them, please understand that the organization is just trying to get to know you and your family a little to help determine if the parrot would be a match for you.
So,,,,, are you really "Adopting" or "Purchasing" that pet? We are clarifying these two terms below.
"Adopting" vs. "Purchasing" a Parrot
Technically a rescue organization does NOT “sell” you a Parrot. They will "adopt" the bird to you following these guidelines:
(1) A rescue organization screens its possible Adopters FIRST before granting one adoption rights. There will be an Application or a Questionnaire for you to fill in, there may be a home visit, email or phone calls to ask you questions about yourself, your family, and your parrot experience. You will need to wait for approval of your Application. Not every Application may be approved at times also.
(2) A-Parrot to A-Flamingo Rescue requires a proof receipt copy to prove you owned a parrot in the recent past. Not all rescues will do this, it is their option. Since this is the Internet, this is just a way to make sure one is experienced in parrot ownership.
(3) Expect to pay a rehoming fee/donation to adopt a rescue bird. Rescue organizations need money to keep feeding and caring for animals left in their care. There will be an Adoption Contract for you to sign to insure the bird is cared for according to the rescue organization’s policies. Then the bird is yours.
Congratulations! You have just ADOPTED a bird.
(4) Rescue organizations will also give you more accurate background of the bird per info obtained from the previous owner and will give you the rescue's further observations while the bird is in their care.
If you are not a patient person, if you expect to get a Parrot right away, you have never owned a Parrot before, or are not truly a person who wants to put some effort into possibly re-training an older Parrot, then see below:
PURCHASING A PARROT FROM A PET SHOP / BREEDER/ PRIVATE PERSON
(1) You pick out the bird you want and give the Private Person, Pet Shop or Breeder your money the same day.
(2) You walk out with the bird immediately. You may or may not even get a receipt.
(3) When money changes hands and you personally are not checked out, you are purchasing, not adopting.
(4) It is now common for Pet Shops to say you are "adopting" the bird from them. This totally incorrect. You are purchasing that bird, whether it is a baby or an adult bird, or one turned over to them that they are reselling to you..
Sellers at bird shows will sometimes claim to be "adopting" a Parrot to you. They may even give you a big sob story as to the bird's background. It may be true, but then it may not be. Purchasing a bird off of Craigslist could possibly mean not getting accurate info about the bird either. Private people do lie in order to get rid of animals they do not want. Also, Craigslist calls all purchases of animals "adopting" which is totally inaccurate. You are really buying pets off of that site no matter how much you are paying for the animal.
All parrots deserve good homes, so choose your method. But do not be fooled into thinking that you are "adopting" when you are in all actuality "purchasing" that bird.
(Fran Filak, Author, Director, A-Parrot to A-Flamingo, Inc., Parrot Rescue)
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