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Happy Tail: The parrot was given up by two homes in a row


Happy Adopt-A-Rescued-Bird Month! Here’s another touching bird adoption story from our Happy Tail database (be sure to submit your own story to encourage others to adopt!).


After her original guardian died, Max, a double yellow-headed Amazon parrot, was surrendered to a rescue group. She found a home with a couple, but when the husband got sick, it was back to the Parrot Outreach Society in Punta Gorda, FL, for Max, where she waited for a year for a permanent home. Then Athena Wilder of Seffner, FL, spotted her on Petfinder.

Athena has nothing but praise for her new family member. Double yellow-headed Amazon parrots are considered the best of the “talkers,” so it’s no surprise that in the short time Athena has had Max, the bird has already learned three new words.

These parrots are social as well. “If I am away too long, she will
come looking for me,” Athena says. “She sleeps and goes everywhere with

Athena can expect to have Max — who is now 25 years old — with her for a long
time. Her species has a life expectancy of 50 years or more — something
to consider when adopting a parrot.

Submit your Happy Tail adoption story.

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An abandoned dog rubs paws with the stars

The dog would only use three of his legs

The cat needed subcutaneous fluids to survive

A Bull Mastiff goes from bait dog to cuddle buddy

A couple finds out why senior cats rule

A photoshoot for Petfinder gives a senior Chihuahua a chance

The Westie was half-starved

A thrown-away senior dog comes home

A bald, skinny senior dog gains a doggie best friend

An emaciated Golden Retriever becomes a beloved pet

A Dalmatian goes from shelter dog to spokesdog

No fenced-in yard required!

After 5 years in a shelter, a three-legged Rottweiler goes home

A deaf senior helps three grieving girls

A dog was ‘less adoptable’ for an unexpected reason

A woman who needs healing finds a Pit Bull who needs love

A big black dog beats the odds

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