When it comes to shelter pets, most of us think of dogs and cats. Many people do not realize that there are thousands of birds that are looking for forever homes too! Birds are beautiful, often exotic animals that are fun, social, and smart creatures – some even talk! These attributes have made birds popular pets in recent years. However, people often have unrealistic expectations about the amount of love and care it takes to properly care for a bird, which in turn has led to the unfortunate increase in birds at shelters.
January is “Adopt a Rescued Bird Month” and it is our goal to spread awareness, not only about the growing need for bird adoption, but also to provide tips on properly preparing for bird adoption and ultimately caring for a pet bird.
There are many considerations to take into account before adopting a bird to ensure you find the right companion for your family. For example: Do you have sufficient space to keep a bird? Birds are great if you don’t have an abundance of space, but it is still important to provide your bird with a cage large enough for it to stretch its wings. Not only that, but it would be ideal to have a fully enclosed room where you can let your bird fly freely from time to time. Would you like your bird to talk? African Gray parrots and Amazon parrots are considered the best talkers. However, just like with any animal, a talking bird takes time and commitment to establish a relationship to teach your bird how to talk and what to say. What about maintenance? For less maintenance, smaller birds such as parakeets, canaries, finches, or lovebirds will be your best option. Would you like a baby bird? Baby birds, called “unweaned” birds require hand-feeding until they can eat on their own. While this is great for developing a very intimate relationship with your bird, it does require a unique level of commitment to properly care for your baby bird. If you are unsure, it is recommended to adopt a weaned bird that is able to eat on its own.
The other important thing to take into consideration is the lifespan of most birds. Most birds live eight years or longer, but the average lifespan is between 30 and 50 years. Some even live as long as humans! It is important to fully understand the potentially lifelong commitment you may be making when adopting a bird.
These are just some of the considerations to take into account before adopting a bird. Petfinder.com is full of great articles and resources that will aid in your bird adoption process. We encourage you to read the “Ten Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Bird” article for further information.
Once you have done the proper research and feel like you are prepared and committed to bird adoption, you can use the Petfinder Pet Search tool to find pets in your area. Unfortunately, there may be thousands of birds right in your area that need adoption.