What does fostering a bird involve?
When you foster, you agree to take a rescued/surrendered bird into your home and give him/her love, care, and attention. This can be for either for a predetermined period of time or until the bird is adopted out to their forever home.
Why do we need foster homes for our birds?
There are many reasons a bird might need foster care. Some of the most common include:
·**As a rescue operated out of a personal residence, we are limited on the amount of space we have available. We may depend on foster homes when we are at capacity at our current location.
·**A bird may be too young to be adopted and needs a safe place to stay until he/she is old enough to go to a forever home.
**A bird is recovering from surgery, illness or injury and needs a safe place to recuperate.
·**A bird is showing signs of stress such as pacing, hiding, plucking, etc. in the current environment.
**A bird has not had much contact with people and needs to be socialized.
Why should I foster a bird?
Fostering a bird is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course!). By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you are:
·**freeing up a spot so the rescue can potentially take in another bird in need of our assistance.
·**giving your foster bird the time and attention he/she needs to be ready for adoption.
**helping the rescue learn more about the bird so he/she can end up in the best home possible based on their individual needs.
**socializing the bird around different types of people and environments.
·**helping a 501c3 non-profit rescue fulfill their commitment to the birds in your local community.
Can foster parents adopt their foster birds?
Yes! As long as foster parents meet the shelter requirements that are necessary for adopting, foster parents typically have the first choice to adopt their foster pets, unless otherwise specified.
Are purchases made for foster care tax-deductible?
Purchases made for foster care are considered donations to a 501c3 non-profit and would be tax-deductible.
What do I do if my foster bird needs veterinary care?
We have plans in place for managing crisis, notification prior to treatment, and the preferred veterinarian. We will discuss and have a plan in place for how to handle medical emergencies that occur while you are fostering.
Always check with our staff before making any appointment for the bird. The rescue will cover medical costs for our foster birds with prior approval.
Can I name my foster bird?
Your foster bird may already have a name given by us or his/her previous owners. Please keep the same name! The pet may already know his or her name, all the rescue’s paperwork will be completed under that name and the animal will be listed on our website with that name. We want to avoid any confusion among rescue team members, foster families, potential adopters and the animal. If you choose to adopt your foster pet, you are free to change the name at that point in time.
How do I sign up to foster a bird?
Complete an APPLICATION here. If we do not have an immediate need for a foster, we will keep your application on file and contact you as needed.