Why do you require someone interested in adopting to volunteer?
Many of our birds are in their 20’s, and often have been in only one home. It takes time for these birds to become familiar with a new person. It is our goal to place our birds in a home where a bond can form. Visiting and volunteering is the best way to form that bond. You must be 18 or older to adopt.
Do you adopt to people outside the metro area?
Yes, absolutely! We have had volunteers from as far as Rochester. A commute of two hours and a volunteer shift of two hours a week is a lot, but the minimum amount of time you should spend caring for and socializing your companion parrot is four hours a day.
I don’t have time for a two hour volunteer shift. Can I just meet the requirement by working one eight hour day?
No. The reason for volunteering is so the bird you are interested in becomes familiar with you. It is not about meeting a specific time requirement. Most people who choose to adopt from us often don’t feel ready for two to three months. The minimum requirement is four volunteer shifts. And remember, if if you don’t think your schedule will allow for a two hour shift, you should probably rethink getting a companion bird.
How do I start the process?
Stop in during regular open shelter hours (Wednesday – Saturday 11 am to 6 pm) to meet the birds and staff. We ask that you do not try to handle the birds on your first visit, but you will be able to walk around and meet them and hear their stories.
Are there any other requirements?
If you decide you want to volunteer, you should have a current tetanus vaccination, and we have a contact form and liability waiver that needs to be completed before you can work with and handle the birds.
I don’t want to adopt, but I would really like to volunteer and help out. Can I do that?
Yes! We are always looking for new volunteers. Even if you only want to volunteer one day a month, it is still helpful to us. However, you must be 18 or older to volunteer.