One of the many things we do here is take in unwanted, lost or surrendered parrots. Some have had miserable lives, some well loved, and some even come in having been hurt in some way.
The first thing we do is to settle the bird and observe the nature and see if the bird is “imprinted” or not. And suitable to go to a new home. As a Registered Sanctuary we are legally required to re-home as many birds as possible.
One of our most important functions is to find homes for these birds to be adopted. Finding a good home that has to be long lasting is very important as well. We make sure that the new home is planning to adopt long term.
We have been lucky and have found many loving homes so far, and intend to continue.
If you are interested in adopting one of these lovely intelligent creatures there are several things to consider first.
The bird you intend to adopt needs time and attention from you. And you need to be prepared to be committed.
It will need the very best of food. Not food that is no longer suitable for human consumption, but the best.
Clean fresh water as often as possible.
The housing is important too -the larger the better- particularly if the bird will be spending time on its own.
Another good item to have is a play area for the bird, separate to its cage, as birds don't like to stay permanently where they sleep.
Parrots are no different from a young child and need to be stimulated-constantly with games, books, puzzles, and toys that make noise. You need to know you are taking on a 2-5 year old child for possibly 60 years.
Depending on the species, most NEED to chew and destroy items, as their beak is made up of a material exactly like our nails, and in order to keep the beak trimmed to the correct shape they have to chew.
If the bird you are considering adopting is not “imprinted” then it would be worth considering a second for a companion.
I often get “I'm looking for a companion parrot.” but the person asking works, has a family, and hobbies,
so who is the companion for the parrot?
Parrots need company and constant stimulation. If you are not available, then a second bird is the best answer.
As with all animals for adoption, there is an adoption charge in order to defray costs, this depends on the parrot.
We like you to come up and visit if you are looking for a bird and perhaps make a friend while you are here
If you can help call 07 54387719
It is always difficult to make the hard decision to surrender your parrot and Parrots In Paradise Sanctuary will assist you wherever possible.
If you have made the decision to surrender your parrot because of behavioural issues, we are willing to discuss this with you, in the event that a change in behaviour might change your mind.
If you have thoroughly thought this decision through and, for whatever reason, feel that it is in the best interests of the bird to be rehomed, we will do our best to help you.
Parrots In Paradise is a not for profit organisation. We receive no financial help from the government, or any other source, so we are on our own to do our best to fund the care, food and vet costs of the birds in our sanctuary in a variety of ways. Feeding the birds is our biggest expense.
Unfortunately, as a result of the COVID-19 nearly all of our previous means of raising funds are now no longer available to us. Coupled with the rising costs of the food, we are no longer able to take in as many birds as we used to.
There are a couple of things to consider when you choose to surrender. Sadly a bird cannot understand being surrendered. Parrots are generally a flock creature and you and your family have been its flock for however long you have had it. Dogs and cats are easy to re-home as they can become attached quickly, birds do not understand rejection. It is very hard for them to readjust especially an adult bird.
We do not recommend visiting the bird once surrendered. The main reason is that it unsettles the bird, the bird thinks you have come to take it home. This means any adjustment has to be started all over again.
We will require an initial payment of $90 per bird on surrender, with the understanding, and agreement, that should we be unable to be rehome it, further financial assistance may be required.
All birds surrendered require a current health certificate from an avian vet.