These are just some of the questions that we get asked about frequently. If you still have questions, or would like to leave us a comment, please visit our Feedback page.
I would like to visit the rescue. Where is APR located and what are your hours?
The rescue is not open to the public on a walk-in basis. Our staff is simply not big enough to care for the birds, interview adopters, and offer care consultations while also being available to meet with walk-in guests. However, we would love to schedule your visit by appointment! Please contact us if you would like to visit the rescue to learn more about APR or visit with our adoptable birds.
I live more than two hours away from the greater Birmingham area. Can I adopt a bird from APR?
Possibly. If you live more than 100 miles outside the Birmingham area, it may be difficult to fulfill all the steps required in our adoption process. We require that you visit the bird one or more times at the rescue to make sure the match seems right. We may also require a home visit from an APR representative. On rare occasions, we work in cooperation with another experienced bird adoption representative outside of our normal service area to place APR birds. If the circumstances warrant, we may refer you to a quality bird rescue and adoption program in your area. The final decision is on a case by case basis, so please contact us.
Does APR ship birds?
No. All APR adoptees must be personally accompanied to their new homes by their adopters or an experienced guardian.
I am under 18 years of age, but I love animals and am very responsible. Can I adopt a bird from APR?
We appreciate your dedication! However, if you are a now a child or teenager, the chances are very good that your life will change dramatically over the next 20 years. You may go to college, move around a lot, start a time-consuming career, start a family, or go through another change that may make it hard to care for your bird. Unlike hamsters, cats, dogs, and most other common pets, bird can live for a long time! While we encourage your devotion to animals, we know it is best to adopt a bird to a person or family who can make a long-term commitment to his/her care. It is also best if everyone in the household is committed to the well-being of the bird. If your parents are supportive of the adoption and agree to the terms of our Adoption Contract, please have them fill out an Adoption Application.
Does APR adopt birds into breeding situations?
Absolutely not! Just like cat and dog shelters have a logical, mandatory spay/neuter policy to help slow down the flow of more unwanted animals into the world, APR requires that our birds never be bred. There is no point in producing more birds when there are thousands and thousands of unwanted birds already alive, suffering, and waiting for placement in new homes.
What criteria does APR use to evaluate adoption applicants?
Adoption Application – The Adoption Application form is your opportunity to tell us as much as you can about yourself, your experience and your ability to care for the bird.
Home Evaluation – The Home Evaluation takes into consideration the ability to provide a safe, secure environment for the bird. We assess the available space, the condition of the surroundings and the ability to care for the animal. This is our perception of the home the bird may be placed into.
These two forms will be reviewed along with any other notes or observations we collected during the interview process, and a final determination will be made.
Are donations to APR tax-deductible?
Alabama Parrot Rescue, Inc., is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Federal ID# 61-1726785) and is registered with the Office of the Secretary of State and the Office of the Attorney General of Alabama as a charitable organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
What kind of donations do you accept?
While we rarely tun down any donation, there are a hand full of item we are always in need of. For a complete list of items that we just can’t live without, click HERE.
What is APR’s stance on the ethics of bird breeding?
Because of the current exotic pet craze, the homeless captive bird population is increasing at a frightening rate. Public understanding about the demanding needs of parrots and other exotic animals has not yet caught up with their novelty. Even with the best intentions, we feel that very few people are capable of making a lifetime commitment to the care of a parrot. Unfortunately, bird breeders — some supported by large-scale pet supply chains — have responded to the popularity of exotic pets by producing more and more baby parrots. Since it is not in the best interest of business to talk people out of buying one’s product, thousands and thousands of babies are now being sent home only to be rejected for being the wild animals they are.
Yes, conscientious, small-scale breeders do exist who are highly educated and selective about where they place their babies. However, with the number of homeless birds already rejected and awaiting placement, we can’t see the point of producing more, even under the best circumstances. To solve the homeless bird epidemic, we feel that the public must be educated about what demanding pets birds can be. We also feel that breeders — even the conscientious ones — must stop producing more and more birds for a highly uneducated market that is already spilling over with homeless birds.