1. Help these birds and rescue efforts like this one
Contact The Humane Society of Greater Dayton for more information on the birds seized at Wings Over the Rainbow. To support The HSUS’s Animal Rescue Team in future rescues,donate today.
2. Support your local bird rescue or shelter »
Most homes and lifestyles are unsuitable for an animal who, in the wild, forms incredibly close social bonds and flies many miles each day. Couple that with noise levels on par with ambulances, major messes, and lifespans of up to 80 years, and it’s fairly easy to see why people who obtain parrots often end up feeling overwhelmed and end up relinquishing their birds. The average pet parrot will go through several homes and foster care situations in her life. Help her find a permanent, caring home by supporting your local avian rescue group or animal shelter. Whether it’s money, supplies, or time, there are meaningful and easy ways to plug in. Find a reputable group »
3. If you have a pet bird, treat ‘em right »
If you already share your home with a feathered friend, it’s important to fly the extra mile to give him or her the best life possible with you. Provide the biggest cage you can afford. Offer regular access to stimulating toys and fresh fruits and vegetables. Provide as much out-of-cage time as you can manage. Learn everything you can about your parrot’s specific behavior and needs (your local parrot rescue may offer behavior and feeding workshops). And schedule regular check-ups with an avian veterinarian. All parrots are highly intelligent and social, so treat them as a member of the family, and watch their hearts soar. More on pet bird care »
4. Never buy a bird »
Did you know there are countless homeless parrots (big and small) in animal shelters and rescue groups across the country? Because of their beauty and intelligence, parrots have been overbred, and many wind up in homes with caretakers who didn’t know what they were getting into. Through no fault of their own, the birds usually end up suffering in the end. What this means is that if you really want a bird, you can be fairly certain there’s a bird out there who really wants you.
So, do your research, and never buy a bird from a pet store or online. Find a reputable avian rescue group in your area »
5. Fly right »
Though it’s now illegal to import parrots into the U.S., birds are still wild-caught for the pet trade around the world. Help protect them with a pledge to not support the wildlife tradewhen you travel.