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The Gabriel Foundation is a parrot welfare organization providing for the complete physical, psychological and environmental well being of the parrots in our care. Through the education of the public, proper legal documentation, extensive support services, and constant follow-up procedures, we ensure that whether the parrots remain in a sanctuary, in rehabilitation, or are placed into adoptive or foster homes, that the parrots are continually nurtured. The Gabriel Foundation also provides for the general welfare of parrots in the community by providing accurate, comprehensive and reliable educational materials and resources to the public.

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With the proliferation of psittacine birds into the pet marketplace, the issue of unwanted birds is rapidly growing. This is no longer one person’s problem or even one industry’s problem. It speaks to the entire issue of being responsible for anyone and anything in your life for which you have chosen stewardship. All living creatures deserve respect and kindness.

Societies value birds for economic, cultural, ethical and spiritual reasons. The avicultural and pet industries must heighten public consciousness that animals are not creatures put on this earth for man to dominate, or “own,” but rather they are “other nations” with which to co-exist. The disposable mentality or throwaway cultural attitude prevalent in our society does not speak well for the lives of animals often viewed as commodities that are greatly affected by this trend. They cannot fend for themselves when we do not. TGF receives inquiries daily from around the country because people must “get rid of their birds”. The hundreds of inquiries received monthly regarding our programs demonstrate that there is an overwhelming need to provide continuing education and information to the public, the veterinary community and the avicultural industry about the physical, psychological, social, environmental, medical and nutritional needs necessary to provide for the total well being of these highly intelligent, long-lived creatures.

The challenge for veterinarians, breeders, retailers, hobbyists, welfare, rescue and sanctuary groups for companion animals is the realization that there are not enough facilities providing appropriate standards of care for the animals dependent upon their care. The Gabriel Foundation® is currently a part of a working committee of the Association of Avian Veterinarians whose task is to develop a standard of care for parrot welfare organizations, which include rescue and sanctuary groups. The Foundation is also an integral part of the WPWA (World Parrot Welfare Alliance), an international parrot welfare organization whose goal is to develop and promote greater awareness of the needs of parrots in captivity, whether in homes, rescue, sanctuary, or breeding facilities and in the retail pet trade through a set of guidelines and standards.

The Gabriel Foundation’s Aviary and Adoption Center is currently providing consistent, high quality care for over 800 psittacine birds. Birds come to TGF for a variety of reasons such as family or financial hardship, human guardian’s illness or death, conflict with spouse or children, lack of human interest and/or time, moving/relocation, a bird’s incomparability with human’s expectations, a bird’s physical handicap, a bird’s chronic illness, rescue from animal cruelty, abandonment, lost bird, or request from a pet store, animal welfare organization, veterinarian and breeders to provide on-going care.

Our team of avian veterinary partners evaluate the acute, chronic and long-term medical needs of all incoming and outgoing birds. Our entire team of attending and affiliated avian veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians, staff members and volunteers provides for the total health care, as well as psychological and environmental needs. Our staff-to-bird ratio is crucial to the rehabilitation process of our psittacine residents, where the needs of the individual bird come first. With the in-depth quality of care that TGF provides, many caring and committed adoptive families and guardians provide homes for those birds who will continue to thrive in a companion pet situation through The Gabriel Foundation’s highly structured adoption and screening process. For those birds that remain with us for the remainder of their lives, permanent sanctuary is a safe and enriched habitat dedicated to each resident’s well-being.

4 hours ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Who needs a guard dog when you can have a guard Cockatoo?

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My parrots bark all the time. It is so funny. Love it!!

*L*O*V*E*

Adorable!!!

Omg Mitchell Thomas I REALLY want a cockatoo! Lol

I'm watching this as I'm listening to Nutzy screeching and screaming in the background. This time of year he gets very vocal. Time to cover his cage LOL

We have a Jardine that barks when you say "sick 'em!"

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1 day ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Sometimes our resident birds just know best. This certainly holds true for Claude and Jasper. When Wendy from Boise was looking to add an African Grey to her flock she had an immediate connection with shy Claude, a long term resident here at The Gabriel Foundation. Jasper the Goffin's Cockatoo had his own plans, and he wasn't about to let her get away without him as well. 7 months later Wendy reports that both birds have settled in well and that Jasper has readjusted the entire household's bedtime to better suit his needs! Claude is a family favorite and has amazed everyone with his mimicry of different voices and random sounds. An adoption success!

If you would like to share your own TGF adoption success, please send your story with a few photos to [email protected]
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Sometimes our resident birds just know best.  This certainly holds true for Claude and Jasper.  When Wendy from Boise was looking to add an African Grey to her flock she had an immediate connection with shy Claude, a long term resident here at The Gabriel Foundation. Jasper the Goffins Cockatoo had his own plans, and he wasnt about to let her get away without him as well.  7 months later Wendy reports that both birds have settled in well and that Jasper has readjusted the entire households bedtime to better suit his needs! Claude is a family favorite and has amazed everyone with his mimicry of different voices and random sounds.  An adoption success!

If you would like to share your own TGF adoption success, please send your story with a few photos to wmarchant@thegabrielfoundation.org

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At TGF, we love news from our adopters and their flock.

Well....I always have said.....do not pick a particular bird as a companion. Let the bird pick you!

We missed out on a planned visit and with rare openings in our schedule, I'm very sad. But, with that being said, as soon as I have some vacation time, I'm taking a day and making an appointment.

Such great news! Love that they pick their own "family" Most happy for Jasper ❤️

They pick who they want! And those are the best matches! Congrats guys!

Great story....animals pick their humans.

luv these friends

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