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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.

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Hawkeye is a 38-year old Panama Amazon that hatched in Panama and lived with the same family for his entire life, moving with them to the United States. He came to us last December when his family, who dearly loved him, were not able to care for him anymore. Hawkeye quickly became known for being a virtuoso singer.

Jennifer came to us interested in adopting an Amazon parrot after her own amazon had passed away earlier this year. She had cared for that parrot, a wild-caught red-lored amazon, for 20 years. She found herself missing his company and decided that she'd like to provide a home to another amazon in need.

We thought that, given her many years of experience with an amazons, Hawkeye might be a good match. The two hit it off right away and, this weekend, Hawkeye and Jennifer started their new adventure together. We want to wish them many years and many songs of happiness!
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Hawkeye is a 38-year old Panama Amazon that hatched in Panama and lived with the same family for his entire life, moving  with them to the United States.  He came to us last December when his family, who dearly loved him, were not able to care for him anymore.  Hawkeye quickly became known for being a virtuoso singer.  

Jennifer came to us interested in adopting an Amazon parrot after her own amazon had passed away earlier this year.  She had cared for that parrot, a wild-caught red-lored amazon, for 20 years.  She found herself missing his company and decided that shed like to provide a home to another amazon in need.  

We thought that, given her many years of experience with an amazons, Hawkeye might be a good match.  The two hit it off right away and, this weekend, Hawkeye and Jennifer started their new adventure together.  We want to wish them many years and many songs of happiness!Image attachment

 

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One of the sub species of Yellow fronted Amazons.

Orange winged Amazon

He looks a lot like my Oscar. Congrats and enjoy each other.

Congratulations Jennifer and Hawkeye! May you have many happy years together and enrich one another's lives immensely!

I have a Panama amazon as well. They are very good talkers. and are so sweet mine is in his 40's

Wishing all many happy years❤️

what a wonderful story!

Looks almost like my bird

I love these stories!!

Happy for all of you.

wonderful news <3

How wonderful! Made my day!

How exciting,!

Awesome!

Congrats!!

We love our Panama Amazon

Thank you Jennifer for giving this beauty the love she deserves! I wish you many years together

Great news. He looks happy

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