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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.

12 hours ago

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Whoo whoo...another adoption to celebrate the new week! Happy dance for Phoenix & his new family with Jessica S, and her other adopted Timneh's Nova & George. Phoenix traveled from Denver to Portland by air, and from Portland to Prosser, WA by motor home with human friends Shauna & Allen and Julie to meet Jessica from Pendleton, OR who connected with them in Prosser, WA! A beautiful and wonderful beginning for this new family.
PS: the Vari-Kennel crate with the wire sides and wire wrap is required for airline travel. The folding crate is perfect for road travel. The gray travel cage is for Phoenix's ride home to Pendleton.
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Whoo whoo...another adoption to celebrate the new week! Happy dance for Phoenix & his new family with Jessica S, and her other adopted Timnehs Nova & George. Phoenix traveled from Denver to Portland by air, and from Portland to Prosser, WA by motor home with human friends Shauna & Allen and Julie to meet Jessica from Pendleton, OR who connected with them in Prosser, WA! A beautiful and wonderful beginning for this new family. 
PS: the Vari-Kennel crate with the wire sides and wire wrap is required for airline travel. The folding crate is perfect for road travel. The gray travel cage is for Phoenixs ride home to Pendleton.

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Phoenix (above) traveled by airline cargo, not in cabin. Traveling with a bird in cabin is another thing, and we recommend to always carry a towel along. And if someone at TSA is asking that the bird be taken out of the carrier, request and stand firm for a supervisor. For certain, if you have no choice but to take the bird out of the carrier, request a closed room. Remember, traveling with a bird in cabin must be in a carrier that fits under the seat.

Glad you are finally home Phoenix-it was long but it was worth it. <3

Congratulations Jessica

Always happy to see another successful adoption.

Congratulations, Phoenix, on your wonderful new home!

Congrats!! Ali boo boo says enjoy your new family !!

Great! So happy for them!

Just a warning - and I'm not sure it is still true, but my partner brought my little Pionus home from New Jersey in the fold up cage that is approved for air travel. He had to take her out of the cage for the TSA folks to inspect under her paper and check out her feed and water. My partner is not a bird person and ended up with bloody bites all over his thumb and fingers.

Also be aware that United (and maybe others) has the option to charge you an additional $125 per pet per flight for in-cabin pets.

someday, someday!!!

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2 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

It's finally Friday. How about a fun game to finish off the week?
1. Type in the name of your bird into Google images.
2. Copy and post the first image that comes up into a reply to this post.
3. Now everyone else will try to guess what the name of your bird is based on the picture.

This is an easy one, this bird's name is Mango.
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Its finally Friday.  How about a fun game to finish off the week? 
1. Type in the name of your bird into Google images.
2. Copy and post the first image that comes up into a reply to this post.
3. Now everyone else will try to guess what the name of your bird is based on the picture.

This is an easy one, this birds name is Mango.

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Most of mine, I get obscure reality stars. Let's try this instead

If I use my girl's full first name I get this. Using her shortened name is way too easy.

Had so much fun with this I added my ole' man kitty. This is exactly who he's named after.

It's the perfect name given to her by TGF staff/volunteers

My girl has an odd name, that's what I got on Google lol

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We know that keeping a parrot happy and entertained can often seem like a full time job, but we'd love to hear about some of the funny phrases your parrot uses to keep YOU entertained. Please feel free to share a video as well. <Cartoon by Liana Finck, published by The New Yorker April 3, 2017> ... See MoreSee Less

We know that keeping a parrot happy and entertained can often seem like a  full time job, but wed love to hear about some of the funny phrases your parrot uses to keep YOU entertained. Please feel free to share a video as well.

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I have a 27 year old amazon that spent her first 8 years in a pet shop. Her caregiver finally purchased her. She was given to me a couple of years ago when her owner had terminal cancer. She says "do you wanna buy a bird?" haha and Areeeebba. and sometimes sings a little opera. and calls for the kitty cat.

My mustached parakeet laughs when the dog gets in trouble!!! And my favorite phrase that makes me laugh is when she says 'what's your problem?' 😂😂😂

Our parakeet just started saying Hi Baby, and Look at you!

My Catalina Macaw always lets me know when he is tired and ready for bed by saying "night night, wanna go night night!". And will NOT stop until I get up and put him to bed in his house.

A friend on an Eclectus group I'm in posted that he had taken his ekkie over to his church when a kids event was happening. One of the adults walked up and asked if his parrot talked. His Ekkie answered, "Noooooo!"

My one U2 says "Bob, where is Bob-Oh, there's Bob" The other says " Kiss me Poohpot" and "Eat your breakfast, lunch or dinner" at the appropriate times. Along with many other cockatoo conversations that are consistant at our house. <3

My scarlet loves to look out our big picture window and watch for people to walk by. When he sees someone he calls, " come here, want some" people will stop walking and look all around. Then he will say it again only louder. Has made for some very interesting laughs watching the people try to find the person saying come here want some.

Rascal, our TGF scarlet macaw, picked up the "Whhhaaattttt?" from TGF aviary visits. He loves to say "What's your problem?", and probably learned it from visitorsat the zoo he lived at for 5 months..after a screaming fit (which he rarely has). The most hysterical times were during his first shower with us. He was so excited to get in, he crashed and burned jumping off my arm (he can't fly or glide). I asked, "What did you do that for?" and he replied, "I DON'T KNOW!", clear as day. Hubby heard it, too. The second was last week. He was "stranded" in the kitchen on his stand and started screaming. I told him from another room, "Rascal, if you want down, please do not scream. You need to call for me." So they reply was, "MMMMOMMMMMM". I didn't come right away, but praised him. So he repeated it. Now he knows better than to scream and instead calls me. The first week we had him, I left the house before hubby did to go volunteer at TGF. Hubby was in the shower and started hearing a blood curdling "HELP. HELLLLPPPPPP!" He ran out of the shower thinking I had fallen down the stairs (again). Nope, Rascal was just mad that I had closed him in his cage! He has nicknamed himself "Rasbird"... a combination of his "Hello Rascal, Rascal, Rascal" and "Hello Bird Bird" (bird is always a lower pitch). He answers phone rings with a special "Hello" that sort of sounds like a stalker calling you. It's a totally different tone/voice than his typical greetings. The first thing he picked up from us are kissing sounds, and hubby and I are the only ones greeted with "Hello" and then kissing sounds. He uses this as "I'm sorry", too. As in, I am so cute, I love you, I want kisses, don't be mad. He has to have bedtime kisses or he freaks out.

Whenever I change the radio station from The Grateful Dead Channel to the Symphony Channel, our 9 year old Sun Conure Boo Boo says "bad boy". My husband is to blame LOL!

We have 8 birds in our flock. When I sweep and clean, I ask at each cage "Who made this mess"? One day at Apollo's (Scarlet) cage, he replied to me "Murphy" (male Ekkie).

My amazon is a constant chatterbox. My favs are "Hi Mama Girl", "Is that good-good?", "I love you, weeeeeee!", and the camera shutter sound (I take lots of pictures of her 😁)

My Grey calls the dog over "Kate, come here" and of course she runs over expecting a piece of random food. Once there grey commands her "Get out!!" Then he laughs...

Finn asks, "Whatcha doin'?" when I'm in another room and he can hear but see me 🙂 He also says, "I love you." ❤️

"I want out". My adopted Patagonian Conure says this. He uses it when he wants out of his cage or to be with me.😊

My mother's yellow naped amazon says "help lemme outta here!" when he wants some attention

Between 7:30 - 8:00 each night, she repeats "night-night" over and over until she goes into her cage. After we cover her up, she starts to laugh . . . . and it's my laugh.

Not my macaw but a African grey I met would say "where's your sister....want to take a shower?"

I can't repeat what some of them say but my favorite is a wolf whistle followed by a "sexy bird."

When I cover my Quaker's cage at bedtime, I say "good night" to her. She always replies "good morning" 💜🐦

Lucky my African grey says "wanna go night night"

Dusty the cockatiel says: "How Ya Doing.", "Hi Tim". Now if she only knew how to reverse her phrases to "Hi Tim, How Ya Doing".

My 2yo Catalina macaw will start calling out, "Let me out, mama. River be GOOD BIRD." This is always, always a lie and means she has a new, mischievous trick up her sleeve.

My yellow napped amazon would ask me at appropriate time "Are we ready to eat?" My cockatiel also says "Be a good watch bird when I leave the house".

My female Quaker, when she wants to be uncovered in the morning, she'll start up with: "Wake-up", "Shower" & "Coffee"!

My green-cheek has recently taught my budgie how to talk. He now says, "Step up" "peek a boo" "little birdie" and "I love you"

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