Adopt a Bird!

Lindsey and Smoky Joe, Congo African GreyOur experienced staff members work intensively with individuals interested in adopting birds. Over time, we have developed and established a structured screening and adoption process that we feel gives both the adopter and bird the best possible start at their new life together.

If you are thinking about adopting a bird from us, we encourage you to take a tour of our Aviary and Adoption Center located in Elizabeth. While on the tour, you will have a chance to see many of the different birds we have, their environment, and learn how we care for them. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with a few of our “ambassador birds”.

If you’ve decided you are ready to start the adoption or foster care process, we require you to complete one of our applications listed below. You will then proceed through a series of telephone and/or e-mail interviews (email tends to work better for us, as we are often not at our desks), take our online Beyond Bird Basics class, and then start the exciting part – meeting birds and finding your potential new family member! If possible, we encourage you to make multiple site/bird visits as a potential adopter.

So often people “look” for a bird of a particular species, when in our experience many birds will “choose” the person they prefer, which contributes to the success of the match. For adopters visiting from other states, a multi-day stay is recommended so that we may Star the Lovebird Gets Adoptedmonitor and assess your interaction with birds, and the staff has an opportunity to become familiar with your needs and wants for your adopted bird. The bird’s housing, routine and care, personality, history and inclusion into the adopter’s home are discussed at great length.

Depending upon the location of the potential adopter, TGF or a representative may conduct home inspections prior to and/or post-adoption. If you are located in an area where it isn’t feasible for us to conduct an in-home visit, we are happy to work with you to come up with a suitable solution. Sometimes emailing photos and videos will work, and we’ve even occasionally checked out an adoptive home environment over Skype! We invest a tremendous amount of time and resources before and after adoption, to ensure the best fit between the adopter and bird and most importantly, the bird’s future welfare.

PLEASE READ: About Adopting A Bird From The Gabriel Foundation (Adoption Protocol)

Do you have questions that are not answered here? Fill out our Adoption Inquiry form!

Are You Ready to Bring a Bird Into Your Home?

We have the following applications for you to choose from:

To view adoptable Gabriel Foundation birds, please go to Petfinder.com or Adopt-A-Pet.com!

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Rebekah HaymanCockatiel?

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J.C. CrooksI picked up a lot of feathers today when doing papers and sweeping! Even the teeny tiny budgie ones are so beautiful!

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Mila ShumilaI knew it's a Zon's fether right away. I have so many of them all over the house right now. Beautiful picture!

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Patrizia Anne GalinoI find feathers everywhere. In my school bag, my pockets, under the bed.... I call them little presents

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Marta CrabtreeLooks like my Daisys feather!

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Cynthia G. CeganI save feathers and believe they are messages from heaven.

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Ann JanloisPlease give her a kiss from us! Such a character!

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Martha Owens BaileyAnd Pigpen 😂. She just wants to be sure the chop for the week is tasty.

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Martha Owens BaileyThis is my Sami.....she's a great helper too!!

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Lenore Smutka-SusmanSomeone is "Vogue"-ing for the camera :)

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Rosanne HarriottOh my gosh, she's blushing :3

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Karen PreteMy boy Polly just wants his kisses now. Then we both go in the kitchen him on my shoulder n cook. He loves vanilla ice cream. I give him a few kicks.

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Jen AgeyOMG hes absolutely gorgeous and I love the name! ❤

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Cynthia ReidOh how funny!! I love that they all have their own little personalities!!

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Mary BenderShe probably just had to give it a final approval!

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Tamara FoxDefinitely asking for the limelight 😎

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Marta CrabtreeAww how sweet she looks!

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Carolyn ClineWhat a cutie!

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Sophia AnneHer name is Poopsie!!! ❤️

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Therese StewartThat's so cute

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Paulajo JarvisBeautiful bird

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Bruce SpeidelCracker Jack & Elliott agree!

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Jody Kuchar"Avoid the green ones, they're not ripe yet". Pic of sun conure (Sunkist) and black capped (Mojo).

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Deborah Palmore KitrickOur Cricket 💚❤💙

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Diane FaulseitI had one of those little beauties

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Tess ColleyI miss my black cap so much! They are some of the sweetest conures IMHO. <3

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Destyn SublettWe love our black capped conure! ❤️

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Martha Avonelle EkbackHiding in the bushes. So beautiful bird.

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Karen PreteSHES so beautiful !! We have a white eyed conure. He's gorgeous.

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Susan ShewWhat a beautiful photo <3

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Shelley Parkerwell hello beautiful!

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Laurel CarringtonBeautiful!

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Linda BrunetteBeautiful!!

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Carol WalckWhat a pretty baby.

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Karen PreteHere is my boy!! Cutie pie. Polly man

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