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!

New 16+ y.o. male Umbrella Cockatoo Breezy says ' What's for lunch?' as he scavenges through staff member Melissa's lunch bag.

Breezy came to us last week. A veterinarian at U of I, Champaign, IL, contacted us to see if we could take him ASAP so he wouldn't be euthanized. We said yes. We learned that Breezy's owner died and that she had 4 birds. Finding places for the birds to be safe was high priority because no provisions, no directive and no inclusion in her Last Will & Testament for her birds were made. 3 of the birds, species unknown, were placed in homes, whereabouts undisclosed. Breezy was driven to our facility a week ago from the far most eastern part of Indiana by the veterinarian's mother, her dog, and a driving buddy.

We are still getting to know Breezy and hope to find him a great home. He loves to dance and say ' go Breezy, go Breezy, it's your Birthday!'
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The Gabriel FoundationHere is a picture of Breezy spending time outside of his cage. He was not handled very often in his previous homes, so we are working on building trust with him. One of his previous caretakers would handle him with oven mitts to protect herself.

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Kailey Millerplease post a video of his voice! would love to hear his little saying if you could get it on film!

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Chera Porter NobleSo thankful for the Vet who reached out so you could save Breezy bird!!

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Akihiko MaedaGo Breezy! Go your new life!

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Happy Annetta EvansWhat a handsome fellow!! Poor guy! He just lost his companions, and now he is forced to live in a strange place with a bunch of noisy new neighbors. He must be so frightened! I have been considering getting a playmate for Pretty Boy. He might be a good option, as he would be too big for Pretty Boy to beat up. lol

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Kerry Forester DienerWow, so thankful that the vets office thought that there should be another alternative. I'll never understand people that don't realize that they own a wild animal.

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Christine CarterThank you for saving Breezy--and the reminder to provide for our fids care after we are gone.

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J.C. CincoI cannot wait to meet you in the morning, Breezy! You came to CO not far from where we did! :-)

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Barbara PeraltaTerrible owner......thank goodness for the vet!!

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Hubert DeKaya friend

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Kerry Forester DienerAn Umbrella?

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J.C. CincoWhere did the cute photo go?

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The Gabriel Foundation added 2 new photos.

Rockie thought it would be fun to close the flaps on the box that Rocco was in and then sit on the box. As you can see from the second picture, Rocco was not amused.
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Rockie thought it would be fun to close the flaps on the box that Rocco was in and then sit on the box. As you can see from the second picture, Rocco was not amused.

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Valerie MillerI have lots of nice clean shoe boxes to bring out when i bring the 200 flip flops!

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J.C. CincoI love those two! They are my favorites to give boxes to!

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Carol WalckSo Funny

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Midnight knows just how to pose to show off his beautiful olive colored feathers. Midnight is one of three male Patagonian Conures we have available for adoption. ... See MoreSee Less

Midnight knows just how to pose to show off his beautiful olive colored feathers. Midnight is one of three male Patagonian Conures we have available for adoption.

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Marta CrabtreeWow just beautiful!

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Chris Simkoffoh i love his eyes!

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Vivian Jimenez-KalinaI ❤️❤️❤️ Patagonians! We have 2 we adopted.

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