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 TGF (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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Valerie MillerThere are my boys! The guys at TGF in Elizabeth call Sydney and Chicken "Los Novios" which means the boyfriends. They are truly a little couple, replete with marital spats and lots of bonding activities.

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Charles Slade IVI had a couple of fosters in the house that loved to see each other. As soon as I put them in a room together I'd get beautiful sounds from both. Two weeks ago one of them got adopted and the sounds stopped. But, they'll see each other at my club event on Sunday.

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Linda WorkMay borrow for my fb cover?

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Carolyn Cline...Or spend some time with the parrots you ALREADY live with!

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Marilyn BirdsI thought that is who they were. hope they are all recovered from Bath

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After the toy making workshop, there were some cockatoo shenanigans. :D

This is Thor with his owner Chris, who adopted him from TGF a few years back. Yep, that is one happy bird. So great to see them both!
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Mila ShumilaOh my, Thor is such a great bird. I didn't know he was adopted. So happy for both Chris and Thor. TGF is doing so many wonderful things for the birds and for the people!!!!!

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Dawn GrahamThat is so wonderful to see! That boy is super happy!

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Marta CrabtreeAw how cool is this! No better bond right there!

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Hubert DeKaymy friends... afraid I'm not that brave

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The Gabriel Foundation added 2 new photos.

We had a great time at our toy making workshop on Saturday and started distributing the newly made toys into cages... as you can see, Lulu dove right in to checking hers out. :)

Many thanks to all who attended and especially Ally, for organizing and leading it!
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Marta CrabtreeGreat!

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Deann SpickardIt was so much fun...can hardly wait until next time

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Deb AllweinNice job & many thanks to all the toy makers.

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Sue DefflerCute

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