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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We think they were all trying to fit in their food dish but one of them wouldnt make room for the last Finch.

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Diana ChristenhuszComfort food?

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Marta CrabtreeAww so cute!

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Remember Sophie the Derbyan Parakeet from the Morrison rescue last February? Thanks to staff working with her, she is now stepping up to go outside to a flight with some of the older Conures. Here she is outside enjoying the sun. We are so happy that she is becoming more comfortable with being handled. ... See MoreSee Less

Remember Sophie the Derbyan Parakeet from the Morrison rescue last February? Thanks to staff working with her, she is now stepping up to go outside to a flight with some of the older Conures.  Here she is outside enjoying the sun. We are so happy that she is becoming more comfortable with being handled.

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LynnandDavid AshburnWe have a mustache parakeet and we still are working on stepping up with her although she will come right to a shoulder. They are such amazing birds

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J.C. CrooksShe was singing out there quite a bit last week...I think she has a thing for Cisco!

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Tammy BowserPatience and Love,thank you all!

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Jackson GardinerLove those derbies

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Marta CrabtreeGood for her!

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Jennifer LeeBeautiful

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Diane FaulseitCutie pie

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Cheryl L DownsSo beautiful 😊

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Jennifer CurtisWow! What a beautiful bird!

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A very important lesson was learned here. Do not let Chloe distract you with her cute 'hey baby' because Mr. Bird will sneak up and steal your bagel. The two of them happily shared their prize. ... See MoreSee Less

A very important lesson was learned here. Do not let Chloe distract you with her cute hey baby because Mr. Bird will sneak up and steal your bagel. The two of them happily shared their prize.

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The Gabriel FoundationWe are fortunate to receive all sorts of goodies and treats for the birds from many donors.

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Mike GuyI absolutely adore Moluccans. I live with two; both are special needs and self-mutilators (currently both are fully healed). It truly saddens me to see M2s in captivity; they do so, so poorly with it.

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Kailey MillerI hope both are healing well! Are they in need of anything in particular? Have been meaning to send a box to my favorite feathered friends once I get on my feet financially.

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Marta CrabtreeLove them! You are all Angels! Bless you all!

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Salvatore Sciandra"They're pack hunters, y'know?"

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Kris JonesMr. B's one of many girlfriends 😉

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Teri Caputothank you for all that you do... <3

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Toni BoneyTeamwork!

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Sue DefflerI am SOOOO happy Chloe is still there.

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Mary KramerCute little pluckers.

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Ankita MishraWHAT

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Margie Koellingawwww such cuties

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Mike GuyChristine Houser

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J.C. CrooksGreat teamwork those two. Adorable too!!

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