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!

Adorable adoption day photos make us happy. Here Beau the cockatiel is ready to go home with his new friend... Who showed his mom he was serious about wanting a cockatiel by saving up the money for the adoption fee and caring for their other pets every day for three months!

Beau repaid him the favor by sitting on his shoulder and singing to his cheek and ear for about 20 minutes straight. Happy bird and a happy boy. :)
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Adorable adoption day photos make us happy. Here Beau the cockatiel is ready to go home with his new friend... Who showed his mom he was serious about wanting a cockatiel by saving up the money for the adoption fee and caring for their other pets every day for three months! 

Beau repaid him the favor by sitting on his shoulder and singing to his cheek and ear for about 20 minutes straight. Happy bird and a happy boy. :)

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Cynthia G. CeganHis mom must be so proud. Perfect match, this boy and his bird.

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Kim Noe-EastwoodThey were meant to be.❤️

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Tammy BowserAww match made from heaven! So proud of you for saving that money and giving Beau a nice home!

17 hours ago
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Jean Eckthey look so happy my grand kids lov theirs that I raised for them and they take care of them tooo

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Cynthia ReidAww congratulations to them both.

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Keily LevyThese two are gonna be inseparable!!

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Carolyn ClineOh, this makes me so happy!

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Deb AllweinYabba-Dabba, I love this kid. His parents too.

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Sophia AnneCute kid! Looks responsible

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Marta CrabtreePerfect! Made my Memorial weekend!

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Brittany ChalkThe perfect pair.

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J.C. CrooksOh how wonderful!

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Cathie Dever<3

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Ajita MishraAnkita

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So maybe Rufus is telling us he's been to the school of hard knocks? Or maybe he wants to hear a knock knock joke? :D ... See MoreSee Less

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Linda HeflingerDYH Plato used to do that, and the dogs would run to the front door barking like crazy...until Plato's "joke" on them finally wore out. Wish I had a video of that! ☺️

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June HamiltonOr maybe he's been watching woodpeckers outside

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Laura Pricemy grey girl does this - she also likes to hold my finger while we pound on the bathtub together LOL

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Louise TraylorWhen my birds do this I always hollar Come In.

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Suzanne LaplanteHe is very cute. Not sure what the knocking is about!

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Katie OharaMy gray bird used to knock on the ceiling like that and then laugh like crazy.....

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Brooke DealMy grey, Sophie, does this too!

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Susan GuttormsenMaybe he thinks he is a Woodpecker!

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Hubert DeKayi love banging my beak, on the window or mama's mug of tea

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Shari LareauToo cute ! I wonder if he gets a headache ?? Haha I love him ❤️

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Carol WalckMy grey always sounded exactly like the door bell

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Lory HusarMy FGCC, Kiwi Bird, started doing this about 3 months ago. Goofy little baby girl.

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Carol Giardina HughesMy Grey does that when she is happy.😉

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Ålly ScottLittle fluff butt! I love him!

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Peggy S HostetlerAww he is so cute.

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Don ErnstWho is it

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J.C. CrooksRuffle-y Rufus! :-)

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Karen BathkeMy cockatiels do this to! lol

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Sue DefflerAdorable!

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Natalie Hager😂😂 weirdo. I like him Kristopher Kerr

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The Gabriel Foundation added 2 new photos.

Pretty Boy (cockatiel) and pigeons BK and Bigfoot are home! When Jerry (who works with Wild Bird Rescue of Denver) contacted us recently because he was hoping to find a friend for his lone cockatiel AND he would love to give a home to a few pigeons in need, we were thrilled to hear from him. These are the lucky chosen three who are now in a great home!
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Pretty Boy (cockatiel) and pigeons BK and Bigfoot are home! When Jerry (who works with Wild Bird Rescue of Denver) contacted us recently because he was hoping to find a friend for his lone cockatiel AND he would love to give a home to a few pigeons in need, we were thrilled to hear from him. These are the lucky chosen three who are now in a great home!

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Tammy BowserThanks Jerry for giving them a good home! Thanks to all the Angels who take care of these birds everyday

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Cynthia ReidLove seeing all these adoptions!!

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Tim MillerWay to go Jerry for what you are doing.

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Carolyn ClineWhy couldn't the pigeons go free?

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MK JansenCongratulations to the happy family!

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Marta CrabtreeWonderful!

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Angelika LynchLucky indeed <3

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