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 process, we require you to complete an adoption application. 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 Nate with Amanda, Great-billed Parrotmonitor 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. Do you have questions that are not answered in our Adoption Protocol info below? Fill out our Adoption Inquiry form! For program details and fees, see our Adoption Protocols information:

Have you adopted a bird from us previously? If so, and you wish to apply to adopt another, please fill out our

Additional Bird Application.


Buster the cockatiel

Considering a smaller species?

Lovebirds, Cockatiels, Budgerigars ARE parrots – just in a smaller package! If you would like to consider adding one of these avian ambassadors to your home, we have a slightly different process. You will still need to complete the Adoption Application for the smaller species to start the process. For program details and fees, see our Adoption Protocols information.

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


Contact us for more information on adopting a bird.


Note: For avian medical requirements for current birds, click here.

Moose coming in for a Monday morning hello - up close and personal, just the way he likes it. This boy is friendly and fond of head scritches. He loves to be talked to and will make the cutest Sennie purrs and clicks in return. He is up for adoption with his cage mate Doe, a shy female Senegal that we think will come out of her shell once she gets to know you. ... See MoreSee Less

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Shari LareauAwwww. Do they mate and produce eggs ??

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Ginger's Parrot RescueSending Senegal best wishes and love Moose and Doe. <3

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David OlsonHow much would adoption be?

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Bonnie Cusickgood morning Moose

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Hubert DeKayanother friend of mine

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April Troxell-CravensI adore Senegels!!!

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Barbara WiseLove the Senegals! So pretty!

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Anyone out there who is good at repairing screens?? We could use a handy volunteer to help us out with maintenance around the aviary like this. Let us know if you can help! :D ... See MoreSee Less

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Suzanne FongI can re screen! Will be home soon!

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David OlsonBummer I'm in the Springs. 😞 Screens, I can do.

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Sheri BarclayI had to attach chicken wire outside the screened porch because my ninja cats were escaping. Course its lead and not for birds to chew, but works for the cats

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The Gabriel Foundation added 2 new photos.

Denver friends... we have one lost cockatiel and one found cockatiel! Unfortunately, they do not appear to be the same bird, so we need to help get one home... and help find the other's owners. See each photo for more details.
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David OlsonHope both get back safely to their peoples. 😎

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