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!

Taking a walk through our large Umbrella Cockatoo flight, you never know what will happen. Angel and Quinlan seem happy to be on their perch. Casper and Tico on the other hand, need to investigate the new person in their flight. It's never a dull moment when you are with eight male Cockatoos happily playing and explore their outdoor enclosure. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thor Bird saying hi to all his cockatoo buddies at the Gabriel Foundation!

I bet you all have a blast with all these wonderful birds.....

This is my Parker, he's shocked at the lovely enclosure and asking me why he doesn't have one!!!

"We're gonna hop around the flight tonight" (sung to the tune of Rock Around the Clock) 🐦

They love being outside. I know mine do.

Nothing I enjoy more than hanging out in a 'too flight!!!

Too-Cute! How do you get them all back in?

My favorite sounds ❤

Made me smile!

OMG... too precious <3

Three questions: the dimensions of this aviary, reasonable population limit, and mesh grade. I'm guessing 1600 sq ft for 30-40 cockatoos, 16 ga woven... The one we have now is only good for a small group of medium sized parrots (25'x20'x12' tall, 16 gauge welded mesh with 1" apertures).

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Meet Niki, an 18 year old African Grey that came to TGF in 2010 after her owner became seriously ill and could no longer care for their birds. It took almost six years for a special person to come along. When our adopter, Cynthia, was looking to add her first bird to her home she met several birds here at TGF but she just couldn't get shy Niki out of her mind. She just knew she needed to give this special girl a chance. Almost a year later, Niki has blossomed in her new home. It has taken time and patience but Cynthia was definitely the right person to take on this challenge. She absolutely loves her new "mom"! She has also adjusted well to her new kids. Cynthia told us that she nods "yes" when asked if she is a pretty girl or a good girl. She is a big fan of nature shows and taking showers. Niki also enjoys barking like several different breeds of dogs and also has an expanding English vocabulary. She remains cautious but continues to get braver and braver exploring her new home. We love to hear about these amazing transformations! ... See MoreSee Less

Meet Niki, an 18 year old African Grey that came to TGF in 2010 after her owner became seriously ill and could no longer care for their birds. It took almost six years for a special person to come along. When our adopter, Cynthia, was looking to add her first bird to her home she met several birds here at TGF but she just couldnt get shy Niki out of her mind.  She just knew she needed to give this special girl a chance.  Almost a year later, Niki has blossomed in her new home. It has taken time and patience but Cynthia was definitely the right person to take on this challenge. She absolutely loves her new mom!  She has also adjusted well to her new kids. Cynthia told us that she nods yes when asked if she is a pretty girl or a good girl. She is a big fan of nature shows and taking showers.  Niki also enjoys barking like several different breeds of dogs and also has an expanding English vocabulary.  She remains cautious but continues to get braver and braver exploring her new home. We love to hear about these amazing transformations!

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Thank you. She is truly amazing and I couldn't be more grateful for her. She chose me and that is where it began. When I brought her home and she got into her cage she immediately showed happiness. Noises and playing. With in 24 hours she started talking. She will talk quietly when she wants me to come to her because I can't hear her lol. There has been so much she has accomplished I can put it all into words. It nonstop. For the first time this morning she came to the door of her cage to show interest in coming to me with out prompting. She told me she needed more water, she didn't but I added a tiny bit more to her dish and she danced after trying to peel the label off the bottle. She is in a really good mood today lol.

Thank you ! You will make a great Mommy. Grey's are fun !

Omg love stories like these!!! Niki is such a beauty!!!

Awwww....what a cutie

Yeaaaaaaaaa, successful adoption, sweet parrot.

Wonderful!

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wonderful news!

Great job Niki and human!

I absolutely love African Greys and Miss my girl so much, I wish I knew where she is

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It's citrus season! In CO we're celebrating mandarins, tangelos, Cara Cara's, Red River grapefruit, Meyers's lemons, blood oranges, key limes, Valencia, navel oranges, Cuties, Halos and every new tasty, juicy treat that comes to market. Bodhi is making it very easy to teach your flock how to enjoy a perfect snack. Now go grab one and share it with your buddies. ... See MoreSee Less

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My macaw gets a whole halo occasionally and the others get wedges.... funny how some like them and some don't. My monk likes blackberries but not raspberries!

Can he come home with me? He's a sweetie! Btw, loved seeing you all on the dr. Jeff show.

Bodhi looks just like me! I want some citrus too!

African greys are fantastic!

And share with your friends!

Hi sweet Bodhi! Rascal loves clementines also!!

He is gorgeous. I love African Greys!

Good to know!

Bodhi rocks!

What a sweetie.

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