Adoption Success Stories

 

There are more happy endings happening everyday, like these stories of Cyrano, Dapper Dan, A Tail of Two Friends, The Brady Bunch Meets the Jazz Singer, Piper, Cheech, and Emily.


Cyrano

CyranoCyrano was on time this AM for his Delta flight to GA for his move to his new home with Deb and Bob Allwein. The Allwein flock is numerous, and eight of their birds have been adopted or fostered from TGF for nearly 10 years. Both Deb and Bob are fantastic volunteers, and have donated hours of time and labor to help TGF over the past decade. Ironically, Deb knew and had visited Cyrano for years prior to his arrival at TGF. Deb had always known him as T-Bird, and every time they saw each other their friendship was renewed.

Cyrano came to TGF over a year ago when the bird store in which he resided closed. Not much information accompanied him, but we estimate him to be about 10 years old, and most likely wild caught.

Due to early inappropriate diet, Cyrano came to TGF with hemachromatosis, also called Iron Storage disease. He went from small and cramped quarters in his former location to an enclosure at The Birdbrain 4 times the size of his previous space. With the advice of Jerry Jennings, Emerald Forest Bird Gardens, and the excellent veterinary care of Dr. Jerry LaBonde and TGF staff veterinarian, Dr. Noel Opitz, gradual improvements in Cyrano’s physical condition turned him into one gorgeous toucan! He was finally able to get fresh air and natural sunlight when we moved his cage outside on good weather days.

Our decision to place Cyrano is one made with wistful joy – we are sad to see him go, but we could not provide him the tremendous amount of space he deserves and the opportunity to go outside more frequently than Colorado’s weather allows. It was time for him to fledge to his new life. For those of you that were Cyrano’s frequent visitors we hope you wish him the best. Thanks to Deb and Bob, he will get to enjoy many new opportunities that await him. -JWM


Dapper Dan

Dapper DanDapper Dan came to TGF in early 2009 along with seven of his flockmates, when their owner was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He was adopted by the Books family in North Platte, NE and is thriving – and learning to read!

Ron Books writes:
Thanks so much for the adoption certificate. It is very cool to have that. Dapper Dan is getting along just fine. We sure got the right bird. Although he does act like a parrot every once in awhile, he is for the most part extremely quiet. He does turn his back on you when we have been gone longer than he thinks we should etc. Or he will take a nut and drop it or just peck at your hand instead of taking the nut.

About 4 or 5 month ago we came home and he had pulled out all but one of his tail feathers and we were scared to death that he was turning into a pluckier or something. But as you see he now has more tail feathers than he ever had before.

We are anxious to get him back outside when it gets just a little warmer.

The rest of Dapper Dan’s flock is still available for adoption – if you are interested in making your own Happy Tail, please contact Patti Christie at [email protected]


A Tail of Two Friends

Andy and SkyeWe met Andy, the most beautiful Scarlet Macaw in the summer of 2006. We had contacted TGF looking for a new friend. At first we were interested in the Green Wing. We had visited the Aviary a couple of times and met some of the birds, but no match.

By chance we went to the Bird Brain to purchase some toys for our flock, and met Rhonda who was the Adoption Coordinator at that time. She asked if would be interested in coming to the Aviary to meet a Scarlet Macaw named Andy who had recently become available for adoption. The rest is history!

The morning we arrived at the Aviary we saw Andy perched on a stand. Seeing him from a far we were already smitten. We visited him many times over several weeks, and each visit created more and more of a bond. We had an interview with Julie concerning Andy and we were approved to become Andy’s new forever home.

The next week Bo Bo our beautiful Blue and Gold macaw came with us to meet her new friend. When we brought her into the room she bellowed the loudest macaw Hi that had all the birds in the area turn their heads. Andy came home with us that Labor Day weekend!

Andy is a very sweet solid fellow. When Andy first arrived he had to become accustom to being handled by a woman. For the first two plus years he would stand on his stand and watch Judge Judy and War movies with much gusto. Adding oh no, ouch and various other words. He is a wonderful companion. We have not rushed him as we will spend the rest of our lives together. Every day he becomes much more trusting and loving. Now, he is playing with his toys and wanting to be held and played with.

I must tell a funny story about how perceptive Andy is. Our children and grandchildren came to see us one night. The children were full of energy, running through the house and were in rare form. When the evening ended, and the last child was out the door and on their way home. We walked to where Andy was perched and he looked at the both of us and said clear as day holy__, holy__, our exact sentiments.

Tragedy brought us to TGF again in the summer of 2009. Our beloved blue and gold Bo Bo passed away that spring at the age of 5 from heart disease. Our house just wasn’t the same without the energy of a blue and gold. We had an empty cage and empty hearts.

We contacted Patti and set a time to visit with a few blue and golds at the aviary. We met Pam who was so kind. She spent many hours with us as we visited with several different birds. We were about ready to leave for the day when Skye entered the room. Both Keith and I felt he might be the one. Later in the week Patti emailed and asked if we would like her to bring him to meet the birds. On that following Saturday we met with Skye again. We were becoming sure that Skye would be a good match for our family. We went back to the Aviary to visit Skye again. Skye was brought to our home to visit with Andy and that sealed the deal. Skye had found his forever home.

Skye is a wonderful fun and active bird. He has an extensive vocabulary and loves to talk to his best bud Andy. He hasn’t allowed us to scritch him yet, but every day we get a little closer.

Andy and Skye have great appetites. They are a pleasure to feed. Cheese is a special treat and if Skye had his way he would eat a pound at a time. Skye likes to drink his water from a glass. Now everyone wants to drink that way. What classy birds.

Our boys make every day a special one. Some days they are good and some days they are little stinkers and we would not have it any other way.

Thank you TGF and the TGF staff you did so much to make finding our new friends possible.


The Brady Bunch meets the Jazz Singer!

JazzyDawn and Todd combined their families – she brought 4 boys and he brought 4 girls and they still felt their home was not complete so they began looking for a companion parrot to add to the mix. After several visits with different birds, Fena, a female Umbrella Cockatoo chose them! Now named Jazzy (Jasmine) for her delightful singing abilities, Jazzy settled right into their hearts and home. The youngest boy provides hours of entertainment and a playmate for Jazz. Jazz will take the boys cars and trucks and slide them across the table, laughing with glee! She enjoys some down time when it’s time for naps in the house but it only recharges her batteries so she can be part of all the family activities. The family recently purchased an RV and are looking forward to a summer of family travel with Jazz (and the kids get to come too!). This active, busy household is an excellent fit for such an active, busy bird like Jazzy.

Their experience with the Gabriel Foundation adoption program and with Jazzy has been so positive that they decided to add Noah, a Timneh African Grey to their family as well. They have been bringing the kids to meet the next flock member and Noah is enjoying all the energy they bring. Lots of fun is in store for these 2 lucky birds!


Piper

PiperDear Miss Julie,

My name is Piper and I live with my foster mom Andrea. I have 3 bird brothers and 2 cat brothers, however, I am the princess of the house.Mom was going to send an update on me but I think she forgot. I can tell you how I’m doing without her help though.

I weigh an average of 148 grams and other than some beans, I like almost everything mom gives me. I get fruit and vegetables every day in my bowl or on a skewer, and mom puts great big leaves of different greens in funny
to eat and play with. I get oatmeal and grain cereal with raisins and cinnamon on the weekends and I love orange juice (but I don’t get too much of that). She makes us a warm cooked dinner every night and I always have fresh sprouts available. Mom’s really a champ for giving us chicken bones too.

I surprised mom with a wolf whistle the other day and she was jumping up and down and smothering me with kisses and things. I think she was very excited, although I have become more vocal in the last two weeks and she seems to like that. I have more interest in playthings in general now, but I’m still pretty selective about what interests me other than soft wood and chewables. She gives me new things all the time so I can peruse the selection to see if I’m interested or not.

I have my very own playstand, both upstairs and in our playroom downstairs. I’m a good sleeper and always get up in a good mood. I think it’s time for me to see Dr. Kris about another TB test and mom is going to schedule that soon. She says my eyes are bright, I’m very alert and active, and my feathers are nice and shiney. (I could’ve told her that!)

I have a big cage outside where I get lots of sunshine and can watch finches that come to our yard to eat. I love to take baths and mom has been looking for a nice big, shallow dish so I can get really soaked!

I guess that’s about it for now. I’ve been with my mom for a year now and I’m a happy little girl. Mom decided my birthday will be in December, along with my brother Harper, so I’ll get extra presents because it’s Christmas time too!

I’d better go now, before she sees me on the ‘puter.

Hugs from me,
Piper (and her mom, Andrea Frederick)


Cheech

CheechWe brought Cheech home today, and he has fit right in. He’s already talking, whistling, showing an interest in the other birds and in us. I spritzed him with water today, and he loved it. Got him to come toward me a couple of times to get a peanut. TGF gave us his toys and his blanket so he has some familiar things in his cage. His cage is between Einstein’s (our Congo African Grey) and Cruiser’s (our Blue-Fronted Amazon).

Some pictures are attached. Thought you’d enjoy them.

Bette


Emily

EmilyHi Everyone!!

I am SO happy – my new Mom showed me that I am officially in my forever home! What a great present for the holidays. My Dad has promised to make me a brand new PVC playground, complete with a boing in the middle, for Christmas. I will be supervising so it is exactly the way I want it while he builds it. I think Mom will help too.

I love my fresh mash/sprouts/veggies in the morning & evening – and there are always lots of fun foraging toys to go through too. Sometimes I get my entire breakfast/dinner on the foraging tree in the sunroom! I love that because then I get to look in every bowl, hanging box and bag, to get all my yummies. We go out on the screened in porch at least twice a day. I like it until I see the vultures fly over and then I am really glad I am safe behind the screen. My feathers are so pretty and shiny now too – probably because I get to take a shower almost every day. Sometimes, I am not in the mood – so Mom only mists me a little and she understands. No matter what, she always tells me what a good bird I am!

My Mom makes me tons of fun toys (None of my favorites are store bought – does that make me spoiled??). She changes them around the cage and all my play areas all the time just to keep me guessing. I even have a new silver bucket with all my foot toys in it too! I think my Mom and Santa are bringing me a great new stainless steel toy from Grey Feathers – all fitted out with stuff to shred and chew – I kinda took a peak when I was walking around the other day – Looks like Mom is putting it all together – it is quite amazing and swirls like my boing – fun!

I am anxious to go see Dr Echols next year to see if he can fix my wing. I really think I would like to fly. But, if not, I think it will be OK. I almost always get to choose what I am asked to do. Mom is helping me not to be afraid to walk down out of my cage and take strolls. The dogs totally ignore me and usually get up and go out of the room – I must be really big and scary looking to them 🙂

Thanks to you all for helping me find my new family – Wing Waves & Beaky Kissies from me to you all!! Birdie hugs from “The Incredible Miss Ems”!


Heavy metal serenade bird cage style
Heavy metal - bird cage style
Thanks to volunteers Marty K and his son for getting a big part of our cage scrap pile where it needed to be. Time to make certain that dangerous and poorly made cages ended up where they belong! 1500# of unusable cages brought us $78.34; vehicle, trailer - free; labor-free; gas $40. Net: $38.34.
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More of an eyesore. Oh for some huge cotttonwood trees.

Do you have an article you can share about the effects of bad cages on birds? Symptoms etc, of lead zinc toxicity etc. Also, how to test your cage? I would love something good to share with clients. (I have been wanting to look up an article, but keep forgetting! This reminded me and I thought you may have a good one! Thanks!!!

uncanny resemblance to how macaws pick something up - then throw it somewhere else!

not to mention the valuable real estate this stuff was occupying!

It was quite fun tossing old cages in a pile and the satisfaction of the crashing sound of metal to metal, and playing Frisbee with cage trays hitting the concrete back wall. We tried to see how far we could toss cages up into the pile. Icing on the cake was the big steel parrot beak crunching and squashing and tossing.

And the good news is the recycled steel could be used to make new parrot cages.

T. Rex!!!

Thanks Marty K and son :)

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For Cockatoosday we're sharing some facts about the Cockatoos at TGF.

1. We currently have 41 Umbrella cockatoos (31 of which are males), 12 Moluccan cockatoos, 5 Bare-eyed cockatoos, 12 Sulphur Crested cockatoos, 6 Goffin's cockatoos and one Ducorp's cockatoo available for adoption. This equals 77 Cockatoos, almost 30% of our available birds. We have some cockatoos not available for adoption including Quigley, a Major Mitchell (Leadbetter) and Simon, an elderly Galah.
2. Most of the Cockatoos now onsite entered our care when they were between 15-21 years old.
3. The oldest Cockatoo we have available for adoption is 42 years old and the youngest is 5 years old.
4. The most common names we see for Cockatoos that come to us are Fred, Angel, Joey, Baby, Peaches, Sidney/Sydney, and Casper.
5. When a Cockatoo enters our care, they usually make friends rather quickly. Most of our Cockatoos are friends with another of the same gender. Some select more unusual friends. Dakota, U2 & Fred, OWA and Quigley with Sonny, a male Senegal.
6. In 2016, we adopted out a total of 214 birds, 21 were cockatoos. In 2016, 2 cockatoos, one Umbrella and one medium sulphur Crested were returned to us from different adopters.
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For Cockatoosday were sharing some facts about the Cockatoos at TGF.

1. We currently have 41 Umbrella cockatoos (31 of which are males), 12 Moluccan cockatoos, 5 Bare-eyed cockatoos, 12 Sulphur Crested cockatoos, 6 Goffins cockatoos and one Ducorps cockatoo available for adoption. This equals 77 Cockatoos, almost 30% of our available birds. We have some cockatoos not available  for adoption including Quigley, a Major Mitchell (Leadbetter) and Simon, an elderly Galah. 
2. Most of the Cockatoos now onsite entered our care when they were between 15-21 years old.
3. The oldest Cockatoo we have available for adoption is 42 years old and the youngest is 5 years old.  
4. The most common names we see for Cockatoos that come to us are Fred, Angel, Joey, Baby, Peaches, Sidney/Sydney, and Casper.
5. When a Cockatoo enters our care, they usually make friends rather quickly.  Most of our Cockatoos are friends with another of the same gender. Some select more unusual friends. Dakota, U2 & Fred, OWA and Quigley with Sonny, a male Senegal.
6. In 2016, we adopted out a total of 214 birds, 21 were cockatoos. In 2016, 2 cockatoos, one Umbrella  and one medium sulphur Crested  were returned to us from different adopters.

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For those of you interested in adopting from us, visit thegabrielfoundation.org/adoption/ and learn about the process. We do adopt out of state. Cockatoo adoption fees range from $350 to $500. All birds have undergone a complete avian wellness exam, are microchipped, and are housed to stay social with people and other birds. If adoption isn't realistic, we would love sponsors for our flock, especially our cockatoos. We would be thrilled for your support and that you have undertaken the care for one of our flock. There are many ways to support us, so learn more at thegabrielfoundation.org/donate/

Why so many cockatoo's?

I love cockatoos! I just think they're the best. I haven't met one I didn't like yet and that includes some that didn't get along with other people. Lol.

I really want an umbrella cockatoo! I have a Grey from you guys. She needs a friend. But we should move to a bigger house first 😪

Thank you for taking in these wonderful birds. They are lucky to be in a great place you have.

Kat has to ALWAYS say hi to the conures when he first comes out. He likes to make sure his flock well ;)

Wow, 77 cockatoos must be capable of creating quite a racket!

I have 3 c2s, and 1 m2. They are no problems other than my mc2 is constant screamer. But the rest are OK. Just have to provide them with lots of chew toys.

We would love a Cockatoo but my dad absolutely loves your pair of Military Macaws.

Brandee Sounds like a place you would love 😊

I'll take em!!!!!!!!!💙

all my friends and all beautiful

Fred Fred

Fabulous & interesting post!

Britney Hayward....adopt a new friend

That's interesting, because when I visited the facility in Emma years ago I thought you had about 75 cockatoos way back then! But that was my guess - I couldn't help but notice that so many needed homes.

How can we adopt them? I live in NC. How much is adoption fee?

Wish I could help them all.....I'm old and they would outlive me...

I love all the TGF 'toos! Even M2 Jessy who gave me a nasty bite! :-)

Yonah Two Bears

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3 days ago

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Hi, my name is Kiwi. I’m a handsome Blue-Fronted Amazon around the age of 44. I may be an older guy, but I have the energy of a teenager and still have many years ahead of me. My family gave me up because they moved and had a new baby. I would prefer a home where I'm the only bird, so I can have all the attention for myself. One of my favorite activities is learning new behaviors, because I am very food motivated. With some time working together as teacher (me) and student (you), and of course my favorite food treats, I know you and I can learn target training, and with your help I’ll be happy to touch targets, turn on a perch, and wave my foot on cue. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but no one ever said you can't teach an old parrot new tricks. ... See MoreSee Less

Hi, my name is Kiwi. I’m a handsome Blue-Fronted Amazon around the age of 44.  I may be an older guy, but I have the energy of a teenager and still have many years ahead of me.  My family gave me up because they moved and had a new baby.  I would prefer a home where Im the only bird, so I can have all the attention for myself.  One of my favorite activities is learning new behaviors, because I am very food motivated.  With some time working together as teacher (me) and student (you), and of course  my favorite food treats, I know you and I can learn target training, and with your help I’ll be happy to touch targets, turn on a perch, and wave my foot on cue.  They say you cant teach an old dog new tricks, but no one ever said you cant teach an old parrot new tricks.

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I would love to have him here with me. My Orange Wing Amazon crossed the Rainbow Bridge the day after Christmas at the young age of only 32 because her previous owners let her suffer with Asper for years then gave her to someone who knows nothing about birds and he called me to take her. I only had her for 2.5 years, but I know she was happy and getting the medical care she needed.

I am a new parrot mama. She is a beauty, a Meyer . We are learning what each other likes. ( ok, to be honest it's mostly what she like). Before I purchased her I ask my daughter if when I become to old to take proper care of her she would. She agreed which gave me peace of mind. She has a sun conure.

I wish I could have him. I'm in Wisconsin though :(. My bird Dexter is old I love older birds

You can come live with me and my 3 babies. How far are you from Gainesville FL

I would love to get him my parakeet just died on Saturday and would love to get another bird.

Beautiful bird...So upsetting that people would give up their bird (a member of family) because of a move and a baby...Didn't they even think about this before acquriing this beautiful bird...I hope this beautiful bird finds a forever home..I can see if someone is very ill and can't take care of their baby anymore.

What is wrong with people? I'm beginning to think we should have to go through a very thorough screening process before we're allowed to keep a parrot from any source.

Such a beautiful bird. I hope he finds a forever home, instead of one that just gives him up because he's "inconvenient". Breaks my heart 💔

So so so sweet! I would adopt him in a heartbeat if I didn't already have two eclectus. They are already a handful but I love them more than anything. I would give him a home in a minute if I didn't already have parrots. This boy is so so so sweet wish I knew someone to give him a forever home. With lots of love. That's what he really really really deserves. Not someone who'll give him up just because of changes and situation someone who loves him and will adapt because they love him and they love their new situation no matter what. Poor kiwi he deserves more and a loving home where he is greatly appreciated. God bless you kiwi I hope you find your forever home soon.

The long life expectancy of parrots is probably rarely considered when deciding to bring one home as a pet. I adore my own but think it's time the long-lived ones be banned as pets. How many people commit to 40 plus years with these creatures? Not enough shelters. Very sad.

Poor baby, would you leave your child?

Love him. He can come to my house I live in Minnesota

I love his face!

He is very likable guy, I have met him.

I want him he can live with us for sure

Awwww, Kiwi, you're gorgeous, so sweet!

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Shame on them !!!

Typical story - so sad :(

Kelsey Rooney!!!

Buck Healy

I would love to have a chat with the people that gave him up. They would not like me.

Merry Tubb this is the site and peanut's cousin is up for adoption! ❤️😢

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