Sanctuary at The Gabriel Foundation

photoThe Foundation provides sanctuary and permanently cares for birds that The Gabriel Foundation staff has determined to be not suitable for adoption or placement in foster care due to medical and/or behavioral issues or due to their CITES status. TGF also provides an option for persons that specifically request that their birds remain in permanent sanctuary*. All sanctuary birds receive the same high level of care as the birds available for adoption and foster care. Sanctuary birds are housed in species-specific rooms at the Foundation and have access to outdoor flights, abundant enrichment, and psychological and environmental support on a daily basis.

The Foundation’s sanctuary provides:

  • A safe haven for birds that prefer not to interact with humans in a companion animal situation.
  • A home for birds with chronic disease with supportive care and nurturance.
  • Staff dedicated to meet the needs of the individual bird.
  • Educational programs that focus on some of the sanctuary birds’ specific needs or problems, indigenous habitats, conservation status, or social interaction to promote the parrot welfare cause.

*NOTE: When a caregiver requests lifetime care in TGF Sanctuary, funds for that care must be provided or TGF reserves the right to place bird(s) in our adoption program if they qualify. Avian Medical Requirements must also be met before placement into the program.


Sanctuary Birds Sponsorships and Bios

TGF staff members and a number of volunteers have put together a delightful gallery of birds and biographies that are in sanctuary with us. Many of these birds have come to us with no financial support and many have medical and special dietary requirements, so your sponsorship of one or more members of our flock would be greatly appreciated. You can see them here.

You will receive a sponsorship packet which includes a picture magnet of the bird you have chosen to sponsor from the Aviary and Adoption Center in Elizabeth, Colorado, along with other sponsor premiums.


TGF Euthanasia Policy

An Important Message from Julie Weiss Murad regarding TGF’s policy on euthanasia (.pdf)

A happy adoption to share! Jessica and her father, Mark, came to TGF looking to find a friend for their current budgie, Hopper, after his previous feathered companion, Bugs, passed away. Because of Hopper's age (8 years old), they were specifically looking to adopt an older budgie from our flock. Jessica spent much time searching for the perfect companion, and finally settled on Butch - a handsome light blue and white male at the ripe age of 7.5 years old.

Jessica and her family had spent the last several years of Bugs' life taking her back and forth from the vet in order to drain the vast fluid build-up that kept occurring in her stomach. Both Hopper and Bugs were on an all seed diet beforehand, but they started mixing in pellets thanks to advice from their vet. Even with their previous diet and her medical condition, Bugs lived to be 15 years old thanks to the loving and dedicated care of her human family.

Butch has landed in a great home, complete with a new budgie buddy! Congrats to them all!
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Miranda P HigginbothamThis is always nice to see, our baby lived for 17 year's in our care before cancer and she passed away. They make a great member of the family when given love and respect. Congratulations and may your baby live a very long and happy life like ours did. :-)

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Linda Groner HueftleinYay!

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Sophia MantheiWhat good parents, if only everyone cared that much

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Susan ShewA nice story. . . now if we could only educate more people about an all-seed diet!

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Dawn TiffinCongrats to Butch and Hopper! May they be BFFs!

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Sandra Williams-FainLove you for adopting and especially an older feathered friend!

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Barbara JohnsonCongradulations on your new feathered baby

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Kris JonesEducation one parront at a time! Yay for Butch!

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Paula RossowWonderful!

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Kailey MillerJessica and Mark are two of the most compassionate people I have ever met. I am so happy for them!

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Marta CrabtreeWonderful!

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Jessica HanneHi guys--just wanted to share that Hopper and Butch are getting along famously; they already seem to be fast friends (the picture was taken within a few hours of getting Butch home and they've been chirping at each other and staying close ever since)! Thank you so much to everyone at The Gabriel Foundation that helped us find our newest feathered family member! :D

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Cindee Sue Crombieomg, how cute

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Marta CrabtreeMy Charlie is my Valentine!

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Deborah Palmore KitrickBlack capped conure! They're soo sweet!

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Mary Urech StallingsSweet.

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Danielle BenjaminThere's no better love than birdie love! :-)

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Toni BoneyHow sweet! My cockatiel would chew my hand off. He's still angry about having to take medication recently.

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Sandra Cokesyes they do ....

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Chera Porter NobleWalterNoble and I agree!!

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Erin EllsworthI have a 'second hand' eccie, and she is First Class to me! Couldn't imagine my life without my fuzzy little girl... :)

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Mario Kiko SimpsonGot that right !~)

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Eryn DriscollI love my adopted babies! :)

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Pamela BeitelYes

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Mary BenderIn the next two weeks, I will have birds 2, 3, and 4 at home. Can hardly wait!

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Marta CrabtreeYes indeedie!

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Marta CrabtreeI'm Daisys 3rd owner and she is as sweet as they come!

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Samantha ParsonsDefinitely!!!

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J.C. CrooksAbsolutely!!!

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Pamela WonderwowmanYes they do! I'm the third home for Ani and the second for Dory. Love them both to pieces.

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Cynthia ReidSerious question. I need to know before I fill my application and Vistit the center. Essential.oils diffusers, are they bad for birds? I am looking for a grey but who knows who will pick me. I just want to make sure I clean up the diffusers if they are harmful to my future baby thanks

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