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Please Note

In order to be considered for adoption through NEAR, you must first fill out an adoption application.

No adoptions will be considered without a completed adoption application on file.

We reserve the right to refuse any application, for any reason, at our sole discretion, with or without notification to the applicant.

Incomplete or ridiculous applications will be denied out of hand, with or without notification to the applicant.

Most medium birds and all large birds require breed-specific experience. Amazons, Cockatoos and Macaws in particular will typically require two to three years of experience for adoption consideration. Some may require more, some less, all at the discretion of NEAR staff.

All adoption applications are regularly reviewed by an adoption panel. The process can take several weeks. It may be an extended period of time before we contact you.

The shelter is open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. We are not open for walk-ins.

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Personal Information

First, we need to collect a little bit of information so that a NEAR representative can contact you:

Lifestyle
There are certain things in our lives that are conducive to owning birds and certain things that are not. Our one and only goal is to find the best homes for our birds. The information herein will be used for that purpose and that purpose only.

Living Situation
Family
Rent or Own Home
Employment
Smoking
Allergies
Bird feathers and dander are well-known allergens in humans. Some birds, including Cockatiels, Cockatoos and African Grey Parrots are considered "hyper-allergenic" as they produce high levels of dusty dander and can trigger or intensify allergic reactions.

If you have not been exposed to birds for any length of time before, it would be wise to ensure you are not allergic before making the decision to adopt.

Pets
Emergencies
Experience
Depending on the type of bird you're interested in, there are varying levels of experience required. Larger or behaviorally challenged birds can be dangerous. Lack of familiarity and experience with certain breeds will virtulaly guarantee that the adoption will fail. Adoption failure happens occasionally, no matter how hard we try to avoid it, but it is no good for you, the shelter and it is especially bad for the well-being of the bird.

While it may not seem that way sometimes, our goal is to find reasons to create adoptions, not reject them. We will do everything in our power to make the right match, but remember ... at the end of the day it's often the bird that picks the person, not the other way around!

Care
Basic
Health
Diet
What kind of bird(s) are you looking for?
Please give us an idea of the types of birds you're interested in. Specific breeds or types of birds can be helpful. If you don't know for sure, list a few that you think you'd like to meet. NEAR generally has birds of all shapes and sizes, from finches to macaws!

Check the type of bird(s) you would be interested in adopting
Small Birds






Medium Birds (NOTE: SPECIES-SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE MAY BE NECESSARY FOR MEDIUM BIRDS)




Large Birds (NOTE: 2 to 3 YEARS SPECIES-SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR ADOPTING LARGE BIRDS!)



Special Needs
Attestations
Please read the following acknowledgments carefully. A response is required for each.
Costs

NEAR does not charge adoption fees, however when you adopt from us, you are NOT getting a free bird!

Prove You are Human!
Please Note
In order to adopt from NEAR, you must first fill out an adoption application.

No adoptions will be considered without an adoption application on file.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and the sheer number of applications we receive, there may be long delays in hearing back from us? If you are concerned about your application, please feel free to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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