While some may opine that we are no longer adopting birds, or that we are somehow "fading out" of the Avian Rescue arena, nothing could be further from the truth. The actual truth of the matter is that we are leveraging Social Media much more aggressively for our adoptions than we have in the past. We have found communications about our available birds on Facebook and Instagram are much more valuable uses of our time than trying to keep up with the static descriptions here on the website. Also, folks on Social Media seem to read and heed our adoption policies much more accurately on Social Media than they do here. As the Internet continues to evolve, the reality really is what it is.
For folks who land on this page, we're going to attempt to keep a more accurate, if high level listing of what is available. Further information can be found on the NEAR Facebook and Instagram pages, or via email if you so choose.
It is really important to note that ALL LARGER BIRDS (including macaws, cockatoos, amazons, African Grays, etc.) require some level of experience, with that level being at NEAR's discretion and based on the behavior of the individual birds. We will not, for instance, adopt a cockatoo to a person with only parakeet or cockatiel experience. We do this for your protection and, of course, for the protection of the birds. In the hands of someone with improper experience, an adoption can (and more than likely will) go South in a hurry, leading to miserable birds and miserable people. While our adoption contract clearly states that we will take an adopted bird back for ANY REASON at ANY TIME, our goal is to have successful adoptions, not a revolving door. Please respect the fact that our ABSOLUTE goal in the shelter is to do what is best for the birds. If we feel you don't have the right level of experience for a particular bird, it's not about making you feel bad, it's about doing the best we can for the animals whose care is entrusted to us.
We still have a distressing number of parakeets -- over 125 remain in the shelter! So, the crisis mode continues. If you are looking for a cute couple of "starter birds," we can definitely help and you can help too by providing a loving home for these little guys!
Aside from the parakeets, we still have several ring-neck doves and more than a dozen cockatiels. As always, we make every effort to adopt parakeets and cockatiels in pairs, or to families which already have at least one.
We also have the following:
Blue crown conure.
A white front and orange-wing Amazon which are not highly socialized and require a significantly experienced adopter.
A Mexican Red-headed Amazon which is relatively friendly, but is considered "special needs" due to the health implications of a lifetime of HORRIBLE diet.
One Medium Sulfur Crest and one Umbrella Cockatoo.
Three macaws (Blue and Gold)
New birds arrive regularly, sometimes daily.
Again, we can't stress enough how important it is for our potential adopters to have breed-specific experience for the larger birds. If you have a strong, experienced hand though, some of these birds have TREMENDOUS potential.
Even if you don't have the appropriate amount of experience for a particular bird, we will do whatever we can to find a good match. We want to find great homes for our birds!
We would love to meet you and have you come meet our birds.