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.

We receive 5 to 10 adoption applications per day and all adoption applications are regularly reviewed by an adoption panel. It may take us several weeks to get back to you.  

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

Please ensure you are able to receive email from the address If you think you should have heard from us, but haven't, be sure to Check your spam folder.

Personal Information

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

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
Rent or Own Home
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.


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 virtually guarantee 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!

What kind of bird(s) are you looking for?

All of the birds we currently have available for adoption are listed on our website.  Please list in the box below the bird(s) you would be potentially interested in adopting.

Please read the following acknowledgments carefully. A response is required for each.

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

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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 number of applications we receive on a daily basis, there may be long delays in hearing back from us. If you are concerned about your application, please feel free to email us at



NOTE: Email responses will come from Be sure to check your spam folder before contacting us on a delayed application response.