It's finally starting to look like there may be an end to this crazy pandemic ahead. Let's all be thankful for that!
We continue to be WAY behind in handling adoption applications. As of this writing in May, we are still working through applications from March. In order to help the Foster Parrots Sanctuary after their tragic fire in April, we will continue to handle their intake as well as our own for the foreseeable future. The additional work has left us extremely busy and, therefore, we expect to remain significantly behind on our processing of adoption applications for at least the next couple of months.
As stated previously, the pre-adoption virtual interviews will be a permanent. This also has resulted in processing delays, but is an absolutely beneficial part of the adoption process.
We will continue to try to abide by CDC recommendations insofar as COVID is concerned. We are no longer REQUIRING masks for people entering the shelter. We're leaving the mask decision up to the visitor. If anyone feels the need for NEAR staff to wear masks during a visit, we will absolutely oblige.
As always, our focus is singular and strict: to provide the best possible future for our birds. The birds and their individual futures come first, always. We reserve the right to deny any application, at any time, for any reason at any point in the adoption process.
Welcome to the website of the Northeastern Avian Rescue, "NEAR." NEAR is a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to the safety and care of parrots and other exotic pet birds. The mission of our organization is to Rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abused, neglected and otherwise unwanted parrots and other exotic pet birds. We often refer to our mission as "The Three R's."
Rescue - The Northeast Avian Rescue works alongside the public, local law enforcement and SPCA organizations to remove birds from bad situations. Sometimes its abuse or neglect - you'd be amazed at how often this happens. Sometimes it's simply a matter of receiving a bird from someone who, for whatever reason, just can't handle its care any longer. We approach each rescue case in a clear-headed non-judgmental manner. That's hard to do sometimes, but every situation is different... and at the end of the day it doesn't matter so much what the reasons are, we just have to be there for the birds. Rescued birds are brought into our foster families where they are evaluated for medical and/or behavioral problems.