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Until further notice, Northeast Avian Rescue (NEAR) will remain closed to the public. While we are still monitoring and working on adoption applications, we are not accepting any appointments for adoption interviews.

If you need to surrender a bird, it is important to fill out a surrender request on this website as soon as you can. We will work with you to bring your bird into the shelter, however we will not allow access inside the building until the orders for Social Distancing are rescinded. We understand that surrendering a bird is a very difficult, emotional decision. If you can wait until we re-open our doors, we encourage you to do so. At that time you will be welcome to visit and spend as much time as necessary to be comfortable with the surrender decision.

If you are interested in volunteering for NEAR, please do contact our volunteer coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We will begin conducting volunteer orientations again once it is prudent and safe to do so.

We do apologize for any inconvenience our closure has caused. We are limiting access to the world (and the world's access to us) out of an abundance of caution. Thank you very much for understanding!

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.