When it comes to adopting a pet, almost everybody first thinks of a dog or a cat. Well, there a lot of other senior animals that need a new forever home, like birds. This month we celebrate “Adopt a rescue bird month” and we will talk about why you should brighten your home with a winged pet.
In the United States, there are around 100 parrot rescue organizations that deal with accepting and then rehoming these magnificent birds. You will ask why would a parrot end up in a shelter? Many people purchase birds on a whim, without taking into consideration all the things they will have to do around their birds. They think these are just colorful and playful creatures that will stay in their cage all day and sing to them when they come back from work. These impulse buyers don’t realize that birds can be messy, they will toss food in and out of their cage, they can develop behavioral problems if they are caged all the time and they can scream for attention. Just like dogs need daily walking to spend their residual energy, birds need to fly. If they are not let out of the cage a couple of times a day to spread their wings, they can become restless and very noisy.
Another thing people don’t take into consideration is that birds are pretty independent and not very submissive and you can’t teach them to behave like dogs. They will also need many tools for food and water, also toys to play inside the cage to keep them occupied. Some birds may be amazing pets that will cuddle with you, but most of them won’t hug. These are the main reasons they end up in shelters.
If you think that you are up the task to take care of a bird, please contact a bird rescue organization near you and consider adopting one. And be the best pet bird parent.