Parrots Forever
Sanctuary & Rescue Foundation

Parrots which come to us through our Legacy Program have a permanent home in the sanctuary.  A placement fee or endowment has been paid by their owner to ensure that the parrot will receive qualified care at the Sanctuary for the remainder of it's life.  These parrots will never be offered for stewardship.

We also have permanent residents in our Sanctuary who come to us through the Rescue Program.  These parrots have medical, physical, emotional, or behavior issues which make it impossible to place them in adoptive homes through our Stewardship Program.  The cost of providing the best possible care for these damaged parrots is absorbed entirely by Parrots Forever & Rescue Foundation.  Depending on the parrot's situation, the cost in time, money, and manpower can be excessive.  To help offset the costs associated with these parrots they are offered for Virtual Adoption.  Since these parrots are usually very expensive to maintain, they may have more than one Virtual Family.  

Parrots available for Virtual Adoption will be listed on this page, with a short history and description of their current status.  If you are interested in Virtually Adopting one of these parrots, please fill out the Virtual Adoption Form (coming soon).   


“Shandi" is a female Indian Ringneck, and is approximately 5 years old. She has had three homes. Shandi's family of the last 2 years was no longer able to care for her due to the caregiver's busy schedule and inability to give Shandi the individual attention that she needs. Shandi was released to Parrots Forever Sanctuary & Rescue Foundation on November 12, 2014. Shandi was well cared for, but due to the lack of attention she became territorial with her cage. She is a sweet natured parrot who does not have any severe neurotic tendencies or screaming issues. 

Update October 2 2015: Shandi required a change of foster home on May 30 2015 due to life changes with the original foster caregiver. Although the original foster caregiver made great progress on Shandi's confidence and gave her a great environment to thrive. Upon further evaluation in the new foster home. Shandi is much more withdrawn than first evaluated. We suspect this is due to her earlier home experiences as she exhibits severe defensive behaviour which does not allow Shandi to interact in a healthy way with her caregiver at this time. Due to these issues she will not be a good companion parrot for someone wanting meaningful interaction.
It has been determined that it will be best for Shandi to stay in a sanctuary setting for the foreseeable future
where her conditions can be closely monitored and appropriately modified. She will be given time and understanding. Shandi's condition may require many years of careful environmental, social, and behavioural modifications before any lasting improvement are accomplished. Shandi's progress will be reassessed on a regular basis to determine her possible suitability for stewardship in the future.

Since being in foster care in a sanctuary setting, Shandi is much more at ease, loves attention and has become easer to handle and interact with. Her attitude has improved considerably. She is much calmer now that she feels that she is a part of the family. Shandi has adjusted well to living in a home where she is respected and treated fairly and is included with the daily activity in the home. She has no preference in men or women. Shandi has seen by Dr. Gordey and is in excellent health.
Forever Home Status: Shandi is still a little territorial with her cage and is adjusting well to foster care in a sanctuary setting. Shandi will remain in sanctuary in order to benefit from the stable flock environment that she has become accustomed to, and to monitor and modify her existing timidness.
 "Shadow" is a male Moluccan Cockatoo and is approximately 20 years old. Shadow has only had one home previous to coming to Parrots Forever Sanctuary & Rescue Foundation on September 16, 2013. He was relinquished because of a lifestyle change for his previous owner which required considerable time in the USA. Shadow was loved and well cared for, and is a sweet parrot, but does have some neurotic issues to overcome. Before coming to Parrots Forever Sanctuary & Rescue Foundation, Shadow was an only parrot and was housed in a room separate from the rest of the household. Although he was not neglected, Shadow developed screaming and feather chewing behaviours when his owner was forced to be away from home for extended periods. Shadow had bitten his owner on occasion and had developed some separation anxiety issues. Since entering foster care, Shadow has been housed in the main area of the house, and has been exposed to other parrots. He has adjusted well, and is showing a calmer and more confident demeanour.
Update September 01, 2014: Although Shadow is exhibiting a much calmer, confident, and happier demeanour, he continues to have episodes of feather damaging behaviour and emissions of stereotypic movements and vocalizations. Recent research in aberrant behaviour in parrots suggests that stereotypies may result from adverse events early in development that precipitate abnormal brain development, similar to schizophrenia and autism in humans 1Feather damaging behaviour has been compared in the literature to some manifestations of OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) in humans. These conditions are not related and are the result of different brain pathologies. Both conditions can require many years of careful environmental, social, and behavioural modifications before any lasting improvement is accomplished. After careful assessment, we have decided that the observed positive improvements in Shadow's behaviour are still very fragile and that Shadow will do best remaining in the Sanctuary setting where his conditions can be closely monitored and appropriately modified. His progress will be reassessed on a regular basis to determine his possible suitability for stewardship.
Forever Home Status: Shadow will remain in Sanctuary in order to benefit from the stable flock environment that he has become accustomed to, and to monitor and modify his existing stereotypic and OCD behaviours.

1 STEREOTYPIES IN CAGED PARROTS, SCHIZOPHRENIA AND AUTISM: EVIDENCE FOR A COMMON MECHANISM Joseph P Garner, Cheryl L Meehan, Joy A Mench Behavior Brain Research Volume 145, Issues 1-2, October 2003, Pages 125-134.


Balboa is a male Scarlet Macaw and is approximately 21 years old. As a young parrot, Balboa was poached somewhere in South America and subsequently rescued by Canadian authorities. After a period of quarantine, he was put up for auction. When Balboa's first owner became ill, he was given to a couple who rescue parrots. After 10 years with his second family, Balboa's primary caregiver became ill and was no longer able to care for him. He was relinquished to Parrots Forever Sanctuary & Rescue Foundation on September 21, 2013. Balboa is a very sweet parrot and has an excellent demeanour. He has been loved and well cared for throughout his life. Balboa has been to see Dr. Gordey and has been mini-microchipped. He is in excellent health except for his failing eyesight. Balboa is totally blind in his right eye due to an old injury and has a cataract in his left eye. He copes extremely well with his limited eyesight and is quite adventurous. Parrots Forever Sanctuary & Rescue Foundation is currently exploring the possibility of cataract surgery to regain some of the vision in the left eye. Dr. Gordey will refer him to a veterinary ophthalmologist in Edmonton to determine Balboa's suitability as a candidate for surgery. Once a risk assessment has been completed, Parrots Forever Sanctuary & Rescue Foundation and Balboa's previous owner will decide whether or not to proceed with the surgery.

Balboa will remain in our Sanctuary setting. We will update this page as we come closer to making a decision on the cataract surgery. If you would like to help Balboa, please let us know. Although this surgery will be quite costly, the only reason for not proceeding will be if Dr. Gordey, the ophthalmologist, and Balboa's previous owner decide that the risks are too great.

On May 27, 2014, Balboa, underwent surgery to remove cataracts from both his eyes. Balboa's surgery and recovery was successful, it was without a doubt the best thing we could have done for him. It has given him the quality of life he deserves. We were only able to accomplish this because of Dr. Dylan Buss and Dr. Matt Read performing the life-changing procedure for him. Because of their professionalism, high standards of care, and attention to detail, we as a foundation were able to grapple with the risks involved and make a well-informed decision about going through with a procedure that will forever change the way Balboa sees and experiences life. Now there is a huge financial obligation of $5,056.40 in total cost for veterinary care, surgery, and medications. If you would like to help and donate, please go to our Donations page. When donating, please write 'For Balboa's surgery'. Every donation makes a difference and is greatly appreciated
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