Parrots Forever
Sanctuary & Rescue Foundation

Stewardship is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care. Since every parrot surrendered to Parrots Forever Sanctuary & Rescue Foundation will remain under the aegis of the Foundation for life, we believe that the term stewardship is more appropriate than adoption in this situation.
People interested in acquiring a parrot from Parrots Forever Sanctuary & Rescue Foundation must undergo a screening process. After the initial Pre-Application for Stewardship is received by Parrots Forever, it will be reviewed by our Stewardship Program Coordinator. If accepted, the applicant will be contacted to submit a more detailed application form and to arrange a time for a home visit and applicant interview.
If the applicant is accepted into the Stewardship Program, we will indicate which species of parrot would best suit their level of parrot experience, their housing situation, and their current lifestyle and family situation. The applicant will be approved to have stewardship of only these species. We do this to protect both the parrot and the applicant, because not all parrot species make good pets for all people. Some are very loud and not suited for apartment and condo dwellers. The larger parrots have huge space requirements and may not be safe around small children. We cannot guarantee that the applicant will be approved for the type of parrot that they think they want. With more parrot experience, a change in housing, or changes in lifestyle or family situations, the applicant may be reassessed.
Once approved for Stewardship, the applicant is invited to meet any of the suitable parrots looking for a Forever Home. Parrots choose their companions, and this meeting is a chance for the parrot to interview the new primary caregiver. A parrot may be very enthusiastic about a new person, may be somewhat interested, or may reject them outright. This meeting will last long enough to establish whether a good relationship between parrot and person is possible. If the initial meeting goes well, then other members of the family will be asked to meet the parrot. If the second meeting is successful, the Stewardship will be approved.
Once the Homing Fee is paid by the applicant, they are the proud new Steward of a needy parrot. With each placement in the Stewardship Program, we allow a 30-day trial period to allow both parrots and people to adapt to the new relationship. We offer ongoing support through this trial period, which may include home visits to assess the situation. If the relationship fails during the 30-day trial period, the parrot will be returned to Parrots Forever Sanctuary & Rescue Foundation, and the Homing Fee will be refunded. The Steward will be able to meet other potential parrots and try again if they wish.
Parrots available through the Stewardship Program will be listed on the Parrots Looking for a Forever Home page, with a brief description and history. All parrots in the Stewardship Program will have been with one of our Foster families for a minimum of 30 to 60 days, and any observed special needs or idiosyncrasies will have been noted. All parrots will have had a vet check and will have been microchipped. They may have been through a 30-day quarantine period prior to being placed in foster care. There is a Homing Fee associated with each parrot. This fee helps to offset the cost of daily care and vet care. It also helps to ensure that the Stewardship applicant is sincere and financially able to care for the parrot.
If you are interested in participating in our Stewardship Program, please fill out the Pre-Application for Stewardship Form and our Stewardship Coordinator will contact you to arrange for the next steps in the process.

  • by M.L.Savoy, BSc, MLT, Parrots Forever Sanctuary & Rescue Foundation, 2012


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