To maintain operations as a registered charity, we need to recover our costs, such as:
Our goal is to find permanent, dedicated homes for the birds in our care. By placing a realistic value on the birds, we ensure that adopters are committed to long-term ownership. There is the potential that when birds are sold under market value, they are adopted to be resold for a profit. Our adoption fee, in part, is intended to prevent the reselling of birds.
Donations make up most of the funding received with occasional related grants awarded. Please see this page if you wish to donate.
NO! It is unethical to breed any type of ‘pet’ bird. Parrots and other pet birds deserve their freedom and were not intended to live in our homes. Of course, they can’t survive in our climate if released outside (never do this – it is a death sentence for a pet bird). The reality of the situation is that we have pet birds living with us, and we need to provide the best care and environment possible for them. There are too many birds in shelters, and we will not contribute to the overpopulation of unwanted birds by breeding them.
We only foster out birds under exceptional circumstances and when we do, we call upon Edmonton Pet Parrot Association members and our veterinarian. We have a strong working relationship with them.
Depending on the bird, our volunteers’ schedules, and the situation, it could takebetween 24-hours to a few months to complete the process. If you applied for a bird, please be aware this is not a fast process – especially for our larger parrots, as we wish to ensure they are going to the right home and to owners with realistic expectations.
We respect the experience members of the bird community offer and these individuals often provide fantastic homes for new flock members. Experience isn’t everything, however. We also need to evaluate the home environment, including other pets, human household members, and potential bird hazards (fumes, ceilings fans), among other things. It is our responsibility to make sure we are placing our birds in a suitable home, which is why we include virtual and in-person visits as part of our process.