Re-homing Your Bird

We are currently full and have a waiting list for incoming birds. We will keep you up to date as to when a safehouse becomes available. If you wish to be placed on a waiting list, please contact us to discuss your situation and bird’s needs further.

Need to find a new home for your beloved parrot?

We understand how difficult a decision to re-home your parrot can be. Situations in our lives can change whether we are prepared for them or not. Sometimes we find that we can no longer care for our pets the way we would like to. With the changes in our economy, some of us find we can no longer afford their care or have less time to spend interacting with them due to work commitments.

What birds do we rehome?

We rehome exotic companion and aviary birds. We do not care for domestic wild birds of bird of prey.

Please think before you put an advert out to sell your bird!

Who will it be going to?? Buyers of birds may come across as very caring and loving, but do you really know where they will end up? You may feel that putting an advert out for a “cheap” bird will find your beloved family pet a nice quick home, but is this best in the long run? Will they be going to a breeder, or going into an aviary, or be sold on again and again?

Birdline UK Parrot Rescue can help!

We have a continuously growing base of members who can offer a caring and loving home for your bird. All our foster carers are extensively vetted and are subject to home checks and ongoing assessments. Our network of experienced Area Co-ordinators will be happy to help and advise you on re-homing your bird.

Six step guide to rehoming your bird

  1. Contact us and express your interest in re-homing your bird. We will have a chat with you about what Birdline can offer your bird and answer any questions you have.
  2. We will ask you to fill in an evaluation form, to help us understand your birds needs and preferences.
  3. We will then add your details to our waiting list. This does not commit either party to either hand over, or take in the bird.
  4. If and when an appropriate home has been found, the Area Co-ordinator will contact you to discuss your bird and your situation.
  5. If you still wish to hand your bird over to birdline, we will arrange collection.
  6. You will need to fill in and sign a foster (lifelong care) agreement.

What happens to my bird next ?

Once you have signed the bird over to Birdline it will be taken to a Safe House where we can further assess its needs and habits. The Safe House phase is a very important step to enable us to better understand your bird, and what the ideal future forever home would be. Many birds will behave differently in an unfamiliar environment and the Safe House allows us to monitor its behaviour before we start looking for a foster home.

Once the Safehouse is happy that the bird is ready to be re-homed, an assessment report is sent to the ACO Manager for consideration. If the ACO Manager is happy that the bird is ready, the bird is put onto our Re-homing List.

The Re-homing Team will then take over and start assessing the applications for the bird. They will consider all applications and arrange to speak to the applicants one by one. This will allow them to narrow down the candidates to the most suitable homes. The final applicants will then have to undergo a Home Check. This is where an ACO will visit the applicant’s home and discuss their situation and experience. Their home will be checked for safety and their knowledge of the bird’s species verified. The ACO will then write a report to the ACO Manager and report their findings.

The Re-homing Team will then use their experience and knowledge of the bird to decide the best place for the bird to be fostered. Their aim is to find the home that is most suited to offer a happy, loving home for the rest of the bird’s life.

The fostered bird will always remain the property of Birdline. Although this sounds cold, it is done for a very good reason. If the foster home was to have an unexpected change in circumstance and could no longer care for the bird, then Birdline is able to bring the bird back into the system and search for another loving home. Because the bird legally belongs to Birdline, it can never be sold or passed on by our foster homes. We have complete control over the bird’s future happiness.

Safeguards

We have put safeguards in place to ensure the future happiness and safety of your birds. These include the introduction of volunteer ID cards so that you can ensure you are handing your bird to an authorised volunteer. We also have a policy to manage conflicts of interest. Our volunteers may not sign a form on behalf of themselves, a family member or close friend.

There are a lot of things to consider when looking for a home for your Parrot. Please don’t rush, make sure you have done your homework. You don’t want your pet going from home to home for the rest of his/her life.
If you are thinking about re-homing your parrot, Contact Us

Here are some frequently asked questions:

Q: What birds do you take?

A: We take all parrots and parakeets.

Q: Will my bird stay with you for life?

A: Your bird will stay under contract to Birdline UK Ltd Parrot Rescue for all its natural life and will be placed with a suitable foster home who will be a vetted member of the charity. The fosterer will be required to sign a foster agreement for the bird which will be signed digitally by the Rehoming Director and then signed by the Birdline representative. A copy is retained for our records. It is a legally binding contract.

Q: Do the birds get human interaction?

A: Yes, all birds receive human interaction, the level they get depends on each individual bird’s needs.

Q: Who will I talk to when I donate my bird? Can we bring our bird to you?

A: When you ring our Helpline you will speak to one of our members, who will be more than happy to help you. If you decide to donate your parrot, we will then put you in touch with the Area Co-ordinator closest to you.

We will need to ask you questions about your bird, so we have a good understanding the bird’s needs and background to help find their forever home. We may ask you to fill in an evaluation form, to help us understand your birds needs and preferences.

Q: Can we keep in contact with our bird?

A: Yes. You may call us at any time for an update on your bird.

Q: Can we contribute towards the bird’s upkeep?

A: If you wish to continue contributing towards the care of the bird this will be very much appreciated and there are several ways this can be achieved.

  • You could make a one off or regular donation
  • You could become a member
  • You could leave us a bequest in your will
  • You could sponsor one of our special need’s birds.