Parrots are charismatic, colorful, charming and consequently, the third most popular companion animal in the United States. However, parrots have a long lifespan and often outlive their caregivers. Also, parrots are essentially wild animals with behaviors that are frequently misunderstood and unappreciated by their human caregivers. For these reasons, parrots may find themselves repeatedly re-homed. This can be traumatic for an animal that, in the wild, would rely on the stability and safety of one flock during its lifetime. Sanctuary may be an excellent choice for a displaced parrot who needs a new home or simply does not adapt well to life in a human home. Please be wary, though, of organizations that offer sanctuary, and know an organization's definition of "sanctuary" before relinquishing your bird. It is always good practice to visit the sanctuary, if possible, as sometimes an organization may present themselves differently than reality. We believe a true sanctuary involves parrots living as they would in the wild, as part of a flock, in large, safe enclosures, with enough room to fly, who are given a species specific diet and quality medical care. The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries has a listing of accredited organizations.
Above: Parrots enjoying their sanctuary life at Project Perry, a GFAS accredited parrot sanctuary.