There are many reasons for relinquishment of birds: financial despair, divorce, health, death, etc. Unless you see birds in peril, do not judge the circumstances until you know the reasoning behind placement. If you see what you consider abused or neglected birds, first contact their owner to try to help. If that doesn't work, then contact a bird breeder, club or society who will discreetly pay a visit to assess the situation. Never take it upon yourself to send info to lists without the owner's permission or to report it to the authorities. You may then find yourself in the midst of a nasty lawsuit if the situation is unfounded. Definitely be involved, but in a compassionate discreet manner. Read this article on feather plucking.
if your bird is plucked.
Most rescues are genuine bird loving, caring people. It's hard enough to have to give up your pets or even breeder birds, but when malicious acts by animal rights activists are executed, it's counter-productive to their mission statements, the birds, true humane rescues, and can also be extremely harmful or cause death to the owners and to the birds themselves.
An undercurrent of pressure to do a media expose is underway, so if you have a rescue horror story to tell, please send to PLANNED PARROTHOOD®
with RESCUE STORY in the subject line in CAPS.
The ADOPTION form is equally important to those who are adopting a parrot.