My name is Dozer!

Cockatoo for adoption in Elizabeth, Colorado - Dozer
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The Gabriel Foundation

Facts about Dozer

  • Breed: Cockatoo
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Senior
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 7372
Dozer is lucky to be an "out of jail bird". This handsome guy came to TGF along with two other cockatoos, transferred from another CO shelter when the owner went to jail. He's in beautiful feather, his big dark eyes grab your attention, and his personality and antics bring smiles to many. Dozer is generally comfortable with people and likes to keep himself busy foraging and being an amateur carpenter with plenty of wood to churn into toothpicks. The Umbrella cockatoo is named as such for its crest that rises up and fans out, like an umbrella. One of the reasons that cockatoos are so numerous in bird shelters/rescues is that they can be LOUD. They need an enriched and active social, mental and physical environment. Target or clicker training provide excellent stimulation for a cockatoo. Exercise and activity are important. Limiting stroking and petting to body-appropriate touch, and for short amount of time only are important tools when sharing life with a cockatoo. A very large cage, time outdoors in an aviary or other protected area, frequent bathing, about 12 hours of sleep each night are considerations in a cockatoo's life. Cockatoos are potentially long lived birds, and 50 years is a conservative age estimate for the life of an Umbrella cockatoo. Most cockatoos have several homes during their lifetimes for this reason. Setting up lifetime care for a parrot is an important part of living with a pet bird.
The Umbrella cockatoo is also known as the White cockato, Cacatua alba, and is native to Indonesia.
Information from the 2012 IUCN RedList states:
Cacatua alba is endemic to the islands of Halmahera, Bacan, Ternate, Tidore, Kasiruta and Mandiole in North Maluku, Indonesia. Records from Obi and Bisa are thought to reflect introductions. It remains locally common: in 1991-1992, the population was estimated at 42,545-183,129 birds (Lambert 1993), although this may be an underestimate as it was largely based on surveys from Bacan and not Halmahera where the species may have been commoner. Recent observations indicate that rapid declines are on-going. CITES data show significant harvest rates for the cage bird trade during the early 1990s. Annual harvests have declined in actual terms and as a proportion of the remaining population in recent years.
Primary Color: White
Secondary Color: Yellow
Weight: 635
Age: 17yrs 10mths 3wks

About The Gabriel Foundation

Our Adoption Process...

The Gabriel Foundation Parrot Adoption Information

We’re delighted you are interested in the birds and programs of The Gabriel Foundation. We have so many wonderful birds in our adoption program just waiting for their forever home! You’ve taken the first step toward adding a feathered friend to your family.

What is the adoption process?
We ask that all adopters begin the process by taking a tour of the Aviary in Elizabeth where the majority of our birds are housed. This will allow you to see a variety of species of birds, see enrichments and housing options and get an idea how the birds are fed and cared for on a daily basis. We will also ask that you fill out an Adoption Application. We use this valuable tool to help us find a bird that fits with your personality, lifestyle, experience and expectations. There is a required class called Beyond Birdie Basics, which is offered every month as an online class through a Yahoo group. We also offer the Mini Birdie Basics class for those interested in the smaller species of parrots such as Cockatiels, Lovebirds and Budgies. Once you have chosen the bird (or birds) that you wish to take into your family, we will do a home visit to help you get everything ready for your new feathered companion.

What if I already have birds in my home?
Great! You have some idea what you are getting yourself into! Every bird that comes into The Gabriel Foundation is screened for viruses and general health. We require birds in the home of the potential adopter to meet those same standards – for the health and safety of our birds as well as theirs. The medical requirements have been set up by our Medical Director, Dr. Noel. A copy of those requirements will be provided.

What are the fees involved in adoption from The Gabriel Foundation?
There is a $75 ($45 for smaller birds) application fee. This fee covers a one year membership to The Gabriel Foundation (or one year extension if you are already a member – value $25), the Beyond Birdie Basics class (value $15), an educational DVD called “Captive Foraging” (value $25) and a book called “A Parrot for Life” (value $20). Regardless of whether you choose to continue with the adoption process or not, these educational materials will be extremely helpful when you do bring a new bird into your home.

The adoption fees vary from bird to bird. The adoption fees range from $50 for the smaller species of parrots up to $850 for the larger Cockatoos and Macaws. Once you have chosen a specific bird (or birds) we can give you an exact fee. In general, you can expect to pay an adoption fee that is approximately 50% of what you would pay from a private party or retail operation.

How long does the adoption take to complete?
Generally, depending on how quickly you “connect” with a bird, you can expect the adoption process to take between 6-10 weeks for the bird to come to your home. There is a 90 day probationary adoption period initially during which time you will be asked to send regular reports to us on how the adjustment is going. At the end of the 90 days, assuming all is going well and you wish to make the bird a permanent member of your household, permanent adoption paperwork will be sent for you to complete.

It seems like The Gabriel Foundation makes the adoption process very difficult! Why is this?
The combined years of experience we all bring to The Gabriel Foundation ranging from veterinary medicine, aviculture, companion parrot care and parrot welfare has helped develop a protocol that sets the birds up for the best chance of success. It is not our intent to frustrate anyone or make it impossible to add a bird to your family. We take the responsibility for each bird in our care very seriously and we want them to be successful in their new home. We take time to make sure the new family has all the tools needed for long term success. We are invested in the lifetime of each bird that comes through The Gabriel Foundation and we appreciate that you are taking the time to commit to that same level of care.

A downloadable Adoption Application is available on our website