My name is Ashley!

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

Facts about Ashley

  • Breed: Cockatoo
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Senior
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 6835
Ashley was surrendered to a Colorado animal shelter for euthanasia by his owner. The only history we received when Ashley was transfered to us what that his owner had the bird for 30 years, fed "her" baby food, and said that the bird had become too aggressive to handle. Once accepted into that shelter, personnel there contacted the owner to ask if it could be sent to TGF instead of being put to death. When she agreed, we were contacted immediately to see if we could help and Ashley came into our care on 2/3/2010. We have no clues about Ashley's life except that he's a wild caught bird based on his leg band. He has all of his feathers, but they're ratty and unkempt right now. Giving this bird ample cage space, foraging and bathing opportunities, healthy nutrition and an opportunity to exercise should give this bird every opportunity to find a new home. Ashley will undergo a thorough veterinary exam with appropriate lab testing and will be microchipped. Ashley lost his home through no fault of his own. He's a moderately mellow U2, and is one bird who will definitely be happier with a family of his own. His former life centered around one person only which wasn't fair to Ashley. Now that he's had some time to settle in, has transitioned his interests to a bird social group, and has the opportunity to have consistent, nutritious food, time indoors and outdoor, walk, climb and fly around, plenty of misting and bathing, and his comfort level with people has increased, he is a good adoption candidate. Even though the adopter told the humane society that he was aggressive with her, it's really just a label because we don't have information about who, what, where, when and why his behavior looked like. Our experience with Ashley is that he is not aggressive, and sometimes will get picked on by the other Umbrella cockatoos. We are hopeful he will find a home of his own.
Primary Color: White
Secondary Color: Yellow
Weight: 635
Age: 36yrs 8mths 2wks

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