My name is Popcorn!

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

Facts about Popcorn

  • Breed: Cockatoo
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Senior
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 6318
Popcorn is always ready to put on a show and thrill a crowd. He earned his name by doing the popcorn dance - hiding under a shirt, a pant leg or other piece of material, then quickly popping his head and body out of the hiding place calling out, "POPCORN." This Umbrella cockatoo has been with TGF for many years. The story about how he lost his home is one that is sadly all too true, and one of the reasons why it's critical to teach all birds, including cockatoos, how to become independently curious, interactive, social and keep themselves busy with plenty to do.

Poppy came to TGF from So. CA where he had two previous families of his own for 11 years. He came to TGF in 1999, at 14 years old when his relinquisher believed that he had separation anxiety. Poppy had learned to vocalize excessively when his "favorite" person left the room, and over the years this was reinforced so that he learned to scream endlessly until someone came back into his room, no matter how he was treated or what was said to him. A vicious cycle was created which cost Popcorn his home.

TGF exposed Popcorn to a flock, and to many new activities that encouraged him to learn to forage, play and stimulate his curiosity. He was able to spend time outdoors and have a consistent daily schedule. TGF believed we'd found him a wonderful home when he was adopted out in 2000; but, he was returned to TGF in 2002, because the adopter couldn't live with his noise. Popcorn stayed with TGF until 2003, when he had an opportunity to go to work for a living.

Popcorn is a willing and avid learner. His new home was with a highly skilled animal and bird trainer. Popcorn became a star for the next 4 years. Then, things changed in the lives of his human family, and in February 2008, Popcorn was returned to TGF for the 2nd time. Since then, Popcorn attends outreach events, and he is one of the favorite birds of visitors to our Aviary and Adoption Center. It's not likely that Popcorn will find an adoptive home after all these years. To date, more than half of his life has been spent at TGF.

Like many of the birds in our flock, you can share your love by sponsoring Popcorn or one of his many friends.
Primary Color: White
Weight: 0.565
Age: 32yrs 9mths 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