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My name is Tasha!

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

Facts about Tasha

  • Breed: Cockatoo
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Senior
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 8558
Tasha is engaging and pretty too! She's shared the last couple of years with her life with other cockatoos, cockatiels and dogs. Tasha is target trained, and she adores working for food. Learning to target is an important skill that an adopter needs to learn to work well with Tasha.
Tasha's favorite foods include ZuPreem
Fruit Blend, pine nuts and almonds in shell. Tasha loves most illegal people food, cheese, potatoes, pastries, snacks, but rarely gets cheese. She's used to shredded cheese for training and receives 1 shred for R+ (positive reinforcement). Pine nuts work well too.

Tasha is approximately 9 yrs old. She landed her last home with a wonderful veterinarian with a special interest in avian medicine after being in at least 3 different homes. She arrived with a history of screaming & biting. Sometimes her lunging or biting behavior took place with little to no apparent body language before the incident. For this reason, Tasha received targeting sessions through cage bars to build the trust account between bird and person. Tasha doesn't need much coaxing and luring with pine nuts because these are her fave treat to come in and out of cage and to step up. Fortunately, she doesn't like to be handled much, but loves to talk and especially to sing with you. Her singing voice is not good, but is enthusiastic. Her crest pops up, she bounces and moves side to side with the rhythmn of the tunes. Tasha does some feather barbering. Tasha is very smart, very loving, delightful bird. Her last owner loved her to pieces. Due to developing physical disability which limited her ability to provide care for her birds, she placed Tasha, Yogi, f. M2 and Shelby, Bare eyed cockatoo with TGF.


Tasha says:
hi, hello, hi Tasha
Tasha is a big girl.
I love you. Give me kisses, mmwah!
Tasha baby doll.
Hi Sam
Meow...sometimes antecedent before lunging/biting
Barks like dog
Grandma! what she called her caregiver Ellen.
Ray! Ellen's husband.
Tasha is a bad girl...she came with this Ellen reported that they were working on switching her from saying bad to big girl.


Primary Color: White
Secondary Color: Yellow
Age: 10yrs 1mths 0wks
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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 www.thegabrielfoundation.org