Hello! My name is Eden
I am a special needs pet.
Eden and Esther Umbrella cockatoos
Both birds came to TGF in March 2012 from a rescue group in NM. Both are wild caught which means that they were imported into the US prior to 1992. Their bands (visible in the photos) are called open bands are used to identify birds that entered the US through USDA quarantine stations. Umbrella cockatoos are native to Indonesia and live in heavy jungle habitat.Eden came into the rescue in 2009 from a private transfer of 11 handicapped birds that were supposedly removed from a hoarder outside of CO Springs. No cruelty/neglect/abuse charges were filed against that owner. How Eden came into his care is unknown. His injuries are old; most likely incurred during importation possibly during quarantine and when he was set up in a breeding aviary. Failure of former owners to provide appropriate and emergency veterinary care is the definitive reason why his is so disabled. As a result he has significant joint arthritis and has limited mobility to move around.
Esther came into the NM rescue about a year ago from an equally deplorable hoarding case in TN that involved cruelty charges and eventual seizure by law enforcement and a group called Animal Rescue Corps. Her feet leg and wing wounds are healed old injuries. Her broken bones fused causing her leg to stick out at a right angle and her severed toes affect her balance. Most likely she was used as a breeding hen and some of the injuries were mate inflicted. This is extremely common with cockatoos and often results in the females death. This can happen even with pairs that have been housed together for years. The problem is really human created. Its a result of overcrowding no safety escape for the females and cages or other housing far too small for the birds safety and health.
The NM rescue decided to house Eden and Esther together because the birds appeared to like each other and began courting behaviors. But with limited mobility and difficulty moving around a cage not tailored for their handicaps the environment was ripe for a disaster. That happened in January 2012 when Esthers beak and face were severely injured by Eden. She was immune compromised from years of neglect in TNand the wound inflicted by Eden overwhelmed her ability to heal. The growth plate of the upper mandible was severely damaged and the injury worsened and the wound eroded into her sinus. The birds required more care than the rescue could or would provide and they were not determined to be adoptable to their extreme disabilities.
When asked to accept them it was critical for us to assess Eden and Esthers quality of life. Would a sanctuary life be humane? What could we do to insure their safety? How would we evaluate their pain levels arrange their cages for mobility and provide for their physical and mental stimulation? Our decision to accept them into care was because we believed that we could improve their quality of life.
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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
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