Adopting A Rescued Bird

Well, January has officially gone to the birds: it’s Adopt A Rescued Bird Month! This is a wonderful cause, and one that we are happy to help support! Read on as a Marin County, CA vet offers tips on adopting a rescued bird.

Think Carefully

Birds have many wonderful qualities: they’re adorable, small, playful, curious, and, of course, often absolutely hilarious. However, adopting any pet is a huge decision, so it’s definitely something to think carefully about. Polly will need lots of attention. She also has specific household requirements, such as fresh, clean air. Longevity is another thing to consider. Some of our feathered friends live over 50 years! Do plenty of research, and make sure you’re committed to caring for your winged buddy for the rest of her life. Birds get very attached to their humans, so it’s really sad to see them get adopted, only to be rehomed again.

Do Some Research

Different types of birds have very different personalities and care needs. They also make various levels of noise. Some, such as finches, are fairly quiet, while others, like the Moluccan Cockatoo, are extremely loud. (Note: these guys can reach 129 decibels, which is louder than most concerts.) Be sure to pick a bird that is right for your household!

Get Everything Ready

Before you bring Polly home, have everything ready and waiting for her. A good cage is an absolute must here. Pick your pet before you go shopping, as different types of birds need different cage styles. Your feathered buddy will need lots of toys and a variety of perches. You’ll also need to do some birdproofing. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Let Polly Adjust

When you bring your winged friend home, give her lots of time to settle in. It takes most birds at least a few weeks to adjust to new homes. During this time, don’t try to grab or handle Polly. Just spend time with her, and focus on building trust by talking to her and offering her toys and treats.

Pat Yourself On The Back

We believe that all animals—large or small, furred or feathered—deserve loving homes. Giving an animal a second chance at happiness is definitely something to feel great about!

Please contact us, your Marin County, CA vet clinic, for all of your bird’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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