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Port Orchard Parrot Rescue and Sanctuary

Lending a Hand at Port Orchard Parrots


Port Orchard Parrot Rescue was founded by Phyllis Penland in 2009 to help local parrots and their people find solutions to unsustainable living situations. Over the years our clients have come to know, love, and adopt many of the birds that we have taken in.  We can’t imagine enough ways to thank our clients who have opened their hearts and their homes to these parrots, as well as those who have donated their time, money, toys, cages, word of mouth, and more over the years. You are the best of the best!Phyllis has now retired however Todd Penland (her son) continues to operate the rescue in conjunction with Port Orchard Parrots Plus’s retail business, as well as grooming, boarding, and other services at 595 Bethel Avenue (next door to H&R Block) in Port Orchard.
This page will help introduce you to the work of Port Orchard Parrot Rescue and provide necessary information for those who wish to adopt or foster a homeless parrot as well as those seeking to re-home their own bird(s).  Just select the tab at the top that pertains to your situation to continue.

Adopting / Fostering a Parrot

Before you get started, READ THIS. (There’s a link back to this page when you’re done.)

Port Orchard Parrot Rescue - Aviary ExpansionPerhaps the most important thing to remember is that you will not choose the bird you adopt, the bird will choose you.  As much as you might want that African Grey Parrot, if she doesn’t form a bond with you during your visits then we will gently – but firmly – ask that you spend some time with some of the other available parrots.  We will not place any bird in any home unless we are as sure as we can be that the bird will be happy there.Once a bond begins to form, you will be expected to visit your potential parrot companion on a regular basis, spending as much time with him/her as you can to help them get to know you better, and vice versa.  The more time you spend together the better.
Once we’re satisfied that a good match has been made, we will work with you to prepare your home for the new addition to your family.  We want to be sure that a safe and sufficiently spacious cage is in place as well as toys and other diversions to keep your parrot stimulated and entertained.  We will discuss nutritional needs, veterinary care, and other issues necessary to ensure that you and your parrot enjoy a long and happy life together.How quickly or slowly this happens depends entirely on the bird.  We will not rush this.  Patience is one of the qualities we’re looking for in potential parronts and attempting to rush the adoption process will be counterproductive.  Please remember, we are working toward finding the very last home this bird will every have.  It’s a responsibility we take very seriously and one in which we will not be hurried.

Eclectus Male Head ShotFostering a rescued parrot is a great way to serve this community and a wonderful opportunity for prospective parronts to get to know birds before making the ultimate commitment to adopt.  We can’t say enough about the help foster parronts provide in giving much needed personal time and attention to these parrots as well as helping to reduce our operating expenses – making it possible for us to open our arms to more who need our help.To be a foster parront you must agree to be willing and able to return your foster parrot to us at any time for adoption by someone who is willing to give it a permanent home.  Of course you are – as a foster parront – also eligible to adopt if you just can’t imagine life without your new companion.The application and approval process for foster parronts is the same as that of adoptive parronts.  Just fill out the application form to get started and don’t hesitate to ask questions if you’re not sure about anything.

We have adapted the Adoption/Fostering Application used by All Parrot Rescue in Graham (thanks Sonya!) for our own use in helping to place the birds we have rescued.  We keep the information provided in a database and when birds are available, we use the database to find potential matching homes for them.  We don’t just look within our own rescue by the way.  We share the applications with any other rescue that is interested in receiving them.  This way we hope to match potential caregivers with their new charges as quickly as possible.If you are interested in adopting, please download the application and either return it to us in person, by mail, or email.  You may also fax the application to us.  Here is our contact information for future reference:

Port Orchard Parrots

595 Bethel Avenue
Port Orchard WA 98366

Phone: (360) 876-6263
Fax: (360) 529-4910

Apply Now!

Surrendering / Rehoming Your Parrot

If you’ve made the difficult decision to re-home your bird(s) there are a few things you should consider before turning to a parrot rescue:

NEVER – EVER advertise that you are re-homing your bird.  We cannot stress this strongly enough.  There are some really bad actors out there who put on a good show but are simply interested in your bird as a way to enrich themselves.  You can be sure that – if they’re going to find you – advertising is how they’ll do it.

Sad ParrotAs well meaning as parrot rescues are, there are simply too many birds and not enough people to care for them. Your bird will be unlikely to receive the personal attention you have been able to provide throughout its time with you.  Additionally, the cost of caring for your bird properly is very high and most rescues don’t have the resources to do it without depending on donations (primarily from you and others who are surrendering their birds) for food, facilities, toys, and veterinary care.  For this reason we ask that rescue be the very last thing you consider for the sake of your bird as well as those who are taking on your responsibility to care for it.

If you’re experiencing a situation that makes caring for your bird temporarily impossible, consider asking for help – either from someone you know or from a professional boarding facility (like Port Orchard Parrots Plus) that offers long-term boarding discounts. Helping you salvage your relationship with your parrot during a crisis is one of many things we can do to avoid having another parrot end up in rescue.

Friends or Family Members

A close friend or family member who already knows and loves your bird is by far the best choice when it comes to re-homing any pet.  This is even more true for parrots – who form bonds that can last a lifetime with their caregivers.  Think about the people you know, and approach any of them who you think may be able to provide a stable home for your bird. Be willing to assist with expenses if necessary to help smooth the transition.

There are a number of sanctuaries in  Western Washington that will assume responsibility for your parrot for the rest of their lives rather than risk the likelihood that they will be re-homed again and again as is often the case with rescued birds – even those handled by the most responsible rescues.  Sanctuaries will frequently ask you to provide an annuity or some other form of payment to help offset the cost of caring for your parrot, however this differs from place to place.  Check around and find the solution that best fits your individual abilities.

Finally there is parrot rescue.  When none of the other options are available or possible, we’re here to help.  Please be aware that there may be a waiting list for intake depending on the availability of funds and facilities necessary to care for your bird.

Health Check

Prior to intake you must provide evidence that your bird is free of any communicable diseases that can spread to other birds in the rescue.  Please contact an avian veterinarian who will test your bird for these diseases, or be prepared to provide the funds necessary for us to do so.  Depending on the bird, health checks (including lab work) will cost approximately $250.


For the first 30-60 days following intake your bird will be quarantined (even with certification of health from an avian veterinarian) from contact with any other birds to ensure that any conditions not discovered prior to intake aren’t spread to any other birds.  For the same reason, your bird will not be available for fostering or adoption by others during this time.

Ongoing Maintenance and Care

On average, most birds will spend 4-6 months in rescue or foster care before being adopted.  We ask that you take this into account when surrendering your bird and donate as much as you are able to offset this expense.


After the quarantine period, we will attempt (through our network of clients and other rescues) to find a new home for your bird.  This process can take anywhere from a few days to years depending on the bird.  Some birds will never find a new home.  There’s simply no way to know in advance what will happen, however you have our assurance that we will do everything possible to find the best home we can.  The welfare of the bird is ALWAYS our first priority.

Caged LovebirdMake a Clean Break

Unless we have discussed it ahead of time and have agreed that it would be good for the bird, we ask that you DO NOT return to visit your bird after you have surrendered it.  We do this for the benefit of the bird, who may not understand why you keep leaving without it following the visit.  We also ask that you limit your phone calls and other contacts with us to see how your bird is doing.  We completely understand your concern for your bird, but all of us involved in rescue have full time jobs in addition to our rescue work and we need to limit distractions as much as anyone else does.  We appreciate your consideration.


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About Port Orchard Parrot Rescue and Sanctuary

Port Orchard Parrot Rescue and Sanctuary (POPRS) exists to provide temporary and/or permanent shelter, care, and sustenance to homeless parrots or to parrot owners or guardians, and to provide educational services to the greater puget sound, washington community concerning parrot ownership and care. POPRS is organized exclusively for charitable, educational or scientific purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Donations will temporarily be made through PENLAND INVESTMENTS INC., owner of Port Orchard Parrots Plus and Agent of Record for Port Orchard Parrot Rescue and Sanctuary. 

Buying from Port Orchard Parrots and Helps Support Rescue

Port Orchard Parrots provides food, toys, and other supplies to the rescue free of charge. The costs are offset by customer donations whenever possible; there is no profit to the business through the rescue.  Each time you buy from Port Orchard Parrots (or online at, you are helping to supply the resources necessary to keep the rescue running.  This, along with your generous cash donations help make Port Orchard Parrot Rescue possible. Thank you.

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RESCUE FUNDRAISER: Help Us Get Veterinary Care for Babe and Sailor

Babe and Sailor Need Your Help!

Babe (the Yellow Naped Amazon) and Sailor (the Blue and Gold Macaw) arrived at Port Orchard Parrot Rescue and Sanctuary last Saturday evening (November 10, 2018).  Both were extraordinarily hungry and thirsty and both appear to be underweight or underdeveloped for their age.  We need to have them checked out by an avian vet and we’re reaching out to the community for help covering the costs.
Babe has a large growth of some sort on his right cheek that will need to be checked out, and both will need blood tests to make sure that they don’t have any other problems.  We’re estimating that these veterinary services will cost about $300 for each bird.  We’re asking for donations in any amount you can afford to give.

At the vet with Sailor (15 Nov 2018)
At the vet with Sailor (15 Nov 2018)

UPDATE 11/15/2018 9:00PM The babies were so brave seeing Dr. Ansorge for the first time tonight. They both had to be sedated for the blood work though – just to be on the safe side and to make sure it wasn’t too traumatic for them. They’ve been through enough.

At the vet with Babe (15 Nov 2018)
At the vet with Babe (15 Nov 2018)

The mass on Babe’s face is the result of a ruptured air sac, which allows air to escape into the space between the air sac and her cheek. This may or may not be related to the sinus infection she has which we’ll begin treating as soon as her lab results are back.  It could also be the result of trauma but there’s no way to tell really.  The good news is it doesn’t require surgery. The less good news is that it will continue to be there until the air sac repairs itself. Babe let me hold her and pet her throughout the visit and she doesn’t give any impression that she’s in any pain from this.

LEARN MORE about the avian respiratory system.

We’ll have the results of their labs in a few days and I’ll know more then. Thanks again to all of you who have helped cover the expenses. Stay tuned…

UPDATE: 11/15/2018 11:00AM: We have a more precise estimate of the veterinary costs we’re looking at now (including surgery for Babe if it necessary to remove the mass on her face).  For a complete accounting (please note that some costs are estimates only) please click or press here.

UPDATE: 11/14/2018 9:30PM: Babe and Sailor’s initial veterinary exam is scheduled for tomorrow.  We’ll update this page as we learn more.

Campaign Progress

Full Transparency

Donations for Babe and Sailor will be earmarked for their care only.  These funds will not be used for any other purpose.  A full accounting of all funds collected and disbursed will be posted here as transactions occur.  If we collect more than we need we will notify donors and ask what they would like done with the overage.


Babe and Sailor won’t be available for adoption in the near future as we don’t yet have full release from their owner to rehome them.  We will be working to get that as soon as we can, but in the meantime these babies needed a warm, safe home with plenty of love and nourishment to keep them from declining into further poor health.

After Arrival and Feeding at Port Orchard Parrot Rescue and Sanctuary

We apologize for the squealing noise in these videos.  We’re not sure what’s causing it and will try to remove it ASAP.  Please turn down volume before playing them.

About Port Orchard Parrot Rescue and Sanctuary

Port Orchard Parrot Rescue and Sanctuary (POPRS) is a registered non-profit corporation in the State of Washington (UBI Number 604 353 638).  Application for federal tax exempt status pending.
POPRS was established to provide temporary and/or permanent shelter, care, and sustenance to homeless parrots or to parrot owners or guardians, and to provide educational services to the Greater Puget Sound, Washington community concerning parrot ownership and care.

Rewards for Donations

In exchange for your donation you will receive rewards points from Port Orchard Parrots Plus at the rate of one point for each dollar you donate which you can use for discounts on future purchases.

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Giving Back

REMINDER:  We’ve received a couple of votes for organizations outside of Washington State.  At this time, the donations will be allocated (by the percentage of votes received) only to in-state organizations.  Thanks for the participation though!

This has been such an eventful year for Port Orchard Parrots: a new location, many new friends and clients, and so much more to be grateful for.  As a way to show our gratitude we’re going to donate 5% of our retail sales this month to one or more local or regional rescues, sanctuaries, and/or other non-profits helping at-risk parrots.
We already know a few worthy recipients but we’re looking to our community to help us identify others. Hence this poll.
Tell us who you would like is to donate to. You can choose as many of the options as you like, and you can add others that aren’t in the list yet.  Our only conditions are that they must be a registered 501c3 non-profit and that they be located in Washington State.

Come back again tomorrow and vote again if you like. Voting ends at midnight on January 1, 2017.
If you add a recipient, it won’t appear in the list until we add it manually.  Your first vote will appear under “Other Answers” but will still be counted toward the final result.

Thank you so much for your continued support of Port Orchard Parrots after all these years.  We’re looking forward to many more with you.
Happy Holidays to you all!
Editor note:  Poll result are no longer available.

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Rescue Nazi Says "No Parrot for You!"

Visitors to my parrot shop/rescue occasionally get irritated with me when I tell them that the first thing I want them to do before I’ll even discuss allowing them to adopt one of our rescued parrots is to fill out a six-page application which includes details about their living arrangements, history with other birds, references (which will be checked), etc. I get the impression that many of them have just decided that they want a bird and my role in this little fantasy is to hand one over. After all, aren’t they doing me a favor by taking one of them off my hands?

Commitment Wanted

Here’s how I see this: I want to see commitment. Many of these birds have been passed from home to home many times over the years. Many of them have suffered terrible neglect because their people had no idea what they were getting into before taking on the responsibility of caring for them. Many have been abused. The application is the first test. If you’re willing to take the time to fill it out, then you’re demonstrating commitment. I would say that well over 90% of the people I ask to do this walk away and never follow up. Some of them may be put off the idea of getting a parrot at all by our conversation, which – believe it or not – also makes me happy. If you’re that easily discouraged, you won’t have the tenacity it takes to have one of these very demanding creatures in your life. Others will go grumbling to the nearest breeder or pet shop saying “who does he think he is?”, and plop down a few thousand dollars for a bird that will most likely find itself homeless and broken-hearted in a rescue a few difficult and unhappy years later. Those who do fill out the application have cleared the first hurdle. There are more.

Last Stop

In the end, the only thing that matters to me is knowing that I have done everything I possibly can to help ensure that the home I choose – and make no mistake, the choice is mine – will be the last stop for the parrot I’m placing. It’s not a science, and not every placement will work out, but hopefully more will than won’t. So before you come to me or to any other parrot rescue, ask yourself just how much you’re willing to do to welcome a parrot into your life. Now double that and if you’re still interested, come see me. You’re exactly who I’m looking for. I really want to get to know you . Before you do though, please fill out the application.