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.
Perhaps 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.
Fostering 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:
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:
As 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.
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.
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.
If you are a non-profit rescue, shelter, or sanctuary operator and would like a free directory listing on this site please contact us and we will make that possible for you.
Bird Rescues & Shelters
- All Parrot Rescue (Graham, WA)
- Macaw Rescue & Sanctuary (Carnation, WA)
- Mollywood Avian Sanctuary (Bellingham, WA)
- Northwest Bird Rescue/Parrots for Patriots (Vancouver, WA)
- Washington Bird Rescue Groups
- Washington Pet Birds for Adoption
Ferret Rescues & Shelters
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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.
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