Adopt A Bird Program
From humble beginnings in 1992, RAAVE has been involved in the process of bird adoption. Original members Pat
Chinnici, Glenna Elrod and Nora Schmidt and others would be called upon to rescue birds from trees, back yards and
garages. This little group would house the rescued birds, feed them and try to locate the owners or to find new homes.
As word spread about the RAAVE organization people who could no longer care for their birds started calling – asking
for help when their circumstances made it necessary to find a new home for their birds.
The first formal mention of our bird adoption program appeared in the August 1992 Cageliner: “We get calls from people
wanting to put their pet birds up for adoption. So we are going to start a list of birds that people in the Club with to
acquire. When that bird becomes available we will call you. If you would like to fill out a card, call Glenna.” Wow – how
things have changed since then
When the first Pet Bird Adoption Policy was published in the March 1993 Cageliner the opening statement was: “let it be
said that RAAVE, as part of its mission and purpose, wishes to be of service to the community in areas of need where
pet birds are concerned.” That policy has not changed. Bill Gray helped the Board develop the governing rules and
application/adoption forms that are still in use today.
Currently we place between 40 and 50 birds – almost all to RAAVE members. The main goal of the Adopt A Bird
committee is to find the very best home for each bird in the program. We have placed the smallest finches to the largest
Macaws, Cockatoos and every thing in between.
The Adopt A Bird program has two branches -- Fostering and Pet Adoption. Each application is carefully examined by a
committee. Please feel free to contact them and ask any questions about the program. All contact information is located
on the Board of Directors page.
Your length of time as a member, experience with handling birds, and home environment are all considered before any
fostering or adoption is approved.
RAAVE does not ask for any fees associated with fostering or adopting, but we would gladly take any donations to help
continue the program.
Foster Care and Adoption applications are located here.