Please read the following information in its entirety.
Feathered Friends Forever is a rescue/refuge and sanctuary for unwanted, neglected or abused companion birds. Due to the history of each of the birds here, it is of utmost importance that the best interest of the bird is represented at all times. Also read the FAQ page under the "About Us" tab for additional information.
The following are some of the reasons why birds are brought to Feathered Friends:
- Too messy.
- Too loud.
- No time for the bird.
- Started plucking feathers.
- We had, or are having, a baby.
- I changed jobs or lost my job.
- Started biting everyone in the house.
- Dislikes other household members (wife, husband, children).
- Was given to us as a gift
Remember that companion birds can be expensive to maintain and live relatively long life spans. Most will outlive all of us. This fact needs to be part of your consideration when adopting a parrot.
Adopting a companion bird is not to be misconstrued as an easy or cheap alternative to purchasing one. The adoption process is lengthy and involves costs to the prospective adopter. There is a nonrefundable application processing fee of $25.00 and if approved by FFF for adoption, the individual or family must then arrange a visit to the facility. Upon approval by the bird who chooses to adopt the potential new family, there are additional adoption fees to recover what FFF has invested in the bird. These costs vary and are specific to each individual bird.
Cages are an important part of the bird's life. Some came here with their own home and that must be purchased separately, along with their other toys. Otherwise we have a number of good used cages available for an additional tax deductible donation. We recommend a supply of the custom mixed food that they all seem to love.
Please note that Feathered Friends Forever will not ship birds. No exceptions!
The best adoptions result from those folks who take their time and get to know the birds first. This means coming to the rescue for a couple of days and spending time with your new friend at the Rescue which is their familiar territory. You must pick up your bird in person and we have carriers available to transport your new companion. If you are using commercial aircraft, be aware that live animals may only be transported in certain weather conditions. Check with your airline for details and applicable fees.
Ready to adopt?
The first step is to complete the application process.
Click on the Application link to the right >>>>
About Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends Forever Rescue/Refuge, Inc. is a State-of-Georgia licensed animal shelter and 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization located in Harlem, Georgia. Feathered Friends works diligently to improve the lives of companion birds by providing them with an intermittent or permanent safe haven as it endeavors to further advance avian welfare through public education and awareness efforts.
Hours of operation:
Saturday and Sunday: 11am to 5pm
Other times are available by appointment.
TIPS FOR VISITORS:
- Our park features outdoor aviaries set in a natural environment. For safety's sake, please refrain from wearing open-toed shoes or sandals during your visit. Ants may be present as well as sticks and stones.
- We are constantly expanding and improving our facility so be aware of any ongoing construction.
- Please don't allow children to run on the grounds or to throw things as this upsets the birds. Keep them close, you never know when or where that perfect photo opportunity might present itself!
- If you wish to bring a group, kindly let us know in advance so that we can ensure everyone has a good, safe time.
The Georgia Dept. of Agriculture stopped by Feathered Friends today to do an inspection. They were very impressed with how clean the facility was, how happy and healthy ALL the birds were, and how all 1384 birds on site were accounted for. Matter of fact, they like our forms for Incoming and Outgoing Birds that they took copies and this will likely become the state standard form. They thought that our computer spreadsheet was a great idea too! Apparently we will become the unofficial "standard" by which all other rescues are compared to. That's quite an honor and we will continue to improve everything we can.
So, we start 2013 with our GA Animal Shelter License renewed with a 100% rating. This is our 15th year in operation and our 9th at the current Harlem GA location.
We've also been visited, inspected and APPROVED by the local animal control agency, the local Sheriff's department, and - believe it or not - even the FBI stopped by for a visit and gave us their blessing. They all left impressed, made some new feathered friends while they were here and some of them even gave us a donation! We will probably see them again at our upcoming Open House happening June 1st and 2nd, 2013
We are now contacting the ASPCA, national and regional Humane Society, and even PETA to inviting them to come see our new habitats and how well the birds are living there. All these visits are helping bring awareness about abandoned parrots and the efforts of rescues like ours to provide shelter and look for new homes for them. If our technology and designs can help parrots in other rescues live better, that is something else we can be proud of.
The volunteers are enlarging the parking area because we are now expecting a visit from Homeland Security. They drive those really big gas guzzling vehicles and we want them to be able to turn around easily. If they show up, BooBoo has volunteered to take pictures with them, as long as she gets to stand on one of their big guns!
New Flight Opens!
October 7 2012
Another state-of-the-art flight -to house all cockatoos- opens at the Rescue this month. Our goal this year was to have 4 new flights completed by fall, and we did it!!!
The new flights feature automatic misters, infrared heating and a new pond design that provides both bathing and drinking water supplied by a 13,500 gallon, eco-friendly pond. We have added all new perches and swings along with tons of wood to let them do what birds love to do most, climbing and chewing.
For those of you who haven't visited in a while, come on out and see the new out-back area! It's part of the new $250,000.00 renovation project we're going to be working on over next 3 years. Our goal: to create and provide, to the best of our ability, natural settings where our birds can just be birds and where increased well-being transforms pluckers and mutilators into the healthy, beautiful, fully-feathered creatures Nature intended them to be.
New Cockatoo Flight
For more pictures click here or select See What's New under the Events tab in the menu bar above.
Animal Rescue TV Segment
The Animal Rescue TV segment about Feathered Friends has been uploaded to YouTube since many of us could not see it on our local stations. Click Here to view the segment.
Make a difference in a bird's life!
Operating only through your tax deductible donations, FFF and residents extend our heartfelt thanks for your caring and generosity as we all work together to enrich the lives of our feathered companions!
Make a One-Time Donation
Be a Hero With a Re-occuring Monthly Donation!
Carports installed on your site ready lot starting at $695.00
Call us for further details & other buildings available & prices.
The sales of these car ports help raise funds for the rescue, we can have installed all over the country.
Contact Us for more information!
Feathered Friends Forever
is located @ 612 Byrd Drive in Harlem, GA 30814
Phone (706) 556-2424
Meeting our dur daily operating expenses is made possible by the generousity of people just like you. Will you help save a bird today?
See our current Newsletter for the latest news and info.
Please read prior to completing the application: Adopting A Bird
Adoption Applications and Forms:
The printable documents are in PDF format. You may download a free viewer here: Adobe Reader
If using printable documents, please print and fill them out then return to FFF at address listed below. Contact us if you need help with these or have any questions.
Feathered Friends Forever Rescue/Refuge, Inc.
612 Byrd Drive
Harlem, Ga, 30814