Parrots are now one of the most popular pets in the United States. Along with that are the many different species available for purchase from breeders and pet stores. The difference, we believe, is that most of the parrots now kept as pets have been domestically bred as pets, and are only a few generations removed from their wild caught parents. Many of the breeder birds in use were caught in the wild and imported into the U.S. during the 1960's up until the early 1990's when it became illegal to import wild birds. This is where the problems started that make our organization, and others like it, necessary.
Parrots are most often bought on impulse and without knowledge of their needs. In alot of cases, they will react to the lack of proper attention and care by their owners. Many of these birds have not known a stable home, they can have problems and may even be dangerous. They are Destined to being passed from one home to another, or even back to the pet shop, as each new owner faces reality that their new pet will never be the beautiful little bird they saw in the pet store. Many are known to bite, scream or even resort to self-mutilation or feather plucking in an effort to get attention from an the owner.
Thus starts a problem that can be repeated again and again many times during the bird's life. Unlike dogs and cats and alot of other pets, whose life is span relatively short, a parrot should live from 20 to 100 + years depending on the breed and how the bird is cared for. Of course, in the effort to stop this vicious cycle, we founded Feathered Friends Forever to offer an alternative to people who needed to find a caring long or short term home for their bird, and to offer a permanent home for the birds deemed unsuitable for placement or adoption.
Helpful articles are listed in the column to the right. Please be aware that birds are just as curious as small children and face the same potential life threatening hazards around your home!