- Do plenty of research beforehand and have a general knowledge of parrots, even if you have never had one. We can tell just from a basic conversation how much time you have put into research, and it shows your commitment.
- Fill out the adoption application. It shows that you are a serious inquirer and not just wasting time (time is precious when running a rescue).
- Don’t be afraid to ask the rescue questions, or ask for a couple good sources of information to start out. It shows that you really do care. And please be patient when waiting for replies, often we are just one or two people running the show on our own.
- Don’t say things like “Does it bite?” “I want the red one!” or “Does it talk?” You may mean well, but it doesn’t come through that way as a first impression. There are many shallow people out there that only care about looks, talking or want that perfect parrot that doesn't bite and will sit in a corner quietly and look pretty. Questions like these strike a nerve in most rescuers.
- Most importantly, treat people involved in rescue like human beings. Offer your help. Offer to volunteer. Form a relationship and become friends. We deal with “bad” people on a daily basis, which can cause us to be paranoid or protective over the birds who have been through too much already. Show us that you are one of the good ones. We always appreciate the new friendships.
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