Our Adoption Process
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Our Adoption Process
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Common Questions
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Want to foster?
Surrendering a bird
Our Boundaries
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Beak n Wings, Inc (BNW) has three main goals:

•    Parrot Rehabilitation
•    Owner Education
•    Community Awareness

Parrot Rehabilitation:  BNW takes in parrots that need new homes. The majority of these are surrendered when their owners can no longer take care of them, a few are simply no longer wanted and even fewer have been abused.  Our parrots live in foster homes, are treated like companions (pets) and rehabilitated if necessary, therefore most of them do not stay in our facility. Most of our birds stay in our volunteers' homes as fosters. We have found that, with a few exceptions, this provides them with the best environment to remain well socialized or to be successfully rehabilitated.

Owner Education: BNW educates current and potential parrot owners on how to be the best caregivers to their feathered pets. Our training class addresses issues such as parrot behavior, taming, training, grooming, nutrition and emergency care.

Community Awareness: BNW promotes public awareness about birds and responsible bird ownership. We travel to schools, pet stores, and community centers educating the public about the unique nature of parrots. We encourage the public to research the different species of bird before buying or adopting a bird as a pet. 

"Garbage is Recyclable, Parrots aren't." Before you buy, think adoption first!

  


Adoption Information:

Because most of our birds are in private homes, they are only able to receive visitors by appointment. This is set up after an application has been filled out and a home visit performed. We bring our birds out as often as possible to adoption events to allow the public to see them and you can set up an appointment to visit them at our facility at 9010 Rosehill Road Lenexa, KS 66215 by calling or emailing us. If you would like to know where we will be taking them, please check our events calendar.

Although we desperately want to see our "homeless" birds find good homes, we have to be picky. Changing homes is very stressful for parrots. In order to prevent this from recurring, BNW has set up strict criteria for bird adoption. These criteria require attendance at our Basic Bird Care 101 training class prior to adoption. The requirements for adoption are as follows:

1. An adopter must fill out and send in an adoption application with a copy of your DL or other ID.
2. Be willing to open your home for a home visit from one our members (small birds excluded).
3.
Must attend a live class "Bird Care 101 Training Class", see the details below
(small birds excluded). The class is available approximately once a month in our facility, usually on the 2nd Sunday at 3 pm. These are listed on our calander
4. The adopter must pay BNW a pre-set adoption fee. Fees are set by our Board of Directors. Beak n Wings is not a source to acquire free or low-cost animals. The adoption fees we charge help us defray costs we incur when providing for the birds in our care. Our volunteers receive no pay.
5. While financial status is not the primary issue in adoption, a source of income is required for adoption to assure BNW that the adopted bird can be provided for and taken to an avian veterinarian for basic health care.
6. After adoption, the adopter must allow a follow up home visit from one of our rescue/adoption staff 2-3 months after adoption is complete.
7. The adopter must understand that they will be required to sign an Adoption Contract. This is a legal and binding document and will be acted upon if the rules of adoption are not followed.

 

***BNW reserves the right to refuse adoption to anyone.***


Small Bird Adoptions

The following are considered small birds:  finches, canaries, doves, quails, budgies, lovebirds and cockatiels. (Parrolets are considered medium birds.) Home visits are not required for adopting these birds nor is the "Bird Care 101 Training Class" required. A somewhat shortened Small Bird Adoption Application is required. The same Adoption Contract and Release Form that we use for our larger birds is also required.

Many of our smaller birds stay at our facility at 9010 Rosehill Road Lenexa, KS 66215. We try to make these birds available for "on site" adoptions at many of our events, also, so check the calendar to see where we will be with our smaller feathered companions. You may also call or send us an email if you are interested in one of our small birds and we can arrange for you to see these birds. We try to keep these as up to date as possible on our website.


Common Questions:

How long does it take to adopt a bird?
This process usually takes about 2-3 weeks.
As an all-volunteer group we have limited people power and most of our volunteers have other full-time jobs. At times it may take longer for a number of reasons, such as more than one applicant for the same bird, holidays, etc. Our priority is not to have a speedy process, but a careful one that ensures proper placement of our companion birds. Multiple changes can be difficult for the bird, and we wish to ensure their safety.

Why the home study?
* We want to ensure that we are placing these birds in the best home we can find for them. They deserve to have a happy and healthy life.
* We do follow up visits on all birds (Conure up to Macaw). If we find that the bird we placed in your home is not receiving the care it deserves, we will remove the bird and return it to the program (read your contract very carefully).

What is the home study like?
Our volunteers will come to your home and sit down with you to go over a questionnaire. They will want to see that you have done some research and have an idea of the following: basic parrot nutrition, common household dangers, basic parrot behavior, and health problems. If you are not familiar with these topics we strongly suggest attending the Basic Bird Care 101 class BEFORE your home study. We cannot approve an adoption to someone who has not invested a little time to research the proper care of their new family member. This is your opportunity for questions as well, so please take advantage of it! You will also be given a copy of the Adoption Contract to read so you can ask questions about it if you have them.

They will want to see where you are planning to keep the bird and if possible, the cage you have; what other pets you have and the general living areas of the home such as living room and kitchen. They do not need to see bedrooms unless this is where you plan to keep the bird. They are looking for clean, safe, smoke free homes (outdoor smoking permitted). We do not adopt for the purpose of  breeding.

Do members get first choice of birds?
Anyone who has been a member for 90 days or more may apply to adopt a bird while the bird is in the observation period (the bird will still need to remain with us to complete the 30 day observation period). Once the bird is out of observation, if a member has not applied for adoption, it will be available to the public at that time.

What can I not do when I adopt a bird from Beak n Wings?
1) When you adopt a bird you will be signing a contract stating that you will not give away, sell, or breed your new adopted companion.
2) The contract also states that if you cannot keep your new companion, you must return the bird to Beak n Wings.

What is the contract?
You must sign a Contract when you adopt a bird, no matter the species or size of the bird. You will be given a copy for your records. We also require a release form that everyone who adopts or fosters a bird must sign. This form is for the protection of the birds as well as Beak n Wings.

* You will be agreeing to not sell, breed or give away the bird.
* You will have ten days to take the bird to the vet to have a check up.

There is much more to the contract than we have provided on this page, so please read your contract very carefully.


 

 Training Class:

Our "Basic Bird Care 101" class is for anyone who wants to learn more about providing care for their birds, but it is required for those who wish to adopt a bird from BNW. We want to ensure that the potential owners are going to be able to properly care for their their new family member. This class is Veterinarian Approved. It is only required to attend the class once if you adopt more than one bird. Refusing to take our training class will result in your application being declined.

The class is open for all who wish to attend but for those who are not adopting. This class is offered on the second Sunday of each month at 3 pm at our facility in Lenexa, please check out calendar for details
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Topics covered include:

    a. Basic Care and Nutrition

     b.  Taming, Training, and Grooming

     c.  Emergency Care of Ill or Injured Birds


Want to foster?

Beak n Wings can always use good clean homes for foster care.

* You must have been a member for 90 days to foster. (We will waive the 90 day requirement at our discretion when foster home space is low.) To get your membership application click here

* To get your copy of the foster/adoption application click here.

* You must agree to bring the foster birds to our events at LEAST ONCE per month, this allows the public to see the bird, and increases the chances to adopt the bird to a good home. Therefore, you must live within reasonable driving distance. Birds with certain behavioral problems are an exception, they don't have to be brought out.

*Please note, our foster homes are not trial adoptions. We expect our foster homes to work on socialization of our birds as well as providing their daily care. Our Rescue/Adoption staff assign birds to foster homes taking into account the personal preferences and experience of the foster home, but we do not accept requests to foster a particular bird.

* You must agree to follow up visits on all birds you are fostering. We must keep watch over all birds in the program.

*Foster birds remain the property of Beak n Wings. In the event of a relocation, you must contact us within 14 days. Be aware that not contacting BNW within 14 days of a move constitutes theft and is punishable by law.

NOTE: Beak n Wings, Inc. is a Kansas licensed shelter for exotic birds.


Surrendering a Bird:

If you wish to SURRENDER a bird to us please download our surrender form here then call or email us to let us know. Currently space is limited, birds will be accepted on a case by case basis depending on the availability of foster homes.

HOW IT WORKS
* Download and fill out the surrender form.
* Contact us (email or phone).
* Arrangements are made to bring the bird to us.
* Birds are then placed in observation for 30 days before adoption.
* After observation birds are listed for adoption to qualified applicants.


Donation for surrendering a bird:

As a private, nonprofit organization dependent on community contributions, we request a donation when an animal is admitted to us. We suggest an amount of $5 to $50 for animals relinquished; however, no pet will be turned away because of an owner’s inability to pay.

If your pet is placed in our program, we will make every reasonable effort to find your pet(s) a new home. We cannot make any guarantee that your pet(s) will be placed for adoption or be adopted due to behavior or health. Some birds might be kept  in our sanctuary program. We occasionally have to transfer birds to another rescue organization. We cannot guarantee that birds can be adopted together.

For more information, please call (913) 322-3398
All donations are tax deductible.


Our Boundaries:

Because we make a home visit to each potential adoptive home and follow up on our adoptions for two years we limit our adoptions to within 150 miles of the Greater Kansas City area. All of our home visits are done by volunteers who have limits on the amount of time (and gas money) they can dedicate to home visits. This also allows potential adopters to attend our "Basic Bird Care 101 Training Class".

We cannot make exceptions to these boundaries.

WE DO NOT BUY OR TRADE BIRDS!


Why Donate?

It costs a lot to feed each bird an appropriate diet and provide appropriate cages, toys, and veterinary care. In fact, veterinary care is usually our largest expense. Avian veterinary science is still a relatively new discipline, which means fewer vets are educated and have the proper laboratory equipment necessary. We also must cover other costs, such as website fees, rent, office supplies, transportation costs, phone bills, etc. Our volunteers receive no pay.

WE DEPEND ENTIRELY UPON YOUR DONATIONS.

We need:
Toys for our birds (parakeets to macaws)
Feeding dishes
Perches
Bird seed

If you could find it in your hearts and want to donate:
Send your donations to:

Beak n Wings, Inc.
9010 Rosehill Rd. Ste. B
Lenexa, KS 66215
On your check write in "memo" RESCUE PROGRAM.

 

To see the birds ready for adoption click here.

Do not keep parrots unless you are sure you can meet all their needs!!!!

 

 

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Our Statistics

Number of birds we have taken in to re-home:
 
2003 = 58
2004 = 124
2005 = 110
2006 = 200
2007 = 177
2008 = 164
2009 = 210
2010 = 64
2011 = 142
2012 = 100
2013 = 106
 
Total to date = 1455
Finch to Macaws
 
Updated 1/7/14

 

To Be A Foster Care Provider....

It has been said that “The eyes are the mirror to the soul” what does your foster bird see when he or she looks into your eyes? Next and this is of the upmost importance what do we see when we look into the eyes of our feathered companion. Fostering a bird that has been given up for adoption can be a massive and difficult undertaking. We must ask ourselves are we up to the task? The birds we are fostering have sometimes been passed along from one home to another, when we look into their eyes do you see mistrust or uncertainty.
When we foster a bird that has lost his or her human companion through death what do we see in their eyes, can it be fear or confusion? Can we find the time these intelligent and fragile creatures require to once again feel loved and to help them develop a sense of I belong here! When a bird begins the difficult journey of once again trusting and allowing a human companion into their heart and world are we willing to sacrifice our emotions and fears to help them overcome theirs? When we are ready to take that first step and decide we would like to foster a bird we should first read up on the species we are considering to bring into our home, evaluate and re-evaluate the reason(s) we are motivated to take on this responsibility, and finally do we have the time and patience to take on the task at hand. I know first hand that even taking a nip or two can make us wonder am I doing the right thing! But only time will tell if your efforts are working towards a mutual relationship of trust and love. The end rewards are what make it all worth the effort and time, so what will our feathered friend see when they into your eyes? And what will we see when we look into theirs. Fostering a bird can and will be one of the most rewarding things we can do in our lives, and if we can bring some peace and stability into their lives it will make it easier for someone to adopt and enjoy a relationship with our feathered friend. Beak N Wings, with the support of its officers, volunteers and members allows you to see these birds first hand and to learn what their positive and not so positive attributes are. Join the club and be part of the solution of restoring love and trust back into these beautiful and sensitive friends of ours. Become a foster care provider, the rewards will be unbelievable.

Fred Venuti
Beak N Wings member

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