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Achievements & Campaigns

Our Work on Behalf of Captive Birds

The AWC formed in the fall of 2000 to create a voice in the animal protection community for captive birds, and we’ve answered the call! Working directly through AWC, or on behalf of their own organizations, our participants impact the lives of tens of thousands of birds in captivity and in the wild.


We work towards our goals by facilitating cooperation among AWC participants, the humane community and professionals in related fields, by providing educational resources for animal advocates, the media, and the general public, and through AWC sponsored programs.


Our Avian Welfare Resource Center at is the leading online resource dedicated to captive bird welfare and reaches 20,000 visitors monthly.


Making a Difference for Captive Birds!

We can think of no animal protection coalition that has lasted as long as the AWC or been as productive with no paid staff. 100% of support given to AWC goes directly to supporting our collective goals and mission.


Current Programs and Campaigns


  • Avian Shelter Outreach – AWC offers assistance to shelter and animal control organizations in serving the needs of captive birdsAWC’s handbook, Captive Exotic Bird Care: A Guide for Shelters provides animal caregivers with helpful information on caring for exotic birds in a shelter setting; housing, nutrition, avian health, veterinary care, environmental safety, behavior and more.


  • AWC Resource Center – Our dynamic website serves as a comprehensive resource for captive bird welfare complete with downloadable brochures, posters, and articles on a wide variety of articles. 


  • Humane EducationLucky: Based on a True Story,  an educational children’s book that gently awakens children to the plight of captive birds and birds captured in the wild. the book’s dedicated website includes lesson plans and a variety of activities for children, educators, and parents.  100% of the proceeds from its sale benefits avian welfare, rescue, and conservation.  


Ongoing Activities

  • Exposure and speaking engagements at national and regional conferences, including Taking Action for Animals, Empty Cages, HSUS EXPO, and The Association of Avian Veterinarians.

  • Caring for Exotic Birds in the Shelter, our hands-on workshop designed to help animal care workers at shelter and animal control organizations gain the knowledge and skills to facilitate the rescue, care, and placement of exotic birds.

  • Letter-writing campaigns and action alerts to address a range of Issues -- from irresponsible portrayals of birds in the media, to abuse and neglect cases--and to support responsible legislation aimed at protecting birds in captivity and in the wild.

  • Throughout the year, we respond to thousands of inquiries from around the globe regarding bird sheltering and placement, cruelty and neglect, care and behavior, legislative and other informational requests. 


AWC also played a key role in developing the following initiatives:

  • Passage of State Bill AB202 to restrict the sale of unweaned birds in California.

  • Proposed standards of care for birds not bred for research under the Animal Welfare Act. (USDA regulations currently pending)

  • Peer-reviewed standards for the care of exotic birds for the Association of Sanctuaries (TAOS) Manual of Accreditation and for the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Best Practice Standards of Care and Operationfor Sanctuaries.

  • The Captive Wildlife Platform and Position Paper for The Animals Platform - a project of Animals and Society, a blueprint to help advance the legal status of animals in the arena of public policy and to help strengthen animal protection laws at the local, state and federal level.

  • AWC board members worked with leaders in the national and international animal protection field to found The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) an accrediting organization formed to help strengthen and support the work of legitimate animal sanctuaries worldwide. www.sanctuaryfederation,org


Collaborating for Success!

AWC partners with animal advocacy organizations, avian rescue and conservation groups, members of the veterinary, wildlife and animal sheltering communities, and government agencies.  Our goal is to bring about social, legislative, and public policy changes that will improve the lives of captive birds and protect birds in the wild.


Public education that highlights the difficulties associates with keeping exotic birds as “pets” –and a clear message that, birds are more beautiful wild—has been sorely lacking:  the AWC fills this need. 


To learn more about our participating organizations, visit our Participant’s Page.