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Start a Bird Rescue, Placement, or Sanctuary Organization

Thank you for looking into starting your own parrot rescue, sanctuary or placement organization.  The Avian Welfare Coalition dos not yet have a formal mentorship program, but we can point you in the direction of some excellent resources to get started.


Starting and successfully running an animal shelter is a big project — especially when the animals you are caring for and placing are as long-lived and demanding as parrots! Before you think about starting your own organization, you might want to consider volunteering at an existing avian rescue facility.


You could also volunteer as the bird care and behavior resources for your local animal shelter. Gaining hands-on experience will give you a better idea of what the process of starting and operating a non-profit animal rescue organization entails.


Find an avian rescue or animal shelter organization through the following websites:
Pets 911.Pet Adoption
Adopt An Animal-Canada


Ready To Take The Next Step?

If you do decide to pursue starting an avian rescue organization, the organizations and websites below offer a wide variety of training workshops, online courses, mentorship programs, and other informational resources for animal care professionals and other animal advocates.

Animal Sheltering Magazine 
Resources for Animal Care
Professionals and Volunteers


These organizations and web sites also offer mentorship resources and/or workshops:


Connecting professionals with animal welfare tools and resources


Animal Sheltering – A library of resources includes Animal Sheltering magazine articles, publications, policies and guidelines, advice, and other resources to help you in your work with animals


Best Friends Animal Society -
Resources for animal rescuers and organizations


The Global Federation
of Sanctuaries

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
Humane University


The Global Federation of Sanctuaries
Sanctuary Start-Up Kit
Standards of Excellence
Resources for Sanctuaries and Volunteers


Connect with Animal Professionals on Facebook


Global Federation of Sanctuaries

Animal Sheltering Magazine


Other Helpful Resources:

Starting a Non-Profit Organization
By About.Com


Establishing A Non-Profit Organization: Frequently Asked Questions
By the Foundation Center