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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 does not 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 resource 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 PETFINDER.COM.

Ready To Take The Next Step?

If you do decide to pursue starting an avian rescue organization, first check out the AWC’s Shelter Outreach Resource Center. and our series of webinars in partnership with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

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.

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

The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries promotes and validates excellence in responsible and humane care of animals in sanctuary management. Learn about the resources they provide for sanctuaries and volunteers and how your organization can qualify as an accredited animal care facility at



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Find Out About the Benefits of Accreditation

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Webinars for shelters

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Connect with Animal Care Professionals on Facebook


Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

HumanePro from the Humane Society of the U.S.

Other Helpful Resources:

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