Outreach and Campaigns

Avian Shelter Outreach

AWC offers assistance, training, and educational resources to aid shelters and animal care facilities in serving the needs of captive exotic birds.

Online Avian Wellness Series

The Avian Welfare Coalition teamed up with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries to offer a series of webinars that provide training to animal care professionals on the specialized care of exotic birds.  We examine key topics for providing short-term care and securing care for birds over a lifetime.

Best practices in temporary housing, intake, handling, medical, and nutrition and other useful topics for short-term bird care within the shelter environment are among the topics covered.  We also feature Q&A forums that enable shelter personnel to directly engage with experts to get answer to their most challenging questions: bird placement, education and outreach, and legal issues related to adoption contracts and estate planning.  View all series. http://www.avianwelfare.org/webinars

“How To” Guides for Bird Shelters and Care Facilities. 

Our new series of informative pamphlets are designed to help shelters and care facilities tend to the short-term care and housing needs of birds.  If you operate a shelter or care facility or would like to help shelter of care facility near you, download any or all of these free pamphlets here.

National Bird Day – January 5

In coordination with the Animal Protection Institute (API), the AWC has established National Bird Day (January 5), as a day of action and education on behalf of captive birds.  For details, activities, and how to get involved, visit http://www.avianwelfare.org/nationalbirdday

Humane Education – LUCKY: Based on a True Story

Lucky, written by AWC board member Monica Engebretson, is an educational children’s book that gently awakens children to the plight of captive birds and birds captured in the wild. www.LuckytheLorikeet.com, the book’s dedicated website includes lesson plans and activities designed to engage children, educators, and parents. 100% of the proceeds from sales benefits avian welfare, rescue, and conservation.

Online and Social Media

The dynamic AWC website, www.avianwelfare.org is the leading website dedicated to the concerns of captive bird welfare. We provide a variety of resources for bird caretakers and animal care professionals, including downloadable brochures and posters, articles, webinars, and more. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Our collaboration with animal advocacy organizations, rescue groups, conservation organizations, and government agencies aims on bringing about social, legislative, and public-policy changes that will improve the lives of captive birds and help protect birds in the wild. 

Educational Events 

We have presented at national and regional conferences, including Taking Action for AnimalsHSUS EXPO, and The Association of Avian Veterinarians.  We also support activities in celebration of National Bird Day and in connection with our educational children’s book, LUCKY: Based on a True Story.

Working with organizations such as the NYC Bar Association Legal Committee Pertaining to Animals, the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, and The Animal Welfare Institute, we produce educational events, including conferences, workshops, and webinars.   Visit our photo gallery or follow us on Facebook for details. 


We offer advisory services to humane societies, animal protection organizations, avian rescue groups and to federal, state and local agencies needing assistance on matters related to captive exotic birds.  Contact: info@avianwelfare.org

Bird Placement Resources

The AWC does not have birds for adoption, nor do we place birds, but we provide resources to individuals looking to place or adopt a parrot or other bird in need. Visit www.birdadoption.org for details.