Bear in mind that some shelters have a lot of animals to move.
They have the best intentions, but they can't be as selective in finding
a home for the bird as YOU can be.
So if you really care about the bird, you may want to advertise (on the
internet, in the local news, perhaps by craigslist.com, etc) and
INTERVIEW people, and get to know them. Nobody gets the bird without a
lot of visits to your home to get to know the bird first, and so you can
observe whether the bird is likely to respond to them positively given
some time. Under no circumstances should you just sell or give your
baby to the first caller showing interest.
Make it a long time-involved process, then you'll know they really care
about the bird. Make sure
they're prepared for all the stuff, cost, cleaning, and above all, the
requisite love and attention your bird has come to expect on a daily basis.
Write a CONTRACT with a LONG TRIAL PERIOD. Consider suprise inspections
in the new bird home.
Your bird is precious, nothing is too good. Anybody who wants to adopt
him and doesn't like a contract or trial period probably isn't the right
candidate for your bird. Check the contracts used by rescures/shelters
for an example.
And make sure there's no cats or smoking, etc. Make sure they've really
got no teflon in the kitchen. People who won't give up their teflon
aren't committed to the bird's safety.
Just offering ideas. In my case, my kids love my birds and each bird
has at least one child that it particularly likes too, so as long as my
kids have houses for the noise involved, the birds will have a home, and
my kids have been educated to the many responsibilities involved in
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