About Adopt a Bird Network
Adopt a Bird Network (ABN) is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the presence of adoptable birds in animal shelters and rescues across the United States, with the intent of finding each a loving, no-kill, and forever home with responsible and knowledge people.
To help accomplish this, ABN networks available homeless birds to prospective adopters and rescues. We also produce educational infographics and give backyard chicken keeping workshops at different animal shelters across the country.
There is a huge need for this, because what a lot of people don’t realize is that as backyard chickens gain in popularity, an increasing number are ending up in animal shelters. Most are picked up as strays after being deliberately abandoned---in parking lots, vacant homes (where their owners moved away and left them), parks, on the side of the road, left in a cardboard box outside the door of the shelter, garbage dumpsters, or even tied up and thrown in ponds. Others, are surrendered by their owners or confiscated from cruelty cases.
Then, depending on the shelter, these birds might end up euthanized, sitting for months if not years in isolation while waiting for someone to adopt them (often because nobody even knows they are there), or given away as a food source. A lucky few are adopted out to good homes or transferred over to a rescue or sanctuary. Since ABN started back in August 2017, the number of lucky birds has been steadily rising.
How you can help:
Adopt birds. Sign up to be part of our adoption network, and keep an eye out on what birds are in need of adoption by following us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter), and checking our 'listed birds' section of our website.
Foster birds. If you are not able to adopt birds permanently, but are willing and able to foster them----please let us know!! This is desperately needed in certain areas where birds are at shelters where they are at risk of euthanasia or are known for having low adoption fees (which increases the chance of people adopting them for malicious purposes).
Provide Support. Just because you can’t adopt or foster any birds at the moment, or that there is no (that we know of...doesn’t mean they aren’t there) birds for adoption in your state or area doesn’t mean that you can’t help. In fact, we need your help just as much as we need adopters and fosters!! Just by sharing about us or a post you might see on the page can save a bird’s life. The more people who follow us and take an active interest in helping these animals the better---they need all the help they can get!
Donate. Since we currently have capital, or source of funds of any kind, we are operating on a shoestring budget. Any donations would be most appreciated, and will help us have the ability to pay the application fee to the IRS in order to officially file for our 501(c)(3) non profit status....which will allow us to grow and continue helping more birds find good home. You can donate via our business PayPal Account.
Do we ship birds? No we do not. If you are serious about wanting to adopt a certain bird, we recommend that you contact Pilots N’ Paws. We have already checked, and they have verified that they will transport birds from animal shelters. However you will need to make transport requests and arrangements with them and the shelter directly.
Why are there so many birds for adoption in California, relative to the rest of the United States? Well, first of all there are more people living in California (Source: World Population Review, 2018), thus more animal shelters and more backyard birds.