Bird Rescue: How You Can Help
As the saying goes, a little help can go a long way. Bird rescue is a great way to get involved in your community and make a difference in the lives of these creatures. There are many ways to get involved in bird rescue, from becoming a foster parent to volunteering at a local shelter.
Every type of bird has its own unique needs and sometimes only a skilled professional can provide the proper care that these birds need.
How To Release A Rescued Bird
A common misconception is that birds and other wildlife can’t be released after being rescued. In fact, many are happy to be reunited with their families. But only a trained professional knows how to best release them back into the wild.
How To Transport A Rescued Bird
When rescuing a bird it is important to have a good travel or carrier cage for transporting it. Many bird species are extremely fragile, and the trauma of being transported can cause serious health problems.
When choosing a cage for a pet, consider how much space the bird needs to travel comfortably.
How To Foster Or Adopt A Rescued Bird
Birds are some of the most vulnerable creatures in the world, so it’s up to all of us to ensure that they have a safe place to live. If you’re interested in helping animals, fostering or adopting a rescued bird is a great way to get started.
Many rescued birds need special care that is not available at a shelter. Foster parents provide an important place for a bird to recuperate, gain confidence, and bond with humans.
To foster or adopt a rescue bird check with the shelters in your area for specific guidelines. These are professional organizations that typically have high adoption placement success rates, they will be able to help you further.
How You Can Help
The easiest way you can help is to volunteer with–or donate to–local shelters that rescue birds in your area. The most common types of pets and birds are abandoned and without support from the community, many of these birds would likely be euthanized.
You can also help by spreading the word to your friends, family, and social media followers.
Why Rescue A Bird?
Birds are beautiful, and many of them are endangered. In the United States alone, there are over 500 species of birds threatened with extinction, and in India, over 500 more are at risk.
But you don’t have to be a scientist or conservationist to help!
There are hundreds of organizations that are actively saving birds around the world. Join their efforts by adopting a bird, making a donation, or volunteering your time.
Adopting vs. Buying A Bird
People are often torn between adopting or buying a bird; however, in reality, both can be equally rewarding.
Birds in particular benefit from being part of a family. Not only does an adopted bird become a member of the family and enjoy the love, attention, and care that comes with it, but the family also becomes part of the bird’s flock.
The birds learn to coexist peacefully and even nurture one another as they would in the wild. In addition, taking care of a bird is a great way to improve people’s health and build confidence
How To Foster A Bird
Whether you’re looking to get involved in wildlife conservation or simply want to help animals in need, there are plenty of ways to get involved.
Many local wildlife rehabilitators are limited by space and resources. However, with the right knowledge and resources, anyone can foster and care for an animal.
Fostering allows you to provide a much-needed home for animals who are sick, injured, or unable to find suitable habitats. Not only will you be helping these animals, but you will also be providing valuable experience to future wildlife professionals
Nicholas Burns – Veterinary Technician, amateur Ornithologist
Nick has volunteered at bird rescues since he was a teenager and worked as a veterinary technician for almost two decades. He has extensive experience with animal care and a special love for birds, especially his African Grey, Scrooge (who knows all the bad words!).