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Tips For Adopting A Rescued Bird
January 1, 2023

Well, January has gone to the birds: it’s Adopt A Rescued Bird Month. If you want to start 2023 out on a positive note, there’s no better way to do it than by giving a rescue bird a happily ever after. However, this isn’t something to take lightly. Adoption is forever! A local Las Vegas, NV vet offers some insight on adopting a rescued bird in this article.

Research First

Sadly, thousands of pet birds are abandoned every year. Birds raised in captivity cannot survive in the wild, so many end up languishing in shelters for years. A lack of understanding is a big part of the problem here. Many people adopt birds without realizing how much care and attention they need. Do plenty of reading before adopting Polly, including some breed-specific research. This is especially important if you’ve never had a feathered pet before. 

Don’t Expect Perfection

Polly isn’t the neatest roommate you can find. Birds love to chew and shred things, and won’t really care if they are eating your furniture or an actual toy. Be prepared to pick up after your winged pal! 

Polly Needs Free Time

Polly needs a comfy, roomy cage, but she shouldn’t be kept in it too long. Your feathered buddy will need plenty of free time every day. You’ll need to be diligent about birdproofing. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Air Quality

Birds have very sensitive lungs, and they can quickly get sick by breathing in fumes from perfume, candles, chemicals, and even cookware. Polly should never be exposed to vapors or fumes. Ask your vet for more information. 

Be Prepared To Commit 

Many rescued birds are recovering from illness or injury. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for them to be coping with their own form of PTSD as well. This often stems from neglect, abuse, or a traumatic experience. However, Polly could also be upset at being separated from a previous owner. This happens more than many people realize, especially with larger birds, as many of them have quite long lifespans, and sometimes outlive their owners. Make sure that you’re ready, willing, and able to provide your winged companion with the love, care, attention, and veterinary care she needs for the rest of her life. 

Do you have questions about caring for a pet bird? Contact us, your local Las Vegas, NV animal clinic, today!