Birdline Parrot Rescue is a charity which operates across the U.K. and re-homes hundreds of Parrots each year. They also work to raise standards in Parrot care through education demonstrated and displayed at events across the UK. They also promote Parrot wellbeing and advice through resources such as the Birdline website. You can find our more about Birdline Parrot Rescue here.
About Birdline Parrot Rescue
The charity is run entirely on a voluntary basis. A very dedicated team of people give their valuable time, to help birds find the second chance of a loving home.
Many birds come to the charity in poor health. The charity’s biggest cost every year is vet care. Ensuring birds get the support they need to live healthy and happy lives is Birdline Parrot rescues top priority.
Funds are raised through a membership scheme, donations and events. They also charge a small admin fee to foster each bird. As Parrots live for such a long time, they remain the property of Birdline for life. This gives the much-needed reassurance that if a foster family’s circumstances change, Birdline will step in to give support and re-home if necessary.
How and why did you get started?
Birdline Parrot-Rescue was founded in 1992, initially to rescue and care for birds in the Warwickshire area. Expansion soon became an urgent necessity, resulting in a recruitment drive. Talented individuals specializing in various species of birds from Finches to Macaws were soon on board.
A network of helpers and area co-ordinator volunteers worked tirelessly from home, in order to provide a nationwide structure. Thus permitting the organization to offer a loving secure home to a wide variety of birds.
More recently, Birdline has helped over 1500 birds to find new homes. Over the last year Birdline has had over 1,000,000 visits to their website! Over 30,000 telephone calls have been received for help and advice and countless birds and pets, that owners cannot look after, have been taken in on a short or long term basis.
They’ve assisted with behavioural problems, damaged and crippled birds, mutilated and neglected birds. Birdline also have a strong liaison with many bird charities, including, police forces, zoos and other rescue organisations. Operating not only in the UK, but in many other countries around the world.
What birds / Parrots are rescued and rehomed?
Birdline rescues and rehomes both aviary and companion birds from the tiniest finches and budgies to the very largest of Macaws.
The majority of birds are surrendered to the charity by owners who can no longer look after their pets. However, Birdline also assists with birds with behavioural problems, damaged, crippled, neglected and lost birds.
How many staff/volunteers are involved?
Approx 40 volunteers work for Birdline Parrot Rescue today.
An African Grey came in as a mutilator. He was only one years old and plucked. He was taken for x-rays and the vet found that the bird was suffering from arthritis. With the right medication and care, he stopped mutilating and became fully feathered. He now lives a full and happy life with his foster family! This is one of many success stories and
Due to the longevity of many Parrot species, Birdline will maintain ownership of the birds, choosing a suitable foster, rather than adopt them into to new homes.
In order to foster a Parrot from Birdline, membership of the organisation must be maintained. Suitability to foster is assessed with an in-depth telephone interview and followed up with a home visit. The applicant must demonstrate experience and / or extensive research into Parrots and Parrot care.
How can people help/get involved?
If you’d like to foster a bird or become a safehouse you can sign up as a member through the Birdline website. You can submit and application for the bird that takes your interest.
Birdline is always in need of volunteers to help the rescue and rehoming teams. Supporting the emergency phone lines, undertaking rehoming interviews, conducting home visits and supporting the many safe-houses and foster-homes across the country.
In addition, the charity needs support with the day to day running of the organization; including marketing and publicity, fundraising and grant development, finance, governance and legal support.
Phone: 0845 643 1785
Registered Charity Number: UK Reg Charity 1125030
Scottish Reg Charity SC043288