There are several in Illinois, I don't know where you are located but all of these are in the state:
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR LICENSED ILLINOIS PARROT RESCUE IN BOLINGBROOK, IL.
We are looking for dedicated individuals that are interested in learning about proper parrot care. This shelter/rescue is in our home and has several parrots with special needs. You must not be afraid of parrots because cleaning their cages is required. We pay particular attention to diet and proper nutrition for this large flock. We teach proper parrot care. This care includes nutritional instruction per species, how to handle behavioral issues, such as screaming, biting, and feather picking, parrot hygiene/bathing, and the proper way to medicate parrots.
If you are interested in helping out a couple hours a week, please contact us by phone 630-759-7363 or by e-mail [email protected]
Feathered Friends Avian Rescue & Rehab(Shelter #1110086) x
Champaign County 422 Paul Ave., Champaign, IL 618
GCCBC Bird Adoption Shelter
at 204 S. Villa Ave, Villa Park, IL.
Adoption hotline: 630-640-4924
And I am sure there are more, only I could not find them.
And the problem with the zoos is not the lack of toys (parrots that live with other parrots don't need toys, it's only when they are alone that they do), it's that most of the people who work there (and, most importantly, the ones that make the decisions), regard the animals as exhibits shown to make money, there is no real love, no empathy for them...
I dreamed all my life of working in a zoo and, back in 2001, when I had cancer, I changed my entire life around and decided to finally waste no more time doing what I 'needed' to do instead of doing what I 'wanted' to do (and I was in a position to do this as all the children were grown, my husband made good money and we had savings) so I took courses, passed my written exam and did my oral thesis on quakers so I could work in a zoo. I took a job at a small and very well regarded local zoo - I lasted less than a year. I simply could not 'take' the lack of regard for the animals welfare and happiness, and their mercenary attitude. Zoos are not good places for animals. Period. As a visitor, you only see what they want to show you and not the 'behind the curtain' reality. Like elephants that have become crazy because they have been artificially inseminated over a hundred times (a procedure that is painful and scary to the poor things) just because babies attract crowds. Foxes that chew themselves up because they are not given enough room to roam. Penguins all crowded and fighting with each other because people like to see the Happy Feet HUGE flock. Small nocturnal rodents that are all stressed out from the kids (and grown-ups!) knocking on the glass of their enclosures all day long when they are supposed to be sleeping. And I could go on and on and on. I have ten grandchildren (11th on her way) and have never taken a single one to one as I would not support any organization that exploits animals - and my children are all very much aware of my feelings and the reasons for them. Do some research and you'll see...