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starting a parrot rescue?

so one of my life goals is to open up my own parrot rescue or sanctuary (i think!).

obviously this is a thing for the future

does anyone know how you would start something like this?

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You would start off by making a very detailed business plan. Then you'd have to start trying to find funding for housing etc. or you could start looking for foster homes. I believe Clive may be able to help you as I'm sure he's currently running one Whatever you do, you mustn't start taking in birds before everything is sorted. You will need good policies and things written up before hand

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And I would also be looking for volunteers! I just want to help parrots

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You would need a lot of those too


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You could volunteer at a rescue?


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Daisy's plan is solid but, unfortunately, it doesn't quite work with bird rescue. For one thing, you are not going to be getting volunteers and donations unless people see you have been doing a good work and have a number of birds adopted out and several for adoption so you will have no choice but to start small, pay out of your own pocket and hope that it will work out (all bird rescues struggle all the time for funds and most have to close down from the lack and the huge number of birds they end up with).

Once you have been doing it for a while and have established a good reputation (you need to work with a couple of avian vets which you will have to pay out of your own pocket -they might, after a while, give you a discount and they will give you references), you should incorporate (money for fees and an accountant to set it up) and, once you get your tax ID number, you can then apply for your 501(c)3 status (people will not donate to you unless you have it). But getting a 501(3) implies not been able to charge a fee for the birds, you can get a donation but not charge a fee.

There is one way of speeding things up and that is volunteering and fostering for an established rescue because you get connections (with other foster parronts, avian vets, etc) as well as a behind-the-scenes experience (animal rescue is a constantly heartbreaking, super labor intensive, all consuming commitment which will prevent you from working and suck up all your resources - and, if you live with family, they will almost surely resent the whole thing after a year or so).
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i would already be volunteering at the parrot rescue, but it is an hour away. when i go to donate things, i will see how easy the ride it down there and i might consider applying to be a volunteer. i believe the minimum is once every other week. i so desperately want to volunteer there and i wish they were closer!

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Once a week will give you a bit of an idea of how it's like but it's the day to day that 'gets' to you. Not the work, mind you! It's the seeing how many are given up, the condition they are in and how people don't treat them right that does it...
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I wish!
Sorry daisy I rune a little bird boarding and rehoming. Not a rescue yet by a long shot.
But you are right in that I do intend to do my best to start Auckland Bird Rescue.
It looks like I have a property to use and develop into a rescue and boarding facility.
At first we may only be looking at captive, then as we get more established move on to wilds as well.
The first thing that I feel is important is to write a development plan / business plan.
Then try to get as many people and business's to reconise you and what you are doing. Local government and animal welfare.
Funding is always going to be a big thing. No funding then you need another way to finance food, vet fees. (and boy can these set you back a tidy sum) So a good vet that is willing to help with huge discounts is another key think in my mind.
Are you thinking of small time or turning a property into a full on rescue?
If going big then you can consider making it a public trust.
The better it is the more likely you are to get good volunteers, and these are all another crucial asset that is always going to be needed.
Expect a lot of work and no financial gains.


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