Avian Adoptable Group
To adopt you must attend and complete necessary seminars, followed by submitting an application and allowing for a home visit.
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RUBIO
   
Rubio, who turned 13 years old in December 2017, is a male greenwing macaw whose former owner moved and was unable to bring him along.  This separation caused significant stress for Rubio, who turned to feather destructive behavior to ease his emotional stress.  Due to lack of information that pertains to the diet of a large parrot, Rubio’s diet had not been optimal, however, he has been easy to convert to the vegetable/sprout, nuts, and Caitec pellets diet that all the other macaws at ARC are currently eating.  The caregiver he was left with was quite apprehensive when it came to handling Rubio, so he was left in his cage for long periods of time.  He did not have toys that he was interested in playing with, and the toys he had appeared to have been in his cage for some time. 

On arriving at ARC, Rubio was left out on a play tree for a few weeks as the staff worked with him to build up his muscle strength.  On the new diet and with the playtree to climb around on, he increased his muscle mass and his weight normalized.  Once Rubio’s physical and emotional state improved from his nutritious new diet combined with his frequent showers, as well as time in an outside aviary for sunshine, exercise, and fresh air, we began to re-socialize him.  After just a few weeks on his new protocol he started to show new feather growth, even in the areas that we thought he had permanent follicle damage. He continues to show new feathers but at a slower rate. We feel that once he goes through a full molt he will grow even more feathers in places that currently show no growth.

Rubio does show stress if left in his cage for more than 24 hrs. He demonstrates this by plucking the small feathers on the shoulder of both wings.  The new owner probably should be someone who works from home or has an open schedule that allows Rubio allowing plenty of time out of his cage each day.  He is not one for close snuggles but will not say no to some head preening and proper petting.  Rubio loves to just hang out with his people, so someone with a more relaxed home life would fit him just fine. 

If you would like to consider adopting Rubio, please read our adoption policies and procedures and then give us a call to set up a time to come out to ARC and spend some time with this big guy while you get to know him better.  If you are not looking to adopt at this time and you would like to consider sponsoring Rubio, or any of our other birds, please send us an email and someone will contact you no later than the next business day.  You may sponsor an ARC bird for only $19 a month, which is less than most of us spend on our coffee or tea.  You might also discuss with family and friends a time for all of you together to come out to visit ARC.  During your visit, you will be introduced not only to the birds you might choose to sponsor or adopt, but all the birds currently at the facility. Rubio and all of us here at ARC look forward to hearing from you soon.

!COURTNEY - ADOPTED 
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Courtney is a female Galah (aka rose-breasted) cockatoo of unknown age.  She came to us through the Dept. of Animal Services, San Diego County, after she was found as a stray.  Although little is known about Courtney’s past, we feel that she is likely one of the many companion parrots that accidentally flew off from her last home. 
 
Courtney is in beautiful plumage.  Although a bit stand-offish, and self-sufficient when it comes to entertaining herself, as are most of this species, one only has to touch her to feel how extremely soft she is.  Unlike most cockatoos, she does not scream!  She does not test your finger with her beak before stepping up, a common practice with parrots that many people misinterpret as an impending bite. 
    
Unlike some parrots, Courtney converted immediately to ARC’s basic diet protocol (nuts, Caitec pellets, and fresh vegetables).  She has learned to enjoy taking a shower when her person is in the shower with her, but does not like being left in there alone, and will flutter down and roam about until she finds you.

During a visit to our avian vet, Courtney underwent a physical exam and a blood draw for our routine intake blood tests.  We later received a call from the vet, who informed us that although Courtney physically presented herself as healthy, her CBC revealed an alarmingly high WBC count.  This was normalized with a seven-day course of antibiotics.  Courtney is so trusting that when it was time for her twice-daily injection, all we had to do was to reach in and place a small washcloth over her, and she rolled immediately onto her back and released her hold on the cage bars, allowing us to take her out of her cage. 

Courtney would make a wonderful first bird for anyone who finds her physical appearance and personality warming to the heart.  If you would like to consider adopting her, please read our adoption policies and procedures and then give us a call to set up a time to come out to ARC and spend some time with this amazing bird while you take some time to get to know her better.  If you are not looking to adopt at this time and you would like to consider sponsoring her, or any of our other birds, please send us an email and someone will contact you no later than the next business day.  You may sponsor an ARC bird for only $19 a month, which is less than most of us spend on coffee or tea in a month.  You might also discuss with family and friends a time for all of you together to come out to visit ARC.  During your visit, you will be introduced not only to the birds you might choose to sponsor or adopt, but all the birds currently at the facility. Courtney and all of us here at ARC look forward to hearing from you soon.

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JOEY
   
Joey is a male blue-and-gold macaw estimated to be quite young, although his exact date of hatch is unknown.  He came to us through the Dept. of Animal Services, San Diego County, after he was found as a stray.  Although little is known about Joey’s past, we feel that he is likely one of the many companion parrots that accidentally flew off from his last home.  Joey is currently off site at our Co-Director’s home in South San Diego County. 
 
    
Joey was taken right away to see Dr. Jenkins for his full intake physical and blood workup, all of which were normal.  On physical exam, Joey exhibited signs of being a juvenile.  He has taken to the ARC diet very well and is showing great physical improvement in just a few weeks’ time.  He is filling out well and his feathers and eyes are bright and shiny. His personality is that of a little boy learning everything he can all at once.  He has learned how to use two different types of foraging wheels, and today learned the color red on a color ring and pole set.  He will play until he is tired then will take a power nap.  He is not overly vocal as yet, though he does know how to call morning and evening, like a parrot normally would.  He knows a few simple words and seems to just soak up everything, every challenge he is given. 
   
For the time being, Joey is a member of the ARC Resident Flock. If you are interested in sponsoring Joey, or any of the other member of the ARC Resident or Adoptable Flocks, please send us an email and someone will contact you no later than the next business day.  You may sponsor an ARC bird for only $19 a month, which is less than most of us spend on our coffee or tea.  You might also discuss with family and friends a time for all of you together to come out to visit ARC.  During your visit, you will be introduced not only to the birds you might choose to sponsor or adopt, but all the birds currently at the facility. Should you choose to sponsor Joey and want to meet him, we will make every available effort to have him at our Jamul facility for your visit.  Joey and all of us here at ARC look forward to hearing from you soon.
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GANDALF
   
Gandalf is a male Moluccan cockatoo whose age is unknown, as he came to ARC after being rescued by the San Diego County Animal Services Department, the result of a hoarding and cruelty case.  Despite his previous poor diet and lack of interaction, Gandalf has shown the resilience so many parrots exhibit when brought into a rescue or sanctuary.  Surprisingly, he has demonstrated no feather destructive behavior or other negative habits that would require a period of rehabilitation.  His feather condition is fair, but shows damage from being confined in a cage more suitable for a smaller bird.  We have therefore implemented some of the steps we take for birds with feather destructive behavior. 
  
We have scheduled Gandalf for a bath every-other day to encourage proper preening, have been providing him daily time outside for fresh air and sunlight, and most importantly, have been introducing him to a proper diet, including fresh vegetables, sprouts, nuts, and pellets.  Gandalf's body weight on intake was within normal parameters for a Moluccan; however, when taking into consideration the diet he was on prior to coming to ARC and the small cage that gave him an inability to move more freely to build muscle mass and strength, the concern was his percentage of body fat.  Again, with the proper diet and exercise he is getting at ARC, we are 100% sure that this concern will be resolved. 

Gandalf is a fairly quiet Moluccan, and does not seem to even call loudly in the morning or at dusk.  From time to time, he will get excited and do the "Moluccan Dance," with his head and crest just bouncing all over while whistling and chattering a bit louder than his normal decibels when chatting with the other birds around him. 

We encourage with all adoptions for the adopter to be well-educated with regard to parrots, and to have thought through the decision thoroughly. With cockatoos, ARC has a few added requirements for adoption, due to the added complexity of cockatoo species and the needs that apply particularly to them. Gandalf deserves to have a caring and devoted owner.  We at ARC have no doubt that he will be "best friends" with that lucky person.


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CAYDEN

Cayden is a male hybrid macaw, believed to be a cross between a blue and gold and a military. He came to ARC via the San Diego Department of Animal Services from a cruelty investigation.  On arriving at the animal shelter, he was seen by an avian vet who diagnosed him with heavy metal toxicity.  As a result of this condition, Cayden was underweight, had neurological symptoms, and showed stress bars in all of his larger feathers, including tail and flights. He has since been treated for the heavy metal toxicity and had a follow up visit with our avian vet.  On November 9, 2017, his weight was1020g, so he has shown a good response to a well-balanced diet.






At the time of Cayden's visit with our avian vet, his weight was quite low, appx 200g below normal, and he was very stressed by the visit.  On our vet's advice, we chose to defer our usual blood tests (CBC, DNA sexing, chemistries, etc.) but he did have a basic grooming.  We came up with a plan to have him re-seen once he was up to normal body weight, which should be around 1000-1300g. 

​Cayden is disabled, as he is missing two toes on his right foot and one toe on his left foot.  The left foot does not seem to cause any mobility issues for him; however, the other foot is missing parts of both a back toe and a front toe, leaving just stubs.  He has difficulty grasping with the right foot, due to this old injury.  We do not know how this happened, but a good assumption is that another parrot bit them off.  As far as we are aware, he had not received any veterinary care for these amputations, so he must have been in terrible pain for some time as they healed.  Cayden would do well with someone who has macaw experience and has no fear of a large parrot, because he has learned to use his beak for balance and to test the stability of what he may be stepping up on.  When handling him on ones arm, he tends to lean into the person with his beak, as he cannot grip a normal-sized forearm, and finds stability by sometimes biting the collar of the person's shirt. 

On arriving at ARC, Cayden was quiet and reserved, but he has already come out of his shell and would make a great companion for the right person.  He has a very sweet personality, enjoys his time outside in our aviary, and has started to molt quite a bit, which is a good sign that his general health is going in the right direction.  He enjoys music and watching TV.  He is quite quiet for a macaw, and does not call in the morning or evening like most.  He has not yet vocalized words, but not every parrot learns to speak.  Cayden's colors are beautiful and quite striking; in nature, the crossing of two species of macaw is very rare.  Please reach out to us if you would like to set up a time to meet this amazing parrot and possibly make him your new companion.
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PIERRE
   
Pierre is a male Goffin's cockatoo whose age is unknown.  He came to ARC along with four other large parrots as part of a Dept. of Animal Services cruelty seizure.  Pierre is in excellent feather and is a beautiful parrot.  It appears that he had not had very much human contact and had been left in a cage, so on arriving at ARC, he did not understand or trust "step up."  He has a very large English vocabulary, as well as plenty of "parrot talk."  He does, from time to time over-vocalize, and has come a long way in responding to positive reinforcement techniques to correct this behavior.  We took it very slow with our encouragement to step up, and Pierre has made great progress.  With a patient approach, he does now try to step up and is usually successful, and then loves to preen the fingers and hand on which he is standing.  Pierre's progress with trusting people has also made huge strides, although he has bitten a couple of times out of fear, so we still pay very close attention to his body language. 





​Pierre is available for adoption, but due to the need to complete the rehab of some of his behavioral problems, we will only consider someone who has experience with cockatoos and positive reinforcement training techniques.   As is stated in our name, Avian Rehabilitation Center, Pierre will continue, until he is adopted, to receive daily one-on-one sessions so that he continues to enjoy stepping up on command.  He certainly needs no more work on enjoyment of being touched by human hands!  We have been fortunate that Pierre loves sunflower seeds (what parrot doesn't!), so his successes with his training have been easy to reward.  We may never know what this parrot has been through in his lifetime, although a parrot is not born with fear responses, but can develop this behavior as a result of negative experiences.  Fortunately, parrots, as a result of their high intelligence, can be very resilient, and can learn to trust again.  Please contact us if you would like to meet or have any questions pertaining to Pierre, or are interested in adopting or sponsoring one of the other many parrots in our adoptable or resident parrot flock.