What will happen to my bird when I die?
Posted 28 June 2012 - 12:11 AM
Posted 01 July 2012 - 03:22 AM
Posted 01 July 2012 - 04:39 AM
My mother and I applied to adopt one of the parrots at this refuge earlier in June and we were approved. So two weeks ago, we adoped an Umbrella Cockatoo. He's 11 years old according to the owner of the refuge but they can live 80+ years. When we were approved to adopt, we agreed that in the case that I or my mother are no longer able to care for the Cockatoo for whatever reason, he must be returned to the refuge. We aren't allowed to rehome him ourselves. Personally, I like this idea because I can't honestly think of a single person that I would be very comfortable rehoming him to. My brother can't even take care of his own dog much less an Umbrella Cockatoo. I have personally been to the refuge and I have talked to the owner, his wife and some of the volunteers who work with the birds on weekends. They are all very nice people, very informative and have a great deal of experience (40+ years for the owner) with these birds. The Cockatoo that we adopted had been living at the refuge for at least a year, possibly longer (he had been brought to the refuge twice so he's spent a great deal of time there himself). I would be very comfortable with placing him back into the care of those people if I ever had to.
Posted 15 July 2012 - 02:31 AM
Barring a reliable relative I would make arrangements with a good rescue and leave money in my will for her care. Same with my dogs and cat.
Two Nameless Miniature Doves (they don't come when I call anyway)
Makenzie a Hahn's Macaw (loves hiding in a book bag)
Mardy a Greenwing Macaw (comes without being asked)
Posted 19 July 2012 - 01:16 PM
Oh - sidenote: it is also not uncommon for those who absolutely cannot find a suitable caretaker for their birds, to will the birds to a reputable rescue or sanctuary program like Best Friends or Gabriel Foundation
Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:01 AM
A great way to go about finding a "godparent" is to look at your pet sitters. If you use a professional service, this might not work, but if you try out different friends, you quickly learn which ones are just doing a job and which ones truly enjoy the birds and have all sorts of stories about what they did while you were gone. Now you can mention the possibility of adoption to those who genuinely enjoy the birds. The pet sitter does not need to be wealthy and probably isn't if they're pet sitting for extra cash but that's why you can let them know that there will be bequest or trust to cover any costs.
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