a 501(c)3 Non Profit Parrot Rescue
Raven’s Haven Exotic Bird Rescue, Inc. was established
in March of 2001 when we became aware of the large number of parrots and
related species that were living lives of neglect and abuse.
Parrots are now the second most popular pet in the United
States. Along with that popularity has come the many problems that are
normally encountered with more traditional domesticated species such as
dogs and cats. The major difference, we believe, is that most of the parrots
now kept as pets are not domesticated through years of selective breeding
but instead, are only one or two generations removed from their wild ancestors.
In fact many were caught in the wild and imported to the U.S. during the
1960's up until the early 1990's when it became illegal to do so. Many
of these "wild caughts" retain their wild traits and have been
sold and resold to a number of guardians. Herein lie the problems which
make our organization, and others like it, needed. These parrots, which
are usually bought on impulse and without knowledge of their emotional
needs will, in many cases, react to the lack of attention by their guardians
in an unfavorable manner. As many are semi-tame and have not known a stable
and consistent home, these birds can have behavioral problems and can
be dangerous as pets. These birds are doomed to being passed from one
guardian to another or back to the pet shop as each new guardian realizes
that their new pet will never be the "Busch Gardens" bird they
had hoped for. Many will bite, scream or even resort to self mutilation
in an effort to get attention from an uncaring guardian. Thus starts a
cycle which can be repeated many times during the bird's long life. Unlike
a dog or cat, whose life is relatively short in comparison, a parrot should
live from 20 to 100 years depending on the species. This of course assumes
that the bird has survived the nutritional neglect offered by many casual
bird guardians. In the effort to stop this endless cycle we formed Raven’s
Haven. to offer an alternative to people who needed to find a caring "home
for life" for their bird and to offer a retirement home for the birds
deemed unsuitable for placement.
the goals of Raven’s Haven are:
1. To rescue languishing, abused or unwanted parrots from abusive or neglectful
• We do not breed or place birds with people who breed.
• We do not sell, trade, or use birds in our care for commerce or profit.
• We promote responsible guardianship of all captive birds.
• We promote education on all issues of avian welfare.
• We oppose the sale of unweaned baby birds and production breeding methods.
• We oppose the mass-marketing and selling of birds through pet store chains, bird marts, and internet venues.
• We do not condone, endorse, or promote the breeding of birds for life in captivity as long as there are captive birds in need of placement.
• We support and encourage responsible legislation protecting the rights, health, and safety of birds living in captivity.