3PR’s Five Step Adoption Process


This process can take as little as 2 – 4 weeks. 

  • Visit 3PR for a Tour

    • Our volunteer staff members work intensively in helping our guests adopt birds, this is why we are here. The best way to start this journey is to visit 3PR and take a tour with one of our well-trained volunteers.

  • Annual Membership Application

    • Complete the annual membership application and pay the non-refundable $25 fee. This is not an auto-renewable fee. You will fill out a new application and pay the fee each year, manually.

    • This fee will allow you and your family admission to visit with all of the birds to see which one is going to choose you. Three to five (3-5) visits or more will be required to help you see more of the bird’s personality and the bird to see yours, so do not feel rushed. We will disclose if there is already an ITA (Intent to Adopt) on a bird you are meeting with. Our role is to observe and the board, comprised of five volunteers, will decide the best fit for the bird based on all of the criteria included in the adoption process.

  • Standards of Care Course & Home Inspection

    • You will receive a link to our online Standards of Parrot Care course.

    • 3PR contacts you to schedule and complete a home inspection and consultation about adding a bird to your home.

  • Intent to Adopt (ITA)

    • We are pretty sure that a bird will have chosen you by this point in the process! Now, you will complete an Intent to Adopt form in person that the adoption committee will review for approval and decide on within 2-4 business days. This does not “reserve” or “hold” a bird for you. We often receive multiple ITA’s on the same bird.

    • Once approved you now have 7 days to obtain an appropriate sized cage and complete cage set up with enrichment to close the adoption (pictures will need to be provided to make sure it meets 3PR’s standards)

    • YOU ARE APPROVED, ACCEPTED and hopefully EXCITED! Contact 3PR to schedule a time to pick up your new, feathered family member. Full payment of the adoption fee can be made at the time you pick up your new bird. Don’t forget that you will need a travel cage to safely take your birdie home.

    • If you are denied, please understand this is not a personal decision.  It is a decision based on whether your home and family is the BEST fit for the bird.

  • Follow-Up

    • This is the BIG one! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are struggling. A call from you does not mean you are failing, it means you are loving your bird enough to ask for help. Again, helping these birds live long and healthy lives with you or your family is our mission. We receive calls on most birds that are adopted out and we LOVE assisting you in figuring out what might be going on.

    • 3PR requires contact from you at or about 7 days, 30 days and 180 days. This can be done by a phone call, email (we love pictures!) or posting pictures to the Pikes Peak Parrot Rescue - 3PR page on Facebook. This accountability is for the bird(s), you, 3PR and our wonderful donors that make all of this possible.

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Phone - 719.203.6955


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