We are so sorry that you find yourself looking into the most responsible and SAFE way to relinquish your beloved birds. Many do not know this, but a vast majority of parrots relinquished to 3PR do not come from abusive or neglectful situations. A majority of birds relinquished to 3PR come from loving homes where age, health or life circumstances have changed dramatically and your birds need a new, loving home.​ This responsibility weighs heavily on both the Intake Team and the Adoption Board.


3PR turns down applicants on a regular basis and while these individuals and families are disappointed, they often do not see this through the lens of the mission of Pikes Peak Parrot Rescue that drives us to search for the "PERFECT FIT". 3PR takes great pride in the fact that we do not see failed adoptions, in fact, we receive calls regularly from families looking to relinquish a bird because of behavioral issues. Pikes Peak Parrot Rescue has been able to give training and support to these families to the point where these birds are able to stay at home where their family can fall in love with them all over again. Please call us if you have any questions at all - 719-203-6955. 3PR understands how painful this can be and we want you to know that we are here for you, even if you simply need a listening ear.

“3 Reason To Relinquish Your Bird To A Rescue Instead Of Selling On Craigslist”


Whether your bird is a LOVED member of your family or you inherited a bird that you cannot handle and it spends all day in its cage, there are safer options than Craigslist - for you and the bird. The bird trafficking industry is strong. SCAMS are hidden on just about every post on Craigslist. We regularly hear stories of people putting a deposit on a baby that never arrives. Sadly, the buying and flipping of birds does incredible damage to one of the most intelligent animals on the planet. Adopters are contractually obligated to stay in contact with the rescue they adopted from so that the rescue remains informed of the bird’s condition. Adopters are required, by contractual agreement, to relinquish the bird back to the rescue if they cannot keep the bird for any reason. The future safety of your beloved family bird will forever be tracked to ensure the best life possible. A database tracks every single bird relinquished and adopted.


Each rescue performs veterinary wellness exams on each bird that is relinquished to its care. Your bird will likely undergo a quarantine period and be tested for any illness. This is done not only for the health of your bird, but to ensure the continued health of every bird in the rescue. Customized diet plans are developed for your bird’s health conditions and is species specific. For example, Eclectus Parrots have a very different diet from a Macaw Parrot. Grooming is also performed on your parrot and regular showers will become a part of their routine if this was not already happening.


Humans do not often think of the mental health of birds. Wild birds fly, play and breed in their natural environments. Our homes cannot replicate this kind of life - while some rescues have huge outdoor aviaries, this still is not the same. Many people say that birds should not be domesticated for this reason. However, we live in a world with tens of thousands of birds that live in cages and many never leave the confinement of those cages. Enrichment and training are a huge part of what rescues do very well. Your bird will be engaged on a daily basis by humans. They are volunteers in many cases and are trained to enrich the life of your parrot. Games are played with your bird - they may simply learn to throw a ball with their beak or even learn to recognize and communicate colors. Every moment that a rescue spends with your parrot gives the rescue a better snapshot into your bird, which helps to identify an even better adoptive fit. A PERFECT FIT is what rescues are all about. There are innumerable stories of humans that visited a rescue to see an Amazon and ended up with a Cockatoo. Birds choose people and it is almost NEVER the other way around. Mature birds that have experienced puberty become much more stable and we see the success of post-pubescent adoptions skyrocket compared to baby birds purchased at a bird store. Take a look on Craigslist, as it is rare to see a bird being sold that is over 10 years of age.

The big question that you have to ask yourself when you are facing a new future for your family bird is whether or not a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars is worth an unknown future. Visit your local rescue. Ask questions. I think you will end up agreeing that your bird is too important to sacrifice its future.

EVERY fee & donation goes directly to support the care and enrichment of birds at 3PR! There is NOBODY on payroll, every person you meet at 3PR is a volunteer. We accept the donation of cages, birds, toys, etc. and you can also request a donation receipt to file with your taxes.