The Gabriel Foundation

Rating: 3.23 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 1025 Acoma St Denver CO 80204 USA

Mission: The Gabriel Foundation serves as a research and educational model to the public-at-large, the veterinary medical community, the pet industry, humane animal welfare organizations and the avicultural community. The Foundation educates the public about how to provide appropriately for parrots in captivity and the need to preserve the world''s parrots in their wild habitats. TGF operates an expansive Aviary and Adoption Center that cares for up to 400 birds daily.
Programs:

The Gabriel Foundation's experienced staff members work intensively with individuals interested in adopting birds. The Foundation has established a structured screening and adoption process that begins with the Parrot Adoption Protocol. The Foundation initially requires applicants to complete an adoption application, proceed through a series of telephone and/or e-mail interviews and verifies the applicant's references. If the Foundation's adoption committee approves the applicant as an appropriate bird adopter, multiple site visits are encouraged for the potential adapter. So often people "look" for a bird of a particular species, when in the Foundation's experience most birds will "choose" the person they prefer which contributes to the success of the match. For persons visiting from other states, a multi-day stay is recommended while the Foundation monitors and assesses the applicant's interaction with birds and the staff has an opportunity to become familiar with the potential adapter. The bird's housing, routine and care, personality, history and inclusion into the adopter's home are discussed at great length. Depending upon the location of the potential adopter, the Foundation or its representative may conduct home inspections prior to and/or post adoption. The Foundation invests a tremendous amount of time and resources, pre-and post-adoption, to ensure to the best of its ability, the best fit between the adopter and adoptee bird, and most importantly, the bird's future welfare.

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Rating: 3 stars  

Obviously the people giving one-star reviews are Lisa McManus or her friends. (In fact I recognize some of the online IDs as such.) Yes, they have a lot of birds -- probably too many -- but they also have a ton of volunteers to help clean, feed, and play with them. They are fed twice a day -- they get a bean mix in the morning, and some seeds/nuts and "chop" in the afternoon. Most of the birds are in spacious enclosures and, weather permitting, they spend time outdoors. They are showered regularly.

The Department of Agriculture and animal control needed the Foundation to take in more than 100 birds when McManus was busted for neglect and hoarding. The only place to keep the birds (as they had to be in quarantine) was in Murad's three-car garage. They were moved as soon as quarantine was over.

So this poor review is obviously by someone who was on the wrong side of the law. Again, while I am unhappy that they've taken in so many birds (and don't adopt out as quickly as they could), given the fact that so many birds need homes and that there are so few facilities to take them, the Foundation may be doing the best job they can.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Learn to say no.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unlikely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Somewhat badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am a long-time volunteer for this organization and I continue to volunteer because I believe in what they do and I feel they always have the best interests of the birds in their care at heart. I know they they are contacted daily from people wanting to relinquish their birds - a difficult position to be in, as I'm guessing every reputable animal shelter knows. I've seen them spend an amazing amount of time with potential adopters, to help them find the right bird, educate them on the proper care, and be there to work through any problems a past adopter may be having with their bird. Working with an animal shelter is not for the faint-hearted... There are heartbreaks along with the many happy stories. It is also incredibly rewarding though.

The Gabriel Foundation has done nothing but improve since I've been there and I honestly cannot recommend them highly enough. Whether you choose to volunteer here or assist the birds in another way, this organization is a great choice.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Organize more fund raisers. Possibly find ways to make the aviary more visitor-friendly (especially for children)with areas where people can visit safely with birds for a donation fee, etc.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am a long-time volunteer with The Gabriel Foundation and I spend significant time there every week. I suspect some of the previous negative reviews posted were given by some disgruntled employees that are thankfully gone from the organization. Since these employees have left, the number of volunteers has grown significantly (and yes, I believe it's no coincidence). In addition, the energy there has become much more positive and friendly.

The employees that have joined TGF in the last year are passionate, energetic and motivated. They love the birds and they are focused on TGF's mission. Significant improvements have been made in many areas, directly due to the efforts of the current staff and volunteers. I'm proud to be a part of this organization.

About the birds in their care... I have volunteered for many different shelters and rescues over the years, so I have a decent basis of comparison. TGF's level of care is one of the best I've seen. Do they have a large number of birds? Without a question, yes. Could they use more space? Yes, but what shelter couldn't? However, their buildings and cages are cleaned daily, the birds are fed an amazing diet of sprouts, fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, pellets, etc., toys and perches are continually rotated and checked for safety, and they have a vet on staff (as well as two local avian vets that provide tremendous support). There are large outdoor aviaries filled with foraging, climbing and playing options. I truly believe that TGF does everything they can (with the limited resources that a non-profit has) to provide the best quality of life for their birds.

My last comment is that if you have doubts about The Gabriel Foundation, then go see it for yourself. Take a tour, talk to the volunteers and employees there, and visit with the birds. Many of the birds came from hoarding/cruelty situations, so while they may look sad at first glance because they are plucked or have health issues... they came to TGF that way and have likely made huge improvements since their arrival. It's about perspective and education.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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