The Gabriel Foundation

Rating: 3.9 stars   10 reviews


1025 Acoma St Denver CO 80204 USA


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.


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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I cannot say enough about The Gabriel Foundation. The care these birds receive is unbelievable! Every time I am at the Aviary or Birdbrain the cages are clean, the diet is what I feed my birds at home (which incidentally is better than what I feed myself) and there are plenty of toys in their cages. Knowing birds as I do you can definitely tell if they are happy or sad or upset by the look in their eyes. The birds are happy. Consider the circumstances these birds have gone through.....locked in closets by previous owners, abused because they are simply being loud or destructive (as birds sometimes can be) and you will know that they know they are in a better situation. The one thing I ask everyone who may give them a poor review is what are YOU doing to help the situation. I foster several birds from the organization and have nothing but good things to say. Nobody is perfect in running a "business" but at the end of the day there wouldn't be a need for the foundation if pet "caretakers" were more responsible for their animals and not buy them because they look "cute" (among other reasons).

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Rating: 1 stars  

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This nonprofit is absolutely TERRIBLE. The foundation has also been literally kicked out of other counties in the state and has gone through numerous managerial turnovers as the result of poor management on the part of the president.

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

Hire an independent accountant to review the historical accounting and pay any necessary penalties, a lawyer to see if I was criminally liable, and an animal behavioralist to train the staff on better approaches to animal care.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers were great. They cared very deeply about the birds and worked hard on their behalf.

Ways to make it better...

The president had not made very unethical choices.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The president.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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