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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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I can only speak to what I observed at a recent visit to the TGF Aviary and Birdbrain. We were greeted by exceedingly friendly staff, the facilities were clean, and it was clear everyone cared tremendously for the parrot inhabitants. There absolutely were a lot of birds at both locations but at no time did it appear that these creatures were being given anything but the best care (clean cages, fresh water, outside time, human interaction, lots of toys, etc). This is certainly a huge undertaking and it saddens me that animals like parrots are treated as though they are disposable requiring organizations like TGF to appear to be bursting at the seams with animals. Unfortunately one can't sit in a room with a flock of parrots and pick the cutest one like puppies or kittens and walk out the door. The process is time consuming (as it should be) which lends itself to a lot of parrots waiting for a home.

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

Continue to improve communication between potential adopters with frequent follow ups and encouragement (which IS happening now).

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