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: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been a monthly donor to The Gabriel Foundation for over 2 years now. I follow their activities on Facebook and visit both of their locations occasionally. The facilities are clean and the birds appear well-cared for. It does seem a bit crowded, but shelters generally are. I think that they do the best they are able to do with the resources and staff they have. I will continue to donate to them as long as I am financially able to do so.

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

Improve their marketing and adoption promotions. More resources will help them do more for the birds, I believe.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Do NOT donate to this organization. The Foundation is loosing money rapidly, packing birds into smaller and smaller cages and areas and continuing to take dozens of birds in monthly. The founder, Julie Murad, is keeping birds in her garage and packing them into the warehouse behind the retail store. If you are considering sending your beloved bird to The Gabriel Foundation, demand to see the back of The Birdbrain on Acoma Street in Denver. This is most likely where your bird will end up. Also, take a walk around the aviary and take a close look at the poor diet the birds are now receiving. At one time TGF was one of the best, but it has rapidly declined and the founder is taking in every bird that she can get her hands on. Support a parrot rescue that knows their limits. Don't support a nonprofit organization that is behind on all their bills, can't afford to feed their animals a quality diet and yet continues to bring in more and more animals.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am planning on adopting a parrot and had the opportunity to visit their impressive aviary last week. This group is outstanding in respect to the operation and care facility they have achieved. Their good work to take in the 60 odd parrots that were found in a dire situation, housed in a place with no running water or electricity, is most impressive. Some of the birds I met have been cared for in their facility for 3 years. I look forward to my new friend and actively participating in this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by visiting their facilities both in Denver and Elizabeth and am in the process of adopting a parrot

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

Help bring in more dollars to expand their operation and outreach capabilities

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to meet the patients...

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

Everyone I have met are very committed to the cause

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand educating the public as to the demanding/challenging role of a parrot owner, it is definately not for everyone, but can be very rewarding and a source of great pleasure to the right person

Ways to make it better...

I was in the position to adopt a dozen of the birds

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

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

I have never seen such an impressive aviary in terms of total care. They have recently added a onsite vet to care for the 400 plus birds who they care for, birds from accross the US as well as around the world

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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