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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: For the Love of Birds is exclusively for charitable and educational purposes of companion birds through rescue, care and placement. Parrots can live long lives, 20 to 80 years, and because of this and by virtue of not being a domesticated animal, they will end up living in multiple homes for various reasons; unfulfilled expectations, death, moving, loss of job, life changes, etc. It is our mission to help as many birds as we can and find a loving and educated next home in New Jersey and surrounding areas. The Board of Directors include Joanne Freel, Caryn Cullen, Corinne Raimondi, and Denise Quadrel. Combined, we have over 30 years involved in parrot rescue. We are a registered 501c3 nonprofit animal rescue operating in the State of New Jersey. We possess a permit from the State of New Jersey, Division of Fish & Wildlife for Exotic and Non-Game Wildlife Species Possession, Pet Shop - Retail Sales.  

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33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Lisa R.19

Client Served

Rating: 5

We started thinking about getting another caique after our Charlie passed last year. Originally we were going to get a new baby caique but our son was not happy about it and wanted to adopt a rescue instead. A friend of ours who helps out a rescue organization for boxer dogs suggested “For The Love of Birds”.

We looked on their website and found 2 caiques waiting for adoption and emailed them. We received a response so quickly and decided to fill out the adoption application and start the process of adopting Skittles, a black headed caique.

Joann was warm, welcoming and caring and made sure we understood each step of the adoption process from the interview through the visitations to meet and interact with Skittles. Caryn was fantastic with our visitations with Skittles and was great when we asked if she could hold Skittles until after we took our vacation since we didn’t want to bring Skittles home and then go on vacation. She was so flexible with the visitations and the time when we finally picked up Skittles to bring him home. There were toys, food and the cage and the play stand included in the adoption – we donated back the cage and a bunch of toys back to Caryn as soon as Skittles transitioned into the cage we had for him.

Overall, it has been a GREAT experience and I would highly recommend adopting a parrot instead of buying a new parrot and I would absolutely recommend “For the Love of Birds”. There are so many parrots which are fostered and being well cared for by “For the Love of Birds” and they will make sure they match the right family to the right parrot!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

We came to the decision that it was not fair for our 16 year old Cockatiel to stay with us. Our 4 children are all grown. Two of our four children live with us and we are all employed full time. No one had the time to play with him or pay him any attention. As hard as a decision this was, we felt it was not fair to him.
We found For the Love of Birds and sent them an email explaining our situation. We immediately received a response telling us that while all the foster homes were full, they would definitely be able to help us. It was only a few short weeks later we received a call telling us that a foster home had become available. We contacted the foster home and set a day and time to deliver Lupe. As soon as we met our foster home parents, we knew Lupe was in good hands. A few weeks later we received an email saying he had been adopted and the new owners and Lupe had bonded already. We were so relieved.
I would highly recommend For The Love of Birds to anyone who cannot care for their bird any longer. They really do care for the birds and go through a lengthy process to ensure the birds are going to a good home. For us, we could not imagine a better organization to help us find a new home for our Cockatiel.

Donor

Rating: 5

After 17 years with our cockatiel Birdie, we sadly had to find him a new home. I found For the Love of Birds on line and filled out the adoption papers hoping to find loving and responsible family for him. I was so impressed with their response and adoption process. Their volunteers contacted me to talk about our situation and find out all about our birds habits and personality. It wasn't long before they contacted me with a potential adoptee. We spoke on the phone, exchanged photos, so that when they came to see Birdie, I knew this was the perfect match. I was so relived to let him go to such a caring family. Its been a couple of months now and I still get updates on his progress. I had a wonderful experience with all the volunteers and give them so much credit for what they do. You really have to have a complete love of birds to give so much of your time to help find safe and loving homes for our feathered friends. All pets are our family so having to surrender them can be heart breaking. I miss my little guy but anytime I've reached out to his new "Mom" she responds with pictures and an update. Its very comforting. This is a wonderful organization of dedicated and caring volunteers, I feel fortunate to have found them and have them handle my birds adoption.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m very fortunate to live in NJ where FTLOB operates as after the passing of one of my budgies I chose to adopt a new friend for my remaining winged-pal, Mellow. After reading the bios of birds currently looking for homes, I could tell how much this organization cares about finding the right fit for each one. At every step the vetting process was thorough and professional; the volunteer I worked with had a genuine passion in wanting the best for the birds in her care, and on adoption day when I visited her home to pick up my new budgie friend, Luna, all of this was affirmed.
I would recommend anyone with an appreciation and love of birds look to FTLOB first as this organization treats them with the respect and acknowledgment that they’re intelligent, individual beings deserving of the best life we can provide. I have no doubt from my own experience with them that other potential adopters will feel the same or those making the tough decision to part with their beaked-buddies will be confident that they’ll find a loving and qualified home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been truly blessed by For the love of birds. My lovebird Hulk has been with my son and I since he was only months old. We love him dearly but after having him for almost three years he started to develop health problems. First, I came home to find him in his cage with a fractured beak. This was a horrific experience for him and myself, but I was able to seek medical treatment and he healed perfectly and things seemed to be going well after his surgery. A few months later he started to pick at himself to the point of bleeding, and even after a visit with the vet he wasn’t getting better, and I realized he needed around the clock care that I just couldn’t provide. I also realized my financial situation wouldn’t allow Hulk the proper care he needed. I had to make an extremely difficult decision to surrender him so he would get the care he needed and deserved. I called multiple shelters that explained they did not take birds, and referred me to “wildlife” centers. As Hulk has only known life with my son and I, I started to worry I wouldn’t find a good fit for him where he could be in an environment he would be happy. I held off and continued to search and stumbled across “For the Love of Birds” and reached out to them. I got a call back immediately and he was placed only days later with an amazing family who will foster him and I hope nurse him back to health. When I dropped him off we chatted about Hulk and a plan for him, I immediately knew I made the best decision for him. When I left I was immediately sent pictures of all his new toys and him playing with her kids. I was overwhelmed with joy and realized what a blessing this organization is. I’m looking forward to see hulk progress, we will love him forever and I am forever grateful.

Marisa W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was interested in adopting a bird- a lovebird to be exact. I found a beautiful yellow bird named Sunnie on Petfinder who was in the care of For the Love of Birds. I filled out the application and was impressed by the thoroughness of the process in which to adopt from them. They clearly know a lot about birds and went above and beyond to make sure I was prepared for a bird and that little Sunnie would be happy in my home. Adoption was definitely the way to go! Sunnie came with everything she needs and then-some, including lots of information and resources so she could be cared for appropriately. Caryn was just wonderful and so very helpful and I am glad that I know I can contact her if I ever need assistance with understanding and caring for my little bird. I am so grateful to For the Love of Birds for helping me to find the perfect little companion.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family could not be happier about our experience with "For the Love of Birds"--an animal rescue focused on finding new homes for birds. A little more than a year ago, we were interested in getting a bird, but didn't feel right about buying from a pet store. We contacted this organization and Denise and Tracy helped "match" us. As part of the matching process, they had us fill out an application with references, conducted an interview and a house inspection. It sounds like a lot, but they made it easy and it didn't feel onerous at all. The house inspection also was conducted remotely over FaceTime. They just want to make sure the bird is a good fit for the home and vice versa.

Because this was our first pet, we had a lot of questions and Denise and Tracy were very patient in answering all our questions. We then found Kiko, a beautiful sun conure, who needed a home. Our family fell in love with him and decided to adopt him after visiting him once--with masks on. On our second visit, we were able to take him home and he has been part of our family ever since.

In sum, For the Love of Birds is a great organization with a wonderful mission. They were easy to work with. They have brought our family so much joy and happiness with Kiko. Thank you for all your work. We need more people like you in the world!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted from FTLOB three times and have nothing but good things to say. Corinne, our birds foster, has been amazing. She has answered all questions from basic bird care and behavior to even just sharing updates and stories. She even helped us find a larger flight cage as our flock has continued to grow. Really can’t say enough good things about their entire organization.

Audrey Faber W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found goofy, bossy and affectionate Franklin through For the Love of Birds two years ago after losing my childhood companion parrot of 45+ years.
Recently we adopted a second older brother named Birdie. Both times For the Love of Birds was wonderful to work with. I am always amazed at how caring and dedicated everyone involved with the program is.
We love both our boys and are so grateful to the For the Love of Birds network of foster families and volunteers for all they do.
They make a huge difference in both the lives of the birds they serve and the families who work with them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m so grateful to FTLOB for my Georgie boy. He became a part of our family August 29, 2020, a few months after losing our beloved Gilda, the center of our universe for 27 years. George is his own birb, and has settled in our hearts and home. Our home is again filled with a joyful “noise” and our grief is subsiding to make room for the love we have for Georgie.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had to surrender two of my parakeets to the organization. After my request, they responded in a timely and swift manner within a matter of days. They were professional when they arrived at my home and were straightforward and decisive. Would recommend to others that are looking to rehome birds to a caring organization.

Nata C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two birds from "For The Love Of Birds" Cyclops and Kevin. Joanne , on both occasions was extremely informative, I mean, from the very first conversation I was immediately able to tell how much she cares for her foster babies. She was very detailed , she asked a lot of relevant and important questions and was always willing to answer any question as well. At the time of the adoption, I got all the paperwork from her. She explained everything I needed to know. I received a LOT of free supplies for the birds (high quality food, because they care and do love their birds!) including their own cage! !
Joanne text me regularly to ask how things are going.

The birds come disease tested and with their vet visit papers and other important documents.

If you are thinking to adopt a bird, I highly recommend this organization. :)

ilovebirds

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have read all the beautiful stories of families adopting birds but I came to For The Love Of Birds for a VERY different reason. My husband was diagnosed with cancer suddenly not long ago and a decision had to be made to surrender our 2 beautiful birds who were with us for 17 and 16 years. Our babies who were a big part of our family could no longer be taken care of the way they deserve to be. I contacted For The Love Of Birds and they came to pick them up before my husband came home from the hospital . To say this organization is a God send and the people who are there to help are angles is a huge understatement. I truly don't know what I would have done in this very difficult situation without their help. I know our babies are very very well taken care of and hopefully will find a forever family but for now I know they are safe and loved. Life can change in a second and to know there is a place and people that have understanding and compassion was a relief I could never put into words. Thank you so much to all the volunteers you truly are ANGLES

Stephanie Z.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Rio is May even after his back story was a little scary. We had a green cheek conure before him, so we weren't scared. :) He has been such a blessing to our family. He's got a great personality and loves his bowl baths. Cracks us up when he jumps around on the floor. Each day he trusts us more and more and enjoys being my co-worker and zoom call attendee. His foster mom, Andrea, was great to work with. She was very informative and doesn't mind my occasional texts of goofy Rio happenings.

I would recommend FTHLOB any time. We had an awesome experience and are so blessed to have Rio in our lives.

Senthur R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had to give our loving conures - Rio and Tukki for adoption. We chose "For the Love of Birds" based on their ratings, to be honest there are only a very few bird rescue groups. They are light hearted volunteers who love birds, they helped fostering our birds until they are adopted. The volunteer gave us updates by text, photos and videos (it helped us during the heart breaking time). Its been more than a month since our birds are adopted to their forever home, I still receive updates from the volunteer and I'm very thankful for them.

Since we had our baby, we couldn't spend much time with our birds Rio and Tukki. They've developed bad habits trying to seek our attention. I'm very happy that our birds are adopted by someone who can spend enough time to play and take care of them.

Thank you,
Senthur and Hema

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 25yr old cockatiel had passed, so a few years later I was looking to make a home for an older cockatiel. I found a 9yr old from a shelter who's elderly owner had passed, so this male cockatiel came to live with me for the next 9 yrs & I fell in love with this sweet boy instantly. Unfortunately, health issues forced me to sadly find a new home for my now 18yr old very special member of the family. I researched for help on-line and thankfully found the For The Love Of Birds organization, and I'm so glad I did. From the moment I contacted this organization, during a global pandemic mind you, they have been absolutely wonderful, caring, kind, understanding and accommodating. Caryn worked with me to gather as much information about my cockatiel as possible, and then took him in herself in order to help with my heath concerns. Caryn has been an absolute angel, working with my cockatiel in order to find him a forever home, as well as providing me with updates and pictures along the way. Caryn worked tirelessly with my cockatiel to get to know him, and find the best match. Caryn was so excited to share with me that she has since found that perfect match, and my cockatiel was placed in his new forever home. For The Love Or Birds is a wonderful, hard working organization who truly cares about each and every bird and their owner(s). My extremely difficult decision to find a new home for my beloved 18yr old cockatiel was only made bearable due to the kindness and actions shown by the For The Love Of Birds organization. I would highly recommend this excellent and wonderful organization !

Norma V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very happy that I was able to find such a place like FOR THE LOVE OF BIRDS cause it made me to make the right decision for my birds I do recognize that they was very gentle with me and the birds THEY ARE GREAT.

Kelly E.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few years ago my beloved bird decided I was the devil and turned on me. He chose my ten preteen daughter as his new mom. He began to scream and charge the cage and throw heart wings at me if i was anywhere near him in the home. We tried behavioral modification, hormone shots with the vet, years or different strategies but he was miserable. He was only happy if my daughter had him. My daughter now a teen in HS planning college cannot commit to the time my bird needed to be held and played with every day since i couldn't so much as clean the cage without Skittles losing his mind.

We had taken him in as a foster and adoption at 4 years old. He was my bird for 9 years and then "her bird" for 3 more. He stopped playing with toys, it was all aggression all the time. We knew he deserved better. So we spoke with for the love of birds. Once an experienced foster was found (as we were not sure if the happy Skittles my daughter has would go or the angry Skittles i have (Dr Jeckle and Mr Hide) we took a bit of a drive to his new foster mom. I've received updates and they were and are very professional.

This is heartbreaking for our family and they have been so kind. The first thing they did was give us more ideas to try (just as our vet had been doing for years) and they honestly wanted to help us. They are kind caring people who really love birds.

I'm happy to report that after a week Skittles is kissing and being pet and cuddling! Things he used to do but stopped doing here. It's sad, it really was just me that made him miserable. All from a fateful day where i took him off a lamp and he just turned. I miss my buddy, i cried at his drop off but i know i did what is right and this organization did not make me feel anything but positive towards what could be the rest of his life. I know a bird is for life, but my bird needs a chance at a better one. Thank you For the Love of Birds!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had lost my beloved disabled cockatiel, Neil and reached out to them to adopt a special needs bird they had in foster.

They were very thorough with their adoption process, but moved along quite quickly. Denise and Caryn were both wonderful to work with for our adoption.

Our boy, Doc came to our home and truly became part of our family immediately. FTLOB's is doing an amazing job!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an amazing experience with For the Love of Birds. They truly love the birds in their care and offer lifetime support and education to adopters. My parrotlet, Fred was healthy and well adjusted. He came with his cage and a ton of supplies and food.
Fred’s foster mommy was so awesome and she knew his personality, what he liked and explained his behavior to me. I would definitely adopt from them again. 10 stars.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience with this group and Joanne.
I couldn't be happier with my bee bee Perry. Thank you so much!
Jackie Ernst, South Jersey

Ahuva W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first applied to adopt a bird during the early days of Covid-19 and Joanne and her team went out of their way to call my references a day after I applied! and once we were approved, my daughter kept asking when we are getting a bird, but they wanted to find the perfect bird for our family and worked really hard to help get us one that fits all our needs. In August, we finally picked up our Scooter and he is everything we wanted. friendly to the kids and hand tamed. We picked him up from Joanne, who sent us off with cage, extra toys, food and treats for him. Joanne was more than okay to keep him for us for a little longer as we wanted to get him after our family vacation. What a wonderful agency!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had to rehome a rescue Mickey a yellow nape amazon we had take to get him out of bad situations. He wasn't doing well in a room with other birds. Joanne found him a home and we were so happy because Mickey had a playmate ! I can't say enough good things about this group. I have my eyes out for a rescue that likes being around other birds and I'm sure we'll find them. Thank you for all your help!

Denise Q.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted three birds from For the Love of Birds. They are a wonderful non profit, 100% volunteer run organization that relies donations and volunteers to do what they do. They ensure that each bird that comes into their rescue finds the best possibly forever home and i could not be more thankful for my birds!

Courtney A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently working with For The Love Of Birds as a potential adopter. So far, absolutely nothing but wonderful things to say about them! Coming from someone who is not a first time bird adopter, I can verify that they absolutely do their homework and carefully choose who they place their birds with. I have had multiple conversations with them, they seem very friendly and easy to talk with. The bird they are hoping to place with me seems to be a VERY good fit thus far in the adoption process. The bottom line though....they care very much about their birds and who they place them with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

These guys really are so great at what they do. I was originally interested in a pair of cockatiels but alas they were already being adopted. Joanne took the time to find me the perfect match and was so incredibly transparent and honest about every little detail. I went to meet my Pixie (she’s a 5 yr old parrotlet) and her foster mom, Corrine, who was nothing short of amazing. She had taken such great care of her while they were finding her forever home. Pixie is my little girlfriend now and I can’t thank them enough for all they have done. It takes special people to do what they do everyday and they certainly live up to every expectation of that.

Heazza D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For the love of birds is awesome! Doing great things for birds in need. If you considered getting a companion bird, do your research and adopt one.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 23 year old cockatiel, Stormy, passed away, so I decided to adopt 2 Cockatiels in his memory. I submitted an application to For the Love of Birds and was able to adopt 2 while face bonded males. The adoption process was very thorough which I thought was so great. Thanks to Joanne & her team!!! They are an A+++ organization!!!! Photo of Benny & Bobby attached!!!

Naej Elocin I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted twice from For the Love of Birds and received not only the gift of wonderful creatures to nurture but countless forms of support and advice. In addition to rescuing countless feathered creatures, FTLOB members tirelessly vet new bird parents, perhaps one of the most important tasks of rehoming. I'd give this group 10 stars if I could.

Krista K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my Nanday Conure from FTLOB in November 2017. I can’t say enough positive things about this organization. Very open with communication, foster dad was very easy to work with, they provide the cage and food for your adopted bird for a smooth transition. Definitely consider FTLOB when you’re looking for a rescue bird! Adopt don’t shop!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with some of these men and women for many years , and others only a short time, but we all work well together and love what we do .
Although life is busy for us all, we somehow find the time it takes to help all these birds that need and depend on our help .
Tough at times, stressful, and sometimes sad, but the joy of finding just the right home for the birds in our care out ways all the rest :)
#lovingwhatIdo

Client Served

Rating: 5

Joanne and Caryn and all the foster bird parents are angels for what they do. We met Joanne at the first Adoptathon at the Horse Park in 2016, and submitted our application for the next lovebird who needed a forever home. Janey became available, and we got to meet Caryn who was fostering her. After a few months of settling in with Janey, we thought Janey would like company. When another lovebird became available, we let For the Love of Birds know we had room for another lovebird in our home. Indie is young and energetic and very entertaining. Janey loves her swing, and they both enjoy eating and shredding the organic kale we give them. Our birds came with lots of detailed care instructions. If we have any questions we know we can reach out and get help. it was pretty cool when we went to Platinum Parrot (Manahawkin-nearest food supply to home) and they knew For the Love of Birds . It has been a wonderful experience adopting and sharing this rescue with others.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful rescue!! They really care about their birds. Highly recommend