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Papayago Rescue House, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Bird Sanctuaries

Target demographics: Little to big parrots!

Direct beneficiaries per year: 170 birds and people

Geographic areas served: Georgia

Programs: We provide support to families that are taking care of long-lived parrots. We provide education regarding parrots and their very unique diet, exercise, flight, foraging, cage, branch, herb, water, cleaning needs. We also provide surrender services to people who must give up their birds. We are about forming a supportive relationship, not a transaction. We provide hardship boarding, deployment boarding, boarding, and grooming.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

cwjoy1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Papayago team is truly amazing. At the core, they are a parrot/bird rescue, but they are so much more. They are a community of bird folks that truly care. They work very hard to rehabilitate birds (both physically and emotionally), and find loving new homes for them whenever possible. I also board my birds there and know they're in great hands. Papayago also does lots of education, both formal and informal. I have a family member who just received a budgie and has no training about how to care for the little girl. Just today, I asked Papayago for help, and they provided several toy recommendations, food recommendations, cage recommendations, supplemental veggie powder, websites, FB groups, Instagram page, and all sorts of information for me to help the family provide a better home for this new baby girl. I was in grateful tears. Papayago is a TREMENDOUS asset to the bird community in the Atlanta metro area. So grateful.

PHobby

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I help feed and care for the birds in residence at Papayago Rescue House as a “Kitchen Mom”. Over the last year I have learned a lot about nutrition and enrichment for the birds at the rescue and my flock at home.

They are so caring and loving with the birds in their care and make me feel like part of the family.

As they continue educate me and the public I hope they are able to prosper and grow in positive ways that benefit these lovely creatures and their environment.

Thank you Papayago for all that you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a great place with a real heart for helping birds! I started volunteering there about a month ago and have been extremely impressed with the care, enrichment, and nutrition they provide the birds! Each animals’ individual personality and special needs are considered here... both physical and mental... they truly love these animals and want the best for them AND the people that walk through their doors to find a pet that is a match.

I believe they truly consider all factors of the adoptive “parronts” lifestyle and help them discover if a bird is the right pet and which one is the best fit for them and their family.

If you are looking to have someone just hand you a bird... don’t come here. They are hands on and supportive and very protective of the animals and you! There will be an application, visits with the bird, a home visit, and lifelong support after the adoption which is standard with a good rescue from my understanding.

I would be happy to have my own parrot live here if I became ill or passed away. I know he would be looked after with love and great care.

Jennifer F.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Papayago has taught me so much about bird ownership. There are so many myths and so much bad information out there, I’m glad this organization is here to help people and birds. They are dedicated to making the world better for pet birds and their people.

Dean B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing place to volunteer, Foster, and adopt from. I can’t imagine my life without the family of this rescue anymore.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a fantastic Indian ringneck parakeet from Papayago a year ago. Our adoption process helped match our family with the right bird for us (and the right family for her). She has been a joy, and when she's not, we turn to Papayago for advice and support to get us through the moment or season. When we adopted our pet, we were reassured because of the support, and because of the services such as boarding that ensured our bird was going to keep getting the care she needed. The Papayago folks show great love and support for the birds and the people! Our family has enjoyed getting involved with volunteering and interacting with the special birds who don't live in our house.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit does so much for parrots in need and deserves all the support it can get. The organizers and volunteers are wonderful, and the birds in their care get so much love, attention, and much needed treatment from an avian vet, which they rely on donations to cover. I love following them on Facebook and getting the updates on the sweet birds in their care.

Erin Tannenbaum A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has learned so much from the volunteers of this non profit. They love each of those birds as their own, providing the best love, care and meeting nutritional needs that are so varied and challenging to adapt surrenders that have never had such care to. We will continue to seek out ways to help this group because we know that they will continue to serve these beautiful creatures with dignity and grace.

We are currently fostering 3 budgies, and feel like their knowledge and support is vital to our ability to best care for this sweet birdies.

I am grateful for a bird rescue in our area, and for the many services they offer from classes to answering all my questions, even if not related to foster birds. Their love and commitment to birds is contagious.

Becky P.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Papaygo Rescue House takes great care in placing their birds. They took a lot of time with us and introducing us to the birds they thought might fit our family and lifestyle. It took a few months to have a bird pick us and then the care of Papaygo with home visits and education for us to make sure we were ready for Nemo was top notch! The education and information and inclusion in the Papaygo family after adoption is top notch!

Board Member

Rating: 5

When a bird needs help, Papayago is there. Papayago does not shy away from the sick, the hurt, the angry or the lonely. They do all they can, loving each bird with all their hearts. After adoption, constant support is available for everyone who has adopted them. They are growing to continue to support their community.

Ashley Perry S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never met a group of more caring, loving and supportive people. These birds are incredibly well taken care of and the vetting process for all adoptions is extensive and top notch. I encourage anyone considering a pet parrot to Adopt, not Shop! with Papayago. Go meet the birds, go volunteer and see this well oiled machine in operation! You won’t be disappointed and you will surely fall in love with the birds!

gtschmidt1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am both a customer and a volunteer at this excellent parrot & bird rescue. Everyone here is 100% professional. More importantly, the level of care and thought they put into their care for all of the birds is readily apparent: the birds are happy, healthy and thriving in their clean and large enclosures while waiting for a loving family or individual to adopt them.
The birds who are boarded here while their owners are away receive lots of attention and photos are sent to the owners to let them know how their feathered ones are doing. I am so grateful for Papayago!

Jan G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have both worked and volunteered with a variety of rescues over the years and Papayago stands out at the top of the list of rescues that I respect and can stand behind 100%. There is no ego - which is so prevalent in the rescue community- at Papayago, everything is about the birds first. Their safety, comfort, health, emotional and physical needs are met, not easy to do when you are dealing with so many very individual personalities. There are no shortcuts in the care these birds receive. And all of them, from the tiniest finch, to the largest macaw are shown respect, love and appreciation and that allows them to thrive.
There is constant research going on to keep up with the latest and best advice from experts, veterinarians, etc..

The team at Papayago also cares for the people who they come in contact with. Bird owners who are experiencing difficulties in caring for their birds are offered assistance, adopters are made to feel like they have become part of a family so that they have a place to share their concerns and their joys. Bird owners who, for whatever reason, need to surrender their birds are not made to feel like they are horrible people for doing so. Outreach is also important and efforts are made to educate people of all ages on providing the best care for and improving the relationship with their own birds.

LisaDeFiore

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering with Papayago Rescue House for a year and it’s truly the most rewarding experience. Helping care for and giving love to the birds of PRH is a small contribution but it fills my heart. Not only the birds but also the people of PRH are like family to me. I adopted my dove, Mumbo, from there and he brought me so much joy. PRH was there for me in so many ways when he had health concerns and when he passed away. When you adopt from them, you have their support forever.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The care and dedication to the wellbeing of every bird at Papayago Rescue House makes it truly a special place. Maria, Brianna, Megan, and all of the volunteers provide a loving, safe, and healthy environment for so many parrots. Movies and music play for the birds’ enrichment, plenty of toys, foraging opportunities, and fresh foods are provided. It is beyond rewarding to volunteer at Papayago Rescue House.

1 Bobbie D.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I was looking for a friend for my umbrella cockatoo Jasper. I found the rescue house and was able to pick off of the website which friends I want to go visit. I was able to meet a few of them Maria assisted in helping me pick the one who was more willing and technically picked me. Captain Jack is a military macaw and fit in very well with my retired first sergeant husband. They get along well cap and Jack gets along well with me and with his new brother Jasper. Captain Jack is a joy to have in our home. Yes there’s times he’s loud but what do you expect from my car! He is a very well mannered bird and very loving. He loves to just walk walk walk around the house! I think the rescue for what they do to be able to rehome these birds and now I have a forever son! I appreciate the help to acclimate him our home very are very supportive in the acclamation process

Christie Patterson B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Sahar in December after, weeks of trips to the rescue to spend time with her to make sure she was a good fit. She is 10 and we are her 3rd family. After a thorough home inspection and lots of time spent getting to know each other we finally brought her home. She has had some issues with ear infections and Maria and Brianna have been wonderful about taking her back to get her meds, as we were still trying to bond with her. Oral and ear twice a day was torture for us and for Sahar. We have had to send her back since for another ear infection. We are working together to make Sahar happy and healthy. I am so happy that we found these people. They are the best!!

Alice L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently adopted an Indian Ringneck Parakeet from Papayago Rescue House. I have experience only with small birds (budgies and cockatiels), and never thought I would bring home a ringneck when I walked into the place. Maria and Brianna knows the personality of every bird under their care, and helped me find the most suitable bird for me (I am a quiet person, live by myself in an apartment, and work a full time job... not every bird can thrive with that!). I visited several times before bringing my bird home, and was amazed by the love and work they put into their birds every time I visit. It really shows! And I am perhaps most amazed by the continued support and community for every adopted bird and their parronts. The support really helped me with the worrying and anxiety that perhaps every new parront faces, just by knowing that I will have knowledgeable and experienced people to turn to if I have any questions or concerns. This is a community that truly, truly cares about and wants the best for your birds and their human companions (you!!) =)

Alyson H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had to do a project for my sociology class- do some volunteer work for a day- so I went looking around and found PHR! Bri was very professional and had so much knowledge to share on her birds- knew them each and their individual personalities. I mentioned I liked to cook and work with my hands so she let me help her make the birds food and some toys for them! It was so much fun and I volunteer with her as often as I can now.

I had so much fun and really suggest it.

Jessica J.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We found our Turkey, a 35 year old orange winged amazon, through pet finder. This search of course led us to Papayago. From the initial contact to adoption day, everyone was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Before adopting Turkey, we also have a 7 year old cockatiel. Not only did they care about Turkey and his well being but they extended their love and knowledge to our beloved, Elvis. They continue their love by providing resources to help make sure your bird has a long healthy life. Love, love, love Papayago Rescue House!

Rahul A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great place if you have the real lover for birds..I love all the animals and can live with them..but the love that is shown here is just great..when I first went to meet, Maria knew exactly which one would be the best for me & my family having small children..even though I would have loved a bigger parrot they would give me the right education... My daughter just loves spending time with jade..and it's a joy when you get home you have another baby screaming for you along with your own children..I have recommended this place to many of my friends and family..
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently I started volunteering with Papayago Rescue House. They are great people doing great work to help rehabilitate and find loving homes for our feathered friends. To be honest, I don't know how they do all the awesome work they do given the huge demand and the amount of birds that come to be under their care. I'm proud to volunteer with this group and the good work they do makes a difference in the lives of so many birds.

Chrishanna D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Papayago Rescue House (PRH) is more than just a non-profit agency for birds. It is more than just a place to adopt a bird. It is a community. Their mission and actions drives you to want to do more for our feather friends. The staff is dedicated to providing loving homes for deserving birds. Their level of education about birds, patience training parrots and assisting you with training your new companion is amazing. They are committed to supporting prospective/adoptive parents, and giving great instructions on training techniques. PRH is an around the clock heaven for parrots and their adoptive parents. Their welcoming nature will make your trip worthwhile.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a senior nanday conure from Papayago. They took their time reviewing the application (I was a first-time bird owner) and checked out out my living space, which lets me know they care about their birds' well being. I travel often, so I board her with them regularly and she is always excited to visit her home-away-from-home. They have been great with follow up questions and any concerns I've had, and always give expert advice.

Medora W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Seamless adoption process, tons of knowledge, and support after adoption. We could not have asked for a better experience or a better member for our family. Gizmo came to us happy and healthy, and PRH provided all they knew about him during his time there. We feel very lucky to be apart of the PRH family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We found Papayago on Petfinder when we were ready to add to our flock. The adoption process was seamless, we filled out the adoption papers, scheduled a visit, were matched with parrots whom met our criteria, and then adopted an amazing member to our family. PRH provided a ton of knowledge with basic parrot care, set us up with a cage, and gave us all of the information they had on Gizmo. He came to us healthy, calm, and ready to adjust to home life. We feel lucky to be a part of the PRH Family and we have continued to receive support from them since adoption. If you find that a parrot is right for you, this organization will set you in the right direction with education and practical knowledge!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Papayago Rescue House is home to some of the most passionate, knowledgeable, and hardworking people I know. It's also home to birds young and old of all sizes awaiting the family that they deserve. My experience as an adopter and volunteer has been excellent. We were not in a rush to adopt, but kept our hearts open while PRH staff assisted us in learning to read the body language of the bird that was gravitating to us. We gained a new family member for our home, but also have home away from home when we visit the people and birds that make up Papayago.