• Don't Buy, Don't Breed, Please Adopt a Bird in Need

    A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife works hard to prepare parrots for their next home, and we will work with you to find a bird compatible with you and your household.

    A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife works hard to prepare parrots for their next home, and we will work with you to find a bird compatible with you and your household.

  • Friendships that Last a Lifetime.

    Choose to volunteer your time and talents, and help to make a difference to all the parrots housed here.

    Choose to volunteer your time and talents, and help to make a difference to all the parrots housed here.

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Success Stories

Some of our feathered friends come to the Refuge as companions looking to find a true connection, whether human or bird. Read about residents who were welcomed to new homes.



Interested in providing a forever home for a bird? Visit our adoption page to learn how you can be a part of this wonderful experience.


You Can Help

There are countless ways for you to become involved with homeless parrots. Help support our cause by making a donation or learning how you can become a volunteer!



A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife is a no-kill parrot rescue, rehabilitation, education and adoption shelter. We provide a safe place for parrots that have to be re-homed due to unfortunate situations that sometimes arise. Most of them were loved dearly and cared for, and when that was no longer possible, their companion-people did the most selfless act of kindness in finding them a good home.

We work together with other parrot groups to eliminate the need for rescues. Until then, we will provide temporary housing and care for any and all Psittacine birds (not including those with fatal and/or contagious diseases); educate the public about the proper care of exotic birds; and locate healthy, happy, and nurturing homes for those that are eligible.

The Refuge is established with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 charitable corporation. We are licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Welfare to provide for adoptions. We are also a member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators.

Please note: We do NOT handle anything other than PARROTS, if you have found sick/injured wildlife, click here to find a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

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Learn About Our Adoption Process

Are you interested in adopting? Read through our adoption process to learn how!

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Things to know before adopting a parrot:

  1. All parrots have long life spans. Depending on species, they live 20 to 50 years or more.

  2. Parrots are active and inquisitive and must be provided with ample room to move about and play.

  3. Parrots are instinctively programmed to chew and shred wood. It is important they get plenty of toys.
    Toys have a large role to play in the well-being of your companion parrot. A parrot that spends his days locked in his cage with little to occupy his beak or mind is being deprived of the stimulation that he needs to stay psychologically healthy. Parrot toys provide opportunities for natural activities similar to those that would occur in the wild. Parrot toys can be designed to be mentally or physically challenging, to teach, or to entertain. It is important to give your parrot(s) a variety of toys, including plenty that they can chew up!

  4. Birds are very sensitive to air quality
    In the wild, parrots breathe fresh air and are not exposed to the daily toxins present inside of our homes. Sometimes this indoor air pollution can be a major concern for a parrot. It is important to keep your parrot away from hazards such as: non-stick cookware or other appliances that utilize teflon, tobacco products, aerosols, scented candles, air fresheners, and cleaning fluids.

  5. All parrots need a varied diet, not just seeds or pellets, but grains, beans, and vegetables too.
    It is important to consider your parrot’s daily diet in order to make sure they are receiving well-balanced nutrition so that their general health does not decline. Without a well-balanced diet a parrot may get vitamin deficiencies that decrease its lifespan and leave it susceptible to illness. In addition, an unhealthy parrot may become temperamental and not participate in family activities. Pellets and seeds alone cannot sustain all of a parrot’s dietary needs. It is important to serve your parrot a variety of fresh foods every day. A variety of fruits and vegetables are essential to guaranteeing that your parrot is receiving a balance of essential nutrients.

  6. Light exposure and sleep are very important to birds.
    Did you know that parrots need between 10-12 hours of sleep every night? Enough sleep is vital to a pet bird’s well-being and immune system. Try to stick to a consistent schedule since that is just as important as the amount of sleep a parrot receives. In addition, light exposure is also important for parrots. Make sure to expose your parrot to natural light outdoors or full-spectrum lighting indoors.

  7. Parrots need veterinarian care from a veterinarian that specializes in parrots.

  8. Parrots eat continuously throughout the day, dropping and discarding bits of food everywhere.

  9. Vocalizing (sqauking, chirping, & talking) is an important part of any parrot's social communication.
    Parrots can be really loud sometimes. Many people have a tough time with this. It disrupts their lives, cuts into their sleep, and makes it occasionally impossible to watch the evening news. Parrots may not be for everyone, but most people can tolerate a bit of noise. It is important to know about parrot behaviors before committing to adoption.

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