Parrots are now thought to be the fourth most common household animal after dogs, cats, and fish. So do they make good companions? Despite the fact that they generally are very social and intelligent animals, you may be surprised to learn that for a lot of people the answer is no. Parrots can be amazing companion animals. They are highly trainable, they can be friendly and affectionate, and if treated correctly they will form very strong bonds with their guardians.
The downside is that they demand a huge amount of attention and mental stimulation in order to thrive. Many people eventually find that they cannot give enough time and energy to their birds and we are often asked to step in to assist. Before you continue, you will need to ask yourself some important questions - such as whether or not your house is suitable to house a parrot? Do you have enough time to dedicate to a parrot? Do you have a demanding job which may result in long working hours?
First, we respectfully request that you watch our video, a thought provoking introduction to the lives of captive parrots...
Parrot Trust Scotland Promo video
Even better, if you have an hour to spare - this is a fantastic documentary made in the USA which mirrors many of the experiences we have here in Scotland and is massively informative for any prospective parrot owner.
PBS Parrot Confidential
The first step in our adoption process is a phone call followed with a home visit if both parties agree to proceed. We do this because we have a duty of care towards all our parrots and must ensure that they are going to a suitable home. Whilst we are glad to have positive responses to finding homes for our parrots, home visits by our directors and members can involve travelling long distances, and are voluntarily conducted in their own time and at their own expense.
Please note, the directors and members carry out these visits in their own time and expense. With this in mind, a £20 donation to the charity is therefore requested which not only acknowledges the commitment the directors and volunteers provide but more importantly helps the charity care for the welfare of our parrots. We thank you for your understanding.