Mike Hutchison of Iowa Parrot Rescue recently posted this parrot adoption success story on his website:
“This week we had one of those magic moments. I had a family come in to visit, and as soon as the wife and daughter were in the building, Amos DYH started flirting with them . . . came running over on his playtop, started saying all his phrases and whistling at them. Then he raised a foot and asked to be picked up, ran up the mom’s arm saying, “going up!” and perched there and babbled. This family has had Amazons before, but never one that talked, and they were just in love. Amos hopped on the daughter and didn’t want me to come near . . . he was home and happy. So today I visited their home, then they came back to the shelter, and Amos was even more exited to see them today—just couldn't stop talking. Checked with the relatives of his previous owner, and they were okay with a placement. So, we loaded his living cage in their truck, popped him in a travel cage, signed papers, and off he went to a new home. The wife was giggling and hopping with delight, and the daughter couldn't get the grin off her face.
"I've been alerted to the following possible incoming birds: a DYH amazon, a BG macaw, and a GW macaw. No times or details known on them yet. I'll update you later when I know more."
Here’s a video taken of the macaw area in the new bird building, which was constructed to be as energy efficient as possible:
Iowa Parrot Rescue is a non-profit organization that costs about $1,000 a month to run. Since the recession began, demand for bird placement has tripled, while donations have just about dried up. If you’d like to help this worthy cause and make a tax-deductible donation, email
or call 563-506-5479. Mike told us that some of the macaws and amazons live 60 to 80 years, so their care is a very long-term commitment.