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a 501(c)3 Non Profit Parrot Rescue

Email: Ravens Haven

Located in Vienna West Virginia

An Introduction

Raven’s Haven Exotic Bird Rescue, Inc. was established in March of 2001 when we became aware of the large number of parrots and related species that were living lives of neglect and abuse. Parrots are now the second most popular pet in the United States. Along with that popularity has come the many problems that are normally encountered with more traditional domesticated species such as dogs and cats. The major difference, we believe, is that most of the parrots now kept as pets are not domesticated through years of selective breeding but instead, are only one or two generations removed from their wild ancestors. In fact many were caught in the wild and imported to the U.S. during the 1960's up until the early 1990's when it became illegal to do so. Many of these "wild caughts" retain their wild traits and have been sold and resold to a number of guardians. Herein lie the problems which make our organization, and others like it, needed. These parrots, which are usually bought on impulse and without knowledge of their emotional needs will, in many cases, react to the lack of attention by their guardians in an unfavorable manner. As many are semi-tame and have not known a stable and consistent home, these birds can have behavioral problems and can be dangerous as pets. These birds are doomed to being passed from one guardian to another or back to the pet shop as each new guardian realizes that their new pet will never be the "Busch Gardens" bird they had hoped for. Many will bite, scream or even resort to self mutilation in an effort to get attention from an uncaring guardian. Thus starts a cycle which can be repeated many times during the bird's long life. Unlike a dog or cat, whose life is relatively short in comparison, a parrot should live from 20 to 100 years depending on the species. This of course assumes that the bird has survived the nutritional neglect offered by many casual bird guardians. In the effort to stop this endless cycle we formed Raven’s Haven. to offer an alternative to people who needed to find a caring "home for life" for their bird and to offer a retirement home for the birds deemed unsuitable for placement.
Our goals include offering these unadoptable birds a permanent "retirement" home and finding good, caring homes for the adoptable birds that have been given up by their guardians due to unforeseen difficulties. We have encountered many cases where birds have been given up for adoption when their guardians have become ill or divorced. These people needed to place their birds quickly and felt uncomfortable with the options of reselling their bird back to a pet shop, in the want ads or giving the bird to friends or family where questionable care might be offered. We have also received birds that have been given up because of unacceptable vocalization or dangerous behavior. We hope to offer people the security of knowing that their bird will be cared for and that time will be taken when finding a new home with a sincere, dedicated and appropriate person. We do not purchase birds. We also offer a help line for new caretakers with questions. Please limit your calls to between 8am and 8 pm eastern time.
Until now, we have relied on word of mouth to receive birds and to find adoptive homes. We anticipate the effect of internet exposure will be more adoptions as well as more desperate people wanting to give up their birds to our care. As many of these birds will need care for up to 100 years, our task is formidable.


Mission Statement

the goals of Raven’s Haven are:

1. To rescue languishing, abused or unwanted parrots from abusive or neglectful situations.
2. To act as a placement service for friendly, tame birds whose guardians have had to give up their bird(s) in urgent or emergency situations.
3. To serve as an educational resource and advice service for:
A. Prospective bird guardians.
B. Current bird guardians.
C. Schools, as an educational resource on the care and responsibilities of owning any animal as a pet.
4. To serve as a permanent sanctuary for birds not suitable for adoption. Our long term goals include building a permanent home for these birds.


Our Policies:

• We do not breed or place birds with people who breed.

• We do not sell, trade, or use birds in our care for commerce or profit.

• We promote responsible guardianship of all captive birds.

• We promote education on all issues of avian welfare.

• We oppose the sale of unweaned baby birds and production breeding methods.

• We oppose the mass-marketing and selling of birds through pet store chains, bird marts, and internet venues.

• We do not condone, endorse, or promote the breeding of birds for life in captivity as long as there are captive birds in need of placement.

• We support and encourage responsible legislation protecting the rights, health, and safety of birds living in captivity.