FAQ's

Do you have questions about fostering, general bird care, or adopting from SWEAR? You can find your answers here. If we did not answer your questions with the FAQs please click this link to contact us with your questions. 

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Q: is it difficult to adopt from the SWEAR?

A: Every rescue has its own policies for approving adoptions. Our adoption screening process is designed to ensure that each bird is placed in the best possible home with the person(s) that are the best match for that bird.  We like to look at ourselves as a 'matchmaking service'.. but for birds!   An important part of the adoption process is to match the life style and needs of the adopter with the individual bird being considered. If the screening process occasionally seems overly strict, please try to remember that our first priority is to consider every birds' best interests.
Take a few minutes to fill out our application so you can start the process and see if we have a bird that is a match for you!  If we don't have a bird you're interested in right now, you can go ahead and go through the process now because we get new birds into the rescue all the time.

Q: I can no longer care for my bird and would like to place him/her with the rescue....
                                  Will SWEAR care for my pet and help find a new loving home for him/her?

A: We absolutely will, so please call (702)937-1005 and speak with one of our representaties about your bird.
​SWEAR is an all volunteer-foster based rescue.  We do our best to help every bird that comes to us.  When we accept a bird into our program we care for them and provide for all their needs until we find them a home. Being a non-profit organization we will not pay for the bird to come into our care.   Our team can explain this in more detail, so please call us or email us and we will be happy to help.

Q: I am interested in adopting a bird listed on your website. Who do I contact for more information?

A: We have many birds available for adoption and receive numerous inquires about each of them. Please complete our application and submit it.  We will then contact you and can talk about the bird you're interested in at that time. We have information on each bird here: Our Birds  

Q: Aren't all rescue birds Just discarded pets?

A: The average parrot may have anywhere from 7 to 10 different homes in their lifetime.  Many of the birds at SWEAR are just starting their lives. Older birds have probably had several previous owners, and in most cases these wonderful companions were relinquished to us simply because their owners moved or just didn't want them any more. Many adult birds have already been exposed to basic training and hands! Remember, too, that companion parrots are remarkably adaptable and have a boundless capacity for love. Just because a bird has lived with someone else first, doesn't mean they won't make a perfect companion for you.

Q: Are rescue birds well-adjusted?

A: Even with the best-behaved bird, you should expect a period of adjustment as your bird becomes used to its new home, family, and routine. Adjustment periods can last a few weeks to several months and more.  No bird, no matter where it comes from, is problem-free nor do they come with a health and behavior guarantee, but if you're prepared to provide your new family pet with some time, training, and patience, your reward will be a loving friend and companion. 

Q: Are birds in rescues healthy?

A:Every bird that comes to SWEAR is placed in a mandatory 30 day quarantine and receives a thorough vet exam with several screenings for disease.  We also screen and assess all the birds for behavior issues so if you have any problems with them, we can help. There will be information on each bird and their health reports available to you.  If you want to find out more about the bird you're interested in please email us or just fill out our ​application.

Q: How much are the adoption fees?

A: Our adoption fees are based on the type of bird, as well as, the expenses that went into their medical care while with us. Each price is listed on our birds page.  Adoptions always include a size appropriate cage and with all the bells and whistles that go with it, as well as a starter pack of food.

Q: What does it mean when you adopt from us?

A: When adopting a bird from SWEAR, you will receive our continued support and appreciation.  You will have your new beautiful bird, a cage, perches, food & water dishes and toys, plus a starter pack of food, all included with your adoption fee.  If, after you've adopted from us, your life changes and you are unable to care for the bird for any reason, the bird is always to be returned to the SWEAR. Once a SWEAR bird, always a SWEAR bird. This means you can not sell, give-away, loan or in any other way rehome the bird you've adopted from SWEAR. That way we are always able to ensure the best possible home and situation for each bird throughout their life to the best of our ability. This is very important to know and remember and is clearly stated in your adoption agreement.

Q: What does it mean when you foster?

A: Fostering means you open your home to care for and enrich the life of a rescued bird from SWEAR.  Fostering is free, but you do have to apply and qualify by completing our application and going through a Home Visit evaluation.  If you're approved to foster, we provide the cage and everything you need to care for the bird initially.  We also cover any necessary ongoing medical treatments while the bird is in your care.    You are responsibile for healthy foods, toys, and anything else you decide you want to provide your fostered bird while they're in your care to meet their day-to-day needs.  Please remember you are volunteering to foster and donating items the bird needs for his/her care.  Buying items for the bird does not reduce their adoption fee if you decide you want to adopt.  Throughout the foster process we will be in close contact to follow the foster birds' progress and care.  We will always be there for you if you ever have questions or concerns.  Potential adopters will need to be able to come to your house or meet somewhere for an introduction to the bird that is available for adoption.  We encourage potential adopters to meet the bird several times to be sure there is a good match!

When you foster, you are essentally becoming a VOLUNTEER for SWEAR!.  Being a VOLUNTEER FOSTER we  ask that you promote SWEAR and our efforts.  We will be happy to provide you with cards to pass to your friends, neighbors and family who might be interested in helping out as well.  Spread the word about SWEAR!  We need all the community support we can get!


Q: What if I fall in Love with my Foster bird?

A: It happens to the best of us.  You start fostering with the best of intentions but then the thought of your foster bird ever leaving
breaks your heart!  You do have first 'dibs' as the foster.  If someone comes along and is interested in adopting your foster bird, you will need to speak up immediately and tell us you want to adopt.   We can facilitate the signing of official adoption papers after you pay your adoption fee.  

Q:  What Should I Feed My Foster/Adopted Parrot?

A:  Did you know birds can get obese?  Over-weight birds are quite a problem!  Because we can not provide the exact foods many of these birds would eat in the wild, SWEAR recommends relying on the experts. Pellets are probably the best food we can provide that will give our companion parrots all the nutrients needed to lead healthy long lives. We highly recommend limiting or removing seeds from your bird's diet completely. 
Many commercial "Parrot" foods contain a lot of seeds which don't contain the complex nutrients birds need.  We know that birds do like seeds just like children like candy, (we like to call them 'bird candy'), but you wouldn't want to live on just candy! So LIMIT seeds to occasional treats or even use them as a training treat to entice your feathered friend to do some fun activities!  

Lots of fresh and/or frozen vegetables daily are an important and necessary part of your bird's diet.  Fruits are good too, in smaller quantities.

Check out our page on Nutrition


Q: What Foods are Toxic?

A:  This is not a complete list!  These are just some of the more well known TOXIC foods for Parrots.
Please take the time to do your own research or ask your Avian Vet if you have more questions about what NOT to feed!

DO NOT EVER FEED YOUR PARROT:

                   CHOCOLATE          
                   CAFFEINE (Like in Coffee and Tea)
                   AVOCADO
                   ONION (Be careful if you use frozed vegetable mixes, some have onions)
                   GARLIC
                   FRUIT PITS & APPLE SEEDS (cut them out!)
                   FOODS HIGH IN FAT, SALT OR SUGAR (like french fries, soda, and ice cream!)
                   SUGAR-FREE CANDY 
                   DAIRY - (milk/cheese) Not technically toxic but birds cannot digest lactose!

It is also recommended that you NOT feed your bird raw peanuts or raw peanut products as they can contain a fungus that can be fatal.

Certain Mushrooms are also toxic, so just don't feed them. (Watch out for them in frozen vegetable mixes)

Read more about Good Nutrition and Toxic Foods!

Where Can I Learn More?

The views and practices of parrot care are improving all the time. For that reason we encourage everyone, experienced or new to parrots, to read, research and learn.  You can find some very helpful information to get you started HERE