Adopt a Friend for Life
Birds can make wonderful companions in the right home. They do well in small spaces, they don’t require walks, most apartments don’t charge extra rent for birds, and they require less food than dogs or cats.
We always have a variety of birds available for fostering and adoption. You can view them here:
All of the birds have descriptions and as much background information as possible, and they usually have accompanying pictures. If you are interested in a particular bird, the first step in the process is to send us a completed Adoption Application. You can then mail it to us at the address below, or send it by e-mail.
Please note the following:
- We do NOT ship birds
- Priority is given to LOCAL adopters (although we do accept applications within a 100 mile radius of St. Louis, MO)
- Adopters MUST be willing to travel to St. Louis to meet the bird of their choice, and to transport them home (this could mean more than one trip for some of our birds).
If we do not have a particular species you are interested in adopting, you can still submit an application for “pre-approval.” This can save you some time by putting you on a waiting list. If we know that species will be coming in, we would notify you ahead of time.
***We are an all-volunteer, foster based organization. It may take up to 4 weeks to process your application. Please be patient with us.***
- PDF This will open using the free Adobe Reader program. You can print it out and complete by hand, then mail it to us; or you scan it and email it to us.
- Docx (Microsoft Word)
You may also want to review the application and our FAQ page in advance, because both contain detailed information concerning our adoption process.
Mailed applications can be sent to:
STAR – St Louis Avian Rescue, Inc.
PO Box 732
Manchester, MO 63011
Emailed applications can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Home visits are required prior to all bird adoptions, and we prefer local adoptions. Keep in mind we will not ship any of our adoptable birds, and we do not adopt to breeders. All references will be checked for all birds. If approved, you must drive to St. Louis, MO to pick up the approved pet. Adoption donations may be paid by cash. We apologize that we can no longer accept personal checks. For a range of suggested adoption donations, please see our FAQ page.
One important factor to take into consideration is if you smoke. All animals are negatively affected by tobacco smoke, but birds in particular are susceptible to its effects. In addition to breathing and overall health problems, many birds will obsessively preen in an attempt to rid themselves of the smoke, and the result can be severe feather plucking. If you or another household member smoke, we recommend you not adopt an animal.
Applications are kept on file for one year. If you are applying again and it has been more than 12 months since the previous application, please submit a new and updated application.
We hope you understand the necessity of these requirements. Our birds are truly “precious” and deserve the right home and the right family. That means we need to be certain about the circumstances surrounding every potential adoption.