NMBC's Adopt-a-Bird Program
Rules and procedures
When a bird is available for adoption, the entire club membership
will be informed by appropriate means. (Newsletter, e-mail,
An ad-hoc committee will be formed to select the recipient
of each bird (or set of birds) considered for adoption. This
committee will be chosen at random from members present at
the monthly meeting. The committee will have at least three
(3) members, and adoption decisions will be made by a simple
majority of this committee. To be eligible for selection to
the ad-hoc adoption committee, a prospective member must not
be one of the applicants for adoption, and may not act as
an agent for any prospective adopter.
If possible, birds to be adopted will be brought to the monthly
meeting for members to view.
If a potential adopter is not able to attend the meeting
where the adoption decision will be made, the applicant must
find a way to present their application in their absence,
such as ail the application to an NMBC Board member, or have
a representative present the application at the meeting.
The committee is directed to select what they believe will
be the best possible placement situation for each bird in
the program. Club members will be given preferred status,
particularly members "in good standing", meaning
regular attendees, which gives the committee additional knowledge
of the potential adopter.
There will be a non-refundable fee of $1.00 submitted with
The New Mexico Bird Club (NMBC) makes no claims or guarantees
about the health or fitness of any bird placed through the
adoption program. In cases where the club has received birds
from Albuquerque Animal Services, the birds may have been
taken from a stressful environment. The adopters are responsible
for any expenses, hardships or liabilities that occur from
the adoption of a bird.
Any vet care expenses which occurred while birds were in
foster care may be passed on to the adopter. Adoption applicants
will be informed about these expenses, if any, before their
applications and fees are accepted.
If an adopter does not wish to care for an adopted bird within
one (1) year of adopting through the NBMC Adopt-a-Bird program,
the bird will be returned to the Adopt-a-bird program.
Adopters will be presented with information about diet, cage
size, exercise, mental stimulation, sleep and environmental
requirements for the care of the bird(s) they are planning
to adopt. A representative of the Adopt-a-Bird committee may
visit the new home of the bird to provide advice and/or assistance
to the new bird owner within the first year after the adoption.
If foster care is needed before adoption an Adopt-A-Bird
program designee will arrange for accommodations until the
bird can be placed. The designee will not provide foster care.