Volunteering and Adopting…
We are looking for people who want to make a difference in the lives of rescued parrots, are willing to commit to a regular schedule, and don’t mind hard work. If you are interested in volunteering at the WPF, please contact our volunteer coordinator to obtain additional information. (The information is listed at the bottom of this page.) Volunteering is fun and you will learn a lot from your new friends at WPF.
How Does a Volunteer Adopt a Parrot?
If you are interested in adopting a parrot, you must meet certain requirements (listed below).
- Be at least 30 years of age.
- Fulfill a volunteer commitment of 3 hours per week for 6 months (or 6 hours per week for 3 months). This shows the WPF that you can commit to the time required to care for a parrot, and increases your level of knowledge and experience in handling and caring for parrots. In addition, this time period provides an opportunity to best determine what type of parrot is the right fit for you. Sometimes an individual thinks they want an African Grey only to find out they prefer an Amazon or a Cockatoo.
- Complete an adoption form
- Agree to a home visit, so that the WPF can see the environment you would provide for a parrot. (Either a board member or senior volunteer must live in your area to provide the home visit.)
- Demonstrate that you will provide excellent care to a parrot. The WPF officers must approve any potential adoption.
- Agree to a probation period to ensure you and your new feathered family member are a great match.
What Does a Volunteer Do?
The following is a sample of jobs that are needed to be done at the facility:
- Cleaning water and food bowls
- Replacing soiled papers in cage trays
- Sweeping and mopping the floors in parrot rooms, or power-washing aviaries
- Delivering fresh food and water to the parrots
- Chopping fruits and vegetables and tidying kitchen area
- Cleaning cages
- Repairing or replacing wood structures around the facility
- Helping with administrative and office work
If you are interested in volunteering, and can make a commitment, contact the volunteer coordinator by calling or texting 703-622-0369. Please provide your name and the best way to reach you.