Name: The Gabriel Foundation
Address: 1025 Acoma St
Phone Number: (303) 629-5900
Status: federal nonprofit
Guidestar Profile Link: http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/84-1396085/gabriel-foundation.aspx
Report Generated On: Thursday, September 12, 2013, 11:00:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Company: The Gabriel Foundation
Date Completed: Friday, June 9, 2013, 3:27:58 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Is there a separate facility for incoming birds to complete isolation?
How long is the standard quarantine procedure?
What medical testing is done while the bird is being quarantined?
Gram Stain, CBC, CHEM12, Gender, Other
During quarantine are the birds current diets assessed and healthier changes
made on an as needed basis?
How are cages cleaned during the quarantine period?
What protocols are in place to prevent cross contamination to the other birds?
Are species kept separate?
What percentage of cages are of sufficient size and bar spacing for species of bird?
If not, what is the reason for smaller/larger cages?
Medical, space restrictions, comfort level
What type of perches are made available in each cage?
Swing, Natural Wood, Safety grooming perch, Ladder, Boing, Cotton Rope, Shelf, other
What percentage of toys available are clean and in good repair?
Are there foraging opportunities in the cage?
Do the birds get out of cage time? How much?
What kind of tray liners or bedding is used?
Is seed a part of the diet?
Seed: what percentage of total diet
Are pellets a part of the diet?
Yes, Harrisons, Roudybush, Lafaber
Pellets: what percentage of total diet?
Are fresh foods a part of the total diet?
Yes – various fresh fruits, veggies, leafy greens and sprouts. Greens are 50% of the diet and fruits are 10%
Are nuts a part of the total diet? If so, what types? What percent of total diet?
Yes – Almonds, walnuts
What other treats are served? How often?
How often are bowls washed and disinfected?
How often is water changed?
How often is deep cage cleaning done, and what method is used? i.e power washing
Once a week – power washing
Are air fresheners or other smell reducing agents used?
Is music routinely available to the birds?
Are birds showered or given bathing opportunities? If so, how often?
Yes – Elizabeth City location in winter twice a week, in the summer, daily
Yes – Denver location three times a week
If there are other animals on site, is access to the birds limited? How?
Cats kept in office area
Is full spectrum lighting used?
How often are floors swept/mopped?
1 x daily
Is there an avian vet on staff? If not, do you have a working relationship with a vet in your community?
Avian Vet on staff
Name of avian vet
Are birds routinely weighed? How often?
Yes, Once a month
Do birds have outside access? If yes, how often?
Outside access daily weather permitting
How are rooms/flights cooled and heated?
Natural heating/cooling, interiors are heated with radiant heaters
Is staff educated on how to assess a birds health/well-being?
Do you have a clinic or well stocked first aid station?
Do you have an incubator or similar setup for ill or injured birds?
Do you have separate refrigeration available for avian medications?
How do you store food?
Kept in fridge and freezer
Are there air filters or washers used?
Is there a system in place to indicate whether or not a bird had received its medication so there are no duplications?
Elaborate on the previous question
Are birds routinely handled?
How often are the birds handled?
Is the staff trained in proper restraint techniques?
How are birds with behavioral issues safely moved?
By experienced handler, using step up perches, and toweled as necessary
Does your facility offer adoption services?
Yes, as well as sanctuary services
Is there an established adoption protocol in place?
Please outline adoption protocols
1. A completed Adoption Application 2. Completion of Beyond Birdie Basics Class 3. Tour of facility 4. Meet the birds 5. Home visit
Is there a formal application process?
Yes – application fee (separate from adoption fee) required
Please outline the application process
Application Process – click to open
Adoption Application – click to open
Do you require home visits?
Are your adoptions limited to a specific geographical area
No range but birds will not be shipped
Do you require educational classes prior to adoption?
Yes – Beyond Birdie Basics, cost of $40
What is the average number of adoptions per year? From 2007-20013?
120 adoptions per year average
Do you have an established adoption contract?
Is there a return clause in your contract?
Do you have a waiting list?
How many birds on the wait list? Average amount of waiting time:
200-300 birds, year and a half wait time
What is your protocol for placement of birds not suitable as pets? Permanent resident, adoptable for the right person, or sanctuary resident
What is your after adoption return rate? 5%
How many parrots have died prior to placement?
30 since founded
How many birds have you had on intake from 2007-2013?
How many birds are currently at your facility?
1300 across 3 locations
Do you have a “hard” population limit? If so, what is it?
Do you have a species in/species out policy?
Do you have an established intake criteria?
What is the highest criteria for admittance? In other words, what type of situation would cause you to go over your established population limit?
Code enforcement, law enforcement intervention, animal cruelty cases
Do you network with other rescues to take in birds that you are unable to accept?
Will you help other rescues by taking birds they are unable to accept?
Do you utilize a foster care network?
Will you accept a bird with a confirmed medical condition? (such as PDD, PBFD, borna, etc)
How do you individualise care for birds?
Through specific record keeping, species specific enrichment
Do you allow bonded birds to share cages?
Do you adopt bonded birds out separately?
Do you allow birds to keep favorite items from their previous homes?
What options are available to birds who do not respond well to the presence of other birds?
Socialize the birds to the others, and are set apart from the other birds and gradually integrated into communal flights and species rooms
Are the birds allowed to breed?
If allowed to breed, what is done with the resulting offspring?
No breeding, even of critically endangered birds on premises
Do you have a formal education program for visitors or potential adopters?
Do you have handout information available for visitors or potential adopters?
Do you subscribe to parrot related periodicals?
Do you use a website or FB to offer educational information to the general public?
Do you have birds that you consider educational birds that can be used for public presentations?
Is your facility open to the public?
By appointment only
What are your business days/hours?
Do you offer tours of your facility?
Tours are ————- per entry
Do you utilize volunteers?
What is the average number of volunteers per month?
Do volunteers receive training to work with birds?
Length of training period
Do you have a list of volunteer safe job duties?
Do you discuss adoption, fostering, transport, etc with visitors and/or volunteers?
Are volunteers/visitors allowed to handle birds unsupervised?
Do you have paid staff?
What is your staff to bird ratio?
28 paid staff across 3 locations, staff to bird ratio not exact
Do you have a formal process of continuing education for staff?
Workshops, seminars, and regular activity with continuing education organizations
Do you have release paperwork which allows owners to identify the birds likes/dislikes/preferences?