Snowy came to us 2 1/2 years ago with a plucked chest and a lack of desire for human interaction with most people. She was a sad little girl whose family could no longer care for her. Snowy chose one of our volunteers to be her new temporary family. She would suck up every ounce of love that volunteer could give her. Anyone else who approached Snowy stepped back, heeding her warning of not wanting their interaction or with a bleeding hand. Over time Snowy began to realize she could preen and destroy toys rather than her feathers. Eventually her chest was fully feathered, she was a playful active bird. Still she chose only that one volunteer. Others tried to earn her trust to no avail. She would gladly interact through her cage bars when people stopped to talk to her. She would say hello repeatedly, bounce up and down and even dance but no one could get past that wall she had built up around herself except the 1 person she had chosen. As time passed we knew Snowy would be with us for a long time all the while hoping we were wrong. Her chosen person tried helping her to trust others, volunteers came and went after trying to win her over. Her chosen one could do anything with Snowy, roll her upside down, let her hang from a finger and swing to her hearts content, roll a roll of toilet paper across the floor while Snowy chased it down captured it and proceeded to roll all over the floor with it until she wore herself out. Every day people came and went, all walking away from Snowy when she made it clear they wee not welcome in her world. She was so full of energy and love, if only she would share it with more than 1 person. Time went on without Snowy getting a home, she had not found a second chosen one and her first chosen human could not provide a permanent home for her. Then one day, Steve walked into our Cockatoo room and Snowy came to life, lifting her foot to him and asking to come out of her cage. Steve bravely stuck his hand toward her, knowing there was a good possibility of a bite, and she hopped right on his hand and ran up to his shoulder where she smothered him in kisses, rubbing her head under his chin and preening his beard stubble. It was truly love at first sight! Steve came back to visit Snowy many times over the next few weeks, making sure it was truly match. Snowy greeted him with same love and enthusiasm with every visit. He even brought his partner in to meet Snowy. At first she would not go to him but after a quick switch of a hat and sun glasses she hopped onto his partner too. Yes, how strange that she would go to the one with the hat and sun glasses, lol. Today Snowy went to her new home and family with Steve and his partner.
We are frequently asked what we do if a bird doesn’t get adopted in a short time. We have always reassured their family that they would continue to live with us until that special person came along. We stand by that promise, just as we did with Snowy. That special came and she stole his heart and he stole hers! My point in all this is that there IS a person for every bird, it just takes longer to find that person for some birds. The bird will let you know when it’s the right human. This is why we encourage people to come in with an open mind about which bird they might like to adopt and why require multiple visits prior to adoption. These are the adoptions that keep us going sometimes.