MDPR’s Volunteer Program
If you love birds but cannot adopt or would like more bird experience before you decide to adopt please consider becoming a MDPR volunteer!
MDPR is always looking for people who are passionate about parrots to volunteer to help care for our birds at our quarantine and adoption center at The Perch in Colorado Springs. All volunteers must attend an orientation session, bird care training and commit to minimum monthly hour requirements. Volunteers who have satisfied training and minimum hours requirements can then become eligible to foster birds.
MDPR uses foster homes to provide many of our birds with the care and socialization they need while they await their permanent homes. Foster homes are able to get to know each bird and then share that knowledge of the bird’s unique personality and behaviors with prospective adopters. This knowledge allows adopters to make an informed decision on which bird best fits their lifestyle and expectations.
Becoming an MDPR Volunteer
If you would like to have the rewarding experience of caring for birds get started by completing our online application.
Once you apply, here is what to expect:
- You will receive a link in your email to take our required online standards of care course, which will take between 2 to 4 hours of your time.
- An MDPR representative will contact you to schedule your attendance at our next Volunteer Orientation session at The Perch in Colorado Springs, where you will obtain knowledge of MDPR’s processes, policies and operations.
- After orientation you will complete two training sessions on daily bird care with an experienced volunteer.
- MDPR requires volunteers to be able to commit to two 4 hour scheduled shifts per month for a total of 8 hours per month.
- After you have completed 16 hours of bird care volunteering you may request to become a foster home for MDPR. MDPR will then schedule a state required home inspection at your convenience. When you receive a bird to care for MDPR will provide the equipment (cage, carriers, perches, toys) for the birds that you will foster and provide all veterinary exams and care. As a foster home you will be responsible for all other daily care including providing food in accordance with our standards of care. Foster homes must be able to bring their foster bird to biweekly adoption events on Saturdays in Aurora at The Hopeful Hound Adoption Center or, if closer, The Perch adoption center in Colorado Springs.