There is no place like The Perch in the entire country!
Welcome to Metro Denver Parrot Rescue’s Headquarters!
The Perch is designed to exclusively quarantine and house birds for Metro Denver Parrot Rescue. Here during our public hours you can meet adoptable birds, get advice from our staff and volunteers and connect with your local parrot community. We strive to create a comfortable environment to facilitate adoptions and drive community awareness for the birds that need homes here in Colorado.
Frequently Asked Questions
Unfortunately, for the health and safety of both your bird and the foster birds at the store, we have to ask you to leave your birds at home. All our birds belong to Metro Denver Parrot Rescue and they all have to go through a 6 week quarantine program to ensure that they do not carry any communicable diseases. They are all tested for psittacosis and have a full exam with MDPR’s veterinarian. With the strict protocols that we follow for MDPR, we simply can’t risk having adoptable birds exposed to outside birds while they are in our care.
We understand this is not ideal and that lots of folks would love to come out with their birds, but at the moment we do not have a way to safely accommodate that.
No, and we never will. All the birds living in our store belong to Metro Denver Parrot Rescue and are adoptable. It is our very strong belief that the most important thing we can do as parrot enthusiasts is to give the hundreds of rescue birds taken in by shelters in Colorado every year the second chance they deserve.
Small birds (defined by Metro Denver Parrot Rescue as budgies, lovebirds, doves, pigeons, finches, and cockatiels) can be adopted same-day here at The Perch with the assistance of any Perch employee.
Parrots, like conures, macaws, cockatoos, Amazons, African grays, etc., require a more intensive adoption process (which is usually complete in about two weeks). Full details on the adoption process is available on MDPR’s website.
No, that would present a variety of safety concerns for both the customers and the birds. When customers are here, the parrots will spend most of their time in their cages. We will take most parrots out for a little bit about once a day (as store traffic allows) and they may come out to visit with a potential adopter.
The Perch is the facility for Metro Denver Parrot Rescue, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and the owner of all the birds that live in our facility.
Generally speaking, Metro Denver Parrot Rescue will receive new birds several times a month, if not more. Those birds will spend six weeks in quarantine where they are examined by a veterinarian and tested for communicable diseases. You’ll be able to meet many of these birds in the main area of The Perch following that six week period.
We do not offer bird grooming services at this time though we are considering it for the future.
Anyone who wishes to meet or handle any of the birds here will need to sign a waiver of liability and speak to a Perch employee about which bird they would like to try to meet. At that point, it’s really up to the bird to decide if he wants to come out or not. Unlike dogs and cats, the birds in our store are all prey animals and some can be very apprehensive around strangers.
Metro Denver Parrot Rescue does have a relinquishment process. If you would like more information about how this works, please contact MDPR directly.
No, we do not offer boarding or petsitting services at this time.
All volunteer activities that take place at The Perch are coordinated through Metro Denver Parrot Rescue. You can contact them directly if you are interested in volunteering here.
Why you should ADOPT — and never buy — a parrot
Every year, hundreds of parrots and companion birds come into Colorado shelters and rescues for a variety of reasons ranging from changes in life situations to hoarding and cruelty cases.
We don’t believe that anyone should sell parrots, especially when so many homeless birds — birds that are every bit as wonderful as those sold for profit in pet stores — are so badly in need of second chances.
Additionally, retail stores have been known to make very poor — and sometimes fatal — animal welfare decisions when pets are treated as inventory, merchandise that needs to be converted to profits rather than as living, breathing creatures that deserve love and care. This game of dollars and cents has cost the lives of animals everywhere from the national big box chains to the little locally-owned store just up the street from you.
Adoption provides homes for the animals that need them most and adoption fees for birds are often 2-5 times cheaper than retail prices — which means that what’s best for the community and best for the animals is also less expensive for you.
We hope you join us in thinking adoption first every time you consider bringing a new pet into your home.