Olive's Place is thorough and diligent when placing our birds in homes - for your sake as well as for the birds. Our process is intended to educate, inform, and lead to a good match for your household.
1. Either own your residence or have permission from landlord to have pets. It is also important that other members of the household are supportive of adding a pet. Minors require a parent/guardian cosigner, and are encouraged to have a plan for animal care as life changes occur.
3. Have an avian vet chosen in advance, and be willing and able to take the bird to the vet if needed and financially afford care. (Olive's Place can suggest local vets.)
4. Keep your dove/pigeon physically separate at all times from cats, dogs, and other species that could harm a pigeon or dove. This means birds cannot be let out in the same room as a loose cat/dog/etc. There are no exceptions to this requirement, for the safety and well-being of the birds.
5. For anyone who has a pair, agree to prevent breeding by promptly (within 48 hours) destroying any eggs and replacing them with fakes (so that the female does not continue to lay more and overtax her body).
6. Be aware that pigeons and doves can live to be 20 to 30+ years old, and are a long-term commitment.
7 If adopters are unable to provide care or choose to give up ownership for any reason, the adopter agrees that the birds are to be returned to Olive’s Place, and not given to a third party.
8. Adopters/fosters sign an agreement when they take pigeons or doves into their care. This acknowledges that they understand how to care for the birds, and will return the birds to Olive's Place in the event that the arrangement doesn't work out. Your contract will include information about your specific birds, and any additional details we need to add - including a more detailed care sheet for your birds.
9. Adoption fees are normally $50 per bird or pair. This does not begin to cover sanctuary costs, but we require a fee to ensure that we are not offering "free" animals.
10. Adopters would be willing to visit the sanctuary to meet potential adoptable birds and discuss bird care. For adopters living more than 2-3 hours away, a phone interview can be substituted. A home visit might also be requested.
Olive's Place is on call 24/7 to answer questions and help the adoption be successful for all people and birds involved. Olive's Place maintains, in perpetuity, space for any and all previously adopted birds to be welcomed back to the sanctuary, for any reason, at any point in the future.