Intake Policy

Unless you have an explicit agreement otherwise with Olive's Place, placing animal(s) into our care transfers responsibility and guardianship/ownership of the animal(s) to Olive's Place.  As a formality, we ask anyone dropping off a bird to please review and sign the form below, to avoid any possible confusion:


Once surrendered to Olive's Place Dove & Pigeon Sanctuary Inc, bird(s) cannot be taken back by the previous owner or finder.  Olive's Place reserves the sole right to make all decisions for the health and safety of the bird(s).  By transferring the bird(s) listed below, you agree to give up all contact with them and all control of decisions on their behalf.  Olive's Place may, at our discretion, provide updates and/or photos of surrendered birds, but we are not obligated to do so.  In the case of injured adult wildlife, we may ask permission to re-release the bird back to the location at which they were found.  We encourage finders to follow our social media pages for updates.  Olive's Place complies with all state and federal regulations.  Wildlife cannot be adopted, and are illegal for unlicensed individuals to possess.

description of bird(s) transferred: __________________________

name and date: __________________________


Because we take in emergency cases and found birds, Olive's Place does not always have space and availability to accept pet surrenders.  If you contact us and explain the situation, we will determine if we can accommodate an intake.  If an immediate opening is unavailable, you may request to be placed on our waiting list. 

Pet surrenders require a special form, and more information will be collected about the bird's history, so that we can provide the best care.  If you surrender a pet bird, and after 6 months your bird is still under Olive's Place care, then you may apply to adopt the bird with the following conditions: you will be required to follow all steps and guidelines that any other adopter must follow, and you will be required to pay the following:

1. Boarding fee for the time the bird was under Olive's Place care, starting at the date of surrender. Rate is $15 per week, per bird.

2. All vet (and travel) expenses incurred.

3. Standard adoption fee for the bird.  


Olive's Place does not typically have space or time to offer boarding, but we understand that it's more difficult to find boarding services experienced with doves and pigeons.  Therefore, we take requests and make decisions based on the circumstances and our current caseload.  Exceptions can be made for emergencies requiring temporary help, but planning further ahead makes it easier for us to reserve space.  We can also recommend local vet offices that board birds.