Upcoming Live Webinars

Delivering the Right Message: Avian Education & Outreach
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
10:00 a.m. pacific/1:00 p.m. eastern

Kellie Heckman, Executive Director, Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries
Jennifer Place, Program Associate, Born Free USA

One critical responsibility of captive wildlife sanctuaries is to deliver a clear and consistent message to the public that “wild animals don’t belong in captivity.” Often, the approaches that even legitimate groups use to educate, and to attract potential placement partners, are explotive and even counterproductive to their goals.

A prime example of this is the use of undomesticated animals for educational and outreach purposes.
Learn to achieve the right balance. We will focus on “think outside the box” strategies that will help you to develop an effective educational program that highlights the true nature and needs of the species, attract adopters, defines your organizations’ ethical standards, and communicates your organization’s stance that, wild animals belong in the wild.
Register for this webinar here.
There Ought To Be A Law
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
10:00 a.m. pacific/1:00 p.m. eastern
Monica Engebretson, Board Member, Avian Welfare Coalition, and U.S. Campaign Manager, Cruelty Free International
Sue Leary, Executive Director, American Anti-Vivisection Society
Nancy Blaney, Senior Policy Advisor Animal Welfare Institute

Most people are surprised to learn that captive exotic birds commonly sold in the pet trade or used for other entertainment purposes do not have specific protections under the Federal Animal Welfare Act, which mandates that certain animal facilities comply with licensing, inspection and care requirements.
Moreover, captive birds are frequently excluded from animal welfare legislation, pet shop regulations, and existing animal cruelty statutes in the U.S.
How can this be?
In this session, our team of experts will provide a summary of current law as well as suggested approaches to improving captive bird welfare. We will also explore the implications of international laws that affect bird ownership and commerce in the U.S., dispel the misinformation that often surrounds avian legislation efforts, and provide bird advocates with approaches to increase legal protections for captive birds.
Register for this webinar here.

Recorded Webinars

Webinars for Bird Shelters and Care Facilities

The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and Avian Welfare Coalition teamed up  to offer a series of webinars that provide training to animal care professionals on the specialized care of exotic birds. We examine key topics for providing appropriate short-term care and securing care for a lifetime.

Avian Roundtable – Bird Placement

This 4-part roundtable series, presented in a Q&A format, is devoted entirely to the special placement needs of exotic birds, including the evaluation of individual birds, recruitment of adoption applicants, and identification of placement partners. Legal issues pertaining to adoption contracts and long-term and estate planning are also reviewed.

  • Attracting the Right Bird Placement Partners
    Presenters: Galiena Cimperman, Executive Director, Midwest Avian Adoption & Rescue Services (MAARS) and Stephanie Shain, COO, Washington Humane Society
    The placement process for exotic birds comes with special challenges. Learn from our roundtable experts what it takes to build a network of like-minded, legitimate placement partners and where to find responsible, compassionate avian adopters.
  • You Found a Potential Adopter – Now What?
    Presenters: Lorelei Tibbetts, LVT, VTS Clinical Practice Exotic Companion Animals and Janet Trumbule, Executive Director, The Oasis Sanctuary
    What goes into preparing an adopter for life with an undomesticated, extremely social, flighted animal? Our roundtable experts answer questions on how to properly inform adopters about the true needs of birds – the good and the bad –that can aid in long-term adoption success.
  • Estate Planning for Captive Birds
    Presenter: Frances Carlisle, ESQ.
    Adopting out animals with long lifespans comes with some important legal considerations for both the organization and the adoptive caregiver. Our roundtable expert answers questions about contingency plans and their place in guaranteeing lifetime care for any long-lived species.
  • The Basics of Bird Adoption Contracts
    Presenter: Jane Hoffman, Esq. CEO, The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
    There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to foster and adoption contracts. Our roundtable expert provides practical guidelines to help organizations develop adoption contracts that navigate some challenging legal landscape.

Avian Roundtable – Shelter Solutions

This 2-part roundtable series, presented in a Q&A format, provides answers to common questions from animal shelters looking to start or expand an avian placement program and those already providing short-term care to birds.

  • Overcoming Obstacles: Starting an Exotic Bird Shelter Program
    Presenter: Anthony Pilny, DVM, DABVP
    Caring for exotic birds in a shelter environment is challenging. In fact, many shelters feel they cannot accommodate birds at all. Our roundtable expert answers questions about the issues standing in the way of shelters’ abilities to take in, expand, or improve capacity for exotic birds.
  • Practical Solutions to Bird Care Within the Shelter
    Presenter: Lorelei Tibbetts, LVT, VTS
    Birds are like no other animal in your shelter. Our roundtable expert answers questions about serving the special needs of exotic birds in a shelter setting including how to evaluate and deal with bird behavior and common avian conditions, recognize signs of illness, and respond to medical emergencies.

Avian Wellness Training Series
This 3-part webinar series aims to provide animal caretakers with practical recommendations for meeting the housing, handling, feeding, medical and placement needs of exotic birds within the shelter environment.

  • Caring for Exotic Birds in the Shelter Environment – Part 1
    Anthony Pilny, DVM, DABVP
    Part 1 of 2. This webinar is a must-watch overview for any shelter caring for birds. Dr. Anthony Pilny covers the basics for short-term care in a shelter environment, including intake protocols, signs of disease and illness, quarantine requirements and supportive care.
  • The Basics of Caring for Exotic Birds in the Shelter – Part 2
    Presenter: Lorelei TIbbetts, LVT, VTS (Exotic Companion Animal) of The Center for Avian & Exotic Medicine, New York, NY
    This webinar, presented by Lorelei Tibbetts, expands on Part 1 with a more in-depth discussion about nutrition, environmental safety, cleanliness and sanitation, animal handling and housing, managing stress and enrichment.
  • Perspectives on Captive Exotic Bird Placement
Lorelei Tibbetts, LVT, VTS, of NYC’s The Center for Avian & Exotic Medicine and Karen Windsor, Executive Director, Foster Parrots
    Get two unique viewpoints from Lorelei Tibbetts and Karen Windsor on what it takes to find qualified homes for exotic birds. Gain insight into the considerations and approaches for making exotic bird placement successful.

Additional Avian Resources

Creating Your Placement Partnership Network – Excel spreadsheet.

Avian Welfare Coalition ‘How To’ Guides for Bird Shelters and Care Facilities:  This page contains 16 downloadable “How-To” guides for shelters.

A Guide For Performing A Basic Physical Examination On Captive Birds In Your Care

Protecting Birds in the Shelter through Quarantine

Symptoms of Illness in Avians