Hi all! Just a short note to let you know that bird grooming will be taking place in-store atPort Orchard Parrots Plus instead of at the Groomery during the month of January. I’ll update the email notifications to reflect this temporary change, however it’s possible I might miss something. If you get any email notification telling you to go to the Groomery please disregard it and come to the store instead. Thanks! Todd
Grooming is available by appointment only between the hours of 9am to 3pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Descriptions of services and booking information is available via the links below.
Port Orchard Parrot Rescue was founded by Phyllis Penland in 2009 to help local parrots and their people find solutions to unsustainable living situations. Over the years our clients have come to know, love, and adopt many of the birds that we have taken in. We can’t imagine enough ways to thank our clients who have opened their hearts and their homes to these parrots, as well as those who have donated their time, money, toys, cages, word of mouth, and more over the years. You are the best of the best!Phyllis has now retired however Todd Penland (her son) continues to operate the rescue in conjunction with Port Orchard Parrots Plus’s retail business, as well as grooming, boarding, and other services at 595 Bethel Avenue (next door to H&R Block) in Port Orchard.
This page will help introduce you to the work of Port Orchard Parrot Rescue and provide necessary information for those who wish to adopt or foster a homeless parrot as well as those seeking to re-home their own bird(s). Just select the tab at the top that pertains to your situation to continue.
Before you get startedREAD THIS. (There's a link back to this page when you're done.)
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that you will not choose the bird you adopt, the bird will choose you. As much as you might want that African Grey Parrot, if she doesn’t form a bond with you during your visits then we will gently – but firmly – ask that you spend some time with some of the other available parrots. We will not place any bird in any home unless we are as sure as we can be that the bird will be happy there.Once a bond begins to form, you will be expected to visit your potential parrot companion on a regular basis, spending as much time with him/her as you can to help them get to know you better, and vice versa. The more time you spend together the better.
Getting to Know You
Once we’re satisfied that a good match has been made, we will work with you to prepare your home for the new addition to your family. We want to be sure that a safe and sufficiently spacious cage is in place as well as toys and other diversions to keep your parrot stimulated and entertained. We will discuss nutritional needs, veterinary care, and other issues necessary to ensure that you and your parrot enjoy a long and happy life together.How quickly or slowly this happens depends entirely on the bird. We will not rush this. Patience is one of the qualities we’re looking for in potential parronts and attempting to rush the adoption process will be counterproductive. Please remember, we are working toward finding the very last home this bird will every have. It’s a responsibility we take very seriously and one in which we will not be hurried.
Fostering or Adoption
Fostering a rescued parrot is a great way to serve this community and a wonderful opportunity for prospective parronts to get to know birds before making the ultimate commitment to adopt. We can’t say enough about the help foster parronts provide in giving much needed personal time and attention to these parrots as well as helping to reduce our operating expenses – making it possible for us to open our arms to more who need our help.To be a foster parront you must agree to be willing and able to return your foster parrot to us at any time for adoption by someone who is willing to give it a permanent home. Of course you are – as a foster parront – also eligible to adopt if you just can’t imagine life without your new companion.The application and approval process for foster parronts is the same as that of adoptive parronts. Just fill out the application form to get started and don’t hesitate to ask questions if you’re not sure about anything.
We have adapted the Adoption/Fostering Application used by All Parrot Rescue in Graham (thanks Sonya!) for our own use in helping to place the birds we have rescued. We keep the information provided in a database and when birds are available, we use the database to find potential matching homes for them. We don’t just look within our own rescue by the way. We share the applications with any other rescue that is interested in receiving them. This way we hope to match potential caregivers with their new charges as quickly as possible.If you are interested in adopting, please download the application and either return it to us in person, by mail, or email. You may also fax the application to us. Here is our contact information for future reference:
Port Orchard Parrots Plus 595 Bethel Avenue Port Orchard WA 98366
If you’ve made the difficult decision to re-home your bird(s) there are a few things you should consider before turning to a parrot rescue:
Please don’t advertise that you are re-homing your bird. We cannot stress this strongly enough. There are some really bad actors out there who put on a good show but are simply interested in your bird as a way to enrich themselves. You can be sure that – if they’re going to find you – advertising is how they’ll do it.
Before Contacting a Rescue
As well meaning as parrot rescues are, there are simply too many birds and not enough people to care for them. Your bird will be unlikely to receive the personal attention you have been able to provide throughout its time with you. Additionally, the cost of caring for your bird properly is very high and most rescues don’t have the resources to do it without depending on donations (primarily from you and others who are surrendering their birds) for food, facilities, toys, and veterinary care. For this reason we ask that rescue be the very last thing you consider for the sake of your bird as well as those who are taking on your responsibility to care for it.
Is this a temporary situation
If you’re experiencing a situation that makes caring for your bird temporarily impossible, consider asking for help – either from someone you know or from a professional boarding facility (like Port Orchard Parrots Plus) that offers long-term boarding discounts. Helping you salvage your relationship with your parrot during a crisis is one of many things we can do to avoid having another parrot end up in rescue.
Friends or Family
A close friend or family member who already knows and loves your bird is by far the best choice when it comes to re-homing any pet. This is even more true for parrots – who form bonds that can last a lifetime with their caregivers. Think about the people you know, and approach any of them who you think may be able to provide a stable home for your bird. Be willing to assist with expenses if necessary to help smooth the transition.
There are a number of sanctuaries in Western Washington that will assume responsibility for your parrot for the rest of their lives rather than risk the likelihood that they will be re-homed again and again as is often the case with rescued birds – even those handled by the most responsible rescues. Sanctuaries will frequently ask you to provide an annuity or some other form of payment to help offset the cost of caring for your parrot, however this differs from place to place. Check around and find the solution that best fits your individual abilities.
Finally there is parrot rescue. When none of the other options are available or possible, we’re here to help. Please be aware that there may be a waiting list for intake depending on the availability of funds and facilities necessary to care for your bird.
Prior to intake you must provide evidence that your bird is free of any communicable diseases that can spread to other birds in the rescue. Please contact an avian veterinarian who will test your bird for these diseases, or be prepared to provide the funds necessary for us to do so. Depending on the bird, health checks (including lab work) will cost approximately $300.
For the first 30-60 days following intake your bird will be quarantined (even with certification of health from an avian veterinarian) from contact with any other birds to ensure that any conditions not discovered prior to intake aren’t spread to any other birds. For the same reason, your bird will not be available for fostering or adoption by others during this time.
Ongoing Maintenance and Care
On average, most birds will spend 4-6 months in rescue or foster care before being adopted. We ask that you take this into account when surrendering your bird and donate as much as you are able to offset this expense.
After the quarantine period, we will attempt (through our network of clients and other rescues) to find a new home for your bird. This process can take anywhere from a few days to years depending on the bird. Some birds will never find a new home. There’s simply no way to know in advance what will happen, however you have our assurance that we will do everything possible to find the best home we can. The welfare of the bird is ALWAYS our first priority.
Make a Clean Break
Unless we have discussed it ahead of time and have agreed that it would be good for the bird, we ask that you DO NOT return to visit your bird after you have surrendered it. We do this for the benefit of the bird, who may not understand why you keep leaving without it following the visit. We also ask that you limit your phone calls and other contacts with us to see how your bird is doing. We completely understand your concern for your bird, but all of us involved in rescue have full time jobs in addition to our rescue work and we need to limit distractions as much as anyone else does. We appreciate your consideration.
About Port Orchard Parrots Rescue & Sanctuary
Port Orchard Parrot Rescue and Sanctuary (POPRS) exists to provide temporary and/or permanent shelter, care, and sustenance to homeless parrots or to parrot owners or guardians, and to provide educational services to the greater Puget Sound, Washington community concerning parrot ownership and care. POPRS is organized exclusively for charitable, educational or scientific purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Buying from Port Orchard Parrots Plus and POParrots.com Helps Support Rescue
Port Orchard Parrots provides food, toys, and other supplies to the rescue free of charge. The costs are offset by customer donations whenever possible; there is no profit to the business through the rescue. Each time you buy from Port Orchard Parrots (or online at POParrots.com), you are helping to supply the resources necessary to keep the rescue running. This, along with your generous cash donations help make Port Orchard Parrot Rescue possible. Thank you.
Visitors to my parrot shop/rescue occasionally get irritated with me when I tell them that the first thing I want them to do before I’ll even discuss allowing them to adopt one of our rescued parrots is to fill out a six-page application which includes details about their living arrangements, history with other birds, references (which will be checked), etc. I get the impression that many of them have just decided that they want a bird and my role in this little fantasy is to hand one over. After all, aren’t they doing me a favor by taking one of them off my hands?
Here’s how I see this: I want to see commitment. Many of these birds have been passed from home to home many times over the years. Many of them have suffered terrible neglect because their people had no idea what they were getting into before taking on the responsibility of caring for them. Many have been abused. The application is the first test. If you’re willing to take the time to fill it out, then you’re demonstrating commitment. I would say that well over 90% of the people I ask to do this walk away and never follow up. Some of them may be put off the idea of getting a parrot at all by our conversation, which – believe it or not – also makes me happy. If you’re that easily discouraged, you won’t have the tenacity it takes to have one of these very demanding creatures in your life. Others will go grumbling to the nearest breeder or pet shop saying “who does he think he is?”, and plop down a few thousand dollars for a bird that will most likely find itself homeless and broken-hearted in a rescue a few difficult and unhappy years later. Those who do fill out the application have cleared the first hurdle. There are more.
In the end, the only thing that matters to me is knowing that I have done everything I possibly can to help ensure that the home I choose – and make no mistake, the choice is mine – will be the last stop for the parrot I’m placing. It’s not a science, and not every placement will work out, but hopefully more will than won’t. So before you come to me or to any other parrot rescue, ask yourself just how much you’re willing to do to welcome a parrot into your life. Now double that and if you’re still interested, come see me. You’re exactly who I’m looking for. I really want to get to know you . Before you do though, please fill out the application.
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We believe our toys should be as environmentally friendly as possible, using renewable, non-toxic, natural materials. Many of the materials that birds would encounter in the wild; like palm leaves, coconut and bamboo are used in our products. We are committed to producing the best quality bird toys. We have implemented “Master Craftsman” awards to recognize our most talented artisans. We regularly give out prizes and awards to the craftspeople who have shown talent, creativity and dedication to their products.
We take our social responsibility seriously. We work with a certified Fair Trade cooperative, as well as other organizations providing gainful employment and support for hundreds of families. We embrace the challenge of helping our workers provide for a better future for their families by funding a variety of educational and social programs for deserving workers and their dependents.
We believe our bird toys create a “win-win” situation for the environment, the producers, the consumers and their birds.
Since the COVID-19 lockdowns began in March of 2020, the parrot boarding business at Port Orchard Parrots Plus (our primary donor) has almost completely dried up, causing the loss of nearly half of its income and therefore the reduction in half of the amount of money available to donate to the Rescue and Sanctuary.
As a result, the expenses incurred this year by the Rescue and Sanctuary have exceeded donations by almost $2,000! We’re hoping (along with everyone else) that a vaccine for COVID-19 will be available by next Spring-Summer, and that Port Orchard Parrots Plus clients will be able to travel again. Until then, we’re begging!
100% of All Donations Benefit Our Parrots
Not one penny of your donations go to administrative costs or to benefit anyone other than the parrots in our rescue and sanctuary. Port Orchard Parrots Plus (the retail business that shares space with the rescue and sanctuary) covers all of our administrative expenses so that everything you donate goes to the birds.
Donations start at $1 but can be any amount over $1 that you choose. You can make a one-time donation or you can set up recurring donations to spread your giving over an extended period of time.
If you would be willing to sign up as a recurring donor that would help immensely. Recurring donors choose the amount and the frequency of their donations which are then charged to their preferred payment method automatically. You can cancel anytime (via your account page), change the frequency of your giving, the amount you give, and/or skip a donation if times are a bit tough.
Recurring donations help reduce the “feast or famine” phenomenon faced by most charities and other non-profit organizations. It frees us up to spend time helping our birds instead of fundraising.
As a Token of Our Gratitude…
Port Orchard Parrots Plus has offered to reward donors of $20 or more with special discounts available only to our donors and volunteers.
One Time Donations
One time donors receive a coupon good for 10% off their next purchase of $25 or more. This coupon may be used in addition to any other discounts available to the bearer.
Recurring donors also receive a 10% off coupon. In addition though, a 25% off coupon will be sent to you automatically upon receipt of your first recurring donation. Then, each time another recurring donation is processed you will receive another 10% off coupon. These coupons may be used in addition to any other discounts available to the bearer.
Consider Becoming a Volunteer
If You can’t spare the money – or even if you can – consider becoming one of our very special Port Orchard Parrot Rescue & Sanctuary Volunteers.
We couldn’t do this without the help of our volunteers! Each week they come in for an hour or two to clean, feed, water, and socialize with our parrots – ALL essential to keeping the parrots healthy and happy here. For more information about volunteering, check out our volunteer portal here (opens in a new tab or window).
Donate Your Used Cages, Perches, Toys and More
Do you have usable pet products lying around that aren’t being used anymore? You can help fund the work of Port Orchard Parrots Plus by donating them for use by the Rescue and Sanctuary and/or for resale to help fund our work. Donations may be dropped off anytime in front of Port Orchard Parrots Plus.
Thank You for All You Do
It has been said that it “takes a village” to raise a child, and the same is true for rescued parrots. You are our village! Your support makes all of this possible and without it, we just couldn’t get the job done. So thank you! Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help.
As a pet supply retailer, Port Orchard Parrots Plus is considered an “essential” business and we remain open during normal business hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Online sales of EVERY type of pet product (including products for dogs, cats, reptiles, amphibians, small pets, large animals (including livestock) and more) are still available 24/7/365 here at POPARROTS.COM
Free Delivery Available
As we announced previously we are still offering free delivery every day to addresses in the Port Orchard area and at least one day a week in surrounding communities. There is a minimum purchase requirement ($25) for free deliveries however we will deliver smaller orders for a small fee based on your location. Just add the items you want to your shopping cart, enter your address on the checkout page, and it will tell you what (if any) the cost will be.
Bird Boarding and Daycare Still Available
Bird Grooming is Now Available Again (under Phase 2 Reopening)
Animal shelters are also considered essential during this crisis, so volunteers are still permitted to come in to help take care of the parrots. Visitors are welcome however we ask that you refrain from handling any birds other than your own to prevent creating another point of contact for transmission of the virus. The store remains open to customers and volunteers.
As you may well imagine, the cost of caring for our parrots continues whether your visits are allowed or not. We are desperately in need of your donations – now more than ever – to help feed and care for our flock. If you are able, please donate something to help with this. Every little bit helps, so whether it’s volunteer help or cash donations – we thank you!
At Port Orchard Parrots Plus | POParrots.com we have more ways for you to save than you can shake a stick at! Here are just a few:
Frequent Flyer Rewards
Everyone who creates an account on POParrots.com is automatically eligible for Frequent Flyer Rewards. For each dollar you spend you earn one Frequent Flyer Rewards Point. Each point is worth five cents and can be used to save up to 5% on most purchases – both online and in our store.
Order Online | Pick up In-Store
Choose In-Store Pickup for your shipping method and save another 5% on your online purchases.
Book Services at Least 60 Days in Advance
Save up to 15%
Share Your Favorite Products
Receive a coupon for 5% off your next purchase when you share a product on your favorite social networking platforms.
Review Your Favorite Products
Receive a coupon for 10% off your next purchase when you review the products you purchased from us.
Buy Toys and Accessories | Save on Food Products
Receive a $5.00 off coupon for pet food products for each $100 you spend on pet toys and accessories
Olympic Bird Fanciers Membership
Receive 10% off purchases of $50 or more with a paid annual membership
As we all come to grips with the news of nine (9) COVID-19 / Coronavirus deaths in the greater Seattle area, this seems like a good time to implement some changes in our business to help (as much as we can) prevent infections.
Free/Discounted Product Delivery Offered Until Further Notice
Port Orchard Parrots Plus remains open for regular business hours during this public health emergency. We ask that customers who are experiencing any cold or flu symptoms contact us – especially those who live within a five mile radius of the store – as we will be offering free product delivery to those customers who need it for the duration of this outbreak.
Customers who live more than five miles from the store may take advantage of discounted delivery service either at their homes (or workplaces) or at a set time and place (probably park-and-ride locations) to be determined soon. This is our tentative delivery schedule for those who want to take advantage of this service:
Hand sanitizer is available at the checkout desk in both the parrot shop and the coin shop and we encourage all visitors (whether they are symptomatic or not) to use the sanitizer (or use our kitchen facility to wash hands) immediately upon arrival in the store and before leaving. We don’t as yet know how effective hand sanitizer will be in neutralizing this virus so hand washing is the preferred option until we know more.
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Staff / Volunteer Health and Safety
Staff and volunteers are asked to stay home if they are experiencing ANY cold or flu symptoms or if they have come into contact with anyone who is.
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Check Here for Updates
This post will be updated as we learn more. Thanks for your cooperation and please stay safe! This too shall pass.
Sorry for the late notice but I was just told about this today. If you’ve been looking for a new cage for your bird(s) this is a fantastic opportunity to get a top qualify, wrought iron cage at 25% off the regular price – and with FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the continental United States. A&E is also offering a selection of their pet carriers at 50% off the regular price!
This sale ABSOLUTELY ENDS at noon on Friday, January 31, 2020 so if you have any questions or want to place an order please don’t delay. As always, Port Orchard Parrots Plus offers financing through Square and/or PayPal Credit on orders of $250 or more. Just apply via the product page and once you get your approval follow the instructions from the lender to complete your payment here. We also accept cash/check payments in-store and all major credit cards online or in-store.
Have a look at the items on sale here and place your order no later than noon on Friday! Let us know if you have any questions.
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You’ll notice that we are out of stock and taking waiting lists for about 25% of our products at this time. This is due to the Covid-19 pandemic and a large number of natural disasters that have been plaguing the planet in recent times. All industries have been affected.
Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to speed up the availability of products. The best source of information about availability will be product manufacturers.