JoJo’s Perch – Adoption

Hello my friends!

Today I would like to talk about something that is close to my feathered heart – Adoption. As my readers know, I am a “second hand” bird. My human and I met at a bird rescue in Santa Barbara when she was in college. She wasn’t looking for a feathered friend, but I was looking for someone to boss around so I convinced her to take me home – I’m crafty like that.

Did you know : According the ASPCA every year an estimated 2.7 million cats and dogs are adopted every year (yay!) but 7.6 million enter animal shelters country-wide (I only have 8 toes to count with but I think that’s a much bigger number). And that’s only cats and dogs. The information on non-mammal pets in rescues is spotty at best. And most of these animals are surrendered to shelters and rescues through no fault of their own. Many of my neighbors at the bird rescue were there because their humans had to move into an apartment or had to start traveling for work. One macaw, a sweet bird who loved to cuddle with the volunteers, was there because his elderly owner past away and had no family who could take him in.

If you have decided to bring a new family member in – consider adoption. And when looking for a pet remember the two A’s – Attitude and Appearance – and remember that they aren’t all that important.

Attitude: Did you know that I bit my human the first time we met? I did! I didn’t know her and how dare she try to pick me up?! I had to put her in her place. Fortunately for me she still decided to take me home. Many animals in shelters are scared and not showing their true personality. It’s hard to show your cuddly/lovey side in a cage so far away from a comfy couch. That doesn’t mean to ignore signs of aggression, just realize that a shy dog in the shelter might not be a shy dog at home.

Appearance: You know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Well, you can’t judge a pet by its fur (or feathers or scales). Because of stress or illness (both common at shelters) many animals lose fur or scratch and pluck themselves bald. Most animals will grow back their fur and feathers once they are healthy and happy again. Some, like my handsome self, have already damaged follicles and can never go back to their former glory. But that doesn’t make us any less lovable.

When you do bring home your new adopted friend remember to get him checked out by the vets at Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital. They’ll be sure to check your new friend over from nose to tail for any health issues. And remember! Newly adopted pets get a free first exam!

About me…

I’m a 24 year old Senegal parrot. As with any creature as small as I am, I have a big attitude and know how to get what I want. I share my home with my human servant Megan and her Australian Shepherds, whom I torment to my heart’s content. Coming from a rescue, my history is a little bit of a mystery. My early life has caused me to be a picker, but it doesn’t matter too much – I know I’m gorgeous!

Have a question for me? You can contact me through my secretary, Megan at or you can call one of my staff members at your friendly Veterinary Hospital – the Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital.