A bird rehabilitation and re-homing center based in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Meika’s Safehouse provides a safe and loving environment for birds in need. We work primarily with parrots but all species of companion or pet birds are welcomed.
When birds are surrendered into our care, we fully assess the bird’s overall health and start some training as appropriate. Most of the birds have not been abused, but because of the level of intelligence they possess, they are often under significant emotional stress when they are relinquished. Birds that have been mistreated emotionally or physically require more rehabilitation and may never be suitable for re-homing.
When we determine a bird is ready to be rehomed, much care and consideration is put into selecting an appropriate home. When we are able to match a bird with a new family, in most cases, he or she will be adopted out with a cage suitable, as well as the toys and favourite items the bird has grown accustomed to. We will also provide a current health certificate.
Our desire is to see the birds that leave our care succeed in their new home, and we are always here to provide advice and assistance. To see the birds we currently have available for adoption, please see below.
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Keiko is a cute little quaker with a lot of personality. He's got a good little vocabulary, knows a couple tricks and loves riding around on your shoulder and cuddling. He is extremely cage territorial, however once away from his home he likes to be preened and is eager to learn new tricks. He takes a little while to warm up to new people, but with patience and an understanding of positive reinforcement training he can be one of the best little companions one could ever ask for. He has a tendency to gravitate towards men, but with persistence he can love women too.
We have 3 German Roller canaries available to adopt. They are all females. 4 siblings hatched in 2017 (banded) and the mom. The mom is separated from the young.
Jasmine needs time and patience and you need to earn her trust slowly. Jasmine just arrived a few short days ago and we are just getting to know her. She does step up on a stick most times, we are working with her to get her to step up voluntarily. She is capable of having affectionate relationships, however SHE needs to make the decision to like you.
Beaky is an extremely talkative amazon that will have you in stitches laughing at what she comes up with. She is not friendly but we have been working with her on and off and she is to the point where she will step on a stick, and sometimes a hand. She is target trained, but only works when she feels like it and only for the exact right treats she wants at that given moment. She is a beautiful amazon in full feather.
Update, Beaky now steps up more often than not, she is better at stepping up while she is out of the cage.
In care since February 2016
Beautiful little birds with a nice noises. Good for apartment living. Hardy birds. Not recommended to be put in with smaller finches.
Periodically, we are asked to hand raise baby birds. When old enough, these are also available for adoption. To see birds that may be available, click here.
Chewy is a nice umbrella cockatoo. As with all cockatoos she can be noisy and dusty. She tends to prefer females, but has stepped up for a few males that interact with her. She's quite comical, energetic and has a cute vocabulary.
Rio is a small African Grey parrot. She came into care not too long ago so we are still getting to know her. She's in great feather condition and does step up on your hands if she feels like it. She steps up readily on a dowel perch almost every time you ask her to. She gives signals to indicate she doesn't want to step up on hands such as bowing her head down. If she does want to step up, she raises a foot for you. We haven't heard any words out of her yet, but she does have some neat whistles and she loves to dance! She's looking for a calm home to call her own, preferably with no small children or hyper dogs or cats.
Regular zebra finches (not white like the ones in the picture)... ages unknown. Can be adopted in singles or pairs
Bright, energetic, fun loving bird that loves to play and take baths. Likes to explore everything and loves bright shiny jewelry.
Feizi was adopted a few months ago, however she did come back into care due to only getting along with the females in the household.
Special considerations: special dietary needs, much messier than a typical parrot, can produce a high pitched noise at times.
*In care since April 2015
971A Ordze Road, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4L7
Here's what we know:
These two were paired up in the place where they came from. They were from an estate we took in a bunch of birds from summer 2017. The female is a mixture between a yellow and blue indian ringneck and the grey is a solid grey.
They are wild birds who were set to be bred in their previous home. We do not know if they ever had babies in the past.
Phoenix is an amazon who came from the world parrot refuge in BC. He was transferred over by Greyhaven in 2016 and was adopted last year. Due to unforseen circumstances Phoenix needed to come back into care and is now looking for another great home to call his own. He can step up on a dowel perch however he is not tame. He does make noise, but considering he is an amazon, it isn't as loud as most amazons are.
We have 2 pairs of Blue and Grey Indian Ringnecks. (blue male, grey female AND blue female, grey male)
These were breeders in their previous home, they are wild, scared of people but love each other very much. Where one goes the other must follow, they preen each other, sleep next to each other and get stressed when separated.
Dolly is a very sensitive African Grey with feather destructive behavior and a beak that will require regular filing. She is very scared of change, fast movements, new people and other things. She will require a calm understanding household with no small children or other animals. She needs a patient, quiet person that she can get to know and feel comfortable with.
We only have the one on the right available now, her friend Metta has been adopted. She is untame and very flighty. She came to use from a breeding situation and is quite frightened of people but comfortable and happy when left to do her own thing. Very Beautiful bird, she would do well in a home that has no expectations of her.
In care since June 2017
Matilda is a chatty African Grey who has a beautiful female voice that speaks with an Eastern European accent. She is fairly nice for an African Grey. Will step up most of the time, however she can bite if you try and take her out of the cage if she is not ready.
E;mo came to us in a state of emergency. He was rescued from a burning building and survived a house fire. We were told the owners have been considering surrendering him as he was not happy with the other pets in the home and the fire was the push they needed to make that decision. Elmo has the capability of being a nice bird, however he gets very jealous and does bite as he gets to know you. He is a French speaking bird, so if you are up on your French you have a shoe in the door with him.
We have two semi tame Kakarikis available to adopt. We suspect they are related although they did not come from the same location. They are caged together however breeding is highly discouraged, and they are ok to separate.