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Last Post 03-09-2017 7:00 PM by  Doddie Kent
NORMAL TIMESCALE FOR FOSTERING A BIRD
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13-04-2011 8:42 AM

    Birds are on the rehoming list for approximately a month. This gives ALL  members a fair chance to apply.  A bird may have 20 applications for it, and each applicant has to be contacted INDIVIDUALLY, which also takes time, as some people may be at work or out at the time of the call, and the rehoming officers have to call back  another time.

    The rehoming Officers are also managers and aco's,  and as such  have also  to deal with everything else entailed in the day to day running of the rescue.

    Collecting birds, doing homechecks/ safehouse checks,  vet visits, paperwork and  computer work, emailing, as well as looking after their own birds, not to mention their spouses and families who are usually at the bottom of this  list.

    ALL OF  THIS IS  DONE ON A PURELY  VOLUNTARY BASIS.

    We have to have a life of our own at some point !!!

    IT IS NOT UNUSUAL TO HAVE TO WAIT A WHILE AFTER YOU HAVE HAD A PHONE CALL TO DISCUSS YOUR APPLICATION, YOU MAY HAVE BEEN THE FIRST PERSON OUT OF A LONG LIST OF MEMBERS TO BE SPOKEN TO.

    YOU WILL BE CONTACTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE !!!!

    Please show a bit more  patience. We do understand your excitement, but are already doing the best that can be done.

     

     

     

     

     

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    13-04-2011 9:07 AM
    Could this be a sticky post, or in the top part of the forum as we have lots of new people at the moment (and hopefully will have lots more as time goes on) who are understandably keen but may not be aware of the process. This needs to be kept prominent so hopefully everyone sees it and understands what might be happening in the background. Lots of applications are an indication that the organisation is working, but a mixed blessing for the rehoming team!
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    13-04-2011 9:36 AM
    When applications are received are they 'acknowledged' (I believe they are)? I haven't actually seen the email that goes to the applicant when they apply. Does that acknowledgement have something in it to explain the potential timescales involved? It may just stop people fretting after a few days (or even weeks), as Ann says rehoming a bird with many applications does take time....longer than most people think.

    The rehoming team are also slowed down by having to deal with 'enquiries' from applicants wanting to know the status of their application or by members not having read the guidelines and applying for more than one bird at a time or for birds that have red writing on them...etc.... The more time spent on things like that means less time is spent doing the all important phone calls.
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    13-04-2011 9:51 AM

    Deb that is very good idea about adding acknowledgement for application etc if it doesnt happen already.  I have nothing but admiration as I have said before for the rehoming team.  The rehoming lists have been so huge recently that the pressure on everyone involved shouldn't be under played on time/effort involved.  You are all doing a great job. 

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    13-04-2011 10:18 AM

     Hi All

    I recently  applied to rehoming and an aknowedgement isn't sent out. I waited a few weeks and then chased my application.

    I did suggest an automated reply that would aknowledge receipt and give an idea of expectations. That way people are kept informed.

    If someone knows to wait 6 weeks then I believe they will - but it is the not knowing that frustrates people and so they start to chase.

    A simple email explaining the next stages of the process and the expected timescales would , I'm sure, alleviate the the issue and give the rehoming team more time.

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    13-04-2011 12:05 PM
    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ARE AUTOMATIC.
    How long ago was your recent application???
    We did have a short spell a while ago when the website was experiencing some problems, but in the NORMAL l run of things you DO get an acknowledgement.
    It may take a while after that before you get a phone call from the rehoming team.
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    13-04-2011 12:25 PM
    To my knowledge, an e-mail is recieved to say we have recieved your application.

    As ann says sometimes they can be may applications for a bird and ALL have to be contacted, this does sometimes take time.....but please be assured we WILL get to you and you will recieve a phone call if you are short listered for that bird......you will also recieve an e-mail if you were unsucessful on that occation, some birds take longer than others so we can not give a time scale for this but will will let you know either way
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    13-04-2011 12:27 PM

    Yes Ann I was under the impression that there was an acknowledgement ....LOL

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    13-04-2011 12:31 PM
    If you are the first call on the list then there will be a shorter wait from the time you apply until the time of phonecall, however you may then have a longer wait to find out the outcome as ALL the other applicants have to be called first.

    If you are last on the list to be called then you will have a longer wait from the time you apply until the time of phonecall, however you will have a shorter wait for the outcome.

    Either way patience is a virtue...LOL
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    14-04-2011 1:53 PM
    Hi

    Hope this helps - actual copy of the email in question.

    Dear BL Member (name)

    Our thanks for submitting your re-homing application. The application has been received by our re-homing team and will be processed as soon as possible.

    Please be aware that the re-homing process is a long one. All applicants must be contacted and their applications discussed. We ask that you kindly be patient when waiting your response.

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    14-04-2011 1:55 PM
    Thanks for that Norm

    So applications are acknowledged and patience is requested, It seems that the excitement is just too much for some people to bear...LOL
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    09-03-2012 2:05 PM

     Nice to see the above post.  I applied, seems like ages ago, an d although I have had one phone call, nothing else seemed to happen, so it is good to know that this is 'normal'.  I am scared that if I am picked to be the adoptive parent of the bird I am interested in, that it will want to happen around the time I am going on holiday.  Just hoping that things will happen soon as am off on holiday in June and would hate it to clash with a new arrival.

     

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    09-03-2012 2:17 PM
    Don't worry, if the perfect match has been made, then the Rehoming team will keep calling..and calling..and calling.. and callin
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    09-03-2012 3:04 PM
    And, if you are selected and successful just before your holiday, either the bird can stay in his/her safehouse a bit longer or you can arrange for a local BL member to look after your precious birdie
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    13-08-2012 6:22 AM
    Hi At 65 and now retired is there any point in me applying to offer a home for a bird, My experience was taking on a bald African Grey "Becky" whose feathers all returned apart from a small patch on side. I had her company for twenty-seven years. I am saying her "she could have been an" " he" My partner still works another ten years at least, I am at home all day, we have two dogs one of which is a german shepard rather old, the other a five year old rescued Lab-doodle a gentle giant who gets on with any animal even cats, possibly because he is to lazy to bother!
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    13-08-2012 6:46 AM
    Keith, you sound like you would be a valuable asset to the BL team and age is definitely no barrier, in fact, as you are home more often thsn not, its an absolute advantage!!

    Membership is £25 per year which is an annual family membership and you must remain a member whilst you are fostering a BL baby. You might also consider safehousing which is where you take a bird in to assess its personality etc before they go on the rehoming list. Itenables you to get lots of experience of different species.

    Go on give it a go, you'll love it!!

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    13-08-2012 7:39 AM
    Keith - Age is definitely not a barrier to fostering / safehousing a bird. I actually have a bird here that is needing a home where the man would be the main carer and where he is home much of the time, a semi active retired person would be ideal as she is no spring chicken herself. A home with no kids, and whilst a woman would be 'allowed' she wouldn't be able to touch the bird. You would sound ideal (if it were not for the dogs - as she is a floor walker and can not fly).... the point I am trying to make (rather badly) is there is usually a bird to suit most circumstances but sometimes it is just a waiting game.

    Where abouts are you?
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    I joined Birdline after seeing parrots at Truckfest stand for Birdline. I applied for a bird, but heard nothing, as my wife at home all day thought we would be ideal, also we had an African Grey for 16 years previously. So hearing nothing I went out and bought a 2yr old African Grey from Gumtree, and "Indy" has now settled in very happily. Person wanted rid off him urgently as had other pets, so in a way I "rescued" him. While I understand you are doing what is right for the birds, I feel there is an awful lot of red tape, "faffing about" when people decide they want a bird, they want it now, not weeks or months down the line. Wasn't too happy about someone visiting every 6 months to check on birds well being either, so decided to pay for our own bird, which is a source of great enjoyment to my wife as she is housebound much of the time. Needless to say I won't be applying for any more, nor renewing my subscription.
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    01-10-2012 7:34 AM
    I would like to comment on the above post by Euan (I have not had a particularly good day so I am sorry if this sounds harsh). I am not sitting in judgement of Euan and whilst I am very happy that he has a bird and all seems to be happy in the Walker household I would just like to make some general comments regarding the points he has raised.

    1. Everyone here is a volunteer and has to fit their Birdline duties around other things (work, family, their own birds...etc)
    2. There is a lot of red tape and this is there for a reason - it is to ensure that the birds that are often donated to us after an agonising decision by their owners are well cared for and placed in the best possible home and with as litle upset as possible. It also means their care is as guaranteed for the rest of their lives and we keep the promise we make to the donor. It means that birds coming into BL are not illtreated or 'lost' in the system.
    3. Regarding a 6 monthly visit to check on the birds well being - Why would you not want to know that there was help and support for you and your bird? Surely if you were a donor of a bird this would make your decision easier - knowing that regular checks are made?
    4. Your comment - "when people decide they want a bird, they want it now, not weeks or months down the line" Is precisely why we have a lot of birds handed in. People get birds on a whim (often) and then later down the line decide it wasn't such a good idea. I am a rehoming officer and the amount of times I call someone about their application and they withdraw it as they have 'changed their mind' (often in the space of 2 weeks!) is alarmingly high!
    5. I can not help but add that (whilst you are possibly a very loving knowledgable family regarding birds and their needs) the fact that you have had a bird for 16 years doesn't automatically mean that you were doing a good job of caring for it. I have had a bird donated in the past that was kept by the same family for 23 years - it was fed soley on sunflower seeds and monkey nuts, it was kept in a cage that was far too small, its beak and nails were overgrown and it had never been let out of the cage. That family could boast 23 years of bird keeping experience but I would never rehome a bird there! (Again I reiterate that I know nothing of you so am not judging you).

    Euan - You have been a member less than 2 months and I think if you had availed yourself of all the info on this site about the rehoming process before applying you would have known that it isn't always a quick process - but it is a thorough one. Everything is done for the birds benefit and this is the way it should be. In my mind. I know people get excited about the prospect of fostering a bird but patience is a virtue and members need to think of the birds needs before theiir own.

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    01-10-2012 8:12 AM
    Sometimes, when things are done too quickly, there are mistakes made. Sometimes circumstances change in people's lives. We take time to assess our birds (and the Fosterers) and try to place them with people who will be compatible to the bird's needs.The on-going visits are to check that both bird and Fosterer are happy, that seems logical to me. I explained all this to Euan when he called the Helpline some time back. I completely aggree with Debs and her comments. I have not had a bad day, and if I sound harsh, then maybe I'm not a nice person. It doesn't matter. People are important, but in the Parrot Rescue world, BIRDS MUST COME FIRST, so sorry, Euan, if that sounds nasty. I sincerely hope you and your bird will be happy for many, many years. However, if you'd waited, you might have been more sure that the bird won't take a dislike to you (or your wife) and will fit in to be part of your family.
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