Volunteer Application

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Volunteer Application
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If you are not 18 or over please do not continue. We cannot accept volunteers under 18 for liability reasons. However many young men and women help by raising money, blanket, food and toy drives. We would love your help. You do not have to fill out this application to contribute in other ways.
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Please list any other current animals you have with the following information

Name Species/Breed Age Spayed/Neutered De-Clawed Indoor or Outdoor How long have you have this animal? Date of the last vet visit
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Having limited or no bird experience does not disqualify you as an applicant. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities, some of which don't even require any bird expertise. The next few questions will allow us to be able to find the right area for you to assist in.
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Volunteer Agreement

Pease Read Carefully This is not intended to intimidate, nor cast a negative light on exotic birds. Rescued birds are no more or less likely to behave in an aggressive or unpredictable manner than any others. But, we want you to know of the possibilities when working with them.
The birds which Saint Louis Avian Rescue (S.T.A.R.) places in foster homes have been surrounded, abandoned, or in some way displaced. They may have been abused or neglected. There may only be limited information available regarding their previous environment. S.T.A.R foster birds may not have been to a veterinarian yet. Even for those who have, avian medicine is a relatively new discipline, and it is possible for a bird to be a carrier of a disease that is undetectable with the tests available today.
You should be aware of possible behavior problems in these birds. Exotic birds are still wild animals, and we don't know everything there is to know about their reactions to stress, pain, strange environments, etc. Some species are more temperamental than others. Many birds will behave aggressively when they feel threatened. If you decide to volunteer in a capacity which brings you in contact with birds, you should exhibit caution until you are fully familiar with a particular bird.
Exotic birds can also be destructive. In their native habitats they bite and chew. They are also curious animals and will seek out new objects chew. Be aware of the possibility of damage to clothes, eyeglasses, hats, etc. unless you are careful.
* I certify that I have never been charged with nor convicted of animal abuse or neglect in Missouri or any other state. I certify that no one in my household has been charged with nor convicted of animal abuse or neglect in Missouri or any other state.
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