Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! As a foster-based rescue, volunteering generally involves conducting home visits for potential adopters, assisting with transporting cages (SUV’s and Trucks needed!), and working event booths. Due to the birds residing in the homes of our volunteer fosters, we do not offer hands on volunteering.
If you are interested in working directly with the birds in our care, consider fostering instead!

If you are not 18, please note that a consent form will be required from your parent/guardian. This will be sent to you during the application processing.

Contact Information

Interests and Experience

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.

Please note, all birds reside in volunteer foster homes. As such, cleaning cages ...etc is not possible.

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 STAR - Saint Louis Avian Rescue places in foster homes have been surrendered, abandoned, or in some way displaced. They may have been abused or neglected. There may only be limited information available regarding their previous environment. STAR 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.

I, the undersigned, acknowledge there are risks in visiting and/or handling exotic birds, including illness or injury and/or damage to property. I agree to release STAR - St. Louis Avian Rescue from any and all liability in the event.

Signature Instructions:

Use your mouse to sign your name by clicking and holding it down as you write if not using a touchscreen device.

Please note, as a volunteer-based organization, it can take up to two weeks to process your application.
Once submitted, our volunteer team will reach out in the next few days to confirm confirmation of your application, ask any follow up questions and to go over next steps. Once approved, the next step will be to attend a Volunteer Orientation and our Bird 101 Class (both held monthly at the Humane Society on Macklind).

If you do not receive an email from us, please check your SPAM folder. If you have not heard from us, please email volunteer@staravian.org for updates on your application.