We offer boarding services!

Prices are per type of bird per DAY: Small = $10, Medium = $15, Large = $20, $25, $30 
Surcharge for 2 birds sharing a cage. (Prices subject to change)
Advance reservation required. A recent psittacosis test is required before birds can be boarded. Email, Facebook message, or call us at 630-640-4924.

Our Shelter 630-640-4924

Rescue, Educate, Share Experiences
GCC Bird Society Adoption and Rescue Center
...for the love of birds


The Greater Chicago Cage Bird Society (formerly GCCBC) is located at 317 S. Ardmore Avenue, Villa Park, Illinois, 60181.

shelter side viewWe are a 501(c)3 organization...Nonprofit. Our phone number is 630-640-4924. You may leave a message 24/7, though we may not always have the ability to return calls immediately as we have no paid staff. For a quicker response, please email or contact us on Facebook.

We are now open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Our appointment hours are between 10am and 2pm most days.
Volunteers may report at 10 am, 7 days a week.


The Adoption Program takes in unwanted birds from several different sources and provides for their care at our Adoption/Rescue Center (shelter) in Villa Park, Illinois. The Adoption Decision Committee (ADC) sets forth the procedures for operation of the shelter within the bylaws of the society. All positions held within the society and rescue operation are filled on a volunteer basis. The society is able to assist these homeless birds only through volunteer work of its members and others who would like to contribute time and/or funds.

Surrendering a Bird:

Are you unable to provide the care and environment that your pet bird requires? The GCC Bird Society understands that sometimes life changes occur and you find you can no longer care for your birds properly. Sometimes a particular bird has special needs that are more than you can handle. If you have tried to find a good home but are unable to, and you feel that there is absolutely no way you can continue to care for your pet and that it is in the best interest of your pet to find another home, we can help. The GCC Bird Society offers an adoption program for all types of cage birds in need of a home. If you have a species that we can not accept, or we are at capacity in the shelter, we can advise of other organizations to contact.

Also, please consider that our expenses are large in providing care for your bird; a donation at the time of surrender is required. *amount depends on individual situations and bird types. We survive on Donations!

For consideration of placement of birds into our adoption program, please e-mail surrender@gccbc.org.
We are at capacity at the moment, and our ability to take in more birds changes as adoptions are completed.

Please note; vacancy varies..in the interest of providing the best possible care, we may limit intakes from time-to-time. We can possibly advise of other organizations that can assist, if we are unable to accomodate.

The Adoption Process:

The adoption process begins by submitting an  application. After preliminary review, we will schedule a visit to the shelter. There you will meet the birds and speak with us about the species you are interested in, your previous experience, and why you have decided to adopt at this time. If you do not already have a specific bird in mind, we can make suggestions.

Visits are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. We are available most days between the hours of 10am and 2pm.

Some, but not all, of our available birds are featured on  Facebook. You may also message us on Facebook or email us for more information.

An application must be fully completed for all adoptions and can be downloaded here. An application does not guarantee approval. Applications are reviewed by the Adoption Decision Committee who will determine eligibility. Eligibility is based, in part, on our requirements having been met. This committee is compiled of volunteers who work closely with the birds in our care and are very familiar with the specific personalities of these birds. The decision process may take a few weeks. We want to ensure a good fit for both parties. During the process, we strongly encourage visits to the desired bird BY SCHEDULING A VISIT during our hours of operation.

Our rescue efforts incur many costs associated with providing proper care and medical treatment of our birds. In order to continue these efforts, we require an adoption fee, which should be viewed as a donation to continuing our efforts. Adoption fees vary by bird. Adoptions are local only. We do not ship birds. All fees are subject to change at the discretion of the GCC Bird Society.


How to Apply:

The adoption process begins by submitting an application. Appointments are made after receipt and preliminary review.
You can download the application here: APPLICATION FORM
Scan and email the completed form to adoption@gccbc.org

General Requirements:

Many of the birds in our care come from neglectful or abusive past situations and can be very fearful initially. Once placed in a home and given understanding and time to adjust, many have become a wonderful addition to the family and have flourished.

Some situations may be more favorable than others for a particular bird in our care. This is always of utmost importance in the decision making process and it does not mean that if you are turned down for one particular bird, you may not be approved for a different bird, depending on environmental needs, etc. Certain requirements must be met before we will consider a perspective adopter.

We require:

These requirements are all in favor of placing our birds in the best possible situation for their individual needs so that they may thrive in a new home. Please see our Adoption Process section for more information.

New to Parrots?

All Parrots, even Budgies, require special care and consideration...please do your research before deciding to adopt a parrot. There are many different species and requirements vary. We usually do not consider first-time pet bird owners for large bird adoptions, unless certain criteria is met. We recommend that you spend some time volunteering with our organization in order to learn about bird personalities and care requirements. You can also learn more by reading this care sheet or visiting our Resources pages for informative links.

This article is particularly informative about bird behaviors: https://lafeber.com/pet-birds/bird-behavior/

Species Fun Facts:

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