What is Swan Sanctuary
How Does the Adoption Program Work?
SWAN SANCTUARY DOES NOT BREED OR SELL SWANS! Swan Sanctuary is a rescue service. Swans are placed with adoptive "parents" who fulfill healthy pond requirements. Much like adopting a dog or cat from your local animal rescue, the prospective owners are screened. A site visit or an extensive survey will be made to see if the proposed habitat is suitable for the overall health and wellbeing of a swan. The pond will be investigated for the presence of submerged aquatic vegetation(SAV) that provides the bulk of a swan's diet. The surrounding area will also be studied to determine the primary flora growing there, and the presence of native versus invasive plants.
If the pond size is adequate and the property is deemed acceptable, a swan may then be adopted. A fee will be assessed depending on the species of swan and whether or not it requires pinioning. (All swans that are adopted are considered "captive" swans, which require them to be flightless, either by pinioning which is permanent, or by feather clipping, which is done on a yearly basis after the molt.) A fifty percent deposit is required at the time the adoption request is granted. The balance is due upon delivery of the swan to the premises. If the swan first needs to be caught, it may take several days or weeks, before the actual delivery.
In the case of Mute swans, which are considered invasive, adoptions of only single, celibate birds or same-sex pairs will be considered for adoption. Since Trumpeter Swans and Tundra Swans are migratory, only previously pinioned, injured, old or failing swans wil be adoptable. Whooper Swans, Bewick Swans, Black Swans, Black Necked Swans and hybrid swans, though not native or migratory in North America, may be adoptable due to injury or displacement, but will not otherwise be available. I reiterate, SWAN SANCTUARY DOES NOT BREED OR SELL SWANS! It serves merely as a viable option for swans which may otherwise end up euthanized or predated.
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