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Surrendering a Duck or Goose to Majestic

Thank you for taking the first step in considering your pet's future welfare. By applying to place your duck or goose into our sanctuary, you are recognizing that you want the best for your pet. If accepted into our sanctuary, your duck or goose will be provided with the utmost love, care and attention they deserve. We will dedicate ourselves fully to the task of finding a new and loving home for your duck or goose.

Incoming ducks & geese are handled on a priority basis. The highest priority is always placed on those animals without advocates; that is, those ducks and geese in dangerous situations in the wild or scheduled to be euthanized at other shelters.

Please understand that we are normally full-to-capacity with a waiting list (especially in fall & winter) and are only occasionally able to welcome a surrendered pet or two into our care. These tend to be hens or very friendly drakes/ganders because they are easier for us to place into new homes; however, there are exceptions.

Sorry, but due to space limitations we cannot accommodate large flocks.


2016-17 Update

PLEASE NOTE: As a result of upstream inland wetland infractions (pond excavation, dam construction and obstructing watercourses) that have deprived our enclosures of their natural water sources, we have put a temporary hold on accepting any new ducks or geese into our sanctuary. We are currently working on multiple legal avenues to restore our inland wetlands, but in the meantime, we will be digging a deep-drilled well to remedy this issue.

Unfortunatley, this means that we cannot accept any new waterfowl into our sanctuary until at least April of 2017 (providing the well is in place and functioning by that time).

We are as devastated as you are about this grave injustice done to our inland wetlands and to our sanctuary on behalf of our upstream neighbors and the gross failure of our Inland Wetlands Commission to enforce our own town's IWC regulations.

We apologize that we cannot help you or the abandoned waterfowl in your area any further at this time. Please understand, this is a temporary and unexpected setback, but we will overcome it. In the meantime, we ask you for your patience and support.

Thank you.

(Please Click Here to view a list of other shelters)


Who Do We Accept Into Our Sanctuary?

DOMESTIC GEESE: 

We cannot take more than TWO geese from any one home.

DOMESTIC DUCKS:

1 Drake (Male duck):  We cannot take more than ONE drake from any one home. 

1-4 Ducks:  We RARELY take in more than TWO ducks from any one home, but we never exceed FOUR ducks from any one home. Our "one-drake" rule still applies in these instances.

3-4 Ducks:  On those extremely RARE occasions when we take in more than two ducks from one home, please understand that they will not likely be re-homed together. Families are rarely looking to adopt more than 1-2 ducks at a time. We will either break the group up into adoptable pairs, or in the case of three ducks, we will match the third duck up with a new friend. We often go on the owner's recommendation of which ducks should remain together. To make the transition easier, we often place the ducks in neighboring pens at first and then shift them further apart from each other as time passes. This prevents the ducks from becoming stressed or experiencing any anxiety.


Out-of-State Surrenders

ATTENTION: If the bird(s) you wish to surrender are not located in the state of Connecticut, please click here before filling out the Online Owner Surrender Form.


Surrender Fees

Please understand that accepting your pet into our sanctuary is a costly venture; therefore, it is vital that you absorb as much of this expense as possible, so as not to impede upon our sanctuary's limited funds or affect our ability to care for our rescues.

All birds coming into our sanctuary start off their stay with an immediate fecal exam. When positive, this expense instantly increases to include the costs of medication and follow-up exams. In addition, we still have to meet the costs of their feed, hay, electricity and supplies. We are looking for you to defray as much of these anticipated costs as possible.

In most cases, a minimum baseline donation of $100.00 per bird will be required to help defray their expenses while in our care.

Did you know?  In 2009 the average cost-per-bird at our sanctuary was approximately $275.00 dollars each! This included feed, hay, electricity (heated buckets & water pumps), vet care and supplies.

Surrender fees are not set arbitrarily and may be higher (or lower) than the $100.00 baseline. We estimate the length of a bird's anticipated stay based on determining factors such as: breed, gender, size, color, temperament and health. Then we estimate a fair surrender fee for them and for you. For example, a single and healthy female duck surrendered to us in spring or summer (our busier adoption seasons) may only require a $35-$50 donation.

Did you know?  Most healthy geese, drakes and drake/hen couples will reside at our sanctuary for 2 years before being adopted.

We do not finalize surrender fees until we actually meet the duck or goose in person and perform a precursory medical exam and conduct a quick temperament test to verify all information in the Owner Surrender Form is complete and accurate. This simple evaluation is normally done at the same time that the bird is brought to the sanctuary for surrender. Based on this evaluation, surrender fees may increase or decrease in response to our changed perception of the adoptability of your bird.

Majestic maintains the right to decline the acceptance of your bird into our sanctuary at any time prior to the mutual-party signing of Majestic’s Owner Surrender Contract. All Owner Surrender Forms are submitted with the Applicant’s understanding that this can occur without explanation and that the Applicant is not entitled to any legal recourse or compensation of any kind whatsoever.

Sorry, all Surrender Fees must be paid up front, at the time you surrender your bird(s) to us. We do not accept future sponsorship commitments in lieu of Surrender Fees.


Injured/Lame Waterfowl

We are often asked to accept ducks and geese with serious injuries or handicaps into our sanctuary. Although we see loads of potential in these birds and love them dearly, due to our space limitations, we have to consider their adoptability.

Unfortunately, most adopters will overlook birds with serious injuries or who require on-going vet care. Therefore, if we don't think the bird is adoptable, we most likely cannot accept them into our sanctuary. We simply do not have the space or funding available to provide for their lifetime care.

Having said this, there is a difference between serious injuries/handicaps and minor disfigurations. If you're unsure about how your duck or goose qualifies just email us a digital photo of them and ask.

Please understand that when we do accept special cases into our sanctuary, the required donation is usually significantly higher.


Owner Surrender Form

If you are 18 years or older and wish to surrender your duck or goose to Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary, please complete our Online Owner Surrender Form.  

By submitting our online Owner Surrender Form you understand and agree to all of the policies, procedures, terms and conditions contained within this Webpage, our Owner Surrender Form and our Owner Surrender Contract. Please read each of these pages/documents thoroughly BEFORE submitting the online Owner Surrender Form to us.

Be sure that all of the information in the Owner Surrender Form is complete and accurate. If your pet is accepted into our sanctuary, the information in this form will help our caretakers ensure a smooth transition for your bird.


Initial Surrender Approval

After receiving your Owner Surrender Form, we will contact you via email to let you know whether or not we have granted your bird(s) Initial Surrender Approval into our sanctuary.

Majestic maintains the right to decline the acceptance of your bird into our sanctuary at any time prior to the mutual-party signing of Majestic’s Owner Surrender Contract. All Owner Surrender Forms are submitted with the Applicant’s understanding that this can occur without explanation and that the Applicant is not entitled to any legal recourse or compensation of any kind whatsoever..


Official Surrender Approval

All surrendered waterfowl must be hand delivered to Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary by their legal owner(s).

We do not grant Official Surrender Approval to your bird(s) until we actually meet them in person.

Upon receiving your Initial Surrender Approval, we will schedule an appointment for you to come to our sanctuary and surrender your bird(s). During this appointment we will perform a precursory medical exam and conduct a quick temperament test to verify all of the information in the Owner Surrender Form is complete and accurate.

Majestic maintains the right to decline the acceptance of your bird into our sanctuary at any time prior to the mutual-party signing of Majestic’s Owner Surrender Contract. All Owner Surrender Forms are submitted with the Applicant’s understanding that this can occur without explanation and that the Applicant is not entitled to any legal recourse or compensation of any kind whatsoever.


Owner Surrender Contract

Before being officially accepted into our sanctuary, the legal owner(s) of the bird(s) being surrendered must sign our Owner Surrender Contract. Please read this contract thoroughly PRIOR to arriving at our sanctuary to insure you are in FULL agreement with our terms and conditions.


From Your Hands to Ours...

Once your duck or goose comes into our sanctuary they become one of our babies. Close attention is given to all of our feathered residents, insuring their health and happiness. We provide them with beautiful and enriching pens with plenty of opportunity for socialization with other birds as well as with humans.

We pre-screen our adopting families very carefully to insure that our ducks and geese go into safe and loving homes and we even guarantee to take them back if things don't work out for any reason.

Thank you for taking these steps towards placing your pet in our sanctuary. We know first hand how difficult this may be for you and your family...


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