If I were an exotic bird… I’d want to be here.
I’d want to be here because of Patricia Norton and her team that work tirelessly to live up to the word “sanctuary” in the organizations name.
The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary (FEBS) has created a safe and healthy environment for these birds like no other I have seen… a place where they are cared for, can socialize, can play and most of all, can just be who they were meant to be.
It’s heart-warming to speak to Pat and see her eyes light up when she speaks of the birds (and she knows them all by name). You understand her calling and the complex interrelationships of humans and birds as she explains how they love, mourn, cope, have a sense of humor and even invent.
I also learned that surrendering your exotic bird is a truly gut-wrenching experience from Kathleen and her husband John, a board member of FEBS. There is so much at stake and it speaks volumes when they tell you about the exhaustive research they did before selecting FEBS and then doubling down by investing their time and expertise into the organization.
The commitment and dedication of Pat, her team and the many volunteers at Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is undeniable. Collectively they provide a well-trained and knowledgeable network prepared to address not only the needs of their birds but the day to day management of the organization as well.
Not all bird sanctuaries are created equal and Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary certainly serves as a role model for this category.
I recently visited this beautiful sanctuary and was so impressed with its beauty and with the knowledge and care of the birds.
The facility was immaculately maintained and the birds seemed very happy there!
If I ever have a bird I couldn't take care of, I would certainly leave it in their care, with a peaceful mine and heart.
The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary makes as its mission the care of those exotic birds who are in desperate need of a new home for life. For Exotic birds this can mean a lifetime of up to 100 years, that is no small feat. FEBS is in the middle of a major transformation, which includes a huge new building that will support many current and future needs. FEBS is also building a state of the art special needs Macaw flight aviary. One of the first of its kind in the Nation. The problem of birds who live very long lives and are in need of homes for life is, as Dom Deluise so eloquently reminded us just before his passing, "reaching epidemic proportions". FEBS is fighting the good fight for our feathered friends. Bravo !
April 28, 2016
I love this place! The birds are so loved and happy!
I visited this business and was totally amazed with the compassion and energy the staff have toward the parrots they care for. This is a very organized and dedicated group of people, with a sole mission to rescue parrots and educate the public about the awesome responsibility to care for these birds. Go see them and get educated!
This place is unbelievable! An amazing amount of various birds. The employees and volunteers were so helpful and knowledgeable. The birds are given exceptional care and the cages are full of toys and very clean. My favorite bird was "Precious ". She dances and says, "Go precious, go Precious! I'll be back!
As a volunteer for over a year at this sanctuary, I find it appalling that someone would get on this forum and trash their hard word and dedication. I have access to the entire facility and there are no nesting boxes, birds missing or even being adopted. Anyone that reads the lies and garbage being put here by this ONE individual ( you can tell that it is the same person by the broken English and the same accusations, he even uses pictures from the web to try and show that they came from our sanctuary) it is really sad that an ex volunteer would do such a thing! He left because he wanted Patricia to sell the cages and birds and split the money with him so when she refused to do so, he left and opened a "so called sanctuary" of his own in Tampa. Please visit our facility and then his. Night and day! He is being investigated by this forum for what he is doing and has already been contacted by our attorney for slander. All of the staff and volunteers at FEBS work very hard and truly do not have time for this kind of nonsense.
Thank you so much, we love our volunteers!!!
I just got home from another great visit at FEBS! Thanks to Patricia and all of the volunteers/workers at FEBS for their hard work. It really shows. The new sanctuary in Hudson is amazing... and "Paul" the caretaker was nice and worked very good with the birds. They really take time to show the birds love and attention. My macaw "Zsa Zsa" has problems with biting her feet around breeding season. Patricia takes the time to put ointment on her feet to make it better, which says a lot because in the past I have been the only one who has been able to pick her up!
I'm not sure why someone is commenting hateful comments on this review page. They're obviously written by the same person, (check the broken English.) What a shame it is that instead of helping other rescues, this person is attacking them. I would recommend that if someone is doubtful about the work this sanctuary does, give them a call and make a visit to see for yourself how awesome they are!
Bringing my Catalina macaw "Zsa Zsa" to Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary has been the best decision that I have ever made for her! I had her in my care for 4 great years, but felt guilty keeping her in a cage for most of her life, alone and without other macaws. Macaws are very social in the wild and have constant stimulation and exercise. I am over joyed with the love that they give to ALL of the birds in their care. Every staff member and volunteer has been nice and honest with me. Zsa Zsa has been at the sanctuary since the end of April. She is very comfortable there. When I brought her to see all of the healthy and lively birds, she immediately was interested, yet calm. When I set up her acclimation cage she went inside and ate her food right away. She has always been a "mama's bird" and not wanting to leave my side, but she wasn't nervous at all when I brought her.... she still isn't when I visit her. The staff is also really good about communication so when I left her I was able to keep in touch without a problem.
If you are thinking about bringing your bird here for a forever home I strongly recommend this place without a doubt. If you have any doubts about the sanctuary then make a phone call to them and plan a visit! Ask questions, look at the great condition all the parrots are in, the healthy food they eat, the clean water they drink, and the beautiful property they get to enjoy every day. Just make sure to say hi to Zsa Zsa!
If you have any questions, (as I did many in the beginning of this journey,) feel free to leave a COMMENT below this post or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
It was amazing, visiting all the exotic birds at the sanctuary. The birds are so spoiled, with lots of toys and activities, the staff is really amazing. I would like more time, so I can volunteer on a more regular basis.
Would Highly recommend.,,,
My current plans are to rehome my two macaws with FEBS in April. For anyone with negative reviews, PLEASE email me privately with your concerns email@example.com. I love my two babies more than I can say. I'm VERY particular about what they eat and how they live. I did not see anything that alarmed at FEBS. But if anyone wants to share information with me that you have PROOF of, please contact me at the email address above.
I met Patricia and the birds at FEBS a couple of weeks ago. I must say how impressed I am with the sanctuary and Patricia's vision for FEBS. I plan to relocate my babies to FEBS in the near future knowing I'm doing the best thing for them. I want them to be birds, to live with other birds, and to be able to fly. I have found the place where I can give them that gift.