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Oasis Sanctuary Foundation, Ltd.

Rating: 4.98 stars   188 reviews 4,365

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5411 N Teran Rd Benson AZ 85602 USA

Mission:

The Oasis Sanctuary is a Rescue and Retirement facility for exotic birds, predominantly CITES I and II endangered birds. We offer birds a stable and loving home for the duration of their natural lives. We do not sell or breed birds. We do not offer birds for adoption. Many of The Oasis birds come from other rehabilitation and/or adoption programs where qualified personnel determined it was not in the bird's best interets to be placed in private homes. Some of our birds have "special needs", are physically handicapped or challenged requiring unique living or feeding situations. Several have been bounced from home to home, often being physically and/or emotionally abused and have simply become too fearful of people to be companions to people any longer. A number of The Oasis birds are "retired" breeders, or other birds originally imported for production purposes, which, due to age, infirmity or temperament often would be facing euthanasia. Because many of our birds are not interested in or are incapable of human interaction, they are housed with the same or similar, compatible species in non-breeding pairs or small flocks in large outdoor flights.

Programs:

Provide permanent sanctuary, placement, and care to companion birds for whom no other options exist. We offered 147 birds a forever home in 2014. With natural attrition of our population, we currently care for 790 parrots.

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520-212-4737
http://www.the-oasis.org

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Oasis is a highly professional, well organized and well staffed bird sanctuary. I had an occasion to visit while transferring two parrots from rescue. I have been an exotic animal veterinarian for 40 years and have worked with many bird rescues and sanctuaries. Oasis is the best I have ever seen. They have a solid knowledge of the behavioral and physiological needs of the parrots and do their best to provide those needs. The staff is knowledgeable, very committed and compassionate. The place is amazing.

The fact we have such large places needed to take in the parrots that are shed by people often for reasons that people get tired of taking care of their pets, or the pets develop behaviors that people don't like or that simply the birds outlive their owners points to a serious problem with parrots as pets. Particularly the larger birds. We should be having ethical discussions about this as a society whether or not we should even have access to many of these species as pets. They are complex, incredibly intelligent, have a biological and emotional need for close social connections and a need for ability for extended periods of flight. They are one of the most difficult animals to properly care for in a home environment. Someday I can hope that facilities such as oasis will only need to exist for the exception of passing on a pet insrtead of unfortunately what is becoming the norm

Please support oasis in their mission if you care for parrot welfare.....they are amazing.

 
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The Oasis Sanctuary is an amazing place that takes in birds who have lost their homes for whatever reason and gives them the best quality care for the rest of their lives. The Oasis provides food, shelter, intellectual stimulation, companionship, medical care, and everything necessary to care for these incredible creatures. Everything is done with the utmost care, love, and attention to the needs of the birds. I can't more highly recommend The Oasis.

 
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We have a huge problem in the U.S. with companion birds needing homes. The Oasis is the largest bird sanctuary in the country and takes in hundreds of birds that need homes. Every bird is treated with love and respect. They have beautiful free flight aviaries for many of the birds and are working on creating more. Every bird has companions, fresh food, and plenty of toys for intellectual stimulation. The staff is loving and dedicated. The place is clean and well-kept. I've been there in person and witnessed what a wonderful place it is. But they can't do it without help. Costs are astronomical. They need all the help they can get.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing except get them more funds!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Oasis Sanctuary was founded to give parrots with no place else to go a permanent sanctuary. Parrots are long lived and most will go through multiple homes in their lifetimes. They have complex needs that few people are able to meet in their homes. The Oasis is able to house about 1000 birds that have no place else to go and give them good, happy homes. They are a bright, shining star. The compassion and dedication of the team there is evident in everything they do. I'm proud to be a long-time supporter of this outstanding organization.

Was your donation impactful?

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I am a long time bird owner (or, from the birds' perspectives, bird pal). We've had parakeets, conures, cockatiels, and a macaw ( now 22 years old. ) I got to visit the Oasis premises a few years ago. What a class operation! Birds are housed in appropriate facilities, cared for with compassion and skill. I am happy to donate to this wonderful organization.

 
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This is one of the few places that help birds that for many reasons are no longer able to be cared for by individuals. There are thousands of options for dogs and cats. It's too bad they can't be rehabilitated back to the wild but it isn't to be for these sweet birds. They are difficult as pets and a place like this gives them a happy life and great care. If you can please support them. We have two rescue birds that may outlive us so it is nice to know if there is room they will have a place to go if we can no longer care for them.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We have two rescue birds that share our home and when we heard about the Oasis Sanctuary we were so excited to know that if our birds outlived us since we are not youngsters anymore that we knew they could have a good home if our one relative that enjoys birds was unable to take them if there comes a time we can no longer care for them or pass away before them. We have visited twice and it is just amazing the care that these birds receive. It is also heartbreaking to realize that so many people have no idea what is involved in caring for these birds and then they have problems and no one wants them anymore. They are loved and cared for in the most amazing setting out in the beautiful high country of Arizona. We try to donate what we can in the way of monies and just love the letters and emails they send out telling about the birds and their needs. It is too bad that all birds are not wild and free but once they are used to people caring for them or far from their native homes they must be cared for by someone. The Oasis Sanctuary is a wonderful place for these amazing creatures to live out their lives in peace and

 
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It is so nice to know that there is a place that takes care of birds since they have such a long life if they are well cared for that they often outive their owners or live longer than a caretaker can care for them. I like knowing there is somewhere that will take our "girls" if and when we can no longer care for them or both pass away.

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2 people found this review helpful

Oasis is a wonderful organization. I had the pleasure of visiting with a group of Deaf friends as their interpreter. We we're greeted by the director and taken on a tour of this great facility. It was an amazing experience for all of us and I recommend it highly to all I know!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

On a whim, I visited the sanctuary last winter. I was so impressed by the amazing care they are giving to over 700 exotic birds. The birds were lively, looked healthy and happy. Their cages offer them safety and play toys as well as the interactions between humans and birds. I was so moved, I donated money on the spot and then signed up to sponsor a parrot. In addition to the birds, they offer homes to other fowl as well as to several rescue dogs. Two of the dogs need surgery for hip or knee issues. I asked that my initial donation of $100 go toward helping these sweet dogs. Outstanding non-profit--they use their funds exceptionally well!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I love the Oasis Sanctuary. After finding out my vet, Dr. T. Drigger's is the President of the Board there I went out for a visit. I am a retired photographer and wanted to offer my talents to them.
These people are so very dedicated to the caring of the parrots left in their care!!! They do an EXCELLENT JOB and that's no easy feat with so many parrots.
I have since been out there a total of 3 times and in fact plan to move closer so I can go out there and take lots of photos for them.
They were gracious enough to choose some of my photos that are in their 2015 calendar!! And I hope to work with them on their 2016 one...
LOVE THIS PLACE AND THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN!!! Carol Woods, Peoria, AZ

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I have been a member since the Oasis first began in the 1990's and I am both amazed and deeply moved by their love and commitment to the birds there. Some of the birds are well enough to go into their appropriate aviary after a quarantine period. But some of these dear bird souls arrive in an unbelievably painful condition. There seems sadly to be no limit to what some humans are willing to inflict on these intelligent and sensitive souls. There is a Foster mom named Ruth Ann that takes these battered souls and breathes life, love and happiness back into their lives. The Oasis spends a fortune on medical bills. And Ruth Ann spends a fortune from her generous heart to give them 24/7 love and attention. I have been lucky enough to hear some of their stories which have been painful in a way and yet uplifting in another. Through the Oasis I have seen the highest and best that people have to offer. I ask anyone who reads this to please consider giving whatever you are able to help. No donation is too small. They are grateful for everything. Thank you. Barbara Greenman , Chicago, IL.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer at The Oasis for 4 years and have enjoyed watching them grow and continuously improve the living conditions for their birdie residents. The Oasis is a leader in flight design and has developed multiple solutions to cage-free housing. It is so exciting to see the large macaws hanging from the rafters of their 2-story flight, and to hear the Star Wars beeps of the African greys in their own dedicated building! They are truly a model for the parrot rescue community.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering at The Oasis for 4 years, and each visit deepens my appreciation and respect for what they do for the parrots in their care. The full-time staff know the name of each of the 700 (yes, 700!) feathered residents, and they are constantly looking for ways to make their lives happier and more comfortable. I have seen dramatic changes in birds that appeared to be hopelessly damaged, physically and psychologically - birds that stopped self-mutilating, birds that now allow touch. The Oasis is tops!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Soon after 9/11 we needed to get away and flew out to check out The Oasis Sanctuary, a Parrot Rescue Sanctuary I had found online. Now, all these years later we are on the Board and most of our excess time, energy and funds go to this organization which is so totally devoted to the care and well being of all of it's over 700 feathered inhabitants. And we know exactly where our donation dollars go - to the birds! Love it!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

After over eleven years of supporting The Oasis, I still am awed each and every time I visit and meet the beautiful birds who call it home. In this sad, disposable world we live in, The Oasis takes the effort and commitment of the care of these beautiful, sentient beings very seriously, and provides a lifetime home for many who would otherwise face euthanasia at worst, or neglect and/or abuse at best. The birds take precedence in the lives of those involved and it is heartwarming to see the love that goes into running it. We started out as donors looking for a place for our four cockatoos in the sometime in the future, but ended up volunteering so often that we were invited to serve on the Board.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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