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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals, Bird Sanctuaries

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.

Community Stories

189 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tom LaRue

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have personally witnessed the dedication of the hard working staff at this organization. Their are not enough words to express a 100% belief that they are there for the birds and nothing else. They spend every waking hour related to the care of the birds and even when they have a day off they are running errands to help the birds.
Thank you every single staff person and the thousands of hours donated to volunteering by dozens upon dozens of people to help the birds.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Giving loving care to long-lived parrots is the mission of The Oasis Sanctuary.
When our child left home my wife said, "I want to hear 'I love you' everyday from now on." So, I bought her a parrot. That is the joke, but no joke is that we both fell in love with our Amazon Parrot when he came home to live with us. That was in 1998 and I was well into my fifties with a baby parrot that would live at least 50 years. My wife and I looked around for a place to be our parrot's forever home when we were gone. We explored The Oasis Sanctuary and began to volunteer. That, again, was 1998. And we still volunteer for this wonderful organization. Love abounds in this place.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

njf0618

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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2 Corinna M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!