SUNCOAST SEABIRD SANCTUARY INC

Rating: 3.17 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 18328 Gulf Blvd Indian Shores FL 33785 USA

Mission: The Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release of Injured birds

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Rating: 2 stars  

We have decided to avoid any rescue associated with the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary or Gulfcoast Bird Rescue for the time being.

We will also delay support for any organization that is comprised of former Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary employees until they can prove themselves.

We trust things will get better. Eventually.

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

New Board. New Execs.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

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

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is a shame that rlv3rd claims that he knew where the money went and he really doesn't have any idea where it went. All he did was talk to employees and start rumor mills. SSS is a wonderful place to visit to see all the different types of birds, I do know they are working to reopen the hospital with a fresh new look, employees and volunteers.

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

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?

2013

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

It is a shame that people like rlv3rd (who I suspect is Robin Vergera worked at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary until October 2012 when he left to form his own non-profit Bird Rescue) feel that this type of negative attack improves his station at the expense of an organization like the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary who has been working to rescue, repair, rehabilitate and release the wild birds of Florida since 1971. There may be problems but last time I checked this organization was still caring for permanently injured birds and doing there best to mitigate a bad economy and remain solvent.

There is plenty of work to be done to help wild birds. Perhaps rlv3rd should move forward with his organization and not try to damage the largest and most prolific wild bird hospital in the nation.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

All you need to to see is this news story below....founder literally caught with hand in the donation jars? It is well known locally, this type of behavior went on daily for decades....fleecing the public.

A new totally transparent and accountable organization has been established to fill the void...


www/suncoastbirdrescue.com

News story with video of founder of SSS, Ralph Heath literally raiding donation boxes and taking them to his beach front house which was paid for by public donations.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2DDeChOnjc&feature=youtu.be

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

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

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

I am writing about the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary and their methods of handling donations, paying their bills, defaulting on loans, and their hiding and hoarding.

As an ex-employee I feel I can advise the public from donating to the Sanctuary. I have seenn first hand some of the practices that occur there.

If only the public would listen to the Movement for Change website we have instituted. It is made up of ex employees, rescuers, management, hospital workers, and avian specialists.

If this sanctuary had been run properly there would be no shortage of money for the birds, workers, cages, bird food, and care. The people still there caring for these birds have to deal with this everyday and there is no excuse for being behind except for poor management of the office and the founder. There has been plenty of money coming in but where it goes nobody knows. To give the Sanctuary any more than one star is because the public just has not been aware of what has been going on. While the public is enjoying seeing the birds please keep this in mind. The Sanctuary has not paid it's federal taxes, has not paid its employees, is defaulting on loans, and is not able to care and provide all the things needed to take care of these birds because the money donated has not been spent on what it was intended for.

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

No

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

None

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My family has been going to Florida every year for last 10 years and we always stop at the Seabird Sanctuary. It currently has no admission cost but we donate anyway because we see the good work they do. There are all kinds of birds there, some get helped and released to the world, others now have a safe place to live. My daughter calls it the "bird Hospital". These people are really amazing and I hope if you can not visit there, at least donate.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Just my own personal love of birds and being able to show my daughter the world has nice people that care for nature and the wildlife that shares the earth with us.

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

have lots of money to give them to make whatever state of the art changes they felt they needed.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing birds that would have died, able to heal from injuries and will once again go to the wild

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

really nice, told us stories about the birds

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hire more people at great wages and have state of the art eqipment. They would probably move to larger location.

Ways to make it better...

it is great every year!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money!

One thing I'd also say is that...

visit and donate!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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