Feathered Friends Forever Refuge/Rescue Inc.

Rating: 4.58 stars   78 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 612 Byrd Drive Harlem GA 30814 USA

Mission: Feathered Friends Forever provides temporary or permanent placement for birds. All parrots are welcome regardless of species or circumstance. Examples include: health reasons; divorce; medical, as in feather plucking or mutilation; behavior problems, as in screaming, biting, chewing up the home; moving; or any other situation where a bird owner is unable to care for the bird. We provide "birdy camp" while you're on vacation. Military personnel serving overseas can leave their parrot with us until they return. We are also on the Hurricane Evacuation Route to keep birds for displaced familys during natural disasters. We receive no state, federal or local funding and rely entirely on donations from the public and generous folks like you. Check our website and sign up for the monthly newsletter. Open to the public on weekends from 11am to dusk. Group tours by appointment anytime. Please help support these beautiful endangered birds!
Geographic areas served: We have birds from 42 states including Alaska
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Rating: 4 stars  

I have visited Feathered Friends Forever quite a few times and have always found it to be a great environment to see and learn about the Parrots. Watching them being able to fly and not just sitting in a cage was very neat!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

This is the largest Parrot Only Rescue in the entire U.S. There are currently more than 1,500 Parrots in residence here. Also, this is the only known Rescue that allows our fighting forces a place to care for their Parrots when they go on deployment and reunite with them when they return to the States. Most of the Parrots are in outside flights where they can be "birds" .

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer at this rescue for more than 4 years and am continually amazed at the progress from year to year. Improved flights, better feeders, better water supply (continuous flowing fountains) also heat for the winter cold, wind breaks, misting system for summer heat, etc. I have a Cockatoo that has been here for over 10 years and he is so happy that I would never want to take him away from all this.

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

Find some way to increase donations so even more could be done to improve the conditions here by making more outdoor flights to allow the birds a measure of freedom like they so richly deserve.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Each new flight that is built has new features to make life better for the Parrot Residents. They have heat, cool, running water, winter wind walls, etc. To see the Parrots play and interact with other Parrots is just too cool!

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?

A lot

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is the largest "Parrot Only" rescue in the United States. It is currently home to more than 1,100 parrots that are in need of a place where they can be "a bird". There are new flights being built all the time as donations permit. Current style is to modify a double carport with the inclusion of water fountain, trees for climbing and hanging out on, feeders that are always full of delicious food items and protection from the elements in the form of misting systems to retard the heat, splash pool for bathing, heat for the cold weather, and wind breaks for keeping the chill down to endurable levels for them.

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

Having 2 birds that have been here for several years due to my moving for work purposes I can see that they are well fed, happy as can be and couldn't dream of removing them from this environment.

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

Try to secure better funding on a more even footing as well as get more volunteers for this very rewarding work.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I was moving quite often due to work, living in a travel trailer and had little room to allow both my birds to be with me. I sent my Moluccan Cockatoo to the Rescue 6 years ago. He has always been properly taken care of and has recently been placed in the new Cockatoo flight where he is so happy that I would never consider taking him back out. He has so much fun there. I also have a Goffins Cockatoo that I placed there Christmas of 2008. She was so glad to see me, when I arrived a few months later, that you would have thought she hadn't seen me for a year or more! She is inside where I play with her a little every day. Overall I would have to say that to the best of my knowledge there is no other "Rescue" that does as much for the birds and where so long as you support your bird, it will be there if your circumstances ever change to allow you the chance to have your bird in your home again.

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

that I live and work at the Rescue since retiring.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have 2 birds at the rescue. 1 has been here for 5 years or so, the other one has been here for about 1 1/2 years. Both are healthy and happy being cared for and well fed.

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

having brought birds here and seeing them thrive with the excellent level of care.

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

seek ways to make more people aware of the good work being done here and find a way to get more funding, or at least more consistant funding.

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

seeing the level of care and concern for the birds well being.

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

outstanding! They have all been most helpful and courteous.

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

Achieve the goals of its' founder and make this the best Parrot Rescue on the planet!

Ways to make it better...

there were more volunteers to help with some of the larger projects. And more funds donated to allow the projects to be done sooner.

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

lack of sufficient funding to allow things to move along faster.

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

I feel strongly enough about the work that is being done here, and am such a lover of the parrots that when I retired I moved here to assist in whatever way I was capable of in order to take some of the load off the owner/operator of the rescue and others

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This nonprofit has come under fire by some extremely ignorant, hateful, and loathsome people in the past 6 months. Their goal is to get it shut down with no regard for where 1500 birds will go. When confronted about what they plan to do with the birds, they say it's not their problem. That the state will take care of them. The state will sell off the larger, more valuable birds to breeders and terminate the other. Every rescue in and around the state are scrambling to do whatever it is these morons want for FFF, because they know FROM EXPERIENCE just what will happen if FFF is shut down. I happily donate my money to these efforts because I am thinking of the birds. I am truly sorry you monsters would rather see these birds dead than alive, but that is your wrong doing.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This is great place for birds that, for whatever reason, lost their home. A beautiful place to view beautiful birds and interact with them.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The gentlemen who run this refuge/rescue, along with all of the volunteers who help them care for the thousands of exotic birds who reside here, are an amazing group of people filled with nothing but love, passion and compassion for these birds. I have visited FFF, and everything is set up beautifully to provide the best housing experience for each of the different types of birds they care for. I feel fortunate and blessed to have met everyone there, including all of these beautiful birds. It was an educational experience for me, as I never had contact with exotic birds prior. All the volunteers work so hard to care for these birds and educate the public about the special care and needs that exotic birds require as pets. Many of these birds have or will outlive their owners and will need someone to care for them for many years to come, some were abused or neglected, and others unwanted or abandoned because of amount of care they require. There are a lot of great local groups that assist with fundraisers, locals who volunteer around the property in different capacities, but when dealing with so many birds, they always need additional funding to expand and build new aviaries, medical care, and just keep up with daily costs of feeding. I can't speak highly enough for this organization and the deep personal commitment each volunteer has invested in caring for, nurturing and rehabilitating countless birds, and I encourage anyone to visit the sanctuary for themselves and make a donation.

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

I would not change a thing!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We have been members of FFF for several years. We are both retired biologists and do reptile rescue and rehabilitation primarily with turtles as well as educational displays at local events and attend national meetings regarding turtle conservation. Besides turtles, our other love is parrots. We have two parrots of our own.

When we found out about FFF, we just had to visit. We have visited all types of facilities from roadside zoos, to world class zoos, sanctuaries, etc. all over the world. We were blown away about how well the parrots were kept and the personal care the volunteers were giving to them. It was heartwarming to see the recovery of plucked and abused parrots over the years to parrots that will now come up to the side of their cage to see you to trust in a human being after what they have been though. We are particularly impressed about the design of the new flight enclosures with the water running through them and the misters. It is really great to see the parrots flying free in the large flight cages and interacting with each other.

Although hours away, we try to visit whenever we can. Every time we come, there is something new....new birds, new enclosures, new stories about them. This is a very special place that certainly got our attention that we will continue to support.

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

I would not change a thing except to encourage others to support this worthy sanctuary and volunteer or donate whatever they can to help.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

It was good to see that every dollar donated went directly to the care and welfare of the parrots. All the volunteers are unpaid Veterans. There are no salaries, unlike other "charities" with overpaid CEO's. It's hard to believe what they do to care for over 1300 birds every day. Some lucky families have adopted a new companion from them and that's an interesting process to witness. You can also get their newsletter by signing up on the website www.featheredfriendsforever.org

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I visited this Refuge just before Thanksgiving and was very impressed. I admire the dedication and love these people give these birds, wheather handicapped or perfect. I met 2 of the volunteers as well and Ron and Tammy. All at the Refuge are great people. Let's try to help them in every way that we can -- but mostly financially. Great people, and great birds.

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

the care and love they show all birds. There are many with handicaps that they care for, and cater to. Helps show our love for the birds and someone did not want, but thought they had to have.

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

change nothing. FFF is on the right track and trying to look to the future. They are in need of money to make this a reality. They are very much needed as long as people buy birds as disposal items. Thank God there is a caring place for birds!

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

Ron is always eager to give me advice on what to do for my own birds.

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

caring, and eager to talk about the birds, their needs, and information about the birds they care for.

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

hire help to care for all the birds that poeple thought they needed, then found that they were too much trouble, too loud, or just not "talking" like they expected. The staff they have just don't have enought time in a day to love and interact with all.

Ways to make it better...

more people would support this refuge so these people could upgrade and built better housing for the birds. They do great with what they have, but more is needed.

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

MONEY!! Like all good Refuges, they are short on money, and must rely on volunteers and donations.

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

These people are dedicated to the birds. I saw this on my visit, and I hope more people will see the need to help them and the birds.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I had to find a new home for my 2 cockatiels, Peanut and Pearl, last weekend. We drove to Harlem from Macon, GA and entered the facility. We met Rob who was working on a new sprinkler system for the refuge and then met Bob, who took us on a tour of the place. What an amazing facility and amazing bunch of people we met! The outside aviaries were amazing and each bird seemed to have his/her own touching personal story and personality. I was so worried at first but after leaving, I felt an overwhelming sense of relief and satisfaction with my decision to find a new home for my birds. Feathered Friends Forever seems almost perfect. My boyfriend and I are planning on volunteering as much as possible and will definitely continue to have a relationship with these wonderful people. Thank you so much Ron, Tammy, and Bob and everyone else who has shown so much heart and love and concern for birds in need. I'm saddened that so many birds go through so many hardships but my heart swells with gratitude knowing that there are people out there willing to donate their time, energy, love, and hearts to such amazing feathered friends.

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

amazing. I was touched by all the personal stories Bob and Rob told us about many of the birds at the refuge. I could tell that they love what they do and they are in it for the love of the animals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the past 7 years I've watched the flock nearly double in size as more and more parrot owners faced various problems and had to place their feathered companion at the Rescue. Each one is treated with the same caring and love, regardless of size or circumstance.

Watching the happiness when a parrot picks a new adoptive family makes the day for all the volunteers. It's even better when the family sends an email or comes back to visit and tells everyone how much they enjoy their new companion.

The most rewarding part is working with some of the severly abused or disfunctional birds and having that breakthrough moment when trust is finally established. Here's an example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Jp3ID3-QGA&list=UUevoQtjPq7YY03FDtZaYzmg&index=1

Sign up for the newsletter on the website, sponsor a bird, come volunteer and see for yourself!

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?

2013

 
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10 people found this review helpful

What a great place! Hundreds of wonderful parrots, some who greet you when you arrive. The "tour guide" knew many of the birds by name. Everybody looked happy and healthy. The fact that they can "be birds" in large outdoor aviaries was very impressive.

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

adopting one of their birds.

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

get them a full time PR person or 2.

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

meeting all the people and parrots

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

all very friendly and knowledgeable - and not one of them gets paid! Everybody there is a volunteer!

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

Make an even better life for their feathered friends.

Ways to make it better...

the TV station was filming it.

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

Finding funding and more volunteers. Parrots require daily care and they need more support.

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

Send them a donation!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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9 people found this review helpful

Good folks. Very pleasanr visit. I was encouraged by the heart felt approach of the staff. Can't wait to visit again.

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

very knowledgable and proactive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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