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 love this place! The birds are so loved and happy!
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!!!
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.,,,
FEBS mission really resonates with me. There are not many sanctuaries out there that do not breed, adopt out or sell their birds. The idea that a bird can be a bird and live within a flock makes me feel like that is the best thing I could give my companion parrot. Thank you for all that you do!
I would like to say that this is the best bird sanctuary and organization i can think of and ever finding out about. I was amazed what I saw yesterday when i visited the Bird Sanctuary. The care that they give their birds, is out of this world. They take their needs serious and as I see, the staff is well trained in what they specialize in. Please help support the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary.... it is a great cause!
Patricia does such an amazing job with these parrots. Volunteering there i get to see the care and love that goes to these animals as well as regular access to veterinary care. I started due to my love of parrots to be around them and learn more. It's been an amazing experience and I'm awed every day by the love, compassion and fight that goes into caring for these birds by the owner, staff and other volunteers. Not many sanctuaries I've experienced can boast the same as well as the ideal living environment with free flight aviaries, etc.
The BEST place to have your parrot! FEBS takes care of your bird for life. My two African Greys came here in February and they are adapting beautifully. I was so afraid to make the decision to put them in the sanctuary, but now I am happy and eagerly volunteering there. Instead of two birds, I love and feed hundreds! Best non-profit in my view.
This is a great place. They are doing wonderful work and we cant wait until the new sanctuary is up and running for all to see! They need your help by volunteering and helping it to have everything they need. Trust me you will fall in love with everyone!
Started 1 time a week as a volunteer, fell in love and now im there 5 times a week but we need more help. Love what they are about and what a concept. .just letting a bird be a bird! Imagine that!