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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Bird Sanctuaries

Mission: The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is dedicated to the care and well being of parrots and other exotic birds. We do not breed, sell, trade, or offer for adoption the birds in our care. Instead, we endeavor to provide them with a permanent home that allows them to mingle with other compatible birds in outdoor open-flight aviaries. We also strive to provide permanent, caring homes for birds with special needs, including those with physical challenges or behavioral issues. Finally, we are committed to raising public awareness regarding the moral responsibilities and physical demands of keeping parrots or other wild animals as pets.

Results: We have made great strides this year in our Fundraising efforts towards the much needed expansion of FEBS! With your help we will be able to "Spread our Wings" in 2013!!!!

Programs: Education, Great American Teach In, Internships for Future Avian Field, Fundraiser Events

Community Stories

94 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 kaylacwalinski

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just got home from another great visit at FEBS! Thanks to Patricia and all of the volunteers/workers at FEBS for their hard work. It really shows. The new sanctuary in Hudson is amazing... and "Paul" the caretaker was nice and worked very good with the birds. They really take time to show the birds love and attention. My macaw "Zsa Zsa" has problems with biting her feet around breeding season. Patricia takes the time to put ointment on her feet to make it better, which says a lot because in the past I have been the only one who has been able to pick her up!
I'm not sure why someone is commenting hateful comments on this review page. They're obviously written by the same person, (check the broken English.) What a shame it is that instead of helping other rescues, this person is attacking them. I would recommend that if someone is doubtful about the work this sanctuary does, give them a call and make a visit to see for yourself how awesome they are!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bringing my Catalina macaw "Zsa Zsa" to Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary has been the best decision that I have ever made for her! I had her in my care for 4 great years, but felt guilty keeping her in a cage for most of her life, alone and without other macaws. Macaws are very social in the wild and have constant stimulation and exercise. I am over joyed with the love that they give to ALL of the birds in their care. Every staff member and volunteer has been nice and honest with me. Zsa Zsa has been at the sanctuary since the end of April. She is very comfortable there. When I brought her to see all of the healthy and lively birds, she immediately was interested, yet calm. When I set up her acclimation cage she went inside and ate her food right away. She has always been a "mama's bird" and not wanting to leave my side, but she wasn't nervous at all when I brought her.... she still isn't when I visit her. The staff is also really good about communication so when I left her I was able to keep in touch without a problem.
If you are thinking about bringing your bird here for a forever home I strongly recommend this place without a doubt. If you have any doubts about the sanctuary then make a phone call to them and plan a visit! Ask questions, look at the great condition all the parrots are in, the healthy food they eat, the clean water they drink, and the beautiful property they get to enjoy every day. Just make sure to say hi to Zsa Zsa!
If you have any questions, (as I did many in the beginning of this journey,) feel free to leave a COMMENT below this post or e-mail me at kaylacwalinski.kc@gmail.com

3 Cindy117

Client Served

Rating: 5

My current plans are to rehome my two macaws with FEBS in April. For anyone with negative reviews, PLEASE email me privately with your concerns nailrep@msn.com. I love my two babies more than I can say. I'm VERY particular about what they eat and how they live. I did not see anything that alarmed at FEBS. But if anyone wants to share information with me that you have PROOF of, please contact me at the email address above.

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5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Patricia and the birds at FEBS a couple of weeks ago. I must say how impressed I am with the sanctuary and Patricia's vision for FEBS. I plan to relocate my babies to FEBS in the near future knowing I'm doing the best thing for them. I want them to be birds, to live with other birds, and to be able to fly. I have found the place where I can give them that gift.

8 Anlyros

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would love to know why all the people with negative things to say do not give specifics? There should be no fear of liable if you are speaking the truth and can back up your claims.
I do not understand the bashing that goes on amid these organizations by those that run them. Help each other for the sake of the birds.

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5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Aussie, a wild caught Moluccan cockatoo, was provided sanctuary by Pat Norton and the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary in February of 2009. Unlike most cockatoo's, in her 20+ years she had only one home before she came to live with me. Wanting the best situation for her, I began looking for a sanctuary where she could live her life on her terms, being a bird with others of her own species. After talking to a number of sanctuaries and visiting those I could, I found FEBS and Aussie's new home! Pat is one of those special, unselfish people who does much more than provide a home for birds. She is involved in the community and goes into the schools. The sanctuary would like to build more of the large flights that the macaws currently enjoy and I hope she gets the support she deserves to provide more birds with the joy of flight. Please consider donating to FEBS and providing the help these birds need.

8 Brittany44

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a male umbrella cockatoo, Malley, that came into my family when I was 7 years old. He was just a baby. I'm now 29 and he is about 22. At some point, Malley became "my" bird. His well-being was the first thing I thought of no matter what was happening in my life. I gave up a lot for him, but I'd have done it happily the rest of my life or his if I'd thought staying with me was the best thing for him.
I stressed all the time about whether or not I was doing the right thing by keeping him with me. My husband and I both work, and I hated him being alone all day while we were gone. To make things more difficult, he wasn't exactly a fan of my husband, so it was hard to divide what little time I had after work. No matter how much time I could give, I never felt like it was enough. It would break my heart to catch him sitting quietly, staring out the windows as if he were longing to be there. He loved being outside and I took him out as often as our weather allowed.
I started considering the possibility of a sanctuary about 3 years ago. I contacted Pat via email to ask about it and got some information. I saved that email just in case, but guilt sank in and I felt so horrible considering it that I let it be. A couple years later, more life changes, in addition to more questioning myself if keeping him was right, spurred me to email back again. At this point I had discovered that FEBS had purchased a new property to expand, and that they could take my boy.
It took a lot of soul-searching and trying to look past the emotion. Once I made that final call and realized this was really happening, it hit me pretty hard. But, I knew that in the long run that this is what would be best for Malley.
We made the drive from Virginia to Florida just this past weekend. The hardest part was thinking about all the things I will miss. He was such a huge part of my everyday life, and so much of my routine was dedicated to him. Not having him here is crushing, but I'm at peace knowing he will be so much happier around other birds, getting to fly, and hopefully making friends.
I was so amazed how well he settled. I didn't know what to expect since he had never really been around other parrots before, and I wasn't sure how he would react. After we set up his cage like it was at home, he went in and seemed so much more quiet and relaxed than I assumed he would be. Obviously, it was pretty noisy with all the other birds around, but he didn't seem fazed. It actually made me smile to hear him whistling and talking to the other birds. :)
We spent some time there, me boo-hooing the whole time at the thought of not getting to see him every day. He "cried" with me and I told him a million times I love him and I hope he understands why I'm doing this. We spent the night at a hotel and stopped to see him one last time before heading home. He seemed so relaxed, had clearly eaten food, drank water, and played with his toys. I brought him a banana from the hotel (his favorite) and he ate quite a bit of that like normal. I gave him a few more small toys to play with, and he sat and happily chewed them apart. I gave him some cuddling and scratches before i said goodbye. I was still sad to leave him, but it made me feel so much better seeing him so ok with everything.
This is the hardest thing I've ever done, but I know I needed to do it. He is my life, and I hated feeling like I wasn't able to give him everything he deserved. They are busy building the new aviaries at the new location in Hudson, but I hope to see him soon in his new aviary. It will be hard adjusting to not having him here with me everyday. The house seems too quiet now, but I know I did the right thing by bringing him to FEBS. I plan to visit as often as I can, and hopefully volunteer during my trips there.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

You know what really gets me? There are posts on here, about specifically, bashing Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, how they do not have some or all the birds that was placed in their care? GO LOOK FOR YOURSELF! Each and EVERY member is that was placed in the care of Pat Norton, IS STILL THERE! HAPPY AND VERY PEACEFUL! The facilities that you should be aware of, is the one that is posting LIES and false information out on the web. Please take the time to prove to yourself, where your dear friend should be placed ... someone that actually KNOWS how to take care of a parrot and give them a VERY AMAZING home, or with someone that doesn't know their *** from a hole in the ground.

Ask that sanctuary, .. who their vet is, ask for their name and contact information, how long they have been a provider, are they licensed with the state, certified to even give your parrot a proper home.... MANY MORE questions need to be asked. You are the fool if you do not ask specifics before you place your parrot with any sanctuary, let alone zahksee.

6 Peg_7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am owned by 16-17 year young African Grey parrot named Ashye. As my husband and I are not spring chickens anymore, we have been looking to prepare for her future, when we will no longer be here to care for her. As most people know, parrots require lots of attention, good, fresh foods and are a lifetime commitment.
We discovered FEBS after lots of research and knew we needed to go the next step. We contacted Patricia and scheduled a day to visit the sanctuary in person.
When we arrived we were greeted by a cacophany of whistles, hellos and other common noises made by parrots when someone new enters their home. We were delighted to see that newcomers were quarantined to ensure the other members would not become ill and to allow the new guests a chance to view their new forever homes from a small distance. We had planned on being gone about an hour but were surpeised when we realized we had been there for 3! We toured the entire facility and spoke extensively with Patricia about the sanctuary and her plans and goals for the residents.
After much consideration we have added a Pet Trust to our wills and included a codicil that will have Patricia meeting Ashye to take her to her new home when the time arises.
Between now and then we contribute when we can to the Sanctuary and have even helped raise new aviaries at the new site.
i would highly recommend this organization as a valuable place for your feathered friends to live out their lives as "birds" and to visit and volunteer whenever you can.
I know Ashye will be well cared for, well fed and loved after we are gone.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Patricia and all the people at Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. They have a pair of my birds I could no longer care for myself. I trust them and that isn't easy with birds you love and are family. I appreciate them and what they also do in avian education. I am so thankful that I found them. It was worth the very long drive from states away. Pam

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cared for my Cockatoo, Beasley, for over 20 years. Once I saw Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, I knew I had found his forever home - one where he could really BE a bird and not just a pet. Beasley has been living there now for almost a year and he is looking forward to a new aviary where he can fly like he was never able to as a pet. This is a truly unusual organization. Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary doesn't just take parrots that people can no longer care for, they guarantee that parrot a home that will never change. Many parrot sanctuaries re-home the birds they receive, but not Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. The parrots that come to live here will never have to be a pet and subject to someone's whims, no matter how kind, again.

2 Marilyn18

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we had to give up our male Blue and Gold Macaw, Elvis, three years ago, we found this wonderful sanctuary. Every visit back has confirmed our expectations. The folks at the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary do a magnificent job with their charges. We cannot thank them enough.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When it is no longer possible to keep a large parrot in a home the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is a godsend. Because of bird breeders, many people now own Macaws and other large birds as pets. Often, after many years, these birds become too aggressive to continue as companion animals. That is when the large aviaries and expert staff at the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary come to the rescue. We had to surrender Elvis, our blue and gold macaw, after ten years. We had originally received Elvis as a rescue, and as we had already had another smaller parrot for many years, we felt capable of caring for him. All went well until he reached approximately the age of 18 - our sweet bird became too aggressive to handle. It was heartbreaking for us, but we know he is happy and well cared for. It was very important to us that he would not be up for adoption. These birds live a long time, and there are many of them out there who will need the sanctuary this organization provides.

3 Sandra65

Client Served

Rating: 5

A year ago I made the most difficult decision I've ever had to make in my 5 decades of life. I had raised my greenwing macaw from her hatch date, February 2003. We were bonded or so I thought. At age eleven she started displaying signs of sexual maturity and was becoming increasingly aggressive towards me. Greenwings are pretty much one person birds so I was the only one that could handle her without getting bit, but as I said, she was becoming dangerously aggressive, jealous of the other animals and my husband. On top of that, taking her to the vet for the quarterly wing clipping and beak grinding was starting to grind on my guilt. What was I doing to this poor creature? She was a bird with natural bird instincts and here I was trying to domesticate her. That's when Pat Norton swooped into my life on the internet, and cooed those magic words, "We allow your bird to just be a bird." Like I said, it was the hardest thing for me to let go of a creature that I thought that I would have forever. But Pat Norton's kind nature, the existence of the sanctuary and it's volunteers not only made my decision easier but possible. I still miss my bird, but a simple phone call or texted picture dries up whatever tears I may shed. I made the right decision and the best choice for my bird. I am so glad that I found FEBS!