My very good friend, Dude, a 20 year old miligold macaw, has been in the compassionate and capable care of FEBS since late 2011. He is thriving there and has even become paired with a very cute, he tells me, Blue & Gold female macaw. As a retiring veterinarian, I searched and researched situations that would allow Dude the future he deserved, even though he could not follow us into our next life chapter. I am forever grateful for the extraordinary commitment the FEBS staff and volunteers make to assure birds like Dude a 'forever' home when it is most needed. I also am thankful for the other caring donors who make the continuation and expansion of this good work possible.
FEBS is a TRUE sanctuary in every sense of the word. We placed our cockatoo with them because we saw the love and care that every bird receives AND we knew that our bird would never have to leave the sanctuary. None of these birds are "nameless" creatures to any of the staff and every staff member takes time with these awesome birds. Every need is met for every bird. They are fed balanced diets, housed in clean and temperate environments, given regular medical care, and they are LOVED. Patricia Norton is lovingly called "Bird Mother" because she is a mother to these birds...they are all her babies. FEBS, Patricia Norton, and all of the staff are dedicated to the nurture and well being of these magnificent birds.
Our Macaw, Tango, is a permanent resident at FEBS and absolutely loves it. No more feather plucking and anxiety now that he has a flock to live with!
Our Blue & Gold Macaw, Tango, was placed with FEBS in 2012. He has blossomed in the outdoor aviary with fellow macaws and is living the life!
Our sweet macaw, Crackers, needed more help and care than we were able to provide for her. To give her up broke our hearts. The really good and professional care that Patricia and FEBS gives her, gives us much hope for her future. Crackers has grown fond of several of the volunteers and is adjusting well, from an "only child" to a riot of over 400 very vocal parrots. Patricia has worked with us to keep us informed of Crackers' progress and we look forward to each visit. We are helping to fund the Special Needs flight aviary for the new property in Hudson, and will truly exhale when Crackers is able to join her new "flock" of buddies and fly and play, and as FEBS advocates, "just be a bird."
Patricia Norton (and her staff at Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary) is just an extraordinary individual that has given her life to the rescue of exotic birds. She tirelessly works to care for over 300 birds on a daily basis in addition to her ongoing fundraising efforts to support the needs of the birds and sanctuary grounds. We took our beloved yellow Nape "Alex" to her 18 months ago and I Thank God everyday for Patricia and FEBS. There is no finer exotic bird rescue in the United States and I wholeheartedly will continue to support Patricia and FEBS for life.
In early 2013, it became abundantly clear that our beloved 20 year old Yellow Nape was no longer getting the attention she so richly deserved. I was working long hours and my wife worked from home and did not truly have time for Alex who was my bird from the start. I was quite distraught but realized that placing her was best in the long run for all of us. I did not ever want her to be adopted but instead placed in a "sanctuary" where she could live her life with other birds.
I looked all over the country and was so blessed to find Patricia and FEBS. After multiple calls and emails, final plans were made to take Alex to Florida.
I boarded the plane, sitting in the last row against the window with Alex on my lap. She drew quite a crowd! Landing in Orlando, I got my rental car and off to FEBS I ventured. Knowing this was my last time with Alex, I put her on my shoulder (her favorite place to ride in the car), turned up the radio and off we went.
Arriving 75 minutes later at FEBS, I was greeted by Patricia and given a tour. We put Alex in her acclimation cage and I decided I'd better go. I was absolutely overwhelmed with grief! I know, she's just a bird but unless you've had one, you just don't get it.
Over the next few weeks, Patricia kept me updated on how Allie was doing and sent some photos. All good in her getting acclimated to Florida, the other birds, the food, everything. It was amazing to me how Patricia had a plan for getting Allie comfortable one step at a time.
About 45 days later, I got additional photos of Allie in the AMAZON Flight with all the other Amazons. She could finally "just be a bird". Incredible relief to me.
There is no better place that Alex could be than FEBS. I'm grateful every single day for the care and sanctuary that Patricia and her devoted staff and volunteers provide. I plan on going to visit over the holiday! Thank you, FEBS!
FEBS truly cares about the birds they take in and they treat every single member of the flock like their very own personal pet. I've seen first hand the love and affection they show these birds and the high standards of cleanliness, healthy feeding & watering practices and even so far as which cage they will place birds based on their personality. FEBS really knows what they are doing and they are an honest team. It makes my heart happy knowing my two conures have such a loving forever home where they can "just be a bird"! Thank you FEBS!
My CAG is a beautiful 16 year old, or there abouts, who came to live with us 6 years ago after her owner left her to return to France. Plucked naked and scared of her own shadow then, she is now a vibrant, fully feathered, fully flighted part of our family.
I started searching for a place where she could go when I am no longer here for her. I visited Patricia and the Sanctuary after some careful research. How exciting to see all those beautiful creatures flying, eating and happy!
My main focus was, of course, on the Grey Aviary and was surprised as each Grey came over to the enclosure to say hello or get a scratch. Friendly, talking and unassuming they just seemed to be greeting me.
I spent about 2 hours there and lots of time asking Patricia lots of questions. At the end of the day, we have decided that we will not rehome Ashye, but allow her to spend the rest of her days with a flock of her own kind, knowing she will be well cared for.
These are special creatures that need a place to call home forever, and your donations can only make their lives better....I know Ashye will be thankful!
Placing our four beloved Amazon parrots at the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary (FEBS) was the best decision that my husband and I have ever made for our birds. We wanted to ensure that our parrots (two of whom have minor special needs) would always have the best care and environment to ensure their health and happiness long term, especially if they were to survive us or our ability to care for them. Because we have no family member or friend who could care for our birds if we were unable to do so, I began to search for the best avian sanctuary that would accept them when that time came. Several long-established rescues were willing to accept our parrots, but none met all the criteria that are important to us. Then, after a 6-year search, we found FEBS. We soon realized that FEBS offers all the advantages we’d hoped to find for Maria, Gonzo, Lucy, and Bella, and that the environment there is better for them than the best we could provide in our home. We decided to apply for their immediate placement and were grateful that they were accepted for residence there. In July of this year, we transferred our birds to FEBS. With Pat Norton’s advice and guidance, their flight on the airline she recommended was smooth and without problems. We provided funding so that a large outdoor flight cage (21 feet long, 12 feet wide, and 8 feet high) could be built for our parrots, and in that cage, they can really fly! They have many toys to play with and an excellent diet, and they are free to socialize at all times with each other and with four other compatible Amazons who now share their cage. Our parrots receive the medical care they require (an avian veterinarian regularly visits FEBS), and I can see from their current photos that their feather condition has improved since they left our home, probably because of the misting system that FEBS provides and the high humidity in Florida (both of which benefit those tropical birds). We look forward to installing a Web cam in our parrots’ cage so that we can log on and “visit” them at any time. We have great confidence in Pat Norton’s knowledge about parrot psychology, behavior, and care and in her commitment to providing the best environment for FEBS birds. We look forward to her updates about our Amazons, and we remain delighted with our decision to place our parrots at FEBS. If you would like more information about our experience in doing so, please ask Pat for our contact information.
Jane Vail (Mark Vail, husband)
It's been less than a year since I took my Sun Conure 'Cheeto' to FEBS. When I made the decision to place her with FEBS I was devastated because I worried she wouldn't be happy--that she would miss me and couldn't possibly live without me. BOY WAS I WRONG! Cheeto is now in a LARGE flight cage with other conures and is doing GREAT! I went to visit her last weekend and she remembered me, gave me kisses, and sat on my shoulder. It was bittersweet but I will never regret placing her at FEBS. Patricia and her staff are truly amazing, they go out of their way to keep you updated on your bird and do everything they can to get other birds sponsored. I'm just happy that Cheeto and all the other lucky birds at FEBS can just be birds.
I placed my Sun Conure, Cheeto, with FEBS just this morning. While I am heartbroken that I will no longer have her in my daily life, I am thrilled to have found such an amazing place for her. I 'owned' Cheeto for nearly 3 years and she was so irrevocably bonded to me that she would have nothing to do with anyone else. If she was not perched on my shoulder at all times she was screaming and calling out for me. Needless to say this caused problems during the work week and I ended up realizing that my keeping her was selfish. She deserves the kind of care and life she will be getting with FEBS--a life I could never have provided for her. Thank GOD for FEBS! I am so happy to have found FEBS and Patricia.
Our Blue and Gold maccaw, Lola, had been spending time outside of her cage most of her life until one day she flew off and we had trouble getting her back. After that, she was inside of her cage and seemed to hate that, and so did we. My heart ached for her and I did some research online and found that Florida Exotic Sanctuary was our best chance of providing her an environment that is the closest she'll ever be to her natural environment; however, the idea of not seeing her everyday was sad for me so we started by leaving her there for a week, and then came to visit her, then two weeks up to four weeks. After the trial period she seemed so happy and relaxed, it would have been a sin to take her out of that environment. Thanks to Patty, her patience with us and her love and understanding of these birds we could come to terms with parting with our bird and understand that she needs more than just human interaction to be happy. She can now fly, she is among others of her kind and she is blossoming like she would have never had she stayed in the environment that we were able to provide. Thanks, FEBS! Thanks, Patty!