What a wonderful organization. I had to part with two of my birds and was thrilled to find this sanctuary. I feel good knowing my brid babies are living in a humane and natural bird habituate. The owner is compasionate and dedicated to allowing birds to be birds with cages large enough for them to spread their wings. I personally do not feel it should be legal to breed and keep exotic birds as pets, but for those that are here we should do what we can to create a safe and caring environment.
My Sulphur Cockatoo had no place to go because we moved to a smaller home and it was quite difficult to keep her in our small living room in her large cage. We had fostered her in the hope to find a forever home but were disappointed when we started looking untill we visited FEBS. We were impressed at the concern for the birds by the cartaker and finally we knew we had found our "SNOW" a forever home.
My Moluccan Cockatoo, Snuggles, lived with me for seven years. I love him dearly. For a cockatoo, Snuggles is the most well behaved I have ever seen., I love him dearly. I truly thought we would be together forever. But then my daughter moved back in unexpectedly, and shortly thereafter my grandson was born. My grandson has several health issues, asthma for one, being allergic to birds another. When his pediatrician diagnosed him, I knew I had to find a place for Snuggles to live out the rest of his life. I would not give him to a stranger and no one I knew and trusted would take him. I had to find a place where I knew he would be safe and happy. It took awhile, but I came across the FEBS website. I knew this was the place for Snuggs. The sanctuary is very far from me, I live in Holly Hill, Florida, and I knew when I placed him I would probably not get to see him very often. Eventually I decided not to be selfish and do what's best for Snuggles. At FEBS, Snuggles is with other Moluccans in a very large, clean outdoor enclosure. He has a girfriend named Cami-Sue. He can scream as loud and as long as he wants to. Basically, he gets to be a bird, not a pet. He's happy and I could not ask for anything more. I have peice of mind and that is priceless.
We have an umbrella cockatoo named Aussie. When we first purchased Aussie as a baby, we were naive of the needs of an adult umbrella cockatoo. As Aussie got older, and started exhibiting typical mature big bird behaviors it became apparent that we would be unable to accomodate him in a residential neighborhood. He needed room to just be a bird. We made the difficult decision to start looking for an appropriate home for Aussie. I had read some real horror stories of birds that for whatever reason had to leave their first home and then went the rounds of owner to owner and or pet shop, ofter with terrible results. He deserved more than that. Then I found FEBS on the internet. Within a few days, I talked with Pat and arranged a visit of the facility. My wife and I were immediately struck by the pleasant grounds and facilties. The birds had room to stretch their wings and fly and squawk. The more we talked to Pat and heard and saw her vision for a "forever home" and a true sanctuary for the birds, we knew that we had found a home for Aussie. Aussie has been at FEBS for several months now and whenever I go to visit him, he appears healthy and seems quite happy. I can not say enough good things about FEBS and Pat. I go there as often as I can to volunteer my building skills and will continue to do so because I believe in what FEBS is doing for our feathered friends.
Words cannot express the gratitude my family and I feel when it comes to Pat and everyone at FEBS. Picture having to place a beloved family member in a "home" because you can no longer care for them. The anxiety, heartbreak, and worry can be overwhelming. This is what my family experienced when we realized we could not longer care for our African Grey Parrot. We found FEBS online and contacted Pat. From our very first communication with her, we felt like we were corresponding with a family member.
We paid a visit to the sanctuary and spent about 2 hours with Pat . She comforted us when we cried and made us laugh at some of the stories behind the birds at FEBS. I don't know who she does it, but Pat knows each bird by name and their back story! Amazing!
After much thought we decided the best place for our parrot would be at FEBS. We have never regretted the decision....wish we would have found FEBS sooner. FEBS is life changing....not just for the birds that come to live in the sanctuary, but for people like me and my family we LOVE our animals but through circumstances beyond our control, we could no longer keep our parrot.
The best part is that we are able to visit anytime we want and we feel as part of the great organization!
I had a vision of finding bird paradise for my Blue Crowned Conure, Skipper, a year ago, and was fortunate to discover and become involved with FEBS. FEBS's mission of allowing birds to be birds in a natural habitat was aligned with my vision, and when meeting Pat, I soon realized that FEBS was the real deal. It has been wonderful to see my Conure acclimated to his new large cage with other birds in his pecking order, and to see that he has now bonded with a mate. His acclimation process took several months and was carefully managed by Pat and her expertise. I am delighted to be my bird's on-going sponsor and to be welcomed as a support to this extraordinary sanctuary that has a broad vision of expansion and education. This nonprofit is a gem that deserves to be well-funded so that it can fulfill it's important to improve the plight of our extraordinary feathered friends. LWM
We have been searching for a safe, well maintained sanctuary in which to place our three birds who will outlive us. Our biggest fear was that they would be shuttled from home to home at the whim of new owners who don't understand birds or their needs. The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is everything we could hope for. When I visited I found the birds well fed and happy with toys to play with and companions of their own species. They all looked fully feathered and well adjusted. We are confident we couldn't find a better place for a forever home for our three feathered children.
A rare and needed gift for birds that are no longer able to reside with their human companions. The work that FEBS does to assist those birds that have lost their people is priceless and selfless. The world is a better place for our feathered friends becuase FEBS cares enough to make that so! Keep up the great work.
Not only do we donate but my baby actually lives there now. It's a great thing that febs is doing for all those birds. I have been a couple of times to visit and if I lived closer I would definitely volunteer. All the volunteers I have met are wonderful and Patricia is amazing. The fact that they don't breed or adopt out is why I chose them this way I knew he had a forever home. They also put birds in colonies together so it's a more natural habitat. If I ever win the lotto I would buy them the new land so they could continue to save more birds. Lots of love to febs!!!
FEBS has been a godsend. My wife and are are getting on in age and will be retiring out of the Country. Taking our African Grey Parrots Samantha and Moe was not an option without putting them through months of quarantine. We searched high and low and came across this fabulous sanctuary. No doubt about it, giving up our parrots was definitely one of the most heart breaking experiences of our lives-- similar to the feeling one has when experiencing the death of a loved one-- it leaves a big hole in your heart. But meeting Pat and touring the facility took away a lot of the pain. We know our parrots are in good hands and a lot happier being with their own species. We now know that when we are long gone from this Earth, our parrots will be taken care of in good hands. We think of our parrots everyday. We raised our Grey Samantha for 20 years since she was a tiny baby. We rescued our Grey Moe from a very bad situation two years ago (his previous owner abandoned him to a dark secluded room after her husband died-- she said Moe was the husband's bird and she didn't know how to care for him). Parrots are very special and precious creatures and should never be sold as pets. They belong in the jungle! Pat understands this and is committed to keeping them from breeding in captivity. We are relieved to know that our parrots Samantha and Moe will not be sold, adopted, forced to perform tricks, or used for breeding. Instead they will be housed in large outdoor aviaries with other birds and allowed to enjoy the sun and rain as nature intended.