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.
FEBS saved my bird's life. I was Maggie's fifth owner (that we know of). My nephew had rescued this green mealy parrot about 6 years ago. The bird was a psychological basket case and most of his body feathers had been self-plucked. I adopted him about 3 years ago to see if he could be tamed and handled. His physical condition had improved but his mind was still damaged. In good conscious, I could not sell or even give him away to another owner. I thought my only option was to have him put to sleep. Then I discovered FEBS. What great people, providing such a needed service in our community; a safe, loving home for life for unwanted exotic birds!
Peewee, my African Grey parrot is now living at FEBS. I took him there exactly a week ago so he is still "acclimating". At first I was very sad to leave him but he actually warned me very clearly NOT to take him home when I tried to take him out of his cage to say goodbye! He must have been loving the sound of the other LOUD parrots also in the acclimation room.
I have had Peewee for 15 years, since he was a hand-fed baby. He has been a really BIG part of my life and our family, going to school with me when I taught, eating with the family, moving from room to room and perch to perch, hanging out on the porch, teasing my sons, and traveling on vacations. My sons have all grown and gone. I am the only one of his "flock" left at home and more and more I realized that I was not giving him all that he needed plus I knew I needed to make arrangements for him should anything happen to me. Parrots almost always outlive their "owners" and quite often family members are understandably not willing to care for "the bird".
No matter how much I loved him, fed him well, cared for all his needs (and more) I still would never be able to let him be a "bird", flighted, socializing with others of his own kind, hanging out with African Greys!
When I found FEBS I realized it was exactly what I had been searching for. What a JOY to see how well he will be taken care of as well as to know he will fly with a flock of African Grey Parrots ! I can't wait to see this happen and one of the BEST things is that I can stay involved in his life. I'll be driving over about once a month, bringing toys I am making for all the birds, baking "birdie" bread for everyone and spending time in his flight cage as well as lending a hand for the day wherever needed.
I can';t say enough about how welcomed I felt when I toured there and when I took Peewee.
Since leaving him last week I have spoken and texted with Pat to hear how he is doing. (He is in his own cage from home, eating, chewing his toys and has begun his fabulous barking-he has several dog barks and a great cat meow!) I am looking forward to being there as they put him in the aviary, to see him eventually fly, make new friends and maybe even fall in love! They will never breed or adopt the birds out so my choice of FEBS for his life will stay that way.
Peewee is lucky. His sponsorship will be taken care of for life. Please considering sponsoring some of the other birds who have so generously and lovingly been rescued by this great sanctuary.
I am looking forward with excitement ( and, yes, nostalgia) to this new adventure for both me and my companion bird!
I was pretty heart broken that I couldn't tolerate living with my screaming Sun Conure. He was a great little bird, very loving and well behaved. But his screaming became unbearable and we had to find him a new home. I was so unsure about handing him off to a stranger, but once we visited FEBS and saw the other Sun Conures flying in their cage I knew he deserved the chance to just be a bird. Patricia was great and she rassured us he would be ok. I was so amazed at the attention given to the birds and was surprised to see every available space in her kitchen taken up by fresh produce, fruit, and nuts. Patricia and her volunteers are dedicated to giving these birds the best life possible. Although we will never own another bird, we will always be a supporter of FEBS and all they do for exotic birds. We hope to see them meet all their financial goals this year. They deserve it!!!
I am so happy I found febs. It is my parrots new home. So glad they too him into there family and I know he is loved and happy! Thank you so very much febs for all your love and hard work for these animals. I wish I could visit marcus more. Looking at pictures just dont do justice. But they let me know that he is in great hands. Cant thank febs enough! Miss you marcus but glad has to see how great your life has become.