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.
After living with our African Grey for 23 years, my husband came to the conclusion that our parrot deserved to live the rest of her life in the most natural and safe environment we could provide. After extensive research, Inez has been at the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary for the past 3 years and is positively thriving! Thank you, Pat, your staff and volunteers for the amazing work you do.
We found Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary via the internet. We were the proud owners of Paco, a beautiful Double Yellow Head Amazon. We picked him out when he looked like an embryo! We loved, spoiled and lived him for about 17 years. We started looking for a home for him when he constantly ran us out of the house with his constant screaming. If I wasn't holding him, he was screaming.
We wanted to be sure he had a good home and would not be abused or passed around from one home to another. We made a visit to Pat's place after finding it on the internet. My husband and I knew this would be a good home for Paco and he would actually be able to be a bird for a change! Relatively free to fly and interact with others of his species.
We both cried leaving him and every time we go for a visit, I cry but I know he is in an awesome place where he will be taken care of and can live out his days comfortably.
We are so grateful to Pat & all her volunteers for the great work they do with these birds.
I "rescued" my parrot from a pet store when she was less than six months old I did my best to provide the best care possible for my bird Unfortunately not being able to be home most of the time led to an unhappy bird It was a hard decision to place her but it has turned out to be the best possible solution the place and the people are fantastic
I wasn't ready to deal with it but I knew I was going to be way too ill to take care of my Amazon parrot. She is adorable but doesn't like to be alone Pat and the staff made the transition as painless as possible for me I can now feel comfortable knowing my friend will be safe and cared for They havemade an impossible situation possible
Our family has had the blessing of being able to visit our Umbrella Cockatoo Bogie at FEBS for over a year now. Bogie is doing wonderful and the work and effort that FEBS has put into the birds and property in the last year is unbelievable. This group is truly "in it for the birds". The quality of care, housing and interaction with the birds by FEBS is too great to put into words.
We had the opportunity to make the right decision for our difficult Umbrella Cockatoo to place him with Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary and we are lucky enough to be able to visit him. I did alot or research before placing him and after meeting Pat and seeing the care and professionalism that are involved at FEBS we know in our hearts that our feathered baby will live out the rest of his life as he was meant to. Because we get to make monthly visits I can attest to the care, cleanliness and compassion all of the birds get.
Patricia and the other caregivers and volunteers have been such a blessing to my Blue and Gold Macaw. She has been in the FEBS for almost a year and is thriving! Thanks to this sancturary, my life has been freed up and Betty Boop can enjoy other birds and flight as she was intended to do. Thanks again, Patricia! GOD BLESS!
My name is Ruthie and in September of 2006 I adopted my Blue & Gold Macaw from my terminally I'll brother.I cared for her for six years. During this time I realized how cruel it is to put these beautiful animals in a cage. I began looking for as place where she could interact with other birds and be free. Florida Exotic Bird Sancuary was that place, and in June 2012 at the age of 19 years old, it became her new home. My brother has passed on, but I'm sure he would be pleased. Thank you, FEBS and Pamela for adopting my "little girl!"
We had to give up our African Grey, Smokey, and our Quaker, Joe. We went back to the sanctuary and released them into one of their very large flite cages. Smokey, a little bit on the shy side, sat on a perch and observed her new surroundings. Joe flew right to a female Quaker, and within minutes they were preening on each other. We left them feeling sad, but glad they were in such a happy safe place. We went back a couple of months later and even Smokey had snuggled up with a fellow! They are well cared for and so very happy. We cannot thank FEBS enough for taking our babies and providing them such a good home.