After 2 years of searching and investigating I found FEBS. Several visits reenforced my hopes for a sanctuary that had large flights, was clean, not overcrowded and fed the birds a great diet. I placed Sugar, Mollucan cockatoo, there to have a happy social life with room to fly and never be sold or bred. During my recent visit I was invited into the cockatoo flight where I was instantly welcomed by friendly birds that wanted to perch on me and be stroked. I know without doubt that I've placed my love of 20 years with the finest sanctuary. Bless Pat norton and her dedicated staff
As age related health issues became an issue as to how well we could provide a quality social life to Sugar (Mollucan cockatoo) we began our 2 year search for a quality home . After checking adaption sites from Florida to Washington state we twice visited FEBS and found it to be a beatifully maintained facility staffed by hard working and very compassionate people under the leadership of Pat Norton. The adapted birds of all species enjoy a life in large flights. Surprisingly in spite of the number of birds, Pat and her staff know each one by name. Sugar was carefully introduced into a large flight with other cockatoos and is now enjoying life as a family member. This was an extremely dificult decision to part with him as we had him from the time he was a 14 gram neonate til now(22 years). It is comforting to know that he will always be fed, cared for and never be sold to anyone as a breeder or pet. Hopefully in the near future FEBS will find a larger property so they can expand their mission.Let us not forget that they need our continued support.
Harley, a beautiful Jenday Conure, lived with my husband and me for fifteen years. Most of those years were filled with the love and attention of children, grandchildren, other family, and friends as well as our love, care and devotion. Harley was out of his cage most of the time and had the run of our home...he was used to some freedom. After we both retired, we moved a few hundred miles away from friends and family. We began taking long trips; sometimes we could bring Harley, many times we could not. We found neighbors and a pet shop and a vet hospital where he could stay; however, he was never out of his cage on these occassions and he was with strangers. We finally decided we were not being fair to him, forcing him to live in a cage most of the time, especially with strangers. So, I started looking on-line and I found the Florida Exotic Bird Sancutary. I contacted Pat and she was wonderful, assuring me that releasing Harley in the sanctuary would be freeing him to be a bird again, and not a pet! My husband and I went to the sanctuary on our next trip to Florida. We were so happy with the way Pat put Harley's cage by another conure and said he would be slowly released when he was comfortable with other birds. The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is a blessing for all those birds that are ready to be free. Thank you Pat and all your helpers for all you do.
When I became pregnant with our first child, I knew it was time to find our 25+ DYH Amazon a new home. He would scream constantly and was very aggressive towards me, although not my husband, since this was his bird. I did not realize just how unhappy my bird was until I started researching sanctuaries and came across FEBS. Once you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Birds are not meant to be caged. Even though the website looked great, I was still very hesitant to take my bird to a sanctuary. I just wasn't sure what would really go on there and would my bird truly be happy there. However, I didn't want to just pass him along to another family who would eventually get burnt out of him, so in the end I chose FEBS for Dinero's forever home. I am so glad I did. Pat dedicates her life to caring for those birds. I truly knew I made the right decision when we went to visit the sanctuary a year later and Dinero did know us, but seemed absolutely happy and didn't seem to miss us at all! Thank you FEBS!!!
It was heartbreaking to realize that it wasn't fair to keep our Goffin Cuckatoo any longer. We tried everything to keep her happy at our home but realized that is was unfair to her. After carefully and diligently researching sanctuaries for our bird we felt confidant that we made the right decision to set her "free" at FEBS. I couldn't believe how compassionate, educated and dedicated Pat Norton was these beautiful birds. She is truly an angel to our feathered friends.
Hello There !! That is the only thing my beautiful ring-necked parrot can say, but I listened for it every morning and it started my day off with a smile---one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make was to find a new home for Samantha when I could no longer take care of her. I I could not bear the thought of her being caged since she had been able to fly in the past 10 years in her own room--I am sure I was led to find THE FLORIDA EXOTIC BIRD SANCTUARY on the internet, and after learning about this wonderful group of people who take care of sick-mistreated birds- and those who need a new home, I was so relieved and delighted ---!! Sam has been with FEBS for 16 months now and is happy-being able to fly free as all birds should. I thank God for FEBS--and hope they can expand their facilities tp allow many more birds to fly free !!
I HAD TWO RESCUED BIRDS FOR 14 YEARS AND AS PART OF MY RESCUE I LET THEM FREE FLY. THEY LIVED IN MY GARAGE WITH THIER OPENED CAGES AND DURING THE DAY WITH THE GARAGE DOORS OPENED. THEY LOVED TO HANG OUT IN THE BACK YARD AND HAD, I THINK, A WONDERFUL LIFE (I HAD TO GO AND GET THEM MANY TIMES AFTER FLYING AWAY). MY AGE MADE ME LOOK FOR A PERMANENT HOME FOR THEM. I PICKED THIS SANCTUARY BECAUSE IT WAS CLEAN , PROVIDED GOOD FOOD, AND HAD A BIG FLIGHT CAGE WITH MANY BIRDS FOR MY SANCHEZ. I WANTED A YEARS TRIAL PERIOD AND MY FIRST VISIT AFTER 3 MONTHS CONVINCED ME THAT I MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE. MY BIRDS KNEW ME AND CAME TO ME RIGHT AWAY. WE LOVED EACH OTHER...... BUT THEN THEY LET ME KNOW THAT THEY WERE HAPPY. THEY LIKED BEING WITH THE OTHER BIRDS . I CAME AWAY SATISFIED THAT I MADE THE RIGHT DECISION. I EXPECT MY FUTURE VISITS WILL CONFIRM THIS BELIEF.
We sold our house and moved full time in our RV and were going to be doing a lot of traveling and could not take Harley, our 8yr old Double Yellow Head Amazon with us. We found FEBS and Pat and couldn't be happier with our choice. Harley is blooming with her new mate Oliver and she is getting all the fresh air and attention she deserves.
In April 2011 my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. A few months later he began to search for a "Forever Home" for his blue and gold macaw, Harley. We knew I couldn't keep her by myself as she would have to be home alone too much while I was at work. What a blessing FEBS and Pat Norton have been! Harley now lives in a huge 1500 sq ft outdoor home with 35 other macaws. She now flies and plays with her own kind. I miss her ( and I miss her dad) but I know both are in a better place.