I have personally witnessed the dedication of the hard working staff at this organization. Their are not enough words to express a 100% belief that they are there for the birds and nothing else. They spend every waking hour related to the care of the birds and even when they have a day off they are running errands to help the birds.
Thank you every single staff person and the thousands of hours donated to volunteering by dozens upon dozens of people to help the birds.
Giving loving care to long-lived parrots is the mission of The Oasis Sanctuary.
When our child left home my wife said, "I want to hear 'I love you' everyday from now on." So, I bought her a parrot. That is the joke, but no joke is that we both fell in love with our Amazon Parrot when he came home to live with us. That was in 1998 and I was well into my fifties with a baby parrot that would live at least 50 years. My wife and I looked around for a place to be our parrot's forever home when we were gone. We explored The Oasis Sanctuary and began to volunteer. That, again, was 1998. And we still volunteer for this wonderful organization. Love abounds in this place.
I love the Oasis Sanctuary. After finding out my vet, Dr. T. Drigger's is the President of the Board there I went out for a visit. I am a retired photographer and wanted to offer my talents to them.
These people are so very dedicated to the caring of the parrots left in their care!!! They do an EXCELLENT JOB and that's no easy feat with so many parrots.
I have since been out there a total of 3 times and in fact plan to move closer so I can go out there and take lots of photos for them.
They were gracious enough to choose some of my photos that are in their 2015 calendar!! And I hope to work with them on their 2016 one...
LOVE THIS PLACE AND THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN!!! Carol Woods, Peoria, AZ
I have been a volunteer at The Oasis for 4 years and have enjoyed watching them grow and continuously improve the living conditions for their birdie residents. The Oasis is a leader in flight design and has developed multiple solutions to cage-free housing. It is so exciting to see the large macaws hanging from the rafters of their 2-story flight, and to hear the Star Wars beeps of the African greys in their own dedicated building! They are truly a model for the parrot rescue community.
I have been volunteering at The Oasis for 4 years, and each visit deepens my appreciation and respect for what they do for the parrots in their care. The full-time staff know the name of each of the 700 (yes, 700!) feathered residents, and they are constantly looking for ways to make their lives happier and more comfortable. I have seen dramatic changes in birds that appeared to be hopelessly damaged, physically and psychologically - birds that stopped self-mutilating, birds that now allow touch. The Oasis is tops!
The Oasis Sanctuary in Benson, Arizona, is a wonderful foundation. It is a true sanctuary, in that it provides lifelong care for these beautiful birds, and does not attempt to adopt any of them out. They don't have regular business/visiting hours because they're not a zoo. Having spent a week there volunteering, I saw firsthand the level of care and devotion the birds get from all of the staff and volunteers. I simply have not seen anything else quite like it. It warms my heart to know that such a place exists.
I traveled from upstate New York to the Oasis in Arizona to volunteer in 2013 and 2014. I hope to be able to be there again in 2015. The Oasis Sanctuary is a perfect haven for so many damaged parrots that have been so fortunate to find this forever home. The birds rule! The staff is oh so hard working, knowledgeable, caring and so very thoughtful on the details of housing 700+ birds and keeping them safe, while accommodating their needs and even their personalities. Parrots have become the new disposable pet and it's so gratifying to know that the Oasis exists to help some of them. They make a difference! I continue to donate and sponsor a bird at the Oasis, I cannot think of any place better deserving for your donations. If you can volunteer, prepare yourself for a wonderful, heart tugging, hard working experience.
I came to volunteer at The Oasis because I love all parrots, and have a cockatoo at home. It was one of the best weeks I've ever spent. Each day, I knew I was doing something helpful. Even when I pulled 50 lbs. of grapes off their stems for the fruit and vegetable mix, I knew it helped. Even when I scraped bird poop off cages and floors, I knew it helped. And I got to meet all the birds, including species I'd never seen before. The staff, in addition to caring for the birds, LOVES them all. They know each bird's personality, what it likes and doesn't, what special things each one wants or needs. The Oasis is an extraordinary place for parrots.
Upon purchasing our companion parrot in 1998 I was inspired to find a Sanctuary that would be the bird's forever home. Enter The Oasis Sanctuary. The resident parrots are so inspiring I became a mainstay of the Sanctuary's volunteer community. Nearly 15 years later and I'm still here volunteering my home as the foster home. Hubby, Tom, also volunteers full time to provide the loving home a few of the extra-needs parrots flourish in.
I have volunteered for and with The Oasis Sanctuary since fall of 1998. My participation grew in time and scope over the years because of the way parrots are treated at this life care sanctuary. In the past 14 years I have seen nothing but the very best care given to the parrots. When I started volunteering there was only the Founder and 2 other volunteers caring for about 100 parrots. Our Sanctuary now has 8 full time care givers on site, my help as a Foster Care provider and scores of other volunteers who give varying amounts of time to further the good work of this organization.
Having two birds myself, I fell in love with the Oasis Sanctuary through their wonderful newsletters. For several years my husband and I supported the Oasis financially and dreamed of one day visiting. Finally, in May 2012 I was fortunate enough to visit the Oasis for a day. I felt like I had "come home" and quickly fell in love with all the birds and was so impressed with the care and dedication of the staff. The Oasis is truly a wonderful place and all the staff are top-notch. Since that time, I have become a "long-distance ambassador" for the Sanctuary (I live in Florida). I have given a talk to one organiization about the Oasis and have approached others about giving a program. My husband and I continue to support the Oasis financially and I dream of finding an avenue to let others know about this wonderful place where parrots find a loving home to live out the rest of their lives. Raising funds for the birds of the Oasis is very important to me. I hope to let everyone know that this is one place where every dollar given is spent for the benefit of the seven hundred and fifty birds in their care. I would not hesitate to place my birds with the Oasis if the time comes when we are no longer able to care for our two "loves" , knowing that the staff will do every thing in their power to keep our birds safe and happy. I feel very "blessed" to have discovered this wonderful place and have had a chance to visit and see their sanctuary, look forward to visiting again very soon.
This amazing "OASIS" on the San Pedro River(with water when it rains),in the High Desert of Arizona is always a surprise. The birds are amazing, healthy, & receive loving care. The cages & surroundings are clean and well maintained- this is no small challenge in this desert environment. The staff are kind & gentle with these often fragile birds. They know them personally and call them by name even though there is over 700 individuals. Big birds are a rare challenge as they live as long as humans. Many of us, including myself, took a young bird, not realizing the really long term commitment required for their care. God bless these people for the long term care they give for so many beautiful and special creatures.
Volunteering at the Oasis Sanctuary had been one of the best experiences of my life. All those wonderful little lives are being taken care of by the most giving and loving people I ever met. I hope when it's time that my birds will be able to go there.