Oasis Sanctuary Foundation, Ltd.

Rating: 4.98 stars   181 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 2166 Scottsdale AZ 85252 USA

Mission: The Oasis Sanctuary is a Rescue and Retirement facility for exotic birds, predominantly CITES I and II endangered birds. We offer birds a stable and loving home for the duration of their natural lives. We do not sell or breed birds. We do not offer birds for adoption. Many of The Oasis birds come from other rehabilitation and/or adoption programs where qualified personnel determined it was not in the bird's best interets to be placed in private homes. Some of our birds have "special needs", are physically handicapped or challenged requiring unique living or feeding situations. Several have been bounced from home to home, often being physically and/or emotionally abused and have simply become too fearful of people to be companions to people any longer. A number of The Oasis birds are "retired" breeders, or other birds originally imported for production purposes, which, due to age, infirmity or temperament often would be facing euthanasia. Because many of our birds are not interested in or are incapable of human interaction, they are housed with the same or similar, compatible species in non-breeding pairs or small flocks in large outdoor flights.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a retired Canadian zookeeper who travelled in a motorhome around the U.S. & Canada for two years in 2006 & 2007, stopping along the way to visit various animal sanctuaries. I was greatly impressed with the care and compassion shown to the birds that I met at The Oasis Sanctuary. Many people do not understand what it takes to care properly for birds that often outlive their owners and Sybil Erden has gone to great measures to make their lives comfortable, especially for the birds that have behavioural problems (feather plucking, etc.).
I have no hesitation in recommending the Oasis Sanctuary as a worthy recipient of donations.

Marilyn Cole

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If funds were available, expand the kitchen and medical area

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2006

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While travelling around the USA in my motorhome, I came across the Oasis Sanctuary Foundation, and was immediately impressed with the caring attitude of Sybil Erden and the volunteers towards all the birds, especially the ones that had suffered in the past . As a former zookeeper I could appreciate the amount of work needed to care for all the various birds, and the attention paid to their individual needs. These abandoned and neglected birds were taken in, with the full knowledge that they have a long lifespan and that there would be many years of dedication ahead to care for them. I have no hesitation in recommending the Oasis Sanctuary Foundation Ltd. as a great non-profit organization.

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2012

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I wrote a review for the Oasis over a year ago, and want very much to repost my thoughts... As a social psychologist, parrot owner, and President of The Long Island Parrot Society (www.liparrotsociety.org), I am very much aware of the love that develops between parrot people and their companion birds. When life circumstances demand alternative care for their birds, finding a new home that provides optimal care is heart-wrenchingly difficult. The Oasis Sanctuary provides the level of care and accomodation that most parrot owners can only dream of for their beloved birds. But the number of parrots and parrot owners they can serve is limited by funding. This past year, their board of directors has pursued several fantastic expansion projects that allow much in demand expansion of accomodations capability... and new plans are in the works... they need the funds to make it all happen. I have visited The Oasis Sanctuary as a volunteer, and was very impressed by the facility and the staff (really flock/family are better words for this devoted group)...the visit was a life-changing experience.. Every bird taken in by The Oasis Sanctuary is an avian life saved, and a human heart healed.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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As a social psychologist, parrot owner, and President of The Long Island Parrot Society (www.liparrotsociety.org), I am very much aware of the love that develops between parrot people and their companion birds. When life circumstances demand alternative care for their birds, finding a new home that provides optimal care is heart-wrenchingly difficult. The Oasis Sanctuary provides the level of care and accomodation that most parrot owners can only dream of for their beloved birds. But the number of parrots and parrot owners they can serve is limited by funding. Their board of directors has designed several fantastic expansion projects that would allow much in demand expansion of accomodations capability... they need the funds to make it happen. I have visited The Oasis Sanctuary as a volunteer, and was very impressed by the facility and the staff (really flock/family are better words for this devoted group)...the visit was a life-changing experience.. Every bird taken in by The Oasis Sanctuary is an avian life saved, and a human heart healed.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I've been associated with The Oasis for seven years now. I don't know of anyone who has come out to visit the residents of this "oasis" in the desert and not been truly touched by the experience. It is with great pride that I serve this organization and care for these amazing parrots. Some of the stories are heartbreaking and others are inspirational. I am definitely committed for life to caring for these intelligent and beautiful creatures.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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In the late '90s I began supporting The Oasis by sponsoring an African Grey that had been relinquished to the sanctuary. Brody's story is one of heartache...not so uncommon for so many of the birds that are helped by our organization. As an owner of several rehomed birds I knew that parrots were so often neglected and abused...how could I not help those in need to have a home that would be their safe haven for the remainder of their life. This is what The Oasis provides. Today....I have dedicated my life to working with the birds of The Oasis. From my first connection with Brody to now managing the care of the 700+ birds in residence, I know that the mission of The Oasis and high standards of care have never wavered. Everyone involved, from staff, volunteers, board of directors and our amazing supporters...is completely dedicated to the well being of each and every bird. I feel The Oasis is an AMAZING organization that has saved many birds from a life of suffering.... but has also touched the hearts of so many people, as it did mine.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Visiting the Oasis is a powerful experience. The parrots are amazing! Many of them are healthy enough to be housed outdoors in huge cages with other parrots where they can be fly and play and be "real birds" in all their beauty. Seeing the flock of macaws flying free in the 40" x 100" aviary brought tears to my eyes (and their website has a webcam so you can see for yourself). There are also flocks of the smaller parrots living joyfully in flight cages (cockatiels, quakers, lovebirds etc). Of course there are also many birds who are not strong enough to be housed outside - these birds live in a huge bird barn where they are usually housed in big cages with another bird of their own species. There are many play areas in the "bird barn" where they can come out for supervised play. THE STAFF IS AMAZING - totally dedicated and highly skilled. They know the names and story of each bird there. As a volunteer there is felt welcome and appreciated, and got lots of good direction as to how to be helpful. THIS PLACE IS A MIRACLE IN ACTION AND DESERVES YOUR SUPPORT!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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