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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a long time lover of birds since my Grandmother was always so fond of them and her home was filled with their cheery songs and colorful beauty. Oasis Sanctuary is a treasure. They take in birds that no one else could handle and give them a life that is extraordinary. The care taken to provide a healthy environment, care for the sick and distressed birds, promote public knowledge of these beautiful creatures and truly be an advocate for the avian species is remarkable! I have the highest respect for the mission of Oasis Sanctuary and commend them for their dedication.

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we have three aging amazons--as are we! Oasis Sanctuary is the only assisted living facility we know can take care of our precious companions if and when we need assisted living. There is not another facility that can compare with Oasis. Each, and I do mean each, and every little soul gets personalized attention every day. The volunteers are extraordinary. This is the most loving organization that I am aware of.

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Definitely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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This organization is truly one of a kind and a blessing to all of us. My husband and I have visited the Oasis severel times and are always in amazed at the wonderful care and love everyone exihibits for all of the birds. The volunteers are truly committed to each of the of the birds and most of the birds have names and are known by the volunteers. It's remarkable!

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A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I met Janet Trumbule last spring at a Bird Conference in Houston, and after visiting with her, was very eager to visit the Oasis Sanctuary and see how it all works. My husband and I have our own little flock of 13, and our birds are our passion. In July we went to visit the Oasis, and were given a tour of the facility by Janet, who explained procedures and answered all of our questions. The 15 hour drive was definitely worth it! I cannot express enough how impressed I was with this operation. All of the 650+ birds were cared for with EACH ONE's particular needs met, and placed in the best environment suited to them. The team working there were happily doing the feeding, washing the food bowls, and taking care of endless other chores with caring devotion. The cleanliness, the happy birds, the dedication to care for each and every bird was evident. It is my hope that when, or if, we ever need a forever home for any of our birds, that the Oasis Sanctuary, or a sanctuary with equal dedication, will be available to give them the care they deserve. Sincerely, Connie Shelton

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Life-changing

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2012

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They are an amazing organization that caters to birds in need. As a fellow bird owner, some people don't understand the work and dedication that goes into taking care of these beautiful creatures. The Oasis Sanctuary is wonderful and hold themselves to a higher standard than most nonprofits.

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

Life-changing

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2013

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Oasis is a great organization that helps exotic birds survive in a safe and welcoming environment. So many people aren't aware of the demands of an exotic bird but the Oasis Sanctuary never fails to turn their back on a bird in need. It's a huge problem that people need to be aware of. I have been sending donations to them on a regular basis for years now and they are wonderful...please support the Oasis Sanctuary!!! Your money and donations always go to the parrots in need!!!

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2012

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I support this incredible organization because of my interest and experience with parrots. I am not an expert in any way - I learn from my Severe Macaw - now 22 years old - everyday. Parrots are, to me, the most facinating of animals. In the past I had 5 birds. After becoming ill I decided to give them each a new good home. This was probably one of the most difficult decisions I was forced to make. They were each so special and getting the right home was not only difficult - but i still feel guilty because I really do not know how they are today. After 2 year without birds - the person who I gave Pepper to - the severe macaw - had to give her up and I got her back. That was 5 years ago. The most amazing thing about this event was that she did not speak in her new home. When she was brought into our home, she immediatly began to speak words that I always heard her speak. She call my name, asks for UP, and many other words. It took her about 3 minutes to reconize where she was and react ...almost as though she was here for those 2 years away. I find that amazing and the our birds need our respect because they clearly remember and know what is going on around. The Oasis Sanctuary is amazing. The importance cannot be emphasized. Parrots do have memory and I believe the deserve our love and respect. Oasis seems to do just that.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Oasis Sanctuary needs our help and support they are truley one of a kind. Bless them for all they do for our feathered friends

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Life-changing

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I visited Oasis and was impressed with the care and devotion these people show in taking care of these parrots. I knew little about parrots until our daughter bought one and then we learned how very selective these creatures are. It is indeed sad when they lose the person to whom they have given their affection because they are so long lived. Having baby sat my daughter's parrot, I know how much care they take and the Oasis does an outstanding job. It was a pleasure to visit, see the beauty of these birds and watch the care with which they are attended.

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Definitely

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A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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A visit here will change you! Being inside the enclosures with the birds, seeing how they interact with each other - and humans - is amazing. They are doing superb work and need help!

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A lot

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2011

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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

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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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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Life-changing

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2012

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Five years ago, my husband informed me that we were going to be owners of a macaw...in just a few hours. My only prior experience with birds was when I was younger I owned a parakeet that my cat ate a few months later. I knew nothing about owning a parrot or the extent of the care they would need for many, many years. People always think it would be great to have a bird that talks but don't understand their special needs or their history of living for 100+ years. Our bird "Boo" arrived and was very sad and very afraid of us. She had been neglected and later on we learned she had been beaten with a stick. Over time and with lots of patience, we learned how to trust each other. Unfortunately, she will always be a bird with serious trust issues. Boo is fine as long as me or my husband is home to take care of her, but becomes depressed if we are both gone. Leaving Boo in the care of a family member or even with our son is still not enough to make Boo feel safe and secure...Boo becomes depressed and won't eat when we are gone for a few days or a few weeks. We realized that we had to develop a plan for her long term care in the event something happened to both me and my husband....this is how we learned about Oasis Sanctuary. We have had the time to educate ourselves about long term bird care and the options available to us. We believe the Oasis Sanctuary is the perfect place to send Boo in the event we are unable or unavailable to care for Boo. Boo could never be re-homed due to her trust issues but now we know that she will have a safe place to live out the remainder of her natural life. I would like to visit the sanctuary and maybe even turn a vacation into a volunteer opportunity. All that I have read about the sanctuary is positive.

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