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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals, Bird Sanctuaries

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.

Programs: Provide permanent sanctuary, placement, and care to companion birds for whom no other options exist. We offered 147 birds a forever home in 2014. With natural attrition of our population, we currently care for 790 parrots.

Community Stories

118 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

The Oasis Sanctuary is an amazing place that takes in birds who have lost their homes for whatever reason and gives them the best quality care for the rest of their lives. The Oasis provides food, shelter, intellectual stimulation, companionship, medical care, and everything necessary to care for these incredible creatures. Everything is done with the utmost care, love, and attention to the needs of the birds. I can't more highly recommend The Oasis.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have a huge problem in the U.S. with companion birds needing homes. The Oasis is the largest bird sanctuary in the country and takes in hundreds of birds that need homes. Every bird is treated with love and respect. They have beautiful free flight aviaries for many of the birds and are working on creating more. Every bird has companions, fresh food, and plenty of toys for intellectual stimulation. The staff is loving and dedicated. The place is clean and well-kept. I've been there in person and witnessed what a wonderful place it is. But they can't do it without help. Costs are astronomical. They need all the help they can get.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a long time bird owner (or, from the birds' perspectives, bird pal). We've had parakeets, conures, cockatiels, and a macaw ( now 22 years old. ) I got to visit the Oasis premises a few years ago. What a class operation! Birds are housed in appropriate facilities, cared for with compassion and skill. I am happy to donate to this wonderful organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the few places that help birds that for many reasons are no longer able to be cared for by individuals. There are thousands of options for dogs and cats. It's too bad they can't be rehabilitated back to the wild but it isn't to be for these sweet birds. They are difficult as pets and a place like this gives them a happy life and great care. If you can please support them. We have two rescue birds that may outlive us so it is nice to know if there is room they will have a place to go if we can no longer care for them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have two rescue birds that share our home and when we heard about the Oasis Sanctuary we were so excited to know that if our birds outlived us since we are not youngsters anymore that we knew they could have a good home if our one relative that enjoys birds was unable to take them if there comes a time we can no longer care for them or pass away before them. We have visited twice and it is just amazing the care that these birds receive. It is also heartbreaking to realize that so many people have no idea what is involved in caring for these birds and then they have problems and no one wants them anymore. They are loved and cared for in the most amazing setting out in the beautiful high country of Arizona. We try to donate what we can in the way of monies and just love the letters and emails they send out telling about the birds and their needs. It is too bad that all birds are not wild and free but once they are used to people caring for them or far from their native homes they must be cared for by someone. The Oasis Sanctuary is a wonderful place for these amazing creatures to live out their lives in peace and

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Donor

Rating: 5

On a whim, I visited the sanctuary last winter. I was so impressed by the amazing care they are giving to over 700 exotic birds. The birds were lively, looked healthy and happy. Their cages offer them safety and play toys as well as the interactions between humans and birds. I was so moved, I donated money on the spot and then signed up to sponsor a parrot. In addition to the birds, they offer homes to other fowl as well as to several rescue dogs. Two of the dogs need surgery for hip or knee issues. I asked that my initial donation of $100 go toward helping these sweet dogs. Outstanding non-profit--they use their funds exceptionally well!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member since the Oasis first began in the 1990's and I am both amazed and deeply moved by their love and commitment to the birds there. Some of the birds are well enough to go into their appropriate aviary after a quarantine period. But some of these dear bird souls arrive in an unbelievably painful condition. There seems sadly to be no limit to what some humans are willing to inflict on these intelligent and sensitive souls. There is a Foster mom named Ruth Ann that takes these battered souls and breathes life, love and happiness back into their lives. The Oasis spends a fortune on medical bills. And Ruth Ann spends a fortune from her generous heart to give them 24/7 love and attention. I have been lucky enough to hear some of their stories which have been painful in a way and yet uplifting in another. Through the Oasis I have seen the highest and best that people have to offer. I ask anyone who reads this to please consider giving whatever you are able to help. No donation is too small. They are grateful for everything. Thank you. Barbara Greenman , Chicago, IL.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting the Oasis for ten years. I have watched it grow (albeit, from afar) as a safe refuge for homeless parrots from its initial 300 birds to the current 750. I visited the Oasis and met Sybil Erden. She is a tireless champion and a voice for those who cannot speak (excuse the unintentional joke). Sybil is truly an extraordinary human being, a phenomenal woman, as I like to call her.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of the Oasis Sanctuary for many years. They do a wonderful job of taking care of the birds and giving them a full life. I have been down to visit several times and see how my donations are being used. If you love birds, you should support them. They deserve it!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Oasis Sanctuary is one of the best run non-profits that I have been involved with. Their facilities, logistics, and volunteer programs are exceptional. I have had parrots for over 25 years, and I have not found a rescue site as unique as the Oasis. On business travel to Tucson, I made it a point to swing by the Oasis in Benson. They were very accommodating, and gave me a personal tour. I was amazed at the amount of birds they were caring for, and it just reinforced my belief that my money is going to the right place. I care very deeply about these wonderful creatures, and it is heartwarming that there is a place that truly cares for these creatures for the remainder of their lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am pleased to share my heartfelt gratitude and admiration to the staff of the Oasis Sanctuary for all the hard work, and love provided to the most incredible creatures in the world...the parrots of the Oasis. I have been a strong supporter of the Oasis for years, and recently had the pleasure of a visit. The staff took time out to walk me through every aviary, where I got "up close and personal" with so many wonderful birds, along with the stories of how they came to the Oasis. Some stories were heart wrenching; some amazing, but all the stories painted a picture of how desperately this facility is needed. The Oasis is my only charity, and will continue to be for as long as there are parrots who need love and care.

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Donor

Rating: 5

There are so many parrots that are abandoned or need a home for many other reasons. The Oasis has been there for these birds no matter what their personality or condition. The care for sick birds, handicapped birds and those too noisy for their owners. Rain or shine, they are always there. I admire their efforts to give a good life to these bright animals. They are sorely needed.

If my birds outlive me, I hope they can go there to live out their lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wo many people buy parrots not knowing about their habits or how long they live. When they are noisy or messy, the owners want to get rid of them. They also have them for years and when the people are too old or incapacitated to care for them the Oasis is there to help. Some have put them in basements and closets or abused the birds. since the education isn't there at the pet shops etc. what is to happen to these intelligent creatures. I am so proud of the Oasis for continuing to grow and help these birds. I hope to send my birds there when I am too old to care for them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We love parrots and were excited to find a parrot sanctuary in our own state of Arizona. We visited Oasis in the east Tucson area one Saturday. They take homeless or poorly cared for birds and place them in a safe clean permanent home. They keep bird buddies together and they do their best to insure the happiest possible life for each parrot. Even grumpy unsocial birds get large single cages with birds nearby incase they change their minds. They have large uncrowded aviarys for each different species. Food bowls and cages are cleaned each morning by a very cheerful group of hardworking volunteers. We loved those goodhearted people and enjoyed seeing these intelligent birds getting the great care they deserve.
I would love to see this group have enough budget to staff well and there may be a need for better cooling systems for birds in summer months. We intend to continue to donate and our goal is to join the volunteer staff. Let's keep this wonderful organization going. Rose Shoppach