Oasis Sanctuary Foundation, Ltd.

Rating: 4.98 stars   184 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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1 person found this review helpful

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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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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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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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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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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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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2012

 
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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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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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This sanctuary provides shelter for many unwanted birds. Every day people buy parrots thinking they are beautiful and interesting. Every day people find out that they are noisy, wild, messy and take lots of care. People discard these bright beautiful animals anyway they can. They put them in closets, let them fly, give them to anyone who will take them and just let them die. This is a crime. The Oasis provides love and sanctuary for them. I have three parrots and when I die, I want to know that they will live out their lives in a place like this. They are angels.

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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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It is so nice to know that there is a place that takes care of birds since they have such a long life if they are well cared for that they often outive their owners or live longer than a caretaker can care for them. I like knowing there is somewhere that will take our "girls" if and when we can no longer care for them or both pass away.

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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

 
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I live in Texas and have never been able to visit the Oasis, but I did a lot of research. I have been burned before in trusting parrot sanctuaries, only to be disappointed; in one case, shockingly so. But the Oasis is top-notch in every way. My wife and I are owned by a flock of 13 rescue birds, from a budgie up to two cockatoos. Some have physical disabilities, others were severely abused before they came here. So we know how much work, love, patience and dedication it takes to care for and win the trust of these sensitive, beautiful and scary-intelligent creatures. That the Oasis does so for over 700 of them is something of a miracle. I am far from rich, but I support them financially in any way I can, and I hope you will, too.

 
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My husband and I have donated to the Oasis Sanctuary for many years, but when I lost my job four years ago we decided to take a close look at the charities we had been supporting. So before deciding to continue supporting the Oasis, we did two things: (1) we got a copy of their Form 990 (available on the Oasis website) and compared their data with the recommendations on Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org) and (2) we decided to visit the Oasis, even though we live in the Midwest. Charity Navigator doesn't have the personnel to investigate every charity (including the Oasis), but the Charity Navigator recommendations are very specific, and we were pleased to see that the Oasis financials conformed to the Charity Navigator recommendations. Also, we were impressed when we visited the Oasis. In the past 20 years we've owned six little parrots, so we know how to assess the happiness and condition of other parrots -- and we were happy to see that the Oasis parrots seemed happy and well cared for. The staff and volunteers seem very committed. We're also impressed that they're thinking not only of the day-to-day care of the birds but are also looking ahead, trying to anticipate what the future holds in terms of the number of birds they'll be asked to care for in the years to come and the financial resources that will be necessary to meet those needs. We decided that the Oasis deserves our continued financial support and we urge others to support this very efficient, worthwhile, compassionate organization.

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