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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

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Oasis Sanctuary provides lifetime care for 700 plus parrots that are have lost their owners, been abused, and lost their homes because of this weakened economy. The staff at the Oasis Sanctuary work 365 days a year in the rain, heat, cold and elements. It's their passion and determination that has made them a bright spot in the world of avian rescue. They work around the nation to promote well being, education, and a soft place to land for parrots that have run out of options. If your a parrot, have run out of options, and are in need of compassion and understanding, the Oasis is the place to land, even if your wings no longer work.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

There are very few places that rescue these beautiful and highly intelligent birds, providing lifetime care for not only their physical needs but also their emotional needs. Despite the many birds under their care, they know each by name and their personal preferences. When one eventually passes on they grieve not only for the bird but with the bird's mate and friends. (Yes, these intelligent creatures do grieve). I wish there could be more places as well run as the Oasis. They have always been quick to return calls and acknowledge even small contributions. MaryAnn S.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Do you love animals? Imagine that you are older or ill and that your companion animal will live another 20-50 years. What would you do? If no friends or family want to care for the pet, chances are he will end up euthanzied or neglected in a shelter or shuffled from home to home. Sadly, many parrot owners face this fate. That's why it is crucial that we have places like The Oasis. "Orphaned", abused, neglected and abandoned parrots have the chance to feel what it is like to strech their wings and fly, live in a flock, and eat a wide variety of exotic fruits. Elderly parrot owners can rest assured that they have a home for their beloved companion after they pass. This place is tight on funds, with alomst 1,000 exotic birds needing a constant supply of food, toys, and water. Factor in paying employees, fundraising, construction, water, electricity... no wonder they run on a shoestring! Please donate!

1 Saren S.

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization. It is well run with taking care of abused and abandoned parrots as their main goal.one of the few sanctuaries for parrots in the nation.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

When I became a parrot owner, I learned that many parrots outlive their owners or suffer neglect and begin mutilating themselves out of boredom and depression. The Oasis takes in these birds and gives them someplace to live out their days and heal in the presence of others of their species with the help of their human caretakers. By helping these intelligent birds, the Oasis Sanctuary does a great service that otherwise would not be done on such a scale.

Donor

Rating: 5

A few years ago I found myself retired after working and devoting 28 years of my life to our local animal shelter. So many dogs and cats without homes . During those years I tried to save all I could and it included 2 parrots. After the first couple months I fell in love with my blue fronted amazon. I never knew how much love they can give back! When I learned parrots have the same unfortunate demise that dogs and cats have. Indiscriminate breeding, parrot mills, and uninformed ownership I knew these unwanted, over bred, and wild caught parrots need a "shelter" to go to. They needed a place where they would receive the love they so deserved. My Internet search brought me to the Oasis. I read everything I could about Sybil and the parrots. She had only 200 parrots back then. Although I have never been there nor have I met Sybil or any of her staff I feel at home. I would want all parrots to go to a place like my shelter was. Somewhere the parrots get the love and hang out with their own kind. And partner up for the many years they will live. I can't imagine anyone knowing how truly you love the animals you are saving unless you've worked at a shelter. The Oasis has grown in the years I have been donating. I wish I was fortunate enough to have lots of money to help them continue their growth but I am on disability and it limits me but every dollar does count! I will never know what it would be like to hang out with 600 parrots but I think about it with a smile on my face. Thank you Oasis for the love you give to the birds. They need a voice too!

Sandy39

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm 70 years old, and I have 6 parrots, most for more than 20 years. Parrots, unlike dogs and cats, live as long as people. My African Greys and Amazon are sure to outlive me, barring accidents, even if I live into my nineties, like my mom. You can't exactly will your parrots to your younger relatives and best friends -- I am trying to imagine any of them opening a box with a parrot in it and instructions for care! So part of my estate planning is to arrange for the care of these fine, innocent companions. The Oasis Sanctuary cares for birds throughout their lives. Many of them do not come with funds sufficient to support them, but no bird is turned away. The selfless dedication of the staff keeps these birds happy and healthy. I support their efforts, and I hope many others will also. There are hundreds of dog and cat organizations out there, but Oasis Sanctuary is unique.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have a friend who owns a very funny and clever African gray parrot. The friend is 65 (her husband is 75) and the parrot is about 15. Parrots can live to be between 40 and 70 years themselves . . . what will happen to him when his owners are both gone? This is why the Oasis Sanctuary is such a wonderful and amazing place. I began to donate several years ago but last year, on a trip to Arizona, I visited the Oasis and was even more impressed by what they have accomplished with very little money and the dedicated work of volunteers. I wrote to AIP (the American Institute of Philanthropy) and suggested they include the Oasis in their rating system, and they wrote me back that the outfit was too small to qualify! And that's when I realized that perhaps the money I send to big 'animal' charities such as WWF or the Humane Society might be better sent to small places like the Oasis, which has a great and immediate use for funds. And, no, they don't dun people three or four times a year, send unwanted address labels, or spend much money fund-raising. This is a bootstrap organization devoted to saving and caring for pet birds.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had a double yellow head Amazon parrot for 35 years. When my Asthma got worse the Pulmonologist said I need to find a home for my parrot. I was heartbroken as I had this parrot for such a long time. I searched everywhere and found the OASIS SANCTUARY in Arizona.It's a wonderful place. The birds are well taken care of. They have large flight cages, some the size of my house. They group the species together. My parrot found a girlfriend and is leading a "birdy" life...Sigrit...

Donor

Rating: 5

There is a huge population across the nation of birds that have been neglected and abandoned or were used as breeders and abandoned and in poor shape which no one would want as a pet. Many of these medium and larger birds have many decades left to live. Every town has some place for abandoned cats and dogs. There is almost nothing nationwide done for these birds. The Oasis Sanctuary does it in great fashion. Takes them in, commits to care for their decades to come. Provides huge, barn sized, mesh walled aviaries for them to fly in and socialize. Careful attention to any veterinary needs. Daily hand prepared food. For many of these birds it is like going from hell to heaven.