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July 13, 2012
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July 13, 2012
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A couple of years ago I lost my first bird a Moulaccan after a terrible accident. She was an amazing companion in every way. To honor her I wanted to rescue a Moulaccan in need. I saw him on petfinder dot com and sent an email off. When I arrived at the sanctuary there were a bazillion (not really) bird lovers flitting about caring for all the birds. They took me first on a tour of the birds but I kept turning my head noticing this one Moulaccan that kept watching me as I walked about teh sanctuary. Eventually they took me to the location where the bird I came to see was housed and not surprisingly it was theone that had been watching me. I still needed to do two more visits and a home visit so I left that day and I will never forget the disappointed look on that bird's face! It was like watching a movie of an orphanage where the kids were well loved but there was one child that kept getting overlooked and desperately wanted a mom of his own. It has now been almost two years since he came home with me and not a day goes by that he doesn't make me laugh or that he doesn't say at least once "I love you mom". I am so grateful for all the care and compassion that he was shown at the sanctuary while he waited for me to find him! I highly recommend supporting this organization!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 4, 2010

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June 4, 2010

In 2007 I moved to Orange County from LA County. When I lived in LA I had worked part time at a Bird store helping out where I could. I wanted to continue working with Parrots and found the Lily Sanctuary through volunteerMatch.com. I have to say, that it was a perfect match for me. I was contacted right away, and immediately invited to come in to meet the founders and the birds. I knew right away that I wanted to volunteer as much time as I could to the Lily Sanctuary. Just walking through I could feel the love and dedication that the Lily Sanctuary Staff provided for each bird. I was hooked! I have been volunteering for 3 years now, and can not imagine my life without the Lily Sanctuary. They truly are an amazing bunch of individuals who give from their hearts so that no bird suffers. My only wish is that I could do more for the Sanctuary.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

viewing the daily care and maintenance of the parrots.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being able to care for all the various types of parrots, and becoming part of the Lily Sanctuary family.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AMAZING! The people who volunteer for the Lily Sanctuary are loving and caring individuals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand and take care of more birds in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 4, 2010

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June 4, 2010

I searched hi and low to find the perfect Parrots for my home. My first adoption was Clyde Blue front Parrott. My Second was Bogie a Dbl Yellow Parrott. I had an African Grey and wanted to expand my family. The staff and volunteers were wonderful. I work alot and they let me visit late hours. The sanctuary is emaculante and all the birds are loved and well taken care of. They also did home inspections to make sure the parrotts would have a good living enviroment. As a bird lover it is as important to them the care and safety of the parrotts as it is to you. I would recommend Lily sanctuary to any one who is serious about adopting as I was.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the adoption of my two family members Clyde and Bogie.

Ways to make it better...

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

volunteer if I had time.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

my new family members.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

greatly improve the life of more birds.

Ways to make it better...

I could afford to adopt more

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

need more volunteers

One thing I'd also say is that...

the experience was wonderful

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

I rescued a young cockateel from crows. Whilst I was trying to find it's owners I borrowed a cage and kept it in my livingroom. Every time it screeched my bunny, Charlie, would run & hide under the bed so I knew I had to find a safe place for the bird and keep my bunny happy. I found a flyer for The lily Sanctuary at my vets office. The Lily Sanctuary accepted the bird right away, even though they had a house full! I was so impressed with the indoor/outdoor housing, cleanliness and love and attention that was given to each and everyone of those birds, of all shapes and sizes. I imediately offered to help with the 4 bunnies that they had also taken in. That was the beginning of my 3 years with a wonderful group of people and their charges. They strive to find the best home for birds that can be odopted and the permanent residents already have the best home possible. The education and support they provide is outstanding. The little bird I rescued belonged to a family that saw my posters, they went to the Sanctuary and received lots of information on how to feed and keep their bird safe from then on.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Traumatized birds are rehabilitated and settle into the flock. It is amazing to see birds of many breads all living happily together. They have the strongest personalities and quirks that are understood by most of the volunteers.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Getting to know birds. I have not been around captive birds before.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, friendly & helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Purchase a location that would have indoor/outdoor aviaries that would save time taking birds in and out every day enabeling volunteers to spend more time socializing with their charges. Make cleaning quicker & easier. Have an Education Center.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

When I lost my Macaw to Kidney disease, I called the sanctuary looking to adopt a companion parrot that needed a home rather than purchase one from a pet store. There are so many Parrots that need homes, I just wnated to help. And I wanted a Macaw. I got a call back right away. I was introduced to a few possibilities, to date I have made a decision and am waiting to get my new baby.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

not yet completely , so far so good.

Ways to make it better...

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

have a larger facility and have more fundraisers

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the adoption coordinator is fantastic

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very caring and devoted to the birds

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a great facility and hire more staff to work with the birds

Ways to make it better...

the adoption process wne t a little faster

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

good diets, very clean, and very necessary as a service. Need more one on one attention to the birds.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

The parrots at the Lily Sanctuary are lucky indeed. They are handled with care, love, dedication and respect, no matter what baggage they bring with them. In addition to volunteering at the Sanctuary, I am now fostering my first precious rescue bird. It is one of the best jobs I have ever had.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have watched frightened, ill and sad birds become healthy and happy. I have seen volunteers go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that the parrots are cared for and loved.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

When I was thinking about adopting another parrot, I contacted Sue Bendheim at this organization. Sue talked to me at length on the phone about what kind of parrot I might be interested in and what my home situation was like. After this initial contact, Sue and another member of the organization set up a home visit and came by to see whether my family and I could provide a good forever home for a parrot. After this, Sue and I had several conversations again about what birds they had available for adoption. Finally, I made up my mind when Sue told me about a White-Capped Pionus that needed to be rehomed. Sue then met me at the parrot's owners home, helped facilitate the first meeting and had both sides of this adoption sign the necessary papers. In a little more than an hour, my daughter and I were happily driving home with "Wallace," the newest member of our flock.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

How thorough and knowledgeable they were in the parrot adoption process, from start to finish. They gave me lots of info, checked up on us afterwards, and made us feel glad we'd adopted a parrot instead of purchasing a new one.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their friendliness, knowledge about parrots and willingness to go the extra mile to get the adoption process completed.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Exceptionally dedicated, pleasant and educated in the area of parrot rescue.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy a big parcel of land and build a beautiful avian sanctuary to house the many parrots that are being deserted every week and deserve a humane place to live.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

When I was debating about getting a Cockatoo as a pet, the Sanctuary first had me visit and meet all of their birds. They were realistic in pointing out I probably should not start out with one of the huge Cockatoos I had dreamed of having. They educated me about the time and responsibilities involved with having parrots and cockatoos as pets. They also took the time to learn about my family and its structure and habits, so they could try and match us up with the birds that would be a good match for us. The Lily Sanctuary definitely knows what they are doing because they managed to connect us with a bird that has blended into our family perfectly. Our Lesser Crested Sulphur Cockatoo was known to be more inclined to being with male handlers, but she easily balanced between lovingly interacting with me, a female, and also lovingly interacting with my 9 year old son and all his friends. Our bird adopted from the Sanctuary is such a great match, she became the team mascot for my son's soccer team and all the boys would give her a gentle rub on the head before the start of their games. This team ended up being the Champions for their age division, and when trophies were handed out the Coach insisted our bird from the Lily Sanctuary be with the team for all the victory photos. Our Lily rescue was thought of as the team's good luck charm. My son and I think of the Lily Sanctuary as a bigger luck charm for birds, especially those in need of new homes or permanent fostering.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Ven and Dan are always willing to answer a call when I have a question or concern about the wonderful bird we adopted. I've seen how much they love and care for all the birds at the Sanctuary and how they continue to support the ones they have placed.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

I became involved with The Lily Sanctuary after a friend donated a bird she could no longer care for. After witnessing the personal care and devotion provided to these discarded birds, I wanted to help by donating cash for expenses including medical care and by supporting fundraisers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my friend's bird being personally cared for and a loving home found for the bird.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

Not only does the Lily Sanctuary provide the very best of care to parrots in need -- they have also helped me in my time of need offering advice and assistance when I needed them!! They also ran to help when I heard of an escaped parrot who had been lost in the asphalt jungle for several days. With their expertise and through the mud, rain, and flooding, were able to rescue him. BRAVO LILY SANCTUARY...what a wonderful place you are!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the results!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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