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May 31, 2010

The results of Lily Sanctuary's dedication to educating people and performing the complex tasks of rehabilitating, placing and keeping abandonded birds are evident in results. At Lily Sanctuary, both people and parrots here are learners. The dedication to continued learning is key to this organization's growth, and if they had more funds, they could help more people and more parrots. My experience with the Lily Sanctuary would be much better if I didn't know how many other parrots need such care, and how desperately few qualified dedicated people exist for this purpose.

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

Seeing homeless birds receive excellent care and compassion.

Ways to make it better...

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

Strengthen its facility and outreach.

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

knowing that parrots' and peoples' lives are changed for the better because of the Lily Sanctuary.

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

of the highest caliber.

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

provide re-home and re-hab realities for more parrots as it properly educates human communities.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't know how many other homeless parrots need such care.

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

human-centric concerns that can take time away from parrots and educational efforts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 31, 2010

I admire the work of all of these people working at the santuary. I was able to see that their dedication is pure from their heart and their love to help these animals is inspirational and unconditional. They really go the extra mile for each of them. "We really need people like them in this world" they don't only save animals in need, but make the world a better place" Thank You for your love and dedication! -e

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My experience with the sanctuary is always pleasent. The people working there is always willing to help the animals as well as the owners/people/customers, I count on thier true spirit and unconditional love mainly for the animals in need.

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

We all know there will be more birds in need, and to know that a Sanctuary can have a place/ opening or the means to help them brings confort to my heart.

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

I can count on the people to help me with any questions/doudts and even with my birds. I love their dedication!

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

friendly, nice, knowledgable, lovable, and most of all, they seemed to have one goal "to help"

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

do so much, help so many, do so GOOD, it would help the world became a better place. It would bring HOPE to many...

Ways to make it better...

I know they have less stress and worries about them being able to help others birds in need if only they have the posibilities to do it. They really do an exellent job.

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

money, capital. They have the people, they have the heart, they have the passion, but they need help and support, I seen them help many birds/owners, I wish they are able to keep do it for a long time, I really do!

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

I admire these people, I am glad I can help in any way, I believe in miracles and they sure make miracles happen. Thank you to any one who can help them! Thank you a million!!!!!

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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May 31, 2010

I contacted the Lily Sanctuary a long time ago because I wanted to adopt a companion bird for my Illie. The people there are really friendly and dedicated. They take very good care of the birds people have given up on. my overall experience was great, although I didnt find the right bird for my Naomie.

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

Trying to adopt.

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

Very friendly and dedicated

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

Friendly and dedicated

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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May 31, 2010

The Lily Sanctuary truly cares for these birds. All sizes and temperments, they find them all to be precious. Each is loved and cared for (I was afraid of some of them-- the big ones especially) but they loved and handled them all carefully and respectfully. They know each bird's temperment and cater to it. One of the big Cockatoos does not want to be picked up so he follows a towel out to his outdoor cage each afternoon for "sunning and fresh air". They work hard all day long each and every day. I so respect this organization.

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

My own life. I wanted to "get" a Parrot after babysitting my friend's Parrot. My husband made me volunteer first so that I would understand what I was really doing. He found the Lily Sanctuary and sent me there. I realized that I was not going to "get" a

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

make it larger. They truly care for these precious creatures.

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

The love and respect shown to each of these precious creatures

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

Caring and dedicated

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

multiply the difference it is making.

Ways to make it better...

I wasn't such a "chicken". But I am a newbie with birds and didn't "get it" then.

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

The economy- they operate on a shoestring and could use more income.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 31, 2010

I adopted an umbrella cockatoo 6 1/2 years ago, without knowing what I was getting into. He was a beautiful 3 month old baby who had been injured by the pet store that was hand feeding him-they burned a hole through his crop with food that was overheated. As he was recovering, he & I bonded & I made arrangements to buy him. I already had a 20 year old blue & gold macaw who I had adopted about 3 years before & that was going well, so I did not think this cuddly cockatoo would be any different. About a year ago, I found out how difficult a hormonal male cockatoo could be. As he matured, he became difficult & unpredictable. One attack sent me to the emergency room. We got past that & I tried to cautiously keep the bond. Unfortunately, this past February he got me again. My thumb is almost healed (3 1/2 months later), but after that attack I realized that I was now afraid of my bird. I tried to overcome it, I have had many pets of various species, most rescues, & I have dealt with a lot of problem behaviors. But after about a month, I still couldn't bring myself to touch him. I realized that I was afraid of him & I was pretty sure that this time I wasn't going to be able to overcome it. He can be such a good bird & I felt he deserved a home with someone who had more time to spend with him & who knew how to handle a difficult bird. I wanted him to have a happy home with someone who wasn't afraid of him. That's when I started looking into adoption agencies. I spoke with many people & looked up options online. The Lily Sanctuary came highly recommended. I was very comforted by the lengthy in-depth adoption process & the obvious love for birds. When I sent in an email explaining my situation, Sue (their adoption coordinator) responded quickly & compassionately. She understood how difficult this decision was & she was very helpful. She explained the process & assured me that my bird would only be placed with someone who could handle him & who would know his past history. She let me know that not only would the adopter have to love my bird, my bird would also have to choose the person. She made the process bearable and I believe that "Riesling" is now fortunate to be starting a new happier life. I miss him & I'll always love him, but I don't think that I could have given him the life he deserves. I don't know what "Riesling" & I would have done without the Lily Sanctuary. I was afraid to touch him & I'm sure he was unhappy with the lack of attention. He's been gone for about 2 months now & I still cringe when I look at my injured thumb. I know that I would still be unable to hold him, so I am glad that he has a new home, where he will be cuddled & loved. I am so glad that a place like the Lily Sanctuary exists...a place where people who truly love birds & understand birds help them find forever homes.

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

relinquishing a bird to be adopted by someone highly qualified to care for him.

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

the helpful & caring people who work with the organization, especially Sue.

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

compassionate & knowledgeable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 31, 2010

Really dedicated and commited people doing very important work on behalf of parrots - the oft-forgotten third most popular pet in this country...and all too often in need of good homes due to their long lives and wild characteristics.

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

with my own work

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 31, 2010

The Lily Sanctuary is like no other. Dan and Venette are so dedicated to the parrots it is their whole life. I have seen many parrots come in that had major issues and with all the love and care they receive they help turn them around so that they can be adopted out to forever loving homes. I have a few parrots from their that I took home to foster and they are here to stay!

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

I have seen birds come in there that the owners thought were hopeless and Venette and Dan have turned them around to be loving companions

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

Provide them with more money. If I ever win the Lotto I will donate at least a million dollars to the sanctuary it is so much needed!

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

all the people I have met, bird people are the best very caring and loving!

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

very caring and loving!

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

have a bigger facility for the birds and be able to take in alot more unwanted parrots!

Ways to make it better...

I had alot of money to donate to them

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

lack of funds and space!

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

The Lily Sanctuary deserves the best of everything for all that they do!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 31, 2010

I used to volunteer at the Lily Sanctuary since I met them until I moved out of state...in the process I fell in love with many birdies there and adopted a handfull...everybody involved puts so much energy and love in caring for these poor little creatures that it is sincerely inspiring...Venete's leadership, dedication and passion are truly moving

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

learning more about how to care for parrots

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

the love between parrots and parrots and between parrots and people

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

exceptional

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

help so much more...it could help many more parrots and also educate far more people for the benefit of parrots and people

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 31, 2010

I have been a volunteer at the Lily Sanctuary for almost a year now and what I have seen keeps me going as often as I can. The care and love that goes to these parrots is amazing. Some of these parrots have life long medical problems or have been abandoned by their owners or just given up for a variety of reasons. At the sanctuary they are well cared for and must live in the cleanest cages on the west coast! They are loved, respected, and treated like family members. Volunteering at the lily sanctuary has taught me many things, but the most important is the respect I have for the people who own and operate it. What they are doing for these parrots is fantastic!!

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

my every day living.

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

the hands on work with the parrots in species I don't have myself. I love getting to know them and give them some attention when they want to take it. They are such smart critters!

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

The staff and volunteers are all wonderful and love parrots so we're all there to do the best we can for the parrots and sanctuary needs

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

do so much more! it would provide a bigger place for us to take in more parrots who need homes and proper care. It would provide the best of the best in avian care for those individuals who need life time medical care.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 31, 2010

What would the birds / parrots do w/o Lily Sanctuary ? :( It is their haven :) We all love helping our feathered friends who cannot help themselves. Lily Sanctuary spends large amounts of $$$ it does not have & is a non- profit organization. Thank God for the founders of Lily Sanctuary who have given so much & of themselves so generously.

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

Seeing how the birds become rehabilated / helped & placed out to loving homes. They need it ! You could not ask for more then that ! It benefits all involved. :)

Ways to make it better...

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

Pump more much needed money into it. If there were $ to pay a few people to help this wonderful organization, it could only benefit everyone involved. Mostly the birds. Please help.

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

seeing how all can benefit & the birds being placed in new, stable, happy homes.

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

very caring & helpful, giving of their time.

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

do soooo Much !!! : )

Ways to make it better...

there was some permanent/paid help to help out the owners.

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

Need more $$$$$$$

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

this is such a worthwhile & under served organizion. Much needed !

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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