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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

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

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

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

May 31, 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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

May 31, 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

May 30, 2010

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May 30, 2010

We have worked with Sue at Lily for approximately one year, trying to find the right person to give our Suzie a very loving home, which we have had Suzie for 15 years. Sue was so patient with us, and so caring. Sue could see that we were so picky and very concern who would be the right person. She did it. We are very comforable with Suzie new home, and family. Great job Sue! Thank you so much. Robbi and Rickey Gelb

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

May 2010. Fabulous Job they did.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 30, 2010

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May 30, 2010

Last summer my boyfriend had the great idea of taking my parrot outside while I was at work. Her wings had not been clipped and she got scared and flew away. For 3 days we could hear her but not see her in the tress. Then she disappeared. I contacted The Lily Sancutuary for any assistance they could give me. They were wonderful, they gave me great tips on who else to contact and how we could entice her. Ultimately another volunteer found her and brought her back to me. This group has been a life saver in so many ways.

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

They were instrumental in helping save my birds life

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 30, 2010

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May 30, 2010

Last summer my 11-year-old boy was about to turn 12 in August. He loves all types of birds and desperately wanted a parrot for his 12th birthday. So, last June we began the process of visiting local bird shops and shopping on-line. I quickly realized we could not afford such an exotic and expensive birthday present! That's when we found the Lily Sanctuary and realized there were so many birds already looking for new homes! We visited several times before deciding on Zeke - a little Hahn's Macaw with more personality than you can imagine! Sue Bendheim walked us through the entire adoption process. She was so wonderful and kind, and really loves these birds. You can tell, without a doubt, these birds are her life and passion. We've had Zeke (Or "Zekie bird!" as he calls himself) for almost a year now and he is part of the family. We couldn't be happier. What a wonderful place the Lily Sanctuary is!! Not only do they provide a safe haven for all the beautiful birds that they house, but they offer families a way to experience these beautiful birds without taking a 2nd on their home!

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

The wonderful adoption process I experienced with our Hahn's Macaw.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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