Oasis Sanctuary Foundation, Ltd.
November 4, 2012
The Oasis is the ONLY life care facility for parrots in the U.S.. They have been expanding over the years, in hope to provide a place for birds left behind as we "baby boomers" age and pass on. I have read that parrots are the third most popular pet in American homes (one estimate I read was approximately 1.7 million). Many species are very long lived, 50 to 80 years or more, so many will outlive their secure homes with loving caregivers. Re-homing a parrot can be very difficult as these sentient beings are bonded to their caregivers and the birds, indeed, experience grief upon losing them and their homes. Parrots are difficult to care for and messy, most families have no one willing to make the lifetime commitment to the challenge of keeping a parrot healthy and happy so, often, a bird can become repeatedly re-homed which is devastating to their mental health. That is why The Oasis does NOT adopt out any of their charges. Their residents live out their lives with others of their own kind. I wouldn't want anything less for my beloved bird. Maintaining this sanctuary is NOT enough, IT MUST GROW!!! Otherwise we may wind up with so many homeless birds that these long-lived, sentient creatures will suffer the fate of our surplus dogs and cats. Personally, I have prepared a trust that provides for my Grey Parrot to go to The Oasis and to support her long after I'm gone. Visit their website and/or make an appointment to visit the facility in Arizona to see the INCREDIBLE job they are doing and the sacrifices that many of the caregivers there make to care for approximately 700 birds (currently). I appeal to all nature and animal lovers to help! I am a small donor, though disabled and unemployed, and have also sent supplies like towels for the handicapped birds and selections of fresh nuts (see their "wishlist") but I know that every little bit helps. Every dollar supports the work ON SITE! Sponsor a bird! Use the shopping links on The Oasis' website, they will get a small percentage of what you spend. There are so many ways to help! Great people. Great Facility. Great Cause! Carolyn Washko, Pennsylvania
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