November 4, 2012
When my Goffins Cockatoo started mutilating himself I was crushed by the emotional stress. The vets from my local avian vet to the AMC (Animal Medial Ctr.) in NYC told me to put him down. He was less than 2 years old! How could anyone say that about a baby bird? I made an emotional plea to every bird group and forum for help as I had spent upwards of $2500 for unsuccessful medical care for the bird. I was emotionally and monetarily drained! One day, out of the blue, I got an email from The Oasis Sanctuary telling me to call the founder Sybil Erden. I called and we discussed my situation. She said she would take him after some necessary blood work to protect her flock and that I bring him there myself. I flew by plane with my Goffins to Tucson, rented a car and drove to Benson Arizona! Another 45 minutes drive through the Arizona desert roads to Cascabel where the Oasis Sanctuary is appropriately located. I spent 3 days there in a small cabin where they gladly put me up. I saw a small group of dedicated avian caretakers that were committed to feeding, watering and loving the birds in residence. I saw amazing human sacrifice just to care for emergency situations where they had to bring an injured bird to their vet in Tucson and sometimes Phoenix! I have just returned from The Oasis Sanctary and my bird, Goofy LaRue, has long lost his Elizabethan tube collar and is now just another feather plucker. He always recognizes me and flies to my shoulder & dances wildly to show his happiness! Talking up a storm and mumbling sweet nothings in my ears! Tears always come to my eyes when I visit. I see some birds that I thought would never get better but one bird in particular, a pink Mulucan Cockatoo wearing a tube collar and sweater, was so improved on this trip that I am convinced that the Oasis is the best Avian Rescue Sanctuary because their wonderful staff has their hearts invested in each and every bird, now 700+! It shows as some birds recover from horrendous abuse and neglect. Of course not every bird makes a full recovery and some remain totally plucked and affected! They appear happy when the staff feeds them and every one has their favorites! I've seen all this with my own eyes and would tell anyone with a problem bird or caretaker situation to give them a call for advice and possibly placement. I am forever grateful to the Oasis Sanctuary for their help in my situation and the fact I can visit Goofy whenever I want usually. Just calling a month or two ahead to make sure they are free to accommodate my birdie visit. I vote them number 1!
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