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Birds Of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue Inc

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Causes: Animals, Bird Sanctuaries

Mission: Birds of Paradise Sanctuary and Rescue is a safe haven for abused or unwanted exotic birds, regardless of species, age, special needs or behavior issues. We do not buy, sell, or breed birds nor will we adopt to anyone who does. The birds placed within our care will receive the proper medical care and behavioral evaluations on a regular basis. They will live in aviaries where they can fly free, with natural vegetation, fresh air and sunshine. They will live as close to free as possible while in captivity and still enjoy the daily interaction of only the most loving caregivers.  Birds of Paradise Sanctuary and Rescue will work with these birds to provide rehabilitation for those that have suffered due to neglect and abuse. We will teach them trust of humans once again, through our gentle process of daily interactions and by providing them with loving communication and positive reinforcement. Birds of Paradise Sanctuary and Rescue will help to coordinate and network with other parrot rescues and sanctuaries throughout the U.S., and to help place birds who are in need of a safe haven. The overpopulation crisis is growing and rescues facilities in every state have to turn away birds daily or take in more than they can adequately care for. We will promote teamwork for those who cannot speak for themselves. Birds of Paradise Sanctuary will also provide educational resources and professional advice for all those wishing to learn the proper care of exotic birds. We hope to help dispel the myths that have been spread by the pet trade industry that has led to the suffering and over population of these magnificently intelligent creatures.

Target demographics: The homelessness and rescue of parrots

Geographic areas served: Bradenton, Florida and state and nationwide assistance with parrots

Programs: Forever sanctuary, adoption, volunteer opportunities, educational venues and Avian Therapy

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

britone

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

During a difficult time in life, I once more had to move my birds. I couldn’t find anyone to help with the physical move. The people that had my birds were closing down, & had absolutely no interest. There were storms brewing, literally. Debbie realized this from facebook postings & reached out to me. She helped tremendously by organizing my birds, & moving them safely to her sanctuary. This was no small undertaking. I live out of state & relied heavily on Debbie to get my birds to safety. She was & always will be a God send, to the birds first & foremost, but also to the people that love their birds, & sometimes when they are down, she’s there to help pick up the pieces & get their beloved birds to sanctuary.

Christine Marie R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feed the birds 1 day about every other week but will make it weekly when I retire. These birds were once loving pets that people had to surrender for one reason or another. They are well taken care of, the birds that were tamed are rehomed in the adoption center and the others have a permanent home in the sanctuary. They are so interesting once you get to know the individual birds. Helping this sanctuary brings me great personal joy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Zazu has been with Birds of Paradise for 7 years now. Debbie has been taking of her and loving her unconditionally. We are very happy to have her at Birds of Paradise!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been volunteering here for 4 years. The love and care the birds receive is exemplary. Some of the birds are from horrible situations and we have been privileged to watch them overcome that and become part of a flock. They have a real life now. Our fellow volunteers are a group of amazing people who truly love what they are doing. Debbie is a warm, caring person who helps every bird she can. She is incredibly knowledgeable and we learn new things about the birds every time we come out

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 4 years. I love it every time I go out. The joy that these lost souls have found it contagious. The birds are so happy to live amongst their own kid and be as free as possible, but still be safe.
Many of the birds enjoy engaging with you during feeding time or if you bring snacks.
The birds are all loved and vet checked.
Debbie Huckaby is one of the most amazing women I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Her knowledge is extensive and she cares for each and every souls in the rescue.

Donor

Rating: 4

Bird Of Paradise (BOPs, for short) is a sanctuary for birds. This non-profit is mainly a safe place for birds who no longer have a home, are no longer wanted by their owners or have been neglected or abused. The outdoor aviaries are large and well tended and house birds that really just want to be birds; they fly, preen and live in peace in a safe space. There are, of course, those birds that are human friendly and want to be with their person and the Executive Director, Debbie Huckaby, facilitates adoptions for those birds. All in all, there are many birds that have a place to just be birds here and that is a very uplifting message to those who support bird conservation and rescue.

Ann Balzell R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BOPS is wonderful! Debbie will take in any homeless bird and try to get them placed or provide a good home. She works tirelessly for these beautiful creatures and I’m so thankful. I had the privilege to be a volunteer at BOPS for almost a year and I still would be if I hadn’t moved away.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Debbie and the BOPS team does a fantastic job in rescuing and rehabilitating injured birds. The organization, under her leadership, has great passion and makes an incredible contribution to our wildlife, the environment and our community.

Kathryn Dzyak U.

Donor

Rating: 5

A few years ago I had some cages and bird stuff: cups toys etc to donate and I drove to BOPS to deliver them. I got a nice tour of the facility and a good idea of their great work and needs. I do support them financially when I can. They are a great asset to this area and have rescued many birds in a variety of tragic circumstances. They truly make a difference.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have traveled the U.S. extensively checking out the bird stores and sanctuaries and rescues. Birds of Paradise is by far the most diverse and more than adequate environment to provide the unwanted birds of just about all species a place to finally call home. This facility has large flight aviaries, temperature controlled natural environments section out for the different species. Debbie Huckaby and her team are doing what God has called them to do which is care for those that can not care for themselves. The dedication, love and selfless 24/7 commitment to make sure these over 350 feathered loved ones are receiving proper nourishment, natural environmental stimulation as well as human bonding is unprecedented. God bless you Birds of Paradise.

Sunny S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Debbie and her volunteers are ready 24/7 to help birds in need. She goes the extra mile to ensure the birds in her care are happy, well fed, have enrichment toys and are well cared for and safe.

Heather B.10

Donor

Rating: 5

Best rescue EVER! Happy, healthy birds that are very loved and well taken care of. Very spacious aviaries outdoors with fresh air and sunshine. Thank you BOPS for being so awesome!

DebbieH

Board Member

Rating: 5

We love our volunteers. Dedicated, caring and always willing to give to our mission.

Michelle Widder V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ms Debbie and her rescue are angels for doing what they do! She saved our neighborhood Peahen and gave her a home with a family like her! She is doing amazing things and working hard for so many animals and humans!! We can’t thank you enough!

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you love birds, and those who care for them, this is the most important sanctuary you will ever support.

dray5655

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the greatest Sanctuary! We have adopted several birds from here. This a very very caring Sanctuary and Rescue. Every thing they do are for the care and comfort of the birds in their care. Debbie H. Makes sure ate birds are safe, fed the right foods and are given all the careful and correct care they need and deserve. When a bird is adopted,the new parents are completely educated on their proper care and handling of their new birds. If you want to support an excellent Sanctuary and Rescue, this the one to help.

Ruby Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Debbie takes such incredible care of ALL the birds at this sanctuary. She provides them with a natural environment without predators and medical care when needed. She is so passionate about the welfare of parrots. The sanctuary is divided by breed and personality type which makes it great for all the parrots that live there.

She took in our Umbrella Cockatoo and he has thrived there with the other cockatoos in the sanctuary he is in!!

Thank you Debbie!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am leaving to go back to the uk and I could not take my African Grey back with me.I contacted BOP sanctuary and they called to pick her up and take her home. I am soooooh grateful for this, and I thankyou from the bottom of my heart xxxxxxx

Client Served

Rating: 5

Birds of paradise helped me immensely. I had a yellow nape amazon for 40 years He was my best friend. He was used to living with other parrots and I could not adopt another , he was self mutilating his feet from anxiety. Birds of Paradise stepped up and took him. He lived in an open aviary and is so happy and no longer biting his feet up. They take such good care of him. Chopped fruit and veggies every day fresh nuts. Please donate to help pay for saving these birds. I’m saving for another big donation now. They rescue and save birds from dire situations. Volunteer to go feed or care for them it is awesome. Please share awesome organization. Your $$ are tax deductible !

LANOVAK

Donor

Rating: 5

Ethical, caring, professional, and knowledgeable avian rescue with great community/volunteer support.
They do wonders on a shoestring budget!
Highly recommend supporting this worthy organization.

Dori Kratzer H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Debbie for many years. Her passion for birds has turned into a 24/7 endeavor. She takes in the abused, unwanted, homeless. Everything she does is for them. She adopts out those that can be so they have a second chance to be in a living home. she has my respect and support!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently had a friend pass, and what to do with his bird?
So, I called Birds of Paradise, and dropped the bird off.

You could SEE in the ladies actions, her care and concern for this bird. She calmed it down.

I have all the praise for this place.

John P. Bradenton.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

She does not own it. Others purchased the property. She lives there free with no visible means of income other than donations that should go to the birds. If you support this, you are supporting a felon. It's public record. Please research before giving your money to any organization.

1 Peggy S.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Debbie Huckaby and Birds of Paradise are both amazing! She started from NOTHING and in a short period of time has been able to realize her dream of helping so many birds to be sure they are now in a forever home!!!! She is one of the most caring persons I know, and gives everything of herself to be sure she can help as many birds as she can. She has taught me, personally, so much more than I knew, and in turn I can reach out now and help others, even in a small way. She will NOT adopt out any bird unless that new home is totally, fully vetted!!! I respect her tremendously for all she has done and will continue to do. I wish we had more people like her, really, truly willing to do EVERYTHING for the birds!

1 Sheila Myers L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Birds of Paradise Sanctuary Owner/Operator Debbie Huckabee is not only the most caring and knowledgeable person on avian welfare but she lives and breathes for the all animal welfare. She has been sure, she will be the voice of the voiceless. I have had the pleasure of volunteering at BOPS and her flights are truly amazing, allowing, once pets the best feeling of freedom a bird in captivity can know and that is flight. I highly recommend BOPS!