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Exotic Avian Sanctuary Of Tennessee Inc

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Kathleen70

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I are thrilled with every aspect of this young parrot rescue and lifetime care organization–from the obvious love and caring of these parrots who need a home, to the honesty, transparency, and ethics of the founder Kim Hannah and her staff. We are happy beyond words to have found this great sanctuary so near our home, that we can help through donations and volunteering, and that will someday provide a forever home for our sweet girl Crackers. Here is our story:

Our giving journey began with Crackers. Crackers happens to be our smart, funny and affectionate blue and gold macaw. And, she is the love of our lives. This is the story of how Crackers pivoted our lives into a completely different direction – a direction we had never previously considered – into the world of supporting nonprofit parrot rescue and sanctuary organizations. We have become activists for this critical need and support the growth of parrot sanctuaries by donating, volunteering and fundraising. We found our direction to “give back” all because of that little blue and gold macaw that won our hearts many years ago.

My husband and I adopted Crackers when she was four years old. She is now 25. A macaws’ life expectancy is 70-80 years, and Crackers will likely outlive us by 30 years or more. But Crackers has a condition known as “obsessive compulsive plucking disorder” and requires special care and attention. Even with all her positive attributes, she will be hard to place someday with another family because of her special needs requirements. Most will not see her true beauty or get to know her great personality because of her plucked little body. And, we did not want to risk her going from home to home for the remainder of her long life. A “forever home” sanctuary with lifetime care became our goal for her.

We began the search for a forever home for Crackers for when the time comes that we are no longer able to care for her, or are not here to care for her. While realizing that finding the perfect home for Crackers wouldn’t be easy, we had no idea – absolutely none – how difficult it would be to find a sanctuary that could take her at all. While researching parrot sanctuaries, we discovered, to our dismay, that the need for space in sanctuaries – for both rescues and for lifetime care – is overwhelming: not only are sanctuaries scarce, we found the ones that do exist are understaffed, underfunded, overflowing with birds, and with long lists for birds waiting to be placed.

Parrots are extremely intelligent and social animals, and for the first time are being euthanized because there are so many in the system who are unwanted or abandoned Many are neglected or abused and need rescue. Many, like Crackers, will outlive their human family and need a lifetime care plan at a sanctuary. Thousands of parrots need a home and care. We know we are unable to fix this problem completely, but our goal is that someday, through education, people will no more think that a creature fortunate enough to have wings to fly should be locked in a cage than they now would think of littering the environment by throwing trash out of their cars.

There is a line from “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry where the Little Prince has a long conversation with a fox, regarding the taming of a wild animal, which goes: “Men have forgotten this truth,” said the fox. “But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” And that truth is our lesson, and inspires our lifes’ work, with little Crackers leading the way.

1 Samantha Hamilton M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kim is the most selfless animal lover I have ever encountered. She fed a wasp with a dropper to keep it alive, for crying out loud. I can’t say enough about her passion for her flock. I have two of her fosters now!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kim Hannah and Kathy Floyd are 2 of the most selfless, caring people I know. EAST and these two beautiful souls who run the sanctuary / rescue define what rescue is all about. My husband and I have adopted 2 parrots from them, and would never consider dealing with any other rescue. We were slightly outside their normal home visit range, but after talking with them, they didn't hesitate to make the drive. I am so happy for them and the parrots in their care with the new sanctuary being built. Not only did we gain two new flock members, we gained 2 amazing friends for life. I cannot say enough about how I feel about these ladies and what they do. So many are always talking about making a difference - these ladies DO make a difference.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The most kind and loving avian sanctuary i know. Very knowledgable and loving to not only parrots. But all nature. Ive had the pleasure of meeting Kim Hannah and Kathy Floyd. And adopted 2 parrots through them. 2 of the most beautiful souls I know.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is so much love and devotion dedicated to this much needed Organization. Happy to have it here in Tennessee and cannot wait to hear about all of its success stories. So many lives will be saved as a result of this wonderful place.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The devotion to rescuing and caring for the birds in their care can't be overstated. The new facility to house and care for more birds is a testament to the organization's long term commitment to their selfless mission of providing long term care for every bird they are able to take under their wing..

1 Sasha H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love the work they are doing! So happy to be able to support a sanctuary close to home!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The posts of EAST {Exotic Avian Sanctuary of TN.} have truly filled my heart and mind with hope. Humankind has got to respond to all the animals that need help. The hard work and dedication of the founder is awesome. I hope they are able to move forward and help many birds.

2 Lisa Kaye H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi my name.is lisa. I am deaf and hard of hearing read lip very way. Kim and kathy are.so good to us and will talk to me thru. Video phone and talk to a interpreter and didn't have a problem. Most ppls wpuld just hang up or be plain rude. Kim and kathy are the sweeties caring peraon and they will do anything for birds. I am fostering one of their bird name.frankie he a 2 years goffin cockatoo that is fulled.of love and funny. We are thinking to adopt him to be part of our families with love... I wouldn't know what to do if it wasn't for kim and kAthy.. Thank u kim and kAthy for letting be part with u guys.

1 Mary G.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

My great neice brought a goffin cockatoo home. She was going to washington in a month. I couldnt take him. My hernia broke through my mesh, got two tears in my meniscus, should messed up. I called miss Kim she said she would take him. Didn't ask for money, as part of taking him. I'm glad she did we had a Lot of people wanting him, but no one who knew how to do it right. Thank you miss kim

1 Melanie F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have visited EAST several times but the most memorable was my first visit. They had just recently taken in two very large macaws and watching Kim with them and seeing how much they trusted her right from the start was fantastic. Every bird at EAST is treated like a unique individual because every bird has their own story.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Kim several times on rescues and on placement. She is amazing with these birds and treats each and every parrot like the individual creature they are. Her ability to work with damaged birds from difficult environments is incredible.

1 Doris Boyd D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at EAST. So thankful for Kim Hannah and Kathy Floyd. These ladies certainly do a lot for these birds! Educating people about these birds and showing love and compassion to each and everyone of them. I’m so glad to be involved in EAST!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer here every week. This place holds a special place in my heart. As do all the birds and Kim. I’m so grateful for everything Kim does for the birds at Exotic Avian Sanctuary. When I moved to the area, 3 years ago, and was looking for a pet sitter for my birds and other pets, I just happened by chance to see Kim’s vehicle in the local Kroger parking lot. And the advertisement on the side of her vehicle about petsitting. The rest is history! She invited me to come see her Sanctuary and I knew I wanted to volunteer once I met all these amazing birds in her care! It’s been a blessing in my life since day one! Many thanks Kim Hannah! For introducing me to all these wonderful birds and letting me help out. I’ve learned “so much” just being there and about parrots and the need for these majestic creatures to have a place to go, when they can no longer stay, where they were, for various reasons. I’m thankful they have a place to go. Thank you Kim, for your undying love and devotion to these birds!! ❤️

1 Amy W. L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kim was such a font of knowledge when I had my conure, Joey. After he passed, seeing the work this place does for companion birds really warms my heart. Kim and her staff truly love the birds in their care, and provide support even after they are adopted. I live aeeing the atories of birds happy and healthy in their forever homes.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

East Tennessee8 is a great example of how they try to go in ,take immediately, find emergency care for ,foster, clean cages and food. All the birds realized that they were in good hands.

2 Sarah Berry

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A little while after I first moved to Nashville, I found myself needing an avian influence in my life. I have always been fascinated by the quirks and habits of parrots. To me they are breathtaking animals; physical manifestations of eccentricity and each an individual behavioral jigsaw.
I did what we millenials do and started searching Google for a place that might potentially accept me as a volunteer. I was surprised at how few sanctuaries for parrots exist; even in a city as large as Nashville, there is only E.A.S.T.
As I eagerly waited for Kim Hannah to reply to my email, I poured over the sanctuary's Facebook page and was amazed by what I saw. The recovery stories alone made the decision for me. I knew this was the place where I wanted to be. However, I could have never prepared myself for actually walking through the door for the first time. Kim invited me up and I was rendered pretty speechless by them all; by their number, their voices, their intellect, their beauty, and their history. As she gave me the tour, I saw my own curiosity reflected back through every single pinning pupil. And I loved it.
Today I've been a volunteer at E.A.S.T. for almost a year. I've never met a human with a bigger heart than Kim Hannah, whose dedication, devotion, and love for these animals has no boundary. Everything she does is for them and she is my hero.

1 Ashley J.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Ashley and I've been volunteering at EAST (Exotic Avian Sanctuary of Tennessee) going on two years.

I have always loved animals. I came across EAST when I was looking for volunteering opportunities. I've always had a passion for birds (I was helping a friend do retirement home visits with her cockatoo) and this was right up my alley. I contact Kim and I've been volunteering ever since. EAST holds a special place in my life. Dealing with depression and anxiety, Kim has provided a place where not only parrots are taken care of but a place that you feel like you are making a difference. I have become very attached to the birds that we have under our care and it is bitter-sweet to see them go but seeing them thrive in an environment that suits them...words cannot describe. Kim has dedicated her life to provide a place for these special creatures and I'm so glad to be a part of it.

1 The Balints

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had my first lovebird named "jasper" for 13 years. In 2013, I lost him. I couldn't bare to live without parrot. My husband and I saw what seemed to be lonely young green cheek conure at the local pet store. We did what we thought was right and we brought her home and named her FeeBee. After a few months, we wanted to get her a friend. i did a "google" search on local parrot adopts/sanctuaries. This led us to E.A.S.T. A few short weeks later we met with Kim Hannah and Kathy Floyd. These two women are the most selfless and devoted women that we know. Exotic Avian Sanctuary of Tennessee would not be the same without them. This is and 24 hour 7 days a week, rain or shine devotion. These scared, neglected, often abused parrots flourish under E.A.S.T. We are honored to know Kim and Kathy. My husband and I have adopted 12 parrots, over the past few years, from E.A.S.T. Our lives would not be the same without them. It would be empty. Thank you E.A.S.T!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently had to rehome my parrots, after having them for 19 years. It was (and still is) a heart-breaking experience. Kim was wonderful to work with and found a fantastic home for one of my birds, and my other bird is currently in her care as she seeks a home for him. She is doing essential work for these beautiful birds and their owners.

1 Amanda H.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found EAST after doing a google search for bird rescues in my area. I reached out about becoming a foster and filled out an application. After a thorough process to ensure I was a good candidate, I was able to come meet the birds and find someone who would fit in with my household. After a couple visits, an adorable Senegal came home with me. Long story short, I am now her forever home. EAST is an amazing rescue that ensures the birds are the top priority.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ladies of EAST are 2 of the most selfless, compassionate people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. The time and the energy and finances that they devote to these parrots is beyond measure. We have been fortunate enough to adopt 2 beautiful parrots from them. They put so much of themselves and their huge hearts into what they do, and it is 24/7 dedication. They deal with heartbreak every day, and they keep on doing it. I cannot say enough about my feelings for these ladies and what they do.