One of the best things that Feathered Friends Forever does is provide education for the welfare of parrots that are adopted or already family companions. When I adopted Oscar he had been rescued from a horrible person and it showed. It took months before I could even touch him. But with advice from Ron at FFF and a lot of patience, Oscar is doing well and getting some of his feathers back. He even has his own page on Facebook - Oscar Eclectus. Hopefully in a year or two he will be able to travel to one of the FFF open house events and meet some of his FB friends.
The largest nonprofit parrot sanctuary in the USA continues on a plan to provide care for the exotic/endangered birds. New construction will provide a means to help educate the public about these beautiful creatures and the need for conservation. Check the website for ways you can help!
The new construction is amazing! Huge free flight aviary for macaws. Interactive learning stations for the kids. Honeybee re-population project. Butterfly breeding habitat. All this is being done by unpaid volunteers and funded by private donations! Open weekends and worth the visit! Donations are tax deductible and you can see what the do with your dollars.
Volunteering there part time I have seen drastic changes made this past year. The addition of Birds on the Brink Sanctuary with the giant endangered species flights, The new Butterfly gardens, Building renovations, new chew-able toy designs. The new Odd couple special needs area. On weekends the new bird of the day area. Just tons of changes continuing to be completed. Best of all the new special blend bird foods.
I am a friend of Karen Marts and Freedom the Parrot. I am so happy that he is recovering from his illness. Karen is a wonderful educator for those of us who are novices learning about birds. I just donated $50. in honor of my friend Karen and her parrot, Freedom. I would like to be able to do this when I make a donation. Would you be able to somehow put a spot on the donation page which would show that this is in honor of someone or a memorial? This would be so helpful.
I have visited Feathered Friends Forever Rescue several times over the years and never fail to be amazed at their improvements they have made, and the care they give the birds. I know there have been some people that have downed FFF, but I know for a fact they take excellent care of their birds. I have been a donor for many years and would not continue to do so If they did not do their best for birds. I have birds of my own and I love them like my family. FFF is a wonderful place to help and to also visit.
This is great place for birds that, for whatever reason, lost their home. A beautiful place to view beautiful birds and interact with them.
I was at the rescue 3 weeks ago and they were doing some major land clearing, stopped by today and this had appeared where they were working. Come to find out it is a giant new flight for endangered species macaws
Improvements are always nice to see. This place seems to be constantly undergoing improvements and renovations due to the assistance of some very nice people. The current project has 2 18' wide by 40' long by 14' high (center) and 11' high side walls with metal 3' high "animal guards" to prevent anything being able to reach through and harming the Parrots inside. To see these gorgeous Parrots being able to fly in the current flight areas , which are 18' x 20' one can only wonder at how great it will be to see them able to soar like they were meant to do in these new flights.
Facilities always clean and a friendly staff. There is always something new being built for the comfort of the birds.
FFF is where I learned the most about birds. The place was very easy to find, even though I know some still have trouble finding it. Thankfully they made new beautiful signs with arrows!
The staff was very knowledgeable about every bird there, I always had questions to ask and Ron or Bob always knew the answer!
The birds all have a different past, but now have a forever home at FFF. I hope bird rescues will some day be federally funded like other house hold pets soon(dogs and cats).
If you get a chance to go, Please go and bring treats! But please make sure you ask how to properly feed those treats before you do!
Bird rescues should be focused on adoption. Otherwise they fill up (like hoarders) and then cannot accept new birds. This rescue is in that trap. Their adoption prices are steep but much less than a breeder. Paperwork is minimal and they do not have a mileage requirement. However, they do not let adoptive parents pick a bird. They don't even let you pick a species. Go in for a cockatoo and they decide you need a parakeet. Bird has to pick you. This causes someone interested in a cockatoo to go back to looking at the breeder. This rescue is causing their own overcrowding and also causing the breeding of more birds.
Due to family allergies I had to place my sweet Yum-Yum, a Mexican Red Head Amazon Parrot, at Feathered Friends a couple of years ago. I placed her as non-adoptable so have been donating monthly to help with her care.
I recently visited the sanctuary to see her. She looks great and seemed happy. She recognized me, came to say hi and then went back to her perch next to another parrot. I cried because I miss her so much but I know she is well cared for and won't be passed from home to home.
The sanctuary is clean, the birds are happy, the staff are super invested in taking care of the birds.
Thanks to all of you for everything you do for the birds. I miss her so much but I know she is happy, healthy and well cared for.
I was amazed at the variety of the many exotic birds at this sanctuary...I have never seen so many in one place in my well traveled life. The dedication of these volunteer caretakers is to be commended beyond words. If you'd like to see big exotic birds flying in large fly-way cages...this is the place. BTW, many of these birds talk ! :))
This place really is the best ever!
Supported only by donations and unpaid volunteers. These birds get the best care a captive abandoned bird could ever hope to receive!
Custom flights (bird housing)
Education for the public.
Wonderful nutrition provided.
The FFF staff are all funny & knowledgeable.
Truely experts in their field.
So glad I found this place!
I have visited Feathered Friends Forever quite a few times and have always found it to be a great environment to see and learn about the Parrots. Watching them being able to fly and not just sitting in a cage was very neat!
This is the largest Parrot Only Rescue in the entire U.S. There are currently more than 1,500 Parrots in residence here. Also, this is the only known Rescue that allows our fighting forces a place to care for their Parrots when they go on deployment and reunite with them when they return to the States. Most of the Parrots are in outside flights where they can be "birds" .
On a visit to the rescue in August I found the rescue to be a great place for a family visit. They were doing some renovations but allowed us to take a tour. They have some great flight areas that allow the birds to be real birds.
They allowed us to visit some of the birds inside the porch area and were amazed to hear some of the stories matching the birds.
Review from Guidestar
These people do some amazing work. i was surprised at how much is involved in caring for parrots. i came with no knowledge of birds or parrots of any kind, the volunteers were very nice and even took time out of their day to educate me on some of the birds within their facility. overall, the place was amazing.
I visited the rescue not too long ago, And the place is quite outstanding. The birds are all happy, and what these people are doing is amazing. I couldn't imagine doing what they do.
Review from Guidestar
I can say I have been to the rescue in the last week. I stoped by on.my way to atlanta. I had heard some troubling rumors about the place.They said the were closed for spring cleaning but gave me a personal tour anyway. The birds are well cared for. I have seen inspection records posted on line and are available for anyone to see. The staff was polite and friendly.Currently they are conducting a massive upgrades and renovations. I can understand after 18 years it may be overdue. I see no signs of them shutting down nor did I see any birds with no water, purches, food or toys. This rescue is worthy of my support and it should be for you as well. No rescue this size can survive without your donations and help. The work these poeple do is amazing. please show your support.