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Causes: Animals, Bird Sanctuaries

Mission: The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is dedicated to the care and well being of parrots and other exotic birds. We do not breed, sell, trade, or offer for adoption the birds in our care. Instead, we endeavor to provide them with a permanent home that allows them to mingle with other compatible birds in outdoor open-flight aviaries. We also strive to provide permanent, caring homes for birds with special needs, including those with physical challenges or behavioral issues. Finally, we are committed to raising public awareness regarding the moral responsibilities and physical demands of keeping parrots or other wild animals as pets.

Results: We have made great strides this year in our Fundraising efforts towards the much needed expansion of FEBS! With your help we will be able to continue with our Sanctuary Life Reimagined vision in 2017!!!!

Target demographics: Provide a safe haven for parrots to live out their lives in a happy and healthy environment.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 750 parrots

Geographic areas served: Florida

Programs: The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is dedicated to the care and well-being of parrots and other exotic birds. We do not breed, sell, trade, or offer for adoption the birds in our care. Instead, we endeavor to provide them with a permanent home that allows them to mingle with other compatible birds in outdoor open-flight aviaries. We also strive to provide permanent, caring home for birds with special needs, including those with physical challenges or behavioral issues. Finally, we are committed to raising public awareness regarding the moral responsibilities and physical demands of keeping parrots or other wild animals as pets.

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197 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Live in the Tampa, Florida area and cannot say enough positive things about this amazing facility. Truly a remarkable place that offers a wonderful life to our feathered friends when other options may not be available. The staff are very pleasant and welcoming and you can feel the passion for what they do. A well worth visit and donation!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I volunteered regularly in 2017 when I needed a place to board my two macaws for about six months. I took them home and due to an injury I suffered I wasn’t able to take care of my beloved birds. I put them back in the sanctuary because they have a HUGE flight for macaws and we’re able to fly and be with other birds. loved volunteering. There is so much need for volunteers, toys and donations to mKe more free aviary flights. The dream is that no bird is in a cage but in aviaries free to fly with other birds in this beautiful sanctuary.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I boarded my two macaws while we found a house for over 6 months. The staff is truly wonderful. We then had to place the macaws back in the sanctuary for their forever home due to an injury I suffered. It was a painful decision but I’m glad the sanctuary was available to home them. They are happy, in a huge aviary with other birds. Almost like free! I go visit frequently and they keep me posted on their well being. Sometimes even pictures! They feed them a great diet too! The staff is so nice. The premises are well kept, clean and very pretty too, with benches to sit and enjoy all the sweet songs from birdies. It’s a wonderful non-profit! I even serve as volunteer!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FEBS became the home to my 28 year old Macaw over a year and a half ago. It was the best move for him (and me) that I could have made after my husband passed away and I was ready to move to a new home and new life. Pat nursed WIllie G. through a serious illness about 6 months after he arrived and kept me posted all along the way. I have visited several times and found Pat, Karin, and staff/volunteers there always greeting me warmly and filling me in on his latest adventures. Willie G. is thriving, has a boyfriend, Ike, and is ready to learn to fly in a flight. Happy for him and know he is well cared for.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have just come home from a trip to Hudson where I left my dear Willie G. (Green Wing Macaw) in the care of FEBS and his new Bird Mother, Pat. Willie G. was hatched in 1990 and was part of the deal when I married my husband in 1993. Over the next 20 years we moved with Willie from Virginia to California and back to Florida and when my husband passed away 5 years ago, Willie became solely mine. Now that it is time for me to retire and move on to my next chapter, I realized it was also Willie's time to leave the nest and learn to fly, too. I had visited FEBS about a month ago after researching on line and was very impressed with the facility, the staff, and the answers to all my questions. The day finally came on March 5 to make the 6 hour journey to introduce Willie G. to his new home and after a very emotional trip, I was greeted by the most understanding and supportive bird person I have ever met, Pat Norton. She walked us through the entire process again and assured me that I was doing the very best thing for my baby. I was a basket case---Willie, well, he was just fine. Moved into his "dorm" and starting eating and waving. When I came back on Day 2 to give him the "see you later" speech, he was calm and happy. I left feeling great about my decision and knew that I would be able to come see him whenever I wanted. I cannot say enough good things about the whole transition for both Willie and for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Please find a copy of my email to Pat Norton,regarding my recent visit to the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary.

On Wednesday March 28, I was able to visit Chiquita, my Red Fronted Macaw, due to medical issues it had been over two years since I had visited FEBS. I want to share my experience with you, along with others who have a parrot at the sanctuary and also to people whom are considering placing their bird at FEBS.

I found my Chiquita in absolutely beautiful condition, she has grown into a magnificent, happy and healthy bird. She is placed with another Red Fronted Macaw, this has made her life, environment and future better than I could have ever imagined.

During my visit I had the opportunity to see the incredible improvements that have been made at the sanctuary, the expansion that has occurred and the wonderful care being provided to all of these beautiful birds. The high standards that have been set ensures the birds are well cared for and I want to thank you, Bob, all of the staff and the wonderful volunteers, for the care, the love and the special environment you all are providing to these most fortunate, happy birds at the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary.
In addition to providing this safe haven for the birds, you are providing a great deal of comfort to the families who love these birds.


Thank you, I am forever grateful,




1 Art L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 28 year old Green Wing Macaw joined the Family at FEBS this past week. He has been my buddy for 25 of those years through thick and thin including the passing of his "dad" 5 years ago. I had done my research over the past year and visited a month ago. I knew this was the only place for him to become a real bird, leave my "nest" and learn to fly. The 6 hour trip from my home to his new one was quite an experience and I was a basket case by the time we arrived. Pat Norton greeted us and walked me through the process in such a great way that by the time we got Willie situated in his new "dorm", I was as calm as he was. I visited the next day and met the rest of the staff who would be caring for him. They are so caring and dedicated. I am home to the quiet, now; but can't wait for my first visit back to see WIllie's progress. I am sure to be impressed again.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am thinking of sending my birds to this sanctuary and made an appointment to visit it. As I had many questions I was given the courtesy of almost 2 hours of Pat's time while touring the facility. It seems like a wonderful home for birds to live out the rest of their lives. It is a hard decision to make, but once I make it, I would not hesitate to send my birds here.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I visited the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary not quite knowing what to expect. I knew they had a lot of parrots in their care and had seen Patricia Norton on the WFLA Daytime show and that tickled my heart.

On the day I visited, I got to see the birds being fed, saw the new flight cages and watched a contractor placing a really cool "arbor shade" system on one of the cages. I could have stayed all day. What really amazed me was how well operations are run at this sanctuary.

I can only imagine what a responsibility it is to shelter, feed, care for (and keep amused) 700 or more parrots... but the staff made it look easy and most of all, enjoyable.

3 Brittany44

Donor

Rating: 5

My umbrella cockatoo "Malley" now calls FEBS his home. It was the hardest thing I've ever done to give him up, but the only way I was able to do it is because I knew that FEBS would be able to give him a life more in line with his nature than what I could ever give him. They are always making improvements with the birds' best interest in mind. The volunteers are great and know all the birds by name and what they do and don't like.
The fact that a place like FEBS has to exist is unfortunate, but they are doing an outstanding job of giving these birds a place they can "just be birds" for the rest of their lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a male umbrella cockatoo, Malley, that came into my family when I was 7 years old. He was just a baby. I'm now 29 and he is about 22. At some point, Malley became "my" bird. His well-being was the first thing I thought of no matter what was happening in my life. I gave up a lot for him, but I'd have done it happily the rest of my life or his if I'd thought staying with me was the best thing for him.
I stressed all the time about whether or not I was doing the right thing by keeping him with me. My husband and I both work, and I hated him being alone all day while we were gone. To make things more difficult, he wasn't exactly a fan of my husband, so it was hard to divide what little time I had after work. No matter how much time I could give, I never felt like it was enough. It would break my heart to catch him sitting quietly, staring out the windows as if he were longing to be there. He loved being outside and I took him out as often as our weather allowed.
I started considering the possibility of a sanctuary about 3 years ago. I contacted Pat via email to ask about it and got some information. I saved that email just in case, but guilt sank in and I felt so horrible considering it that I let it be. A couple years later, more life changes, in addition to more questioning myself if keeping him was right, spurred me to email back again. At this point I had discovered that FEBS had purchased a new property to expand, and that they could take my boy.
It took a lot of soul-searching and trying to look past the emotion. Once I made that final call and realized this was really happening, it hit me pretty hard. But, I knew that in the long run that this is what would be best for Malley.
We made the drive from Virginia to Florida just this past weekend. The hardest part was thinking about all the things I will miss. He was such a huge part of my everyday life, and so much of my routine was dedicated to him. Not having him here is crushing, but I'm at peace knowing he will be so much happier around other birds, getting to fly, and hopefully making friends.
I was so amazed how well he settled. I didn't know what to expect since he had never really been around other parrots before, and I wasn't sure how he would react. After we set up his cage like it was at home, he went in and seemed so much more quiet and relaxed than I assumed he would be. Obviously, it was pretty noisy with all the other birds around, but he didn't seem fazed. It actually made me smile to hear him whistling and talking to the other birds. :)
We spent some time there, me boo-hooing the whole time at the thought of not getting to see him every day. He "cried" with me and I told him a million times I love him and I hope he understands why I'm doing this. We spent the night at a hotel and stopped to see him one last time before heading home. He seemed so relaxed, had clearly eaten food, drank water, and played with his toys. I brought him a banana from the hotel (his favorite) and he ate quite a bit of that like normal. I gave him a few more small toys to play with, and he sat and happily chewed them apart. I gave him some cuddling and scratches before i said goodbye. I was still sad to leave him, but it made me feel so much better seeing him so ok with everything.
This is the hardest thing I've ever done, but I know I needed to do it. He is my life, and I hated feeling like I wasn't able to give him everything he deserved. They are busy building the new aviaries at the new location in Hudson, but I hope to see him soon in his new aviary. It will be hard adjusting to not having him here with me everyday. The house seems too quiet now, but I know I did the right thing by bringing him to FEBS. I plan to visit as often as I can, and hopefully volunteer during my trips there.

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Donor

Rating: 5

They do great things for parrots, plus give them fantastic love and care. Have volunteered helping there with numerous other people. They have accomplished amazing results with the recourses they have to work with. Have been donating to them for several years and have had parrots myself for over 20 years. Had parakeets ( budgies ) for 15 plus years before getting parrots.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We discovered FEBS several years ago when we started looking for our parrots future home. Since they will outlive us their future is a great concern to us. We donate several times annually for projects, food, toys. We also visit when we go to Florida. We also smile Amazon website when making online purchases which gives a portion to your designated non profit.

We want to ensure this organization is thriving when we need them. To ensure that, FEBS needs support continuously.

FEBS is also a great advocate for our feathered friends. They continue to communicate and educate! To quote FEBS "Finally, we are committed to raising public awareness regarding the moral responsibilities and physical demands of keeping parrots or other wild animals as pets."

Great non profit thank you FEBS!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have my beloved macaw, Millie, at the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary because I knew she needed to be with her own kind. Before choosing a permanent home for her I did research on area sanctuaries and found FEBS to be by far the best around. Founder Pat Norton has such a love for these birds her life long goal is to give them the best life possible and let them be a bird. Although the Sanctuary moved from another location a couple of years ago, it has continued to prosper and excel in what it has to offer the birds. They are in flights that allow them ample room to fly and interact with other birds of their breed. Because Pat has business savvy she excels in fund raising and planning for expansion. Many volunteers gladly give their time for feeding, cleaning, building flights, caring for the grounds, and many other things that a facility of this kind requires. FEBS is deserving of the recognition for the best nonprofit facility.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for a place to take my macaw should I become unable to care for her. I had no intention of doing it right away. After reading the testimonials on the website, I was impressed enough to take the 2 hour trip to visit.

Macaws are very intelligent creatures and really should not be in captivity. When I saw the new Hudson location and especially the HUGE macaw flight I knew this is where I wanted to bring my macaw. She had begun some feather plucking and I had not felt that she was truly happy for some time. Seeing the other macaws in the flight interacting, preening, and just enjoying "hanging out" made me realize I had to make arrangements for her to come and "just be a bird". It was a very difficult decision but I had to set her free to live a life as much like her relatives in South America as I could.

She has let her feathers grow back and every time I visit there I see how she is beginning to interact and enjoy the HUGE spacious flight. She recognizes me and comes down to chat and cuddle but we both know she is in the right place. If you love something you set it free to enjoy the best life it can have.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found FEBS because I was planning a trust for my birds and wanted to feel comfortable in knowing they would be going to a good place should anything happen to me. After reviewing the FEBS website I was so impressed I made a visit to see if it was one of those places that was "just too good to be true".

Well, it IS good and it IS true! I can't tell you how impressed I was at seeing the sanctuary with my own eyes. So impressed that I drive 2 hours one way to volunteer to do what I do at home...clean cages and feed and water birds! But what a wonderful feeling it is to know that I'm doing just this small thing to help these glorious creatures!

Pat, the founder, is a wonderful person with a big heart and an even bigger vision. She runs a tight ship to make sure that the birds are #1 priority in regard to cleanliness, meeting their needs, and letting them live as they should...as flock birds! What a joy it was to see them pairing up to preen, snuggle, and nap.

She also has an acclimation period for newcomers so they get used to new surroundings, sounds, and "meeting" other birds of their own breed before they enter the aviary. It's important to Pat that they experience as little stress as possible during the transition. Now THAT'S a person that knows what she's doing!

If you're thinking about donating to something worthwhile, this is the place. It's as easy as sponsoring one of the birds or you can get the "wish list" and ear mark for one of the many needs of the sanctuary.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was wonderful to have a place for my parrot, Sweet Pea, to live due to our change in living arrangements. He has found a forever bird girlfriend and seems very happy. Please donate to continue the wonderful care that all of these birds receive due to the wonderful staff! Thank you for all you do!

4 Douglas O

Client Served

Rating: 5

My beloved yellow nape has been at FEBS now almost 3 years now. Hard to believe. it's been the most amazing experience and I thank God every day that she is there safe and loved. Patricia and her amazing staff work tirelessly for the well being of all of their birds. I'm so grateful for the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary that words can't describe it. I also go down and volunteer a few times a year and have a blast!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Patricia Norton (and her staff at Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary) is just an extraordinary individual that has given her life to the rescue of exotic birds. She tirelessly works to care for over 300 birds on a daily basis in addition to her ongoing fundraising efforts to support the needs of the birds and sanctuary grounds. We took our beloved yellow Nape "Alex" to her 18 months ago and I Thank God everyday for Patricia and FEBS. There is no finer exotic bird rescue in the United States and I wholeheartedly will continue to support Patricia and FEBS for life.

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19 Onalee I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve had my Blue and Gold Macaw, ‘Perikeen’, for eighteen years – nearly his entire life has been spent with me and my husband. He doesn’t care for strangers, he doesn’t like change in his routines and we enjoy his company (most of the time) and love him (all of the time). Certainly no one could accuse us of abusing him – he had three cages: one in the house where he spent his nights eating dinner and snacks with us, watching TV, doing dishes (he loved helping with the dishes!) and playing games; another was outside in a covered porch where he could see us as we came and went all day – since we work from home, he always had someone talking to him, interacting with him all day long; the last one was a large cage hanging from a tree where he could see all around him, see the sky and the ground, see the other birds and wildlife in the area, as well as see us anytime we were outside.

He pretty much had the “Life of Riley” – he’d get treats throughout the day, had interaction with us almost constantly and had more toys to play with than most children, but still we worried that he wasn’t happy. He would have screaming fits daily – just scream and scream and scream and nothing would satisfy him during those times. He would also bite us without provocation – just ‘cause he felt like it or was in a bad mood, perhaps out of frustration or boredom. I guess if I lived in a cage, or even three cages, I’d probably feel like biting someone, too.

My husband and I had discussed placing him into a sanctuary in the past – wondering if he would be happier there with the other birds, out in a large flight cage where even he, the klutziest bird known to man, might be able to fly (and land) like a real bird. But, other than do a little research online, I never pursued it – until this year. As happens with most changes in life, this one was brought on by changes in our circumstances, so, the decision was made – Perikeen would be getting a new home.

So, back to the computer I went looking up parrot sanctuaries and one that caught my attention was the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. One reason I focused on this organization was that it was close to where I lived, so the idea of visiting Perikeen while he was there was feasible, but the most important reason they drew my attention was the obvious love and caring they exude for the birds in their care which is evident in the pictures, videos and the words of their Mission Statement.

“Anxious” and “emotional” didn’t begin to describe my feelings when I arrived at FEBS one afternoon. When I opened my door and stepped out of the car, I was greeted with the screeching, calling and talking of what sounded like hundreds of birds of all descriptions – it was truly amazing that this parrot ‘oasis’ exists here amongst other homes in rural Pasco County. And my neighbors complain to me about Perikeen’s screaming! Ha!

It was early spring and the temperatures were still cool – Pat had a lot of parrots in cages in the big double garage of her house. As I walked through the aisles of birds in the garage I noticed a few things:

• First, clean – all the cages were kept clean, there weren’t bird droppings or bad smells coming from the garage, despite the number of birds in there at the time.
• Second, food and water – every bird had ample food and clean water in their cage – it was obvious that they weren’t skimpy with the rations and kept the water cleaned daily.
• Third, happy – all the birds seemed perfectly happy – they talked, each with their own favorite word or phrase as you walked through, some wanted to be touched and petted – they weren’t afraid, they weren’t frightened of people.

After meeting Pat, she explained that the garage was where all the birds start out so she and her fellow bird lovers can get a feel for the bird, for their personality and to make sure they have adjusted well, are eating right and that the change has not gotten them sick. She showed me how they were kept warm in the winter and cool in the summer and how she was aware of which birds got along and which ones didn’t and arranged them accordingly. She told me the birds were left for a while in their own, familiar cages, with their own, familiar toys and food to make the transition easier.

Finally, the day came to bring Perikeen to the sanctuary. I’d had two weeks to dwell on it, worry about it, cry over it and finally come to grips with it – Perikeen hadn’t. So, into the carrier he went – not willingly mind you, but eventually he went in. His cage, toys and food went in the back of the truck and down the road we went. The trip was again filled with tears and me telling him how sorry I was that I had to do this and how much I loved him and I promised to visit him at his new home. We sang his favorite songs and I said all his favorite words and phrases as we drove to his new home. I prayed that I was doing the right thing – I hoped he would forgive me.

At the sanctuary, I expected Perikeen to be trembling and nervous – he hates change and hasn’t even SEEN another parrot in the last 18 years, but, to my shock and amazement, he seemed curious and happy. We got his cage set up and he settled in it, talking animatedly to me, Pat and Magic – her amazing helper.

When I finally got in my car to leave, I yelled “Bye!” to him out the window and he told me “Bye! B-Bye!” over and over as I drove out the gate. I cried all the way home, but at the same time I was really hopeful that he’d be happy there. His initial reaction wasn’t what I had expected – he wasn’t scared, he wasn’t trembling – he seemed joyful and curious. The time that Magic and Pat spent with him, with us, gave me confidence that, if anything did happen – if he wasn’t adjusting, they would know it and tell me and I could come and get him and bring him back home.

For the next few days I got emails from Pat telling me that he was doing well – he was eating, he was talking . . . he was doing fine. Over time, she moved him from his cage in the garage to one of the smaller cages in the flight pen, then one day she emailed to say that she’d let him out into the large flight. I was amazed – it had only been a little over a month. She said he was well suited to it because he wasn’t timid – timid birds took longer, but Perikeen was perfect – he was doing really well.

Finally, after a period of time that I thought would be enough for him to be well adjusted, I went to visit. Pat walked with me to the flight pen and we entered together. There were several B&G’s in there and I wondered how in the world I’d be able to tell which one he was – they all looked pretty much the same. We eliminated a few that Pat knew for sure weren’t him and that left only a couple of possibilities. I walked towards the first one and called his name, but that one scurried up the wire of the tall cage and away from me. “I hope that wasn’t him!” I thought before turning to the other one who was perched at the highest point of the cage on the opposite wall. As I turned around and called his name again, that one started bobbing his head up and down and I knew – that was my baby! Then he asked, “How are ya’ doin’?!”

The entire time I was there with him, Perikeen never once offered to bite me, never once screamed, didn’t mind the other macaws there with us, wasn’t scared, wasn’t intimidated – he was happy. It was like he was welcoming me to his new home – showing me around, introducing me to his new friends. He had lost some weight, he had gained muscle – he looked good, healthy and strong and he acted like this was where he belonged. At that moment I knew I had done the right thing – I probably should have done it sooner, for his sake, but it was one of the hardest and scariest things I’ve ever done in my life. Sometimes we need some larger force to push us to overcome our fears, to do the scary thing – that’s what happened to me. Looking back, I wish I’d had the courage to do the right thing for HIM sooner, even if it was painful for a while (isn’t change always painful?) the payoff was more than worth it.

When the time came to leave, I took Perikeen and kissed him goodbye, told him I loved him and tossed him up into the air. He flew across the cage and landed on the opposite side of the enclosure – it was the first time I’d seen him actually fly in all of his eighteen years. He was a real bird, now – finally – and my heart expanded with the joy of it.

I didn’t need his forgiveness, after all . . . except, perhaps, for not allowing him this freedom sooner.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Very helpful in giving our parrot from Michigan to Florida. Attentive to details after the arrival of the parrot.

3 virginiaK

Client Served

Rating: 5

My blue and gold macaw, Sebastian, was my feathered baby. After much research and two visits to Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, I knew I was putting him the best environment possible; a place where he could socialize with his kind and live his long life to the fullest. Pat took him in and has taken good care of him for many years. I can only thank the sanctuary from the bottom of my heart. I now have peace of mind knowing he is happy.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Three years ago I brought by Blue and Gold Macaw to live at the sanctuary. I have visited a few times and he is happy, content and, I think, in love.... I could not have picked a better place for my beloved bird and knowing he is happy makes me happy. I now donate regularly to Pat's sanctuary as a way to take care of him and other birds that are so kindly adopted by Pat. I hope that everyone understands how hard it is to take care of these wonderful creatures and helps to keep the sanctuary going.

Best Regards,

Nearly New Thrift
Benefiting Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary...

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3 Dawna C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had occasion to visit this facility in November of 2015. With much trepidation, I agreed to place by Blue and Gold and Scarlet Macaws with FEBS. I have had these birds for 20+ years, raised the Scarlet from a hatchling. I was relocating to an altitude of 9000 feet and there was no way I could keep the birds in their aviary and I was not going to force them into an indoor cage. I knew there was no way I would sell them or rehome them, only to have them sold again or not given the care I gave them. My birds spent their entire lives in an outdoor aviary with lots of stimulation and attention. I spent some time talking with Bob Cook and finally made my way to Florida. I brought the birds and their aviary. When I arrived Bob was there and in no time the caretaker (who lives on site, SORRY I forgot his name) had their aviary together and made sure there were toys and branches. While all this took place (several hours) I had free roam of the sanctuary. No place was "off limits". I was amazed at all the birds. Yes, some of them were in temporary cages, some were in large flight cages and there was a huge aviary under construction for the Macaws. EVERY cage had food, water, branches and toys. I will say this, I don't know how the one caretaker does it all. He is on-site and this man REALLY cares about these birds. He is a very nice man and was willing to discuss all of his catering duties with me. I don't think anyplace is perfect. Not even a zoo. I have seen some zoos that I would never put my birds in! FEBS really cares about these birds and does what they can to enlarge flights, provide quality food and fresh foods and nuts. In addition, if I call, I am able to get updates about my birds. I can visit without having any questions asked. Did it cost for me to place my birds? Sure! And it wasn't exactly cheap. But then I wasn't looking for cheap, I was looking for as much peace of mind that I could find.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently visited this beautiful sanctuary and was so impressed with its beauty and with the knowledge and care of the birds.
The facility was immaculately maintained and the birds seemed very happy there!
If I ever have a bird I couldn't take care of, I would certainly leave it in their care, with a peaceful mine and heart.

6 Fabio A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this place! The birds are so loved and happy!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited this business and was totally amazed with the compassion and energy the staff have toward the parrots they care for. This is a very organized and dedicated group of people, with a sole mission to rescue parrots and educate the public about the awesome responsibility to care for these birds. Go see them and get educated!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is unbelievable! An amazing amount of various birds. The employees and volunteers were so helpful and knowledgeable. The birds are given exceptional care and the cages are full of toys and very clean. My favorite bird was "Precious ". She dances and says, "Go precious, go Precious! I'll be back!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for over a year at this sanctuary, I find it appalling that someone would get on this forum and trash their hard word and dedication. I have access to the entire facility and there are no nesting boxes, birds missing or even being adopted. Anyone that reads the lies and garbage being put here by this ONE individual ( you can tell that it is the same person by the broken English and the same accusations, he even uses pictures from the web to try and show that they came from our sanctuary) it is really sad that an ex volunteer would do such a thing! He left because he wanted Patricia to sell the cages and birds and split the money with him so when she refused to do so, he left and opened a "so called sanctuary" of his own in Tampa. Please visit our facility and then his. Night and day! He is being investigated by this forum for what he is doing and has already been contacted by our attorney for slander. All of the staff and volunteers at FEBS work very hard and truly do not have time for this kind of nonsense.

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Birdmother 03/24/2016

Thank you so much, we love our volunteers!!!

9 kaylacwalinski

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just got home from another great visit at FEBS! Thanks to Patricia and all of the volunteers/workers at FEBS for their hard work. It really shows. The new sanctuary in Hudson is amazing... and "Paul" the caretaker was nice and worked very good with the birds. They really take time to show the birds love and attention. My macaw "Zsa Zsa" has problems with biting her feet around breeding season. Patricia takes the time to put ointment on her feet to make it better, which says a lot because in the past I have been the only one who has been able to pick her up!
I'm not sure why someone is commenting hateful comments on this review page. They're obviously written by the same person, (check the broken English.) What a shame it is that instead of helping other rescues, this person is attacking them. I would recommend that if someone is doubtful about the work this sanctuary does, give them a call and make a visit to see for yourself how awesome they are!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bringing my Catalina macaw "Zsa Zsa" to Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary has been the best decision that I have ever made for her! I had her in my care for 4 great years, but felt guilty keeping her in a cage for most of her life, alone and without other macaws. Macaws are very social in the wild and have constant stimulation and exercise. I am over joyed with the love that they give to ALL of the birds in their care. Every staff member and volunteer has been nice and honest with me. Zsa Zsa has been at the sanctuary since the end of April. She is very comfortable there. When I brought her to see all of the healthy and lively birds, she immediately was interested, yet calm. When I set up her acclimation cage she went inside and ate her food right away. She has always been a "mama's bird" and not wanting to leave my side, but she wasn't nervous at all when I brought her.... she still isn't when I visit her. The staff is also really good about communication so when I left her I was able to keep in touch without a problem.
If you are thinking about bringing your bird here for a forever home I strongly recommend this place without a doubt. If you have any doubts about the sanctuary then make a phone call to them and plan a visit! Ask questions, look at the great condition all the parrots are in, the healthy food they eat, the clean water they drink, and the beautiful property they get to enjoy every day. Just make sure to say hi to Zsa Zsa!
If you have any questions, (as I did many in the beginning of this journey,) feel free to leave a COMMENT below this post or e-mail me at [email protected]

8 Joe I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was amazing, visiting all the exotic birds at the sanctuary. The birds are so spoiled, with lots of toys and activities, the staff is really amazing. I would like more time, so I can volunteer on a more regular basis.

Would Highly recommend.,,,

6 Cindy117

Client Served

Rating: 5

My current plans are to rehome my two macaws with FEBS in April. For anyone with negative reviews, PLEASE email me privately with your concerns [email protected] I love my two babies more than I can say. I'm VERY particular about what they eat and how they live. I did not see anything that alarmed at FEBS. But if anyone wants to share information with me that you have PROOF of, please contact me at the email address above.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Patricia and the birds at FEBS a couple of weeks ago. I must say how impressed I am with the sanctuary and Patricia's vision for FEBS. I plan to relocate my babies to FEBS in the near future knowing I'm doing the best thing for them. I want them to be birds, to live with other birds, and to be able to fly. I have found the place where I can give them that gift.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The worst place to place your parrot , I will not take my parrot there , ask them about breeding and ask for some paper before you give them your bird and money or you will lose them all . They lie about everything when the person that did all their website, Facebook, Youtube and some manything and he found out the commit fraud he left . This place even lie about the 750 SQ ft cage that is outside of the cage not inside . 10x150= 1500
come on why do they have to lie about something simple like that? Do they really think everyone is dumb?

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Birdmother 03/24/2016

Sad that ONE guy that has never stepped foot on our property is so jealous of our work that he would post something like this. Go out and try to help some birds!!!! It is against the law to forge and misuse pictures , since your not aware of American law practices, thought you should know.

9 Anlyros

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would love to know why all the people with negative things to say do not give specifics? There should be no fear of liable if you are speaking the truth and can back up your claims.
I do not understand the bashing that goes on amid these organizations by those that run them. Help each other for the sake of the birds.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Aussie, a wild caught Moluccan cockatoo, was provided sanctuary by Pat Norton and the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary in February of 2009. Unlike most cockatoo's, in her 20+ years she had only one home before she came to live with me. Wanting the best situation for her, I began looking for a sanctuary where she could live her life on her terms, being a bird with others of her own species. After talking to a number of sanctuaries and visiting those I could, I found FEBS and Aussie's new home! Pat is one of those special, unselfish people who does much more than provide a home for birds. She is involved in the community and goes into the schools. The sanctuary would like to build more of the large flights that the macaws currently enjoy and I hope she gets the support she deserves to provide more birds with the joy of flight. Please consider donating to FEBS and providing the help these birds need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FEBS mission really resonates with me. There are not many sanctuaries out there that do not breed, adopt out or sell their birds. The idea that a bird can be a bird and live within a flock makes me feel like that is the best thing I could give my companion parrot. Thank you for all that you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

You know what really gets me? There are posts on here, about specifically, bashing Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, how they do not have some or all the birds that was placed in their care? GO LOOK FOR YOURSELF! Each and EVERY member is that was placed in the care of Pat Norton, IS STILL THERE! HAPPY AND VERY PEACEFUL! The facilities that you should be aware of, is the one that is posting LIES and false information out on the web. Please take the time to prove to yourself, where your dear friend should be placed ... someone that actually KNOWS how to take care of a parrot and give them a VERY AMAZING home, or with someone that doesn't know their *** from a hole in the ground.

Ask that sanctuary, .. who their vet is, ask for their name and contact information, how long they have been a provider, are they licensed with the state, certified to even give your parrot a proper home.... MANY MORE questions need to be asked. You are the fool if you do not ask specifics before you place your parrot with any sanctuary, let alone zahksee.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Beware of this place...I love to go off of reviews for my decisions I have to make, but this is one instance where you need to dig deeper. Yea the couple of flight aviaries they have are nice, but besides that there is tons of money going into this place and all I saw was nasty old small cages, a weird environment, and a cheap seed diet for the birds. There are also some terrible things going on behind the scenes (selling the birds, breeding the birds, etc.) Trust me, there are much better sanctuaries out there for your bird.

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Birdmother 02/08/2017

Unfortunately, this review was written by a person that left as a volunteer years ago and tried to start his own Sanctuary. He constactly tries to place these awful posts in social media, You are welcome to come see for yourself that it is nothing like what this disgruntled mean person is saying about our facility. Please be open minded and look at the other 185 great reviews from the wonderful people that LOVE who we are and what we do. We believe in complete transparency.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would like to say that this is the best bird sanctuary and organization i can think of and ever finding out about. I was amazed what I saw yesterday when i visited the Bird Sanctuary. The care that they give their birds, is out of this world. They take their needs serious and as I see, the staff is well trained in what they specialize in. Please help support the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary.... it is a great cause!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Patricia does such an amazing job with these parrots. Volunteering there i get to see the care and love that goes to these animals as well as regular access to veterinary care. I started due to my love of parrots to be around them and learn more. It's been an amazing experience and I'm awed every day by the love, compassion and fight that goes into caring for these birds by the owner, staff and other volunteers. Not many sanctuaries I've experienced can boast the same as well as the ideal living environment with free flight aviaries, etc.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The BEST place to have your parrot! FEBS takes care of your bird for life. My two African Greys came here in February and they are adapting beautifully. I was so afraid to make the decision to put them in the sanctuary, but now I am happy and eagerly volunteering there. Instead of two birds, I love and feed hundreds! Best non-profit in my view.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The worst place to have your Parrot , Ask director of FEBS how many parrot are missing from FEBS?
scamming people is against the law
Breeding, selling and trading sanctuary parrot are against the law ,
I will stop you , ask FEBS to provide you with the the info or I will do that .
Did you give bird to FEBS?
Do you like your parrot to be used for breeding?
do you want your parrot to be traded?
Do you want your parrot to be sold?
If you say no then I am here to stop FEBS.
I have photos, Videos and e-mail .
I will stop FEBS.

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Birdmother 06/13/2015

From the President and Executive Director of FEBS. This Person worked for us over 4 years ago and was very upset that we would not give him a position on our Board. He went out without any experience in Parrot Care (other than what he learned from us) and opened a "So called Sanctuary" We have and will take further legal action against him for posting the lies he is posting on our website. He is currently in a huge legal battle and is being locked out of his own facility. I am deeply concerned about the birds that unsuspecting people are turning into him. We are and have been a legitimate group of an active Board of Directors, members and volunteers. I am sure if we were doing anything other than our mission statement , someone would have seen that and posted something. In the 161 reviews on this site and hundreds of peopel coming in to visit their birds there would be a post of some kind. We have an open door policy other than Zaksee, so called "Sanctuary", that is not doing good things for these birds is the only bad review you will see here....I am sorry for the drama, he is taking away valuable time that should being spent on the birds. Not legal costs or internet bashing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great place. They are doing wonderful work and we cant wait until the new sanctuary is up and running for all to see! They need your help by volunteering and helping it to have everything they need. Trust me you will fall in love with everyone!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been donating to FEBS for several years. We also volunteered a day to help build aviaries and do landscaping at their new property. FEBS has purchased five acres so they can move and increase the number of birds that they can help. Every dollar they take in is used judiciously to make life better for birds who need a forever home. They care for all parrots from large macaws to small cockatiels. There is also an incredible group of dedicated volunteers who help make this happen. Expansion plans include an education center to help people understand that "birds need to be birds". Parrots are sometimes the "forgotten" creatures when it comes to animal welfare. Please donate to this worthy organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary continues to exceed my expectations as they work hard to expand their facility. They have used your generous donations to purchase land that has the potential to let them double the number of birds that they can care for. With an ever increasing number of birds that are relinquished or abandoned because of economic issues, they are bursting at the seams and need the space. They are creative and successful in approaching and getting help from local businesses. Any dollar donated here is well spent and maximized.

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7 Peg_7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am owned by 16-17 year young African Grey parrot named Ashye. As my husband and I are not spring chickens anymore, we have been looking to prepare for her future, when we will no longer be here to care for her. As most people know, parrots require lots of attention, good, fresh foods and are a lifetime commitment.
We discovered FEBS after lots of research and knew we needed to go the next step. We contacted Patricia and scheduled a day to visit the sanctuary in person.
When we arrived we were greeted by a cacophany of whistles, hellos and other common noises made by parrots when someone new enters their home. We were delighted to see that newcomers were quarantined to ensure the other members would not become ill and to allow the new guests a chance to view their new forever homes from a small distance. We had planned on being gone about an hour but were surpeised when we realized we had been there for 3! We toured the entire facility and spoke extensively with Patricia about the sanctuary and her plans and goals for the residents.
After much consideration we have added a Pet Trust to our wills and included a codicil that will have Patricia meeting Ashye to take her to her new home when the time arises.
Between now and then we contribute when we can to the Sanctuary and have even helped raise new aviaries at the new site.
i would highly recommend this organization as a valuable place for your feathered friends to live out their lives as "birds" and to visit and volunteer whenever you can.
I know Ashye will be well cared for, well fed and loved after we are gone.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Patricia and all the people at Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. They have a pair of my birds I could no longer care for myself. I trust them and that isn't easy with birds you love and are family. I appreciate them and what they also do in avian education. I am so thankful that I found them. It was worth the very long drive from states away. Pam

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cared for my Cockatoo, Beasley, for over 20 years. Once I saw Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, I knew I had found his forever home - one where he could really BE a bird and not just a pet. Beasley has been living there now for almost a year and he is looking forward to a new aviary where he can fly like he was never able to as a pet. This is a truly unusual organization. Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary doesn't just take parrots that people can no longer care for, they guarantee that parrot a home that will never change. Many parrot sanctuaries re-home the birds they receive, but not Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. The parrots that come to live here will never have to be a pet and subject to someone's whims, no matter how kind, again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Started 1 time a week as a volunteer, fell in love and now im there 5 times a week but we need more help. Love what they are about and what a concept. .just letting a bird be a bird! Imagine that!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I needed a safe and as close to natural setting available for my parrot and Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary was perfect. The intake process of bringing my bird to the sanctuary, learning what the quarantine process was, and then seeing the aviary he would be joining was great.

I came to visit several weeks later and my bird was doing great! The aviary is large and open with plenty of room to fly, play with the other birds and toys, and be a bird. This is what I wanted for my baby. He also has found a buddy who preens and loves him. I couldn't be happier.

3 Marilyn18

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we had to give up our male Blue and Gold Macaw, Elvis, three years ago, we found this wonderful sanctuary. Every visit back has confirmed our expectations. The folks at the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary do a magnificent job with their charges. We cannot thank them enough.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When it is no longer possible to keep a large parrot in a home the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is a godsend. Because of bird breeders, many people now own Macaws and other large birds as pets. Often, after many years, these birds become too aggressive to continue as companion animals. That is when the large aviaries and expert staff at the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary come to the rescue. We had to surrender Elvis, our blue and gold macaw, after ten years. We had originally received Elvis as a rescue, and as we had already had another smaller parrot for many years, we felt capable of caring for him. All went well until he reached approximately the age of 18 - our sweet bird became too aggressive to handle. It was heartbreaking for us, but we know he is happy and well cared for. It was very important to us that he would not be up for adoption. These birds live a long time, and there are many of them out there who will need the sanctuary this organization provides.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Yes, my brother, only 3 years older than me, had passed away. He left his two exotic Amazon Double Yellow-Head Parrots (Cisco and Ciara), and a large, wonderful cat that I now call, Chappy. I fostered his parrots for about 7 months, and it was a love affair from the beginning, but at my age then (65) realized they were just too much for me to handle in a way that was the best for 'them'.

I began an intensive research on what would be the best environment for them regarding a new home: Try to find someone to pass them over to, or surrender them to a bird sanctuary! I talked with others I knew that had parrots, and I GOOGLED for sanctuaries across the USA. I found several, a couple in California, one near the east coast, and two in Florida. After reading about them, and making contacts with some of the sanctuaries, I decided - WITHOUT A DOUBT - the best place for them was the FLORIDA EXOTIC BIRD SANCTUARY (FEBS) in Wesley Chapel, Florida (currently).

As I talked with Patricia (Owner/Founder, and Avian Veterinarian) of the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary I realized this was the best place for any domesticated parrot. From the time we pulled into the driveway at the FEBS we were immediately greeted by a volunteer and Patricia. -- My parrots were both very, very keen on all the sounds of all the many, many parrots (380) already residing at the sanctuary. -- We transferred Cisco & Ciara into a large 'holding' cage (that they had waiting for them) located in the holding area. Then, we were given a thorough tour of the sanctuary.

FEBS is a wonderful, non-for-profit organization, that truly understands and cares for the needs of these beautiful birds. This sanctuary does now allow the bird to breed, nor do they sell or adopt out any of the birds; the parrots will live out the remainder of their life socializing with other parrots of their kind; feeling free and able to actually 'fly' as they were naturally meant to live. All of the parrots that are surrendered to the sanctuary are gently cared for by the staff and volunteers.

I surrendered my brother's parrots (Cisco & Ciara) to the sanctuary in November 2013 and I plan to visit them maybe this Fall 2014. I am hoping they will remember me, and I cannot wait too see how they are getting along, if they have grown, and how happy they are now . . . socializing with other Amazons and feeling free!

I cannot find the best words to express how I feel about the sanctuary that Patricia has founded, from her love of birds / exotic birds, and from her keen awareness of the need for such a sanctuary.

Barbara Spanknoble, Lenexa, Kansas

4 Sandra65

Client Served

Rating: 5

A year ago I made the most difficult decision I've ever had to make in my 5 decades of life. I had raised my greenwing macaw from her hatch date, February 2003. We were bonded or so I thought. At age eleven she started displaying signs of sexual maturity and was becoming increasingly aggressive towards me. Greenwings are pretty much one person birds so I was the only one that could handle her without getting bit, but as I said, she was becoming dangerously aggressive, jealous of the other animals and my husband. On top of that, taking her to the vet for the quarterly wing clipping and beak grinding was starting to grind on my guilt. What was I doing to this poor creature? She was a bird with natural bird instincts and here I was trying to domesticate her. That's when Pat Norton swooped into my life on the internet, and cooed those magic words, "We allow your bird to just be a bird." Like I said, it was the hardest thing for me to let go of a creature that I thought that I would have forever. But Pat Norton's kind nature, the existence of the sanctuary and it's volunteers not only made my decision easier but possible. I still miss my bird, but a simple phone call or texted picture dries up whatever tears I may shed. I made the right decision and the best choice for my bird. I am so glad that I found FEBS!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My very good friend, Dude, a 20 year old miligold macaw, has been in the compassionate and capable care of FEBS since late 2011. He is thriving there and has even become paired with a very cute, he tells me, Blue & Gold female macaw. As a retiring veterinarian, I searched and researched situations that would allow Dude the future he deserved, even though he could not follow us into our next life chapter. I am forever grateful for the extraordinary commitment the FEBS staff and volunteers make to assure birds like Dude a 'forever' home when it is most needed. I also am thankful for the other caring donors who make the continuation and expansion of this good work possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is by far the best bird sanctuary that I have ever actually volunteered at and observed the love and compassion that the owner and president Patricia Northern puts into it seven days a week . She dedicates her life to these beautiful and loving parrots . The birds are like children needing love and care it will bring tears to your eyes all they want is love and to be a bird and that is what they get at FEBS .
Being a parrot owner and on disability I know the love and attention it requires to take proper care of them and some day I may have to place my sweet boy at FEBS . I hope I will be able to care for him through out his life but if not I will have peace in my mind and heart knowing he is in the best hands with pat and FEBS .. It also is expensive to take care of the parrots feeding them and medical attention when necessary and they jump right on it if they need medical care . I don't think most people know what all is involved in taking care of a parrot and the costs that go along with it . If you are looking or thinking about placing your bird I hope this letter helps you make your mind up , as well as donations are always welcome and needed for our feathered children .. Thank you .
Michele P.

2 Mitzi2

Client Served

Rating: 5

FEBS is a TRUE sanctuary in every sense of the word. We placed our cockatoo with them because we saw the love and care that every bird receives AND we knew that our bird would never have to leave the sanctuary. None of these birds are "nameless" creatures to any of the staff and every staff member takes time with these awesome birds. Every need is met for every bird. They are fed balanced diets, housed in clean and temperate environments, given regular medical care, and they are LOVED. Patricia Norton is lovingly called "Bird Mother" because she is a mother to these birds...they are all her babies. FEBS, Patricia Norton, and all of the staff are dedicated to the nurture and well being of these magnificent birds.

1 adbillings

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Macaw, Tango, is a permanent resident at FEBS and absolutely loves it. No more feather plucking and anxiety now that he has a flock to live with!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Blue & Gold Macaw, Tango, was placed with FEBS in 2012. He has blossomed in the outdoor aviary with fellow macaws and is living the life!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FEBS truly cares about the birds they take in and they treat every single member of the flock like their very own personal pet. I've seen first hand the love and affection they show these birds and the high standards of cleanliness, healthy feeding & watering practices and even so far as which cage they will place birds based on their personality. FEBS really knows what they are doing and they are an honest team. It makes my heart happy knowing my two conures have such a loving forever home where they can "just be a bird"! Thank you FEBS!

2 Ashyegirl

Client Served

Rating: 5

My CAG is a beautiful 16 year old, or there abouts, who came to live with us 6 years ago after her owner left her to return to France. Plucked naked and scared of her own shadow then, she is now a vibrant, fully feathered, fully flighted part of our family.

I started searching for a place where she could go when I am no longer here for her. I visited Patricia and the Sanctuary after some careful research. How exciting to see all those beautiful creatures flying, eating and happy!

My main focus was, of course, on the Grey Aviary and was surprised as each Grey came over to the enclosure to say hello or get a scratch. Friendly, talking and unassuming they just seemed to be greeting me.

I spent about 2 hours there and lots of time asking Patricia lots of questions. At the end of the day, we have decided that we will not rehome Ashye, but allow her to spend the rest of her days with a flock of her own kind, knowing she will be well cared for.

These are special creatures that need a place to call home forever, and your donations can only make their lives better....I know Ashye will be thankful!

Peg

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Placing our four beloved Amazon parrots at the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary (FEBS) was the best decision that my husband and I have ever made for our birds. We wanted to ensure that our parrots (two of whom have minor special needs) would always have the best care and environment to ensure their health and happiness long term, especially if they were to survive us or our ability to care for them. Because we have no family member or friend who could care for our birds if we were unable to do so, I began to search for the best avian sanctuary that would accept them when that time came. Several long-established rescues were willing to accept our parrots, but none met all the criteria that are important to us. Then, after a 6-year search, we found FEBS. We soon realized that FEBS offers all the advantages we’d hoped to find for Maria, Gonzo, Lucy, and Bella, and that the environment there is better for them than the best we could provide in our home. We decided to apply for their immediate placement and were grateful that they were accepted for residence there. In July of this year, we transferred our birds to FEBS. With Pat Norton’s advice and guidance, their flight on the airline she recommended was smooth and without problems. We provided funding so that a large outdoor flight cage (21 feet long, 12 feet wide, and 8 feet high) could be built for our parrots, and in that cage, they can really fly! They have many toys to play with and an excellent diet, and they are free to socialize at all times with each other and with four other compatible Amazons who now share their cage. Our parrots receive the medical care they require (an avian veterinarian regularly visits FEBS), and I can see from their current photos that their feather condition has improved since they left our home, probably because of the misting system that FEBS provides and the high humidity in Florida (both of which benefit those tropical birds). We look forward to installing a Web cam in our parrots’ cage so that we can log on and “visit” them at any time. We have great confidence in Pat Norton’s knowledge about parrot psychology, behavior, and care and in her commitment to providing the best environment for FEBS birds. We look forward to her updates about our Amazons, and we remain delighted with our decision to place our parrots at FEBS. If you would like more information about our experience in doing so, please ask Pat for our contact information.

Jane Vail (Mark Vail, husband)

CheetoMom

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's been less than a year since I took my Sun Conure 'Cheeto' to FEBS. When I made the decision to place her with FEBS I was devastated because I worried she wouldn't be happy--that she would miss me and couldn't possibly live without me. BOY WAS I WRONG! Cheeto is now in a LARGE flight cage with other conures and is doing GREAT! I went to visit her last weekend and she remembered me, gave me kisses, and sat on my shoulder. It was bittersweet but I will never regret placing her at FEBS. Patricia and her staff are truly amazing, they go out of their way to keep you updated on your bird and do everything they can to get other birds sponsored. I'm just happy that Cheeto and all the other lucky birds at FEBS can just be birds.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I placed my Sun Conure, Cheeto, with FEBS just this morning. While I am heartbroken that I will no longer have her in my daily life, I am thrilled to have found such an amazing place for her. I 'owned' Cheeto for nearly 3 years and she was so irrevocably bonded to me that she would have nothing to do with anyone else. If she was not perched on my shoulder at all times she was screaming and calling out for me. Needless to say this caused problems during the work week and I ended up realizing that my keeping her was selfish. She deserves the kind of care and life she will be getting with FEBS--a life I could never have provided for her. Thank GOD for FEBS! I am so happy to have found FEBS and Patricia.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Blue and Gold maccaw, Lola, had been spending time outside of her cage most of her life until one day she flew off and we had trouble getting her back. After that, she was inside of her cage and seemed to hate that, and so did we. My heart ached for her and I did some research online and found that Florida Exotic Sanctuary was our best chance of providing her an environment that is the closest she'll ever be to her natural environment; however, the idea of not seeing her everyday was sad for me so we started by leaving her there for a week, and then came to visit her, then two weeks up to four weeks. After the trial period she seemed so happy and relaxed, it would have been a sin to take her out of that environment. Thanks to Patty, her patience with us and her love and understanding of these birds we could come to terms with parting with our bird and understand that she needs more than just human interaction to be happy. She can now fly, she is among others of her kind and she is blossoming like she would have never had she stayed in the environment that we were able to provide. Thanks, FEBS! Thanks, Patty!

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Donor

Rating: 5

After 2 years of searching and investigating I found FEBS. Several visits reenforced my hopes for a sanctuary that had large flights, was clean, not overcrowded and fed the birds a great diet. I placed Sugar, Mollucan cockatoo, there to have a happy social life with room to fly and never be sold or bred. During my recent visit I was invited into the cockatoo flight where I was instantly welcomed by friendly birds that wanted to perch on me and be stroked. I know without doubt that I've placed my love of 20 years with the finest sanctuary. Bless Pat norton and her dedicated staff

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As age related health issues became an issue as to how well we could provide a quality social life to Sugar (Mollucan cockatoo) we began our 2 year search for a quality home . After checking adaption sites from Florida to Washington state we twice visited FEBS and found it to be a beatifully maintained facility staffed by hard working and very compassionate people under the leadership of Pat Norton. The adapted birds of all species enjoy a life in large flights. Surprisingly in spite of the number of birds, Pat and her staff know each one by name. Sugar was carefully introduced into a large flight with other cockatoos and is now enjoying life as a family member. This was an extremely dificult decision to part with him as we had him from the time he was a 14 gram neonate til now(22 years). It is comforting to know that he will always be fed, cared for and never be sold to anyone as a breeder or pet. Hopefully in the near future FEBS will find a larger property so they can expand their mission.Let us not forget that they need our continued support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I appreciate all the loving work that goes into caring for these amazing, smart animals. Great job!!!!

2 cinnamon85

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization. I had to part with two of my birds and was thrilled to find this sanctuary. I feel good knowing my brid babies are living in a humane and natural bird habituate. The owner is compasionate and dedicated to allowing birds to be birds with cages large enough for them to spread their wings. I personally do not feel it should be legal to breed and keep exotic birds as pets, but for those that are here we should do what we can to create a safe and caring environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful refuge for exotic birds that have lost their homes. The birds intermingle with their own species, are well fed, and have large flight cages that are clean and well maintained. I applaud the good deeds, dedication and hard work necessary to make this operation a success.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My Sulphur Cockatoo had no place to go because we moved to a smaller home and it was quite difficult to keep her in our small living room in her large cage. We had fostered her in the hope to find a forever home but were disappointed when we started looking untill we visited FEBS. We were impressed at the concern for the birds by the cartaker and finally we knew we had found our "SNOW" a forever home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My Moluccan Cockatoo, Snuggles, lived with me for seven years. I love him dearly. For a cockatoo, Snuggles is the most well behaved I have ever seen., I love him dearly. I truly thought we would be together forever. But then my daughter moved back in unexpectedly, and shortly thereafter my grandson was born. My grandson has several health issues, asthma for one, being allergic to birds another. When his pediatrician diagnosed him, I knew I had to find a place for Snuggles to live out the rest of his life. I would not give him to a stranger and no one I knew and trusted would take him. I had to find a place where I knew he would be safe and happy. It took awhile, but I came across the FEBS website. I knew this was the place for Snuggs. The sanctuary is very far from me, I live in Holly Hill, Florida, and I knew when I placed him I would probably not get to see him very often. Eventually I decided not to be selfish and do what's best for Snuggles. At FEBS, Snuggles is with other Moluccans in a very large, clean outdoor enclosure. He has a girfriend named Cami-Sue. He can scream as loud and as long as he wants to. Basically, he gets to be a bird, not a pet. He's happy and I could not ask for anything more. I have peice of mind and that is priceless.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have an umbrella cockatoo named Aussie. When we first purchased Aussie as a baby, we were naive of the needs of an adult umbrella cockatoo. As Aussie got older, and started exhibiting typical mature big bird behaviors it became apparent that we would be unable to accomodate him in a residential neighborhood. He needed room to just be a bird. We made the difficult decision to start looking for an appropriate home for Aussie. I had read some real horror stories of birds that for whatever reason had to leave their first home and then went the rounds of owner to owner and or pet shop, ofter with terrible results. He deserved more than that. Then I found FEBS on the internet. Within a few days, I talked with Pat and arranged a visit of the facility. My wife and I were immediately struck by the pleasant grounds and facilties. The birds had room to stretch their wings and fly and squawk. The more we talked to Pat and heard and saw her vision for a "forever home" and a true sanctuary for the birds, we knew that we had found a home for Aussie. Aussie has been at FEBS for several months now and whenever I go to visit him, he appears healthy and seems quite happy. I can not say enough good things about FEBS and Pat. I go there as often as I can to volunteer my building skills and will continue to do so because I believe in what FEBS is doing for our feathered friends.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a very spoiled cockatoo named Miko. My biggest worry in this world is what would happen to her if something happened to me. I thought of giving her to a rescue to find her a home, but I have talked to so many people that have or know someone that has a cockatoo and they just leave them in the cage as a "trophy." Cockatoos are very "needy" and attention seeking birds and if Miko ended up in a home like that, she would die a slow, lonely death. So I started looking at different places. I finally saw FEBS and went and toured the sanctuary. The birds all had plenty of food and water and toys. there were volunteers in one of the aviaries hand feeding fruit to the birds. They looked happy and healthy. Miko came with me and was nervous. She pooped on me which she never does. Very quickly while touring though, she got very comfortable saying "hello" to the birds. I was told they are looking to expand. Until that time, they could use donations or supplies to help build other aviaries so they can take in more birds that can no longer live with their owners. I am offering my time to help the facility. I hope I can give my little girl a lot more years, but if the time came that I couldn't or if I pass on, I now feel comfortable where she can go. If you are reading this, please help this organization and these birds any way you can. thank you for reading this.. God Bless, Linda

2 Ahisha L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot express the gratitude my family and I feel when it comes to Pat and everyone at FEBS. Picture having to place a beloved family member in a "home" because you can no longer care for them. The anxiety, heartbreak, and worry can be overwhelming. This is what my family experienced when we realized we could not longer care for our African Grey Parrot. We found FEBS online and contacted Pat. From our very first communication with her, we felt like we were corresponding with a family member.
We paid a visit to the sanctuary and spent about 2 hours with Pat . She comforted us when we cried and made us laugh at some of the stories behind the birds at FEBS. I don't know who she does it, but Pat knows each bird by name and their back story! Amazing!
After much thought we decided the best place for our parrot would be at FEBS. We have never regretted the decision....wish we would have found FEBS sooner. FEBS is life changing....not just for the birds that come to live in the sanctuary, but for people like me and my family we LOVE our animals but through circumstances beyond our control, we could no longer keep our parrot.
The best part is that we are able to visit anytime we want and we feel as part of the great organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a vision of finding bird paradise for my Blue Crowned Conure, Skipper, a year ago, and was fortunate to discover and become involved with FEBS. FEBS's mission of allowing birds to be birds in a natural habitat was aligned with my vision, and when meeting Pat, I soon realized that FEBS was the real deal. It has been wonderful to see my Conure acclimated to his new large cage with other birds in his pecking order, and to see that he has now bonded with a mate. His acclimation process took several months and was carefully managed by Pat and her expertise. I am delighted to be my bird's on-going sponsor and to be welcomed as a support to this extraordinary sanctuary that has a broad vision of expansion and education. This nonprofit is a gem that deserves to be well-funded so that it can fulfill it's important to improve the plight of our extraordinary feathered friends. LWM

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been searching for a safe, well maintained sanctuary in which to place our three birds who will outlive us. Our biggest fear was that they would be shuttled from home to home at the whim of new owners who don't understand birds or their needs. The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is everything we could hope for. When I visited I found the birds well fed and happy with toys to play with and companions of their own species. They all looked fully feathered and well adjusted. We are confident we couldn't find a better place for a forever home for our three feathered children.