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HAPPY WINGS SANCTUARY INC

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Happy Wings Sanctuary focuses on the rescue and rehabilitation of any bird in need! Rescue, Rehabilitate, Educate! We're happy to have you as part of our virtual family and look forward to working together in helping save birds in need! ♥ For daily videos of the sanctuary kiddos and birds available for adoption, please visit our FB page at Happy Wings Sanctuary!

Target demographics: birds in need

Geographic areas served: Virginia.

Programs: rescuing, rehabilitating and educating!

Community Stories

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Birgit M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great sanctuary! Take good care of their birds. Funny and helpful videos. Excellent Work!

1 mrsgoldfish

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I dont even know how to begin with how AWESOME Happy Wings Sanctuary is! If you are on Facebook and get the daily posts,you will learn so much about the birds dietary needs,care,healthy behavior requirements and all around FUN of caring for feathered friends and the commitment it takes. You get to meet the wacky residents and see their opinions of the daily bird chaos. My favorite,and it is hard to pick just one,is Dooby Goose with his water stompin dancin ways that made him an internet superstar! Every post is wonderfully up to date,and She has even made time to answer some questions for me,which I am totally grateful for.Such a worthy cause and very deserving of the donations they recieve! I hope you find this review helpful. ~Mrs Christi Turner

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Donor

Rating: 5

This charity has been so rewarding to donate to with the adoption stories and information on caring for birds in your home.I have learned so much since following their page.Being able to see the transformation in the rescues from beginning to end is wonderful!And in my home state of Virginia,even better!I have messaged her with questions and She always replies.Very well managed.

2 Kari C.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Every bird at Happy Wings Sanctuary is provided with the best care. From enrichment to nutrition, they are treated to the very best. Tanya is not only a fantastic care giver, but she's also a stellar advocate for ALL birds - highlighting the often sad and neglected plight of companion parrot. She both educates on their proper care, but brings awareness to the challenges these animals face when brought into homes.

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1

Donor

Rating: 5

The world is a better place because of Tanya and Happy Wings Bird Sanctuary. There aren't words for the gratitude we should all feel because of the hard work and loving care she gives to EVERY bird in her flock. I donate to several animal sanctuaries, and this is one of my favorites. Thank you Happy Wings Bird Sanctuary for all that you do!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never met someone so willing to bend over backwards to help---be that a bird , or a human. Tanya loves each and every life she has charge over. She goes above and beyond in her job to find each bird a safe, soft place to land. I cannot recommend Happy Wings highly enough!!

Camille A.

Client Served

Rating: 1

I love Happy Wings Sanctuary, they show us that the impossible is possible, every day. If I have a question about my birds, I get a knowledgeable answer. To me they are the best.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

They love and care for animals that come their way. They never fail an animal.

1 Rose S.3

Donor

Rating: 5

They have done so much for many birds in need. I donate to them when I can and enjoy seeing all their updates on the birds. They take such great care of them.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely love this rescue! So much compassion and genuine concern for the animals in her care. Does such an amazing job taking care of them all and it shows! Always so upbeat and positive. She is what a true rescue is all about!

1 Debbie S.10

Donor

Rating: 5

Tanya Snell, who runs Happy Wings Sanctuary, is the most devoted and passionate rescuer I have ever known. Her entire life is devoted to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming (to approved owners) every kind of pet bird! She always goes the extra mile with her birds; makes sure they are vetted regularly, fed good, nutritious food, have clean, large and stimulating environments and are talked to, handled and engaged every day. Her days start early and she works tirelessly every day to give her rescues every advantage to experience their best life. She also rescues ducks, geese and chickens and LOVES them ALL dearly. She is so enthusiastic about and committed to every bird in her care. I honestly don't know how she does it, but she is one of my heroes and I have the utmost respect for her!!! She is absolutely AWESOME!!!

Sue Goltz H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Happy Wings Sanctuary has transformed the lives of so many birds. Whether its saving a parrot from a horrible situation to taking in a well loved pet who's owner just can't care for it anymore. They are awesome. I've been following them for years. I have learned how to feed my parrot better from their website. I've donated when able and participated in fundraisers for them and will continue.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've followed Happy Wings for a long time. I've watched their successes and their needs. No matter what the birds come first.

1 Catherine I.

Donor

Rating: 5

The absolute best bird sanctuary out there! All the rescues receive so much love and attention.

1 Emily H.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Happy Wings Sanctuary! They are the best and I love how much they care about their feathered friends

1 Maggie Sam A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The love and dedication of these volunteers shines through in every Facebook post....the positivity, the knowledge, the affection and caring, it all is so apparent and obvious !! Happy Wings Sanctuary inspires me and humbles me.

1 Connie C.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I love all the daily videos, pictures and moments they share of all the birds in their care. It's almost like being there in person. My highest praise is this is one of a very short list of bird sanctuaries I would like any or all of my 10 birds to go to; should I become unable to care for them. My birds are all long term family members. I know Happy Wings would take wonderful care of them and that they would also look for the best permanent new home for them.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

She does a great job with socializing and catering to birds special needs. Such as plucking and egg layers. She keeps followers updated on vet visits and posts interactions with the birds. Creative in fund raising to get what the birds need.

1 Katherine S.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do so much helping birds. Love their kindness and care.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their love and compassion for unwanted birds is awesome.

1 Jennifer E.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The owners are truly remarkable with rehabbing and rehoming sick and neglected birds of all kinds. Wish there were more people like this in the world. The most timid and shy turn around in a matter of weeks. Any health problems are looked at immediately upon arrival.

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3

Donor

Rating: 5

Tanya is a God send to all birds especially those that people seem to “throw away”

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

parrots are stunning sentient beings , at happy wings sanctuary they are treated as such and much more , they are family
Tanya (aka ma) does everything possible for the kiddos in her care those who come to stay and those who pass through her capable hands on their way to a family all of their own
ma works tirelessly (does that woman ever sleep i often wonder) and those happy little faces show it ,
my kiddo and i are based in the UK but we are proud to endorse this charity , the charity that runs to the timed beats of a huge heart

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been Following Happy Wings on Social media for a while now and have seen the many transformations of the birds that they rescue. This is a very generous rescue that will take in all types of domesticated birds from farm birds like chickens and roosters to exotic birds like parrots and macaws. I choose to support this rescue and so should everyone.

1 Jerri T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted an awesome white winged parakeet this past November. He is a great bird. Talks, funny, and had an excelllent bill of health.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love following the amazing work done at Happy Wings Santuary! I've donated to their causes and engaged in helpul bird talk with Tanya!

1 Tiffany L.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Happy Wings Sanctuary is an incredible rescue because it is organized, transparent, and has integrity. The birds in its care are deeply cared for as individuals. Appropriate adjustments are made to their environment, diet, and behavior so they can be their best. Adopters are chosen critically with the bird’s best interests, but not so strictly that adoption feels unobtainable. The rescue owner works tirelessly to provide for every possible need. I love supporting this rescue ❤️

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Happy Wings Sanctuary goes the extra mile for all of the birds in their care. They attend to the health, nutrition, and behavior issues that caused the birds to be surrendered. They provide new adopters with the best possible start! Excellent rescue!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Happy Wings Sanctuary goes above and beyond to ensure that rescued birds receive the love and care they need. The staff is phenomenal and I enjoy watching their interactions with the rescues on social media. It is evident that the staff is devoted to finding the rescues loving and forever homes. Although I live far away from the Sanctuary, I have considered adopting a rescue from them and may in the future.

1 Wayley D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Best rescue anywhere, hands down. Run by the most selfless, huge hearted woman I know and i am honored to call her my friend. There's no one that deserves this honor more in the bird world. If you don't know her, you should. Your life will be better for it. She's able to make you laugh and cry in the same breath, and her absolute love and devotion for anything with wings is simply unmeasured.

1 Jon R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found happy wings on Facebook and after scrolling through all the pictures and comments I seen they were in need of donations. I orderd some stuff on their Amazon wish list and sent it to them. After recieving the items they made a very sweet and nice post about it. I didn't expect that at all. I love hearing the story's of the birds and all the post they post are amazing.

Laurie C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I just love Tanya, Owner. I also rescue, adopt birds. I know I can always ask and consult on anything.
The birds in her charge are happy, well cared for and loved.

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1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I also rescue parrots. Whenever I need a question answered I ask Tanya. She is the best at what she does. These birds are loved and happy now.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Happy Wings brings joy to people and birds alike. By sharing the stories of the rescues on social media, and including the public into the conversations, they educate and inspire others. They share silliness, heartwarming and realistic stories that truely make it a joy to support them.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Anytime there is a bird I need the doors are open. Amazing place with amazing heats

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Rescue, rehabilitate and educate! That's exactly what they do for every bird they rescue.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Happy Wings Sanctuary is the best non-profit I've encountered. Tanya id very dedicated to all her birds, taking them to the vet regularly, making sure she sticks to their routine, spending time with them so they can bond and learn to trust people.

You can see it, when you look at the birds, how much they love and trust her. Their homes are beautiful and big, lots of toys and outside time. From chickens to budgie to cockatoo, no bird is left behind.

She's even raising funds for a new building to house more birds, it would be nice if she reached it, the goal is not far. She also does everything she can to help people who have just got a rescued bird for the first time, or just birds in general.

Happy Wings Sanctuary has been educating their followers on proper treatment of birds as well as their (the birds) well being. Each bird has a personality and it is recognised and displayed to the followers.

Tanya has long days, running Happy Wings Sanctuary on her own; cleaning cages, feeding, play time and working on top of it all. Not everything she needs she gets from donations, she often has to pay out of her pocket which shows her dedication.

I'd also like to point out how Happy Wings Sanctuary offers opportunities and exposure to companies and artists alike. Not a mean bone in her body, always ready to help... I feel it is time that she gets what she's been giving, help.

1 Eyeness Jeanne H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful what you folks do, thank you, not enough people out there helping the critters. My friend and I are always rescuing all kinds of animals, mostly turtles lately, any place that helps animals is a friend of mine. Thank you again

1 Sunan Aia R.

Donor

Rating: 5

An amazing place that helps all the parrots and birds. Just holy work!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love what this sanctuary does for it's animals. Every animal is respected, loved and given the proper veterinary care its needs. I get to see these animals go from angry/anti social and learn it's okay to love. They provide a wonderful service and should be recognized.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Loving caring uplifting stories. They inspire and educate

2 Allison M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Great charity serving a community that often goes unnoticed. They’re doing amazing work out here!

2 Lorraine A.

Donor

Rating: 5

There is a huge need for parrot rescues and Happy Wings Sanctuary is helping to fill that need. They are a top notch organization with a loving& caring executive director who gives her all to the birds.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have met the operators and volunteers of Happy Wings several times. I’m constantly amazed by the knowledge, warmth, and caring exhibited by these wonderful people.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Always happy to donate to happy wings seeing the great work they do with birds.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing people doing amazing work for the most deserving beautiful animals!!! So thankful!

2 Dawn P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Always goes above and beyond for all the animals in their care!! Even finds the time to post adorable pics, videos and stories about individuals!!

2 Patty S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that saves animals that would otherwise be put down. They show love passion and devotion for all that they do to help animals find their forever homes.

1 Doug L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is all about love and giving . I learn a lot about every animal need love , we don’t need a lot , only love and care , I Adopted a female Cockateil last week, so I can give back the same love happy wings sanctuary do ... thanks again u guys to make me a better bird lover ...

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Happy Wings is a wonderful rescue and sanctuary that works to educate the public and raise awareness as well as provide sanctuary and rehabilitation for their charges! Tanya is a bird whisperer who is always willing to share her knowledge and experience with others!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I see the loving care given to every single bird. The way in which Happy Wings Sanctuary takes extreme patience tending to each bird coupled with detailed hands on rehabilitation of those forgotten and abused. Happy Wings Sanctuary strives for each bird getting adopted to a loving home. I have never heard of any bird being turned away in their time of need.

While caring for the birds, playing with them, singing to them, getting them vet care when needed, keeping their home clean and healthy, teaching them how to socialize with humans and fellow birds, they all experience top notch care.

Happy Wings Sanctuary educates others about bird care and is willing to help bird owners whenever they can with any questions. I, as a bird owner, do not have the skills, knowledge or true talent to successfully house my birds like Happy Wings Sanctuary does.

The most successful nonprofit should be measured by the quality of rehabilitation, knowledge of care, environment for positive growth and healthy living along with time vested and spent on a daily basis socializing and transforming the scared and timid to trust and confidence along with tender love given to each,. This is the definition of Happy Wings Sanctuary, Inc.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

this story involves 2 special little babies Beanie & Bella that where found in a pet shop sadly separated from each other by a glass wall , they where desperate to play with each other and so Happy Wings Sanctuary shared there plight with Facebook and asked for donations to help them gladly it didn't take very long for the funds to be raised by so many caring people to get these 2 back to there loving home forever and from there they would not ever be separated again and to give us all joy in watching the videos of them exploring there new home and of all the friends they have to play with this sanctuary like so many more does incredible work to rescue and give loving homes to so many of our feathered Friends and to share that joy through Facebook and i would personally like to thank them for the care and love that is so clearly seen

https://www.facebook.com/HappyWingsSanctuary/videos/1601104116652189/

1 Melissa Powell B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They educate and make you laugh all at the same time! The owner is a true hero and bird whisperer! You will not find anyone that truly loves and enjoys what they do everyday. The birds are in a better place where they can be loved and understood! Best bird sanctuary around!

1 Landberg C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do an excellent job taking care of and looking out for every animal they have!! Thank You

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very knowledgeable and helpful. Answered all my questions

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Happy Wings is one of the best rescues I could have ever found. Their knowledge is incredible, their bird lovers the best. The care, dedication, and love is so massive and from the heart that I believe other rescues could benefit from following their lead. Oh, and have you seen the bird videos? If you haven't, you don't know what you're missing!

1 Sue Stengel B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very impressed how Tanya interacts with these sweethearts who just need love and toys and healthy food.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've watched this grow from simply a person who loved birds and wanted the best for them into an organization that gets called on by other organizations to help them handle situations with birds that might otherwise result in the bird being put down because they are unwanted or considered too wild to manage. They work with the birds socializing and placing them in the homes the birds choose. I've seen miracles worked.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Happy wings gives every birdie another chance at life, she is dedicated to the birds and doesn't spare any expense to make their lives better

1 Linda T.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So much compassion and positivity at Happy Wings! Ten thumbs up!

1 Kirstan C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow them on Facebook. Amazing sanctuary for wonderful birds.

1 Karen E.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All the animals are well loved and you can tell how hard they work to help each animal with any issues no matter how small they are.

1 Mimsy'sMarsh K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

When we found Happy Wings we had just started rescuing Geese at our farm. It didn't take long to realize how valuable her patience and knowledge was when it came to bird care and behavior.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love seeing the help in general this parrot refuge does to help parrots in need

2 Victoria P.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you Happy Wing Sanctuary for helping find homes for the parrots out there that need them. I wish people would adopt before buying a parrots and realized a parrots are lifetime commitments. You are taking on the babies care now and trying to educate the world of the care of birds. My Footza said thanks for being a wonderful and caring nonprofit

1 Josie C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Happy wings sanctuary brings a smile to my face everyday. Because of happy wings I have adopted my own little parrot and together we like to laugh at all the funny videos happy wings shares.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This sanctuary does an amazing job taking care of birds and other feathered friends. They work hard to promote adoption vs buying. This is definitely a nonprofit to donate too.

whimmy_moostang

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tanya adores her role as caretaker of all these beautiful birds she saves. She's always there for advice and help. I cannot imagine anyone giving them more love than her! ❤️

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the way this sanctuary takes care of their birds, they are so loved, cherished, and nurtured ~ which is very important!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tanya does so much for these birds and animals! She is involved with her followers and sacrifices so much to give her rescues kiddos the best life possible.

1 Ingrid Veronica M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful soul working selflessly toward the betterment of these creatures lives.