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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

118 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Happy Wings Sanctuary truly cares for their birds and helped us find the perfect match for our family. The adoption process went very smoothly. If you would like to adopt a parrot, please do your research about parrots and then contact Happy Wings Sanctuary.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Happy Wings is a gift sent from heaven for unwanted, injured and other birds in need! I have watched them take the very best care, feed the birds with only the highest quality food and most important of all love them unconditionally and help them socialize with other feathered friends. I have donated whenever possible and I would happily give them million dollars if I had it!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Happy Wings is such an amazing, educational and caring sanctuary! Always interactive and really helps explain care needed for birds ♡

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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

Happy wings is an amazing service for parrots and birds alike that so desperately need the love, care and rehabilitation they deserve.
I have followed Happy Wings for years and love reading their posts and updates on Facebook and seeing the amazing work they do!
I can't express how happy it makes me to see the progress birds make at this sanctuary.
Truly an amazing service they do!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Happy Wings is always posting updates on our friends and the donations that come through. You can tell there is an incredible amount of love and dedication put into making it a wonderful place for any bird in need.

1 Vivian C.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Happy Wings Sanctuary takes amazing care of their birds- they go beyond just rescuing, they truly care for each of their rehabbing animals, help them through whatever issue(s) the animal has, and get them as healthy (physically and emotionally) as possible again. Cleary all the birds have different personalities and Happy wings connects with each individual one!

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2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Happy Wings Sanctuary always has room to help birds in need. They take great care of the birds living there- feeding them organic, healthy meals, and giving them the attention and care they need.

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1 mrsgoldfish

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love donating to this hard working Charity! The Birds and Waterfowl are very loved and painstakingly brought back to good health when they arrive in sad shape. Frequent updates on all the vet visits and works in progress.The posts are also very informative showing the process of providing proper nutrition and what to avoid with scams in pet food or unsound myths involving seed only diet. We have learned a LOT from her videos!

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2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have always learned new and interesting facts about the care of our bird friends from Happy Wings Sanctuary,and had prompt answers to my messages regarding Geese that actually helped steer me in the right direction for their care.My Husband and I choose this non profit for our donations as much as possible,and have learned over the years that we can absolutely trust them to use our donations in the most helpful way.So very knowledgable about Avian care and feeding,and taking the camera on trips with the birds to the Vet so you can see how your money helps.Such a wonderful cause!

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1 Brenda P.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent rescue program! I recently learned about them and made a donation!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Happy Wings Sanctuary is beyond words amazing! The love, compassion, caring, knowledge and support I have seen for each and every single bird is precious and priceless! I have seen the transition of birds from scared, nervous, biting to kissing, loving, chirping under Happy Wings Sanctuary's care. I also have received much needed and appreciated words of wisdom that is valued beyond description! Every single time I reached out for help, my questions are answered rapidly and with kindness! I would be lost without Happy Wings in my life! I am honored to be a loyal follower and supporter!

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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.

1 Sue Stengel B.

Donor

Rating: 5

HWS and Tanya have changed the lives of so many of the fragile souls who have been abused, neglected and unloved, some for all of their lives. She loves them and teaches them that humans aren't all bad. She nurses them back to health in mind and body, heart and soul. She truly deserves being recognized for her love and devotion to these innocents.

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2

Donor

Rating: 5

I watch all the videos and see all the before and after photos and read all the stories. Tanya is so kind and loving and works so hard to help these babies, many of whom have been neglected or abused or not properly cared for because of ignorance about these fragile souls. She provides fresh organic food and treats, keeps the birds clean as well as their homes. She provides lots of fun stimulation with all kinds of toys and climbing spaces. She works hard to help those who are afraid, lonely and dejected. She helps them become and remain healthy with good food, clean water, a clean environment and lots of love and attention. I've seen pluckers become beautiful with new feathers, biters who became cuddlers and terrified, hide-in-the-corner birds become confident and loving companions. She makes sure all get the veterinary care they need. Adoptions are carefully screened, monitored and helped with great advise and understanding. If any place deserves this award, it is Happy Wings Sanctuary!

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2

Donor

Rating: 5

Great place truly helping sweet birds! Enjoy all the posts, heart warming stories and successes that come out of there!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have learned a lot from Happy Wings Sanctuary! I always look forward to trying new healty recipes that Tanya posts for my Cockatoo. As a regular supporter, I always know that my donations go directly to the birds! You won't find a better bird rescue!

2 Kari C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been following this super sonic awesome rescue for years, and I can't say enough good things! Tanya is a bird whisperer, and has amazing results with the animals she rehabilitates. The animals that find their way to this sanctuary are lucky to fall under her care. We need more Tanyas and Happy Wings Sanctuarys in the world. Love, love, love!

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3

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A truly caring individual who whole heartedly and passionately runs this sanctuary. She give gives everything to these animals that come in, sometimes in the worse state imaginable, so that these animals can experience actual love and compassion.

1 Tiffany L.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Happy Wings Sanctuary is truly the best place an unwanted bird could land. Tanya works tirelessly to ensure that each resident bird has fresh organic food straight from the garden, a healthy environment full of enrichment and flight, and routine and emergency medical care with a wonderful avian veterinarian. Among great nonprofits, Happy Wings Sanctuary is the greatest!

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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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2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Happy Wings is not your ordinary rescue! They actually take the time to assess, rehabilitate and help parrots who are no longer wanted. Some stay with the Sanctuary, while others eventually get adopted. I love watching their transformations and following their journeys.

2 Mark H.11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with many rescues. Happy Wings is more than a facility. Their mission is evident in the love you find in every rescue. The amount of love and healing simply fill me with joy and move me to tears.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow the birds on FB and their transformations are amazing.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful adoption. Instead of purchasing new birds to be companions to the ones we already have, I wanted to adopt rather than buy. So many birds are dumped each year.
Many endure a tragic fate of abuse, neglect and death. So instead of going to buy our birds companions, which would have been very easy to do and fast, we decided to adopt. Give a homeless bird or two a home.

Problem was FINDING a bird rescue. Not many around, and not many close to where I live. But I got LUCKY, not too far from me was Happy Wings Sanctuary. A place for birdies with no home to go and wait to be adopted, oh and they are loved there too.

After finding them, we filled out the adoption application, had our birds seen by a vet to make sure our guys weren't ill or harboring unseen illness. After a good bill of health.
The birdies came for a house interview and STAYED. We still need to get them a few things for them to be 100% acclimated, but the whole process was easy, logical and fast.

I also became a sponsor/monthly donor to this rescue so it can keep rescuing and adopting out birds who need homes. Rescues for cats and dogs are plentiful, but our feathered friends who need homes and are often cruelly dumped and abandoned, places for them are far and few inbetween. Luckily Happy Wings Sanctuary provides a place in central/northern VA for those poor feathered souls who need a safe haven before they land in their forever homes.

I will NEVER buy a bird again. I will forever adopt, and adopt from Happy Wings, for I know the birds will be healthy, loved, socialized. The potential homes screened, questioned and thoroughly vetted so to make sure perfect matches are made.

I recommended Happy Wings on forums I comment in and will forever tell people to adopt, not shop, and direct them to Happy Wings for a feathered friend.

Thank you Happy Wings Sanctuary

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love happy wings! They have helped me with ideas on how to make my birds lives better, with what to feed and how to tame them! I love watching how the birds become adoptable with the rehabilitation method that they employ that help so much! It's awesome! Thank God for Happy Wings!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Happy Wings Sanctuary is a great place. They really care about their birds, about quality of birds' life, about right food. I am following them on facebook, and I have got a lot of very useful information which helped me with my birds. I also asked them for help and advice when a friend of mine found a blind bird, and I received help immediately - how to deal with the bird, how to organize his cage etc.
It's an amazing place, they give another chance to birds who was injured or abandoned, give them a new, happy home.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing charity. Love their educational videos about looking after all types of birds. Learnt so much.

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2

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing charity. The love and care they give birds is amazing

2

Donor

Rating: 5

The name says it all. Happy Wings. I have followed Happy Wings for several years and in those years I have watched the transformation of many birds. Some come to HW as weak, unloved, unhappy birds and with the love and top quality care they receive at HW, they become strong, healthy, happy settled birds. Tanya is amazing and she truly loves her feathered babies and they love her. When someone wants to adopt, they are screened and have meet and greets with the bird to see if they are a match and to make sure they are going to their forever home. She goes above and beyond when it comes to caring for and giving the best to her feathered babies.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Happy Wings sanctuary is exactly that...a place full of HAPPY birds❤️They are truly LOVED, & living in the most wonderful environment...I wish I lived closer!!❤️

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Happy Wings Sanctuary not only brings a smile to my face everyday from their funny photos and videos of the sanctuary’s residents but I smile knowing that the birds that are there now have a happy, healthy, safe and loving environment to live in.

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2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tanya and Happy Wings do so much for the feathered ones in the community. When a call go out for help with an bird that needs temporary housing or rehabilitation, Tanya steps up to the plate. Not only does she provide those birds in need a safe, warm, welcoming home, Tanya posts her adventures with her feathered ones for all to enjoy. My family and I absolutely love Happy Wings, Tanya and what she does for the birds. We have learned so much since following HPS on facebook. Also, Dooby the Goose is awesome!!!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I administer an educational group about parrots in Argentina. Happy wings sanctuary helped a lot to get information to upload to our group and helped lots of people.

2 Connie C.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Happy Wings! I have had birds for 30 years and most of them are still with me. I enjoy seeing how well they care for all the birds at the Sanctuary, through their daily pictures, posts and videos. If I were to become unable to care for my flock; I would love for them to go to Happy Wings, because I know they would receive excellent care, diet and attention. I also am confident that Happy Wings would try to find new homes for them with people who would provide a great new home.

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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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

"Ma", Tanya is always willing to answer all of my questions and her educational posts are great for someone like me who doesn't even know what questions to ask.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a follower of Happy Wings Sanctuary I reached out to Tanya to inquire about my parrot who was suddenly losing her feathers. Tanya took time out of her busy schedule to answer my questions and provide feedback of her experience that was the same as mine.
Tanya is always happy to answer questions and the love and care she provides for the parrots in her care is exceptional.

2 Ali T.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Happy Wings takes in any bird that needs a home. Many of them have special needs. I highly recommend this non-profit!

2 Birgit M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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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.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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

2 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.

2

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!

2 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!!!

1 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.

2 Catherine I.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

2 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

2 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.

2

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.

2 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.

2 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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4

Donor

Rating: 5

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

2

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

2

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.

2 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.

2

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!

2

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.

2 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.

2 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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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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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

2

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.

2 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

2 Sunan Aia R.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

2

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Loving caring uplifting stories. They inspire and educate

3 Allison M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

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

3 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.

3

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!