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Icarus Foundation's Chesapeake Parrot Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Icarus Foundation, Inc. dba Chesapeake Parrot Sanctuary is a small 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Annapolis, MD. Our mission is to protect and prevent the suffering of parrots in captivity by providing rescue and sanctuary to abused, neglected and unwanted companion parrots, and by advocating on their behalf. Our primary focus is on providing a lifetime of care for cockatoos. Many cockatoo owners and enthusiasts agree that cockatoos bring with them many unique challenges. We are a Life Care Community for cockatoos and other parrots, and as such we provide these beautiful intelligent and social birds with a life filled with choices, respect and love. Our birds are allowed to live as birds with others of their own kind and are served a fresh wholesome diet of veggies, grains, greens, fruits, nuts and pellets. All of our avian residents receive quality veterinary care from a board certified avian vet.

Results: In our first 5 years, the Chesapeake Parrot Sanctuary has helped countless captive parrots and parrot owners by providing a safe haven for previously neglected, abused and unwanted parrots, as well as through adoption, referrals and education. With tens of millions of captive exotic birds currently living in the U.S., the need for rescue and permanent sanctuary is great and the need continues to grow as parrots are one of the most frequently abandoned of all companion animals and have a lifespan of 20 to 80 years! Our goal is to grow our sanctuary and expand our public outreach so that we can continue to help as many of these very social and highly intelligent birds as possible.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Laura G.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Icarus parrot sanctuary is a wonderful place for so many parrots. Many of these birds have come from neglected and hoarding situations. The sanctuary provides a safe and fulfilling place for these birds to recover and grow. I have been volunteering with the sanctuary since July 2016 and I have seen the amazing transformation that many of these birds go through. By providing a complete nutritious and organic diet, foraging opportunities, and enrichment activities; they are able to be the parrots they weren't able to be previously. Their once dull feathers become full again and the colors in their feathers return. The once scared and shy parrots personalities shine through and they are able to socialize. The sanctuary does not wing clip so the parrots are able to safely fly freely if they desire. The owner Christi, pours her unconditional love and time into this sanctuary every day and I am thankful to have been a part of caring for these parrots.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Icarus Foundation was founded to help address the ever-growing crisis in the U.S. of too many parrots with no place to go. We provide a lifelong loving home for these intelligent and very social beings that includes lots of enrichment, flight, choices, socialization with humans and other birds, quality vet care and a nutritious fresh diet. Parrots can live 20 - 80 years and more depending on the species. Like all animals living in captivity, parrots deserve nothing less than our love and respect for a lifetime.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel privileged to be a volunteer with the Chesapeake Parrot Sanctuary, where many formerly neglected and abused Cockatoos and other parrots have a second chance at a wonderful life. The birds are treated with great respect and care. They are fed fresh, organic greens, grains, nuts and seeds, tailored to each of their needs and preferences. The birds have spacious enclosures, enjoy abundant enrichment activities and are allowed plenty of socialization and freedom in a safe, clean environment. It feels good to see these beautiful birds in such a warm, secure home.

1 JA M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a parrot sanctuary that has taken in abused, unwanted and mistreated parrots that had no where else to go. They all now live out happy, fulfilled lives under the care of Christi, the owner and main caregiver of these beautiful creatures, along with help from the caring volunteers. Together they keep their homes clean and the birds fed, and given different types of enrichment and entertainment to keep their minds busy. Volunteers also help with fundraisers since this foundation is run on donations. I have been to this sanctuary several times and it is so inspiring to see how happy these parrots are and to know God's creatures are safe for the rest of their lives. Thank you to Icarus Fountain for all you do to help these feathered babies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fabulous Sanctuary focused on the growing need for parrot life-time care sanctuaries, specifically Cockatoos, which are the most re-homed species. The care and attention they receive is superb! Great food, taking 3 hours a day to prepare to ensure a balanced variety is offered. Activity spaces, out door aviary space, free flight time out of cages and for some open door cages most of the time. This sanctuary allows parrots to be birds, not pets. The Founder is passionate about giving parrots the best experience it can, but recognizes that no partot should be in a home; they all belong wild and free. Please help the Icarus Foundation continue to grow.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello,
I have been volunteering at Icarus Chesapeake Parrot Sanctuary for almost a year and it has been an eye opening experience! Four years ago I adopted a Jenday conure (not from Icarus) and immediately fell in love with parrots. However, I haven't had the slightest idea about the overwhelming need for safe housing for so many unwanted parrots (Cockatoos in particular). Christine Richter, the owner of Icarus, has the most compassion, love, and devotion toward all the parrots in her care I have seen in a while. Few people are willing to give up all their free time and resources to help others. Christine does and I am glad I found her and her sanctuary! She goes above and beyond to ensure her flock has fresh vegetable and fruit medley made every day, clean cages, foraging toys, exercise, good relationships with volunteers, exposure to natural sunshine, ample flight time, kisses, head scratches, you name it.
Volunteering at Icarus has given me an opportunity to make a small impact in the world, a tiny change for the better. It reminds me that there is a lot of good in the world, many selfless people like Christine and other volunteers who strive to help those who need help the most. Icarus is more that a safe haven for unwanted parrots, it is a beacon of hope for humanity.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m new to the Icarus Foundation, but in the short time I’ve been volunteering here it’s been exciting to witness how these parrots heal and flourish under Christine’s care. Since I’ve been here I’ve also learned that parrots face very unique challenges. Not many other pets frequently outlive their humans, yet parrots are so often left homeless and misunderstood that these beautiful birds often arrive with just as many physical and emotional issues as abused dogs or cats in a rescue situation. Christine has a deep knowledge and compassion for parrots and has made Icarus all about providing a quality of care and life that many of them have never known. She has built an organization that provides the vital, but often overlooked work in the animal rescue arena. I feel privileged to be a part of the foundation.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Icarus Foundation's Chesapeake Parrot Sanctuary for a little less than a year. The sanctuary takes extremely good care of the parrots and the birds that have been neglected or taken from their natural habitat. I am very honored to say that I volunteer in a place that really makes it all about the birds and tries its best to provide to them. I get to learn a lot and be able to teach other people about them. The owner is kind-hearted and really loves the birds at the sanctuary. She will help with what ever is needed and she answers any questions you can possibly have with her. I love volunteering there so much that I drive with a friend around 40 minutes after our classes. One of the best places I have volunteered at.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

At Icarus Foundation's Chesapeake Parrot Sanctuary it's "all about the birds" - their emotional and physical well being. I'm privileged to be a volunteer with the organization and am able to see the love and respect shown to these wonderful birds.

2 Jack M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered time and services to this amazing foundation over the last two years. It is truly an life saving sanctuary for parrots to live out their lives in a loving home. The owner and the terrific volunteers keep this place clean and functioning to make all the parrots happy, safe and secure. They get the best health care available, fresh fruits and vegetables daily, multiple toys, human touch and interaction and room to fly around and grow. The owner is there 24 hours a day and loves each and every bird as they are her own. This sanctuary is an A+ organization. I am proud to be associated with Icarus Foundation and the owner, Christi.