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Magnolia Exotic Bird Sanctuary Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Bird Sanctuaries

Mission: Parrots can live up to 80 years old The qualities that draw people to parrots-intelligence, social ability and long lives also render them as unsuitable pets for the average person Parrots are likely the 3rd most popular pet in the United States Many parrots are still closely linked their wild ancestors Parrots are active complicated birds and have very different needs than other pets like dogs and cats Parrots can suffer difficulties such as grief, trauma, loneliness and boredom Many parrots have multiple homes in their lifetime Parrots bond with their mate albeit human or bird for life The demand for MEBS to take in parrots has exploded particularly from Baby Boomers due to health issues, moving and passing away. There are not enough facilities like ours to keep up with the demand and we are experiencing a companion parrot crisis.

Results: Provide care for 175 forgotten, abused, neglected and abandoned parrots

Target demographics: Protect and prevent the suffering of parrots living in captivity

Geographic areas served: Texas and across the United States

Programs: Disaster emergency shelter, temporary shelter, life long sanctuary, adoption services, education and assisting local human societies.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6 Jennifer A.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

The person that runs this non-profit, Sharon Markland, has always been there for the birds and the people who own them, including making a trips to storm ravaged areas (like Florida and New Orleans) to bring food, supplies and support to those affected. It became personal for me when our house took on 4' of water during hurricane Harvey and we were left to fend in a room in LaQuinta with our family and four birds in travel cages. As soon as she was able to get through the water Sharon came and picked up the birds from the hotel and kept them for almost a year while we got our life and home back. I will always be grateful to Sharon and the Magnolia Exotic Bird Sanctuary for helping us and others in need. There is truly no non-profit more worthy.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such an exceptional place for these wonderful exotic birds. You can tell they are really loved and taken care of. Sharon and family do what they can with what they have. Everything is done for the well being of these beautiful creatures so they can live a long happy life. God bless her, the birdies and everyone who has helped & donated.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Upon learning about this wonderful place I knew I had to go check it out! To the meet and greet I went and saw just how hard Sharon and family have worked to get the santuary where it is and still there is much more to do! I saw very clearly that everyone there truly love all the birds and only want the best for them weather they stay there and live out their lives or find a wonderful home. Sharon, friends and family go above and beyond to do their best for all the birds there.

3 Angie Bolding M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We drove 6 hrs one way to adopt a parrot from Sharon because of how passionate she is about her birds and their well-being. We came home with a very loving little girl who is sassy but cuddly all in one package. We would gladly drive it again without hesitation because she truly cares what happens to her birds. Excellent place to adopt!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Sharon has a huge heart and anything she does is for the rescue birds along with her caring volunteers. They have an awesome rescue ❤️

3 Brandi R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We met the amazing people at the sanctuary over a year ago. We had no idea at all how much they would charge our lives. It has been amazing gaining a new family and helping to create a vision for them while helping with these babies. This is a dream for exotic birds. And absolute heaven and we are proud to now be a part of it. Thank you for all your hard work you continue to do Day in and out. And to all your dreams coming true!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I also have been privileged to visit this wonderful sanctuary, We are so fortunate to have such a great facility, run by such caring & dedicated people in our state. It is an amazing place for any parrot that finds it's way to MEBS.

3 Laurey R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never seen a more caring, loving and well organized place. All the birds are in a beautiful safe place each one has a story whether owners passed, natural disasters displaced them whatever their past their future is brighter because of the people who love and care for them at Magnolia.

3 Lynda R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are really no words to describe this sanctuary. It was built with blood, sweat and tears but mostly love. She has always put the well being of the birds before her own and cares for those who can't care for themselves

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I was referred by a dear friend to this wonderful exotic bird sanctuary, (MEBS), and just fell in love with these beautiful & well taken care of bird children. I adopted my Peaches & feel so apart of Sharon's wonderful family out here. This is the cleanest most loving heaven ever. I donate every chance I get because it is beyond worthy.

3 Clarice Markland Saulpaw W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Magnolia Bird Sanctuary is a beautiful, perfectly run home for all types of exotic birds. Each one is carefully and lovingly cared for with expert knowledge of each type of bird. Sharon will not turn away any bird in need. She works tirelessly to make sure all is taken care of in each situation. Her love of these beautiful birds is undeniable. When I visited the Sanctuary, I was so impressed by the cleanliness and organization of each and every bird's home.

3 Midge G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Absolutely the top rated sanctuary for exotic birds, bar none. The routine care is meticulous, the medical care is excellent with all the birds but particularly for the special needs birds. I have worked with this sanctuary for a number of years and find it far exceeds any I have known. Its refreshing to see such happy, well adjusted birds when you know many have come from really rough backgrounds.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sharon, and the whole family of volunteers, workers at the Magnolia exotic bird sanctuary take parrots, their owners, and sanctuaries to a whole nother level.
She is an amazing friend and has dedicated everything to the care and Welfare of parrots who otherwise might need an unfortunate fate.
She is well loved by everyone she meets.
I consider her a very dear friend and I'm blessed to know her and be able to brag upon her efforts. Five stars doesn't even begin 2 explain how much work and love goes into her passion.

4 Mindy F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We own a small private parrot sanctuary ourself and always can count on Sharon for advise and help. She has worked hard building her wonderful facility for these birds. They all are well cared for anf always have toys, good food and kept in immaculate conditions. Sharon has a heart of gold not only does she have to care for her santuary, she is always ready to help when natural disasters or families in crisis need assistance. Just a week ago I was telling her about a cockatoo whos owner was on disability and struggling to make ends meet we took the man toys and nuts and she sent several bags of food. Sharon and her family are amazing people doing amazing things we are blessed to have met them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This place takes GREAT care of their birds on a shoestring budget. Everything is strictly donations and volunteers Its clean, birds have toys and are fed quality food. You can even tour the facility! Your donations are well spent!!

6 Jan Graham M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have visited MEBS and there are about 200+ happy, healthy residents there. They are completely volunteer run and do an exceptional job.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is truly a wonderful place! Sharon is a tiny woman with a HUGE HEART! So many birds have come here to live their next best life or have since found the forever home. I can’t say enough good things about this amazing organization. The birds are so well cared for & spoiled with toys and wonderful care. God Bless, y’all!

4 Emilee D.

Donor

Rating: 5

Such an amazing place. Sharon the owner provides the best care for all of the birds. She has a heart of gold and it is truly and honor to see this woman pour her heart and soul into this sanctuary. This place has given homes to so many abandoned, rescued, and surrendered exotic birds. Not only healthy birds she takes in the special needs and provides for each and every one. Her bond with the birds is remarkable.

6 Paulette W.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sharon goes above and beyond to help those he need the most help. God bless her and her mission!!!