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Midwest Avian Adoption & Rescue Services, Inc.

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Bird Sanctuaries, Environment, Environmental Education

Mission: MAARS’ core mission is to care for birds that because of mistreatment or reaction to captivity are not suited to an in home or typical shelter environment MAARS' second function is to educate the public and people who already live with birds about proper bird care. We feel that education about bird care and behavior helps people to provide the best homes possible for the birds already in captivity. MAARS is a no-kill, non-profit organization funded solely through adoption fees and donations. We are based in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) area and serve Minnesota and the surrounding Midwest area. We also work extensively on a national level in cooperation with other organizations that share our mission.

Results: MAARS purchased a new sanctuary facility for it's flock of 85 permanent residents in 2009. Since that time we have made many improvements to our new building to suit the needs of our flock & provide them with the best life possible, some of these upgrades include: a new roof installed in 2012, new lighting fixtures throughout the facility that mimic the full-spectrum light they would have if they were outdoors, & multiple room redesigns to suit each of our groups dynamics & personalities. MAARS has placed over 2000 birds into stable, loving homes since it's inception in 1999.

Programs: MAARS provides permanent sanctuary, behavioral consultations for parrots and their guardians, public and private education, & and a limited foster & adoption program.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

The people are outstanding. Every minute they are in the sanctuary (and many hours they aren't) is dedicated to improving the lives of some very interesting parrots. The volunteers care about each other as well. The level of knowledge among this group of people is vast, because they have dealt with so many parrots, not only different species, but also difficult behavior and medical cases. The birds at MAARS are obviously loved. Their welfare and quality of life are the top concerns of the organization, and it shows. They also advocate adoption over breeding, educate the public and veterinary students about avian care through classes and outreach, and are becoming known for their "Painting Parrots."

4 Deb F.


Rating: 5

If I were a bird, and found myself homeless, this would be a place I would hope to end up at. Every bird is cared for with their own specific needs in mind. Every volunteer is caring and committed to the welfare of the birds. Several flock members have a sad story in their past but have come to a place they can call home and put the past behind them.
For me personally, I have learned so much about bird care since starting there. I've never met a more dedicated staff and am honored to work with and learn from them. Best of all, the birds are happy!

5 Linda175


Rating: 5

MAARS is an aggregate of outstanding volunteers who provide care, feeding, medical and social needs for approx 85 predominately special needs parrots. No one is paid, so all donations go to this end. The compassion shown each bird, each with an individual personality and set of circumstances, goes above and beyond merely sustaining them. They get fresh food, plentiful toys and a variety of stimulating interactions and activities (Yes, our parrots can and do paint!) so they can thrive. It's a pleasure forging relationships with these beautiful creatures and working with such a committed group of people.
Linda Pearl