I was lucky enough to meet Sybil Erden, the original founder of the Oasis parrot sanctuary, about 14 years ago. I came out to visit, and have been an ardent supporter ever since.
The staff here works very hard to create and maintain a safe and supportive environment for what is now about 800 parrot family birds. They provide lifetime care, and do all they can to encourage the birds to hang out with others of their kind, in outdoor aviaries whenever possible.
However, the need is overwhelming and is getting worse. They had to turn away about 900 birds last year. They need and deserve consistent ongoing public support to do their vital work.
Visiting the Oasis is a powerful experience. The parrots are amazing! Many of them are healthy enough to be housed outdoors in huge cages with other parrots where they can be fly and play and be "real birds" in all their beauty. Seeing the flock of macaws flying free in the 40" x 100" aviary brought tears to my eyes (and their website has a webcam so you can see for yourself). There are also flocks of the smaller parrots living joyfully in flight cages (cockatiels, quakers, lovebirds etc). Of course there are also many birds who are not strong enough to be housed outside - these birds live in a huge bird barn where they are usually housed in big cages with another bird of their own species. There are many play areas in the "bird barn" where they can come out for supervised play. THE STAFF IS AMAZING - totally dedicated and highly skilled. They know the names and story of each bird there. As a volunteer there is felt welcome and appreciated, and got lots of good direction as to how to be helpful. THIS PLACE IS A MIRACLE IN ACTION AND DESERVES YOUR SUPPORT!
I knew about the Oasis from my birds vets office (Dr. Driggers) and thought that's cool. Never imagined I would need their help but one day I found myself in a situation and I didn't know where to turn for help. I read a story about animals being taken care of when people lose their housing. This was a temporary fix till owners got back on their feet and this way people would not have to give up these family members. After contacting the Oasis I was put in touch with a person who was herself a bird lover. She drove all the way to my home from the Oasis (which is a very long haul), I live in Mesa. She took all four of my birds & their cages & told me not to worry about a thing. Within a month my housing situation had resolved itself but I had a stroke. This beautiful young lady took care of my four Eclectus' for almost a year !! Before my stroke I traveled down to the Oasis to volunteer for a weekend and was truly amazed !! The love & care each of these birds receive is so unbelievable and the people who care for them are well, amazing !! I will never forget what they have done for me & my little ones, without them I more than likely would have had to give up my babies. Just this past February after 27 years my little "Ruby" passed and the Oasis has a fabulous way to remember her. They have beautiful flowers made by a talented artist that I believe are arranged around a Rainbow Garden and you can have them engraved with your birds information. Yes you have to make a donation but what a better way to remember a member of your flock !! The Oasis birds benefit & your loved one will always be remembered. The Oasis is always looking for volunteers and what a great cause, this is these birds "forever home". I could think of no better way to spend some free time or a vacation. Thank you to all the Oasis workers & volunteers for establishing such a sanctuary for these beautiful birds!!! And thank you to Ruth Ann and Jean for everything for without your love & guidance I would probably be flockless right now.
We have supported animal rights organizations for years, and done our own work in small animal rescue, but never have we seen such dedication to the welfare of the voiceless as we have seen at The Oasis in Benson, AZ. So impressed were we that we have decided to make the Oasis part of our estate plans. What they accomplish with their very limited resources is extraordinary.
To know how important the Oasis is, is to have had parrots that have bonded to you, have given you their love and affection and who have enriched your life by being part of your family. It pains one to think that such wonderful animals are often neglected to suffer want, loneliness, ill health and death. Few intervene on behalf of such creatures but the Oasis does. Thank God that they exist.
I have visited the sanctuary and have seen how well it is run. It definitely deserves public support.
Our family has supported The Oasis Sanctuary since 2001. I know of no more caring and giving people on the planet than the volunteers and administrators at the Oasis. There isn't enough praise for the work these wonderful people do. Thank you, Oasis!
I have visited The Oasis Sanctuary twice now and it has become a highlight of my year. The care shown to these beautiful birds by their dedicated caregivers is obvious by the way that the sanctuary is run and the willingness of those working with the birds to allow visitors to come to the Oasis. I am confident that any donation made to The Oasis will be put to good use, and intend to support their work for as long as I can in any way that I can. Kudos to all at the Oasis!
For the past 4 years, I have been a volunteer each May to prepare for Discover the Oasis. It is the hardest work I have ever loved. I have supported them exclusively for over 15 years. I consider them friends. It is hard to put into words how I feel about the work they do.
The Oasis Sanctuary is one of the best run non-profits that I have been involved with. Their facilities, logistics, and volunteer programs are exceptional. I have had parrots for over 25 years, and I have not found a rescue site as unique as the Oasis. On business travel to Tucson, I made it a point to swing by the Oasis in Benson. They were very accommodating, and gave me a personal tour. I was amazed at the amount of birds they were caring for, and it just reinforced my belief that my money is going to the right place. I care very deeply about these wonderful creatures, and it is heartwarming that there is a place that truly cares for these creatures for the remainder of their lives.
After my beloved husband died recently, I made the heart wrenching decision to re-home my two parrots. But I wanted a permanent great home for them, so a stable and well run sanctuary was the best option. A friend suggested Oasis, and eventually my girls were placed there. I couldn't have found a better home for my birds. The people there truly love parrots, and are incredibly dedicated. I honestly don't know how they do it, but I'm so happy to be able to donate, to at least help in some small way.
My sister and I showed up unannounced and were given a VIP tour of the entire property. These birds are really smart and engaging. One cockatoo needed to be pried off my shoulder by the caretaker. The bird flew up to a perch and proceeded to poop on my head. Wonderful.
Amazing work is being carried on here. Will continue to make contributions as I can.
We visited the Oasis Sanctuary and were very gratified to see how well the parrots were taken care of. They are clean, well fed, happy birds, and every consideration is given to individual needs and wants. The staff and volunteers clearly care very much for their winged charges. We are so happy to know this sanctuary exists to provide a happy, safe home to so many parrots and are also happy to be able to provide monetary assistance to help keep this wonderful home available.
I needed to rehome my parrot, and was so relieved to find the Oasis Sanctuary where my bird fit right into a large aviary and immediately acquired a flock of her own. Now she has lots of human interaction from the staff as well as several bird "besties" to hang out with. Her aviary is huge and open to the fresh air outdoors and has lots of perches, toys, swinging ropes, mesh walls to clamber on, and misters to keep things cool and provide for bathing. Not to mention the healthy fruit-vegetable-pellet diet with some nuts as treats.
I got to spend a few days at the Oasis to settle in my bird, and I learned that it is a special place in a beautiful area in Arizona where the parrots can have outdoor aviary habitats that are as natural as possible so that they can live in large flocks or small groups. Special needs parrots are housed individually in indoor habitats with a lot of fresh air, and views of both other birds and the outdoors, and sunshine. The staff is incredibly caring, dedicated, and knowledgeable and they know the backstories, names, and personalities of each of the close to 1,000 birds who live here.
This sanctuary has been thriving for 20 years and is run like a corporation with a board of directors, a CPA, a lawyer, a veterinarian, and full financial transparency so that you know that when you donate, your contribution really is going to help the birds and to help perpetuate a professional organization that does a lot of good.
You can volunteer at the Oasis as part of a "working vacation" in which you can help them to tend to the birds, and they will allow you to stay on the premises for free, so your lodging is taken care of. Overall, the Oasis is doing an outstanding job filling a very urgent need to provide stable, life-long, loving homes for exotic birds.
I am fortunate enough to live in the same state as the Oasis so have been able to visit quite a number of times. I check on the birds that I know that have been sent there & of course being a cockatoo lover especially really enjoy spending time in the female cockatoo aviary. These birds are so lucky to get a chance to live out their lives with so many other birds (in flocks) and being so well taken care of by exceptional staff & volunteers. This is an extremely well run organization. I hear of so many cases where some people are well meaning but start collecting birds forming a rescue, but with no contingency plans if something happens to them so an emergency occurs & rescues like this have to try & step in to help, but absorbing many birds at a time is very difficult.
As a bird owner for 30 years I have kept my eye on Oasis sanctuary, Never have I found an "Oasis" for birds like this wonderful place, God Bless them.
I have watched other organizations who have meant well and some who haven't, that just do not have the experience, understanding or commitment about what it means to care for such beautiful and often misunderstood creatures.
I have had my bird for 30 years I understand commitment, I love her and have cared for her like you would care for a child. I also understand that my parrot will probably out live me, I have no one to leave her with. I hope be on hope that when I am gone, she will live out her life in such a beautiful and caring place as the Oasis Sanctuary.
Oasis is a wonderful sanctuary,they provide a loving home to those beautiful intelligent creatures that I have come to know and love ,Over the years I have watched Oasis go through a lot of hardships but they keep right on going,the staff and volunteers work tirelessly to provide a safe and loving home for the birds.I have several birds of my own and someday when I can no longer care for them I pray that Oasis can be their forever home
As I am in my 70's living in. Northern California. I knew I needed to place my macaws while I could still make the trip to Benson with them. I was able to stay a few days and see how they settled down in the large flight aviary. All the people at Oasis were helpful and caring towards my macaws. I get updates as to how they are doing. It gives me tremdous peace of mind to know long after I am gone my macaws will be in good hands.
I have loved birds for my entire 69 years. There was a parakeet named Prettyboy next to my crib when I was brought home from the hospital. It was a dream come true for me to volunteer at The Oasis, even though I live across the country. These unwanted, neglected and relinquished parrots and birds found their way to an incredible home. The staff is outstanding. It is hard to describe their love, caring, devotion, expertise, and the unbelievable hard work they do to make this place a true sanctuary for these precious feathered souls. Both times I visited to volunteer, I worked my butt off and they were the best vacations of my life. If you are in Tucson, AZ and have some time to spare, make the journey to visit this wonderful place in the desert, if only to visit the birds and make a donation. I cannot wait to return to what is for me, a week in paradise.
I traveled from upstate New York to the Oasis in Arizona to volunteer in 2013 and 2014. I hope to be able to be there again in 2015. The Oasis Sanctuary is a perfect haven for so many damaged parrots that have been so fortunate to find this forever home. The birds rule! The staff is oh so hard working, knowledgeable, caring and so very thoughtful on the details of housing 700+ birds and keeping them safe, while accommodating their needs and even their personalities. Parrots have become the new disposable pet and it's so gratifying to know that the Oasis exists to help some of them. They make a difference! I continue to donate and sponsor a bird at the Oasis, I cannot think of any place better deserving for your donations. If you can volunteer, prepare yourself for a wonderful, heart tugging, hard working experience.
If you've ever owned (or loved) a bird, you would be gratified by the work that Oasis Sanctuary does in keeping birds safe, happy and healthy. Oasis is the home to hundreds of birds/parrots of all different varieties; the birds are generally housed together according to breed, which gives them a very important requirement for being happy - socialization. The Oasis volunteers talk to, listen to, and care for the birds. If a bird needs medical attention, it is moved to the infirmary until feeling better. I can't speak highly enough of the labor of love that Oasis exemplifies in caring for their birds.
The Oasis Sanctuary for parrots is outstanding. The staff and volunteers diligently and lovingly care for almost 900 parrots that have found a forever home with these amazing people. Parrots are the third most "popular" pets in the US and yet are also the most "rehomed", finding themselves unwanted for a number of reasons by their original "purchasers" and in need of somewhere to call home. For these lucky birds at The Oasis, they have found that home. The birds receive more than excellent care and love. I have visited The Oasis numerous times, touring the grounds visiting with the birds. It is always an uplifting experience, at once joyous and sad...joyous to see these magnificent birds so well cared for and sad to know what some of them may have gone through before being "adopted" by The Oasis Sanctuary. I am also a proud member, donor, and sponsor. I know that every dollar that is donated to this special non-profit goes to the birds first and foremost. My hat comes off to the selfless and tireless staff and volunteers that work at this special sanctuary. For them, the birds always come first and believe me, it shows. If you are looking for somewhere above par to donate, I can heartily recommend The Oasis Sanctuary.
2017 marks the twentieth year that The Oasis Sanctuary has been a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In all twenty years the parrots who call The Oasis their home have always been front and center in the plans and execution of care. Along the way, hundreds of parrots found a forever home and thousands of parrot owners found help in their toughest time.
Since I decided in 1998 to give not only my money but my time and my home to help Oasis birds, I know first hand the immense love that abounds at The Oasis Sanctuary.
Upon purchasing our companion parrot in 1998 I was inspired to find a Sanctuary that would be the bird's forever home. Enter The Oasis Sanctuary. The resident parrots are so inspiring I became a mainstay of the Sanctuary's volunteer community. Nearly 15 years later and I'm still here volunteering my home as the foster home. Hubby, Tom, also volunteers full time to provide the loving home a few of the extra-needs parrots flourish in.
The Oasis Sanctuary is an amazing and wonderful place. In a very bad time of my life, Janet and staff lovingly took my parrots in. They have kept in touch through the years with updates on the birds and how they've adjusted and found friends. I have had a terrible experience with another parrot rescue in Texas, so it's hard to overstate the value of the staff at the Oasis. They truly care for a love each bird. Janet Trumbule, in particular, has been such a blessing to me. This is a one-of-a-kind place and the world is a better place because of the Oasis and the staff there.
My life had a dramatic change and I couldn't give my two parrots the home they needed. After researching options, I found the Oasis Sanctuary. Not only did everyone at the Oasis open their arms and hearts to my parrots, Janet Trumbule, Executive Director of Administration, did the same for me. It's hard to put into words how wonderful this Sanctuary is. Every person who works there is 100% dedicated and filled with kindness, compassion, and love for the birds. I miss my two parrots so much, but I know they are in the best place they could be. Janet always takes time from her unbelievably busy days to answer my "how are my girls?" emails. I haven't always been able to donate money, but I have always been treated like the greatest of donors. I've had an experience with another sanctuary where, unless I was giving money, they would hardly communicate with me. The Oasis helped me through an incredibly difficult time by accepting and loving my birds. They are absolutely the best sanctuary.