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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals, Bird Sanctuaries

Mission: The Oasis Sanctuary is a Rescue and Retirement facility for exotic birds, predominantly CITES I and II endangered birds. We offer birds a stable and loving home for the duration of their natural lives. We do not sell or breed birds. We do not offer birds for adoption. Many of The Oasis birds come from other rehabilitation and/or adoption programs where qualified personnel determined it was not in the bird's best interets to be placed in private homes. Some of our birds have "special needs", are physically handicapped or challenged requiring unique living or feeding situations. Several have been bounced from home to home, often being physically and/or emotionally abused and have simply become too fearful of people to be companions to people any longer. A number of The Oasis birds are "retired" breeders, or other birds originally imported for production purposes, which, due to age, infirmity or temperament often would be facing euthanasia. Because many of our birds are not interested in or are incapable of human interaction, they are housed with the same or similar, compatible species in non-breeding pairs or small flocks in large outdoor flights.

Programs: Provide permanent sanctuary, placement, and care to companion birds for whom no other options exist. We currently care for 800 parrots.

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236 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Erin N.8

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been helping The Oasis Sanctuary for more than 10 years by sponsoring a lovebird as well as participating in fundraisers. We first learned of them after watching "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill." We were fascinated that such an entity existed and just how dedicated, loving, professional, and passionate all the staff and volunteers are. Our family would love to visit sometime, but because we live so far away, we're just happy to get the newsletters and updates on Skittles, the Lovebird we sponsor.

njf0618

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After we gave a home to our two rescue parrots we tried to learn more about them and somehow heard about Oasis. Because we are older and our birds are likely to outlive us it is a comfort to know there is a home waiting for them if no one else wants them. We don’t want them neglected or abused in lieu of us being able to care for them. We are including their care in our will and hope our requests are followed. We have visited the Oasis 3-4 times and donate regularly - it is kind of happy sad when we visit - to see all the birds that end up with them because people took on a responsibly they simply couldn’t handle is so sad - yes, there are people like us who age out but many of the birds have behaviors that cause them to be unwanted and for the most part I think birds should be in the wild and not taken in as pets as they simply have not adapted well with humans. Unless and until this selling of birds stops which is highly unlikely they need a place to live out their lives once they have learned to be reliant on care. They can be so loving and fun but I try to see it from their viewpoint and I know our two girls would love to be in the wild and having babies and living free. We will continue to give them a home and hope that people think much harder about having pet birds and all it involves and again are so glad their are places like the Oasis that offer them a lifetime home if the are unwanted or an owner can no longer care for them anymore

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have visited several times. They do a wonderful job giving homes to these parrots that need love and help

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting the Oasis Sanctuary for several years through annual donations. I have also been donating organically grown in the shell walnuts every month for the past several years. The Haag Farm in California ships the walnuts direct to the Oasis. I see this as a win win because not only do the parrots enjoy the walnuts I am also supporting the farmer in California. I have visited the Oasis twice and am so very impressed with their commitment to the welfare of the birds. I am so happy that they have been able to raise enough money to significantly upgrade their facilities for the birds. I look forward to visiting again once we get the pandemic behind us. God Bless the Oasis!

Psioncat

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this outstanding organisation for over a decade now. The Oasis Sanctuary supports and cares for over 800 parrots of a variety of species from Macaws to Budgies. I have visited the Sanctuary at least once annually until this year, when sadly, they had to cancel their annual events due to COVID-19. Currently, I sponsor a wonderful little White Fronted Amazon named Frieda, who came to the Oasis from a confiscation at the border as a baby. There are many opportunities to support the Oasis and these wonderful birds, from becoming a member, sponsorship, online auctions, Gives Day and various donation drives that occur throughout the year. I highly recommend The Oasis Sanctuary as a non-profit to become involved with and support. I have attached a picture of adorable Frieda before she went to live at her forever home at The Oasis Sanctuary, where she is thriving and very very happy!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Oasis Sanctuary is the forever home to over 800 parrots who have found their way to the Sanctuary thru a number of different paths, retired breeders, confiscated attempted smuggled birds, unwanted pets & parrots who have sadly outlived their caregivers. The staff of the Oasis is one of the most dedicated & caring group of people I have had the extreme pleasure to meet. The Oasis is supported solely on donations. If you are looking for a noble cause to support, donate to the Oasis Sanctuary. Thank you.

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Tielmom

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been visiting The Oasis for the past four or five years on their open day - Discover the Oasis. I was heartbroken not to be able to visit in 2020 and can't wait to get back there next year. The Oasis is unique in many ways. The way they care for the birds is first rate. I know I can trust them with my donations and that my resources will be put to good use. They always put the birds first and have their best interests at heart. Everyone that works or volunteers there really puts their heart into what they are doing. Working with birds is not glamorous. It is often hard, grueling work and the real reward comes from the quality of life that is provided for the birds that call The Oasis home. Also, The Oasis is always looking ahead, whether it be in the short term or in the long term. They plan for the future because they want to provide quality care for the birds and they know that not only will more birds be taken in, but also the life span of some of these birds is truly impressive. I cannot really say enough good things about The Oasis and cannot wait to get back there to see my friends, both feathered and non-feathered!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've visited The Oasis three times now and each time I am impressed by the quality of the care given to the birds there and the caring nature and enthusiasm of those who work there. It is always a delight to visit and although I have always been there on their annual "open day," visits can be arranged throughout the year if you contact them in advance. This is one nonprofit that i have complete confidence in and will continue to support in any way that I can.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I have always had birds and am such a proud donor to this wonderful refuge for birds of all types. They truly do God’s work!

Priscilla H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following oasis sanctuary for quite some time. I came across it on the Internet when I was seeking a potential home for my blue and gold macaw, Jack, for the time when I will no longer be able to care for him. Hopefully not for a long long time but I want to be prepared. I was very impressed by what I saw and heard about the oasis. so I visited. And I was more impressed. The devotion and commitment to these birds is displayed by the staff every day. All that they have done to make life better for the birds convinced me that this is the best charitable organization I have encountered. They will always be my favorite.Bless the staff and the birds.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have two parrots at home and six parrots we sponsor at the Oasis Sanctuary in Benson, Arizona. We of course adore our birds but look forward every year to traveling out to the Oasis Sanctuary and visiting with the staff and visiting with our sponsored birds, We are constantly in awe of the wonderful staff, as they can identify by name all of the birds out there (about 800) and can tell us exactly how each of our sponsored birds is doing and how they are getting along with every other bird in their vicinity. The staff carefully observe each bird several times each day and are tuned in to not only health problems but possible emotional problems as the birds interact with each other, That, to me, is the essence of caring! I just can't say enough wonderful things about the Oasis Sanctuary and all the joy it brings to our lives to be part of their mission to care for and love all these birds -- if our ship ever comes in, we would love to sponsor quite a few more birds!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was drawn to the Oasis Sanctuary in May of 2012, when I visited with my sister. My husband and I had been sending donations to the Sanctuary for several years before that, and I wanted to see where my money was going. That first visit was so inspiring and I was thrilled with all the birds and could not help but notice the obvious love and caring of the staff. I came home, made a speech to my bird club about the Oasis, and just generally have been "on fire" about this wonderful organization. This year, my husband and I again visited the Oasis Sanctuary in May of 2013, and now he is inspired and ready to return next year. This place is addictive -- the birds are so beautiful, even the ones that are feather-plucked and tattered-looking, and the staff are wonderful to be around. We got a chance to see the birds in the Pumpkin Trailer and the Hospital Trailer -- some of them had had it pretty rough, but seemed happy and content, knowing they were loved and adored by all the staff. We urge everyone to support this wonderful place, as they use every dollar sent for care of the birdies. I continue to seek out speaking engagements so I can tell others about this deserving group and share some of my passion for the Oasis Sanctuary with others. If I could hop on a plane and visit again tomorrow, I would be out there, the caring and love the staff gives to the birds is contagious! Also, every donation sent, no matter how small, is honoured and welcomed by a wonderful thank-you letter, it makes me want to donate more! ...................written by "Ruffles"

Donor

Rating: 5

We've been following the Oasis for most of the 23 years we've kept birds. I was so inspired by the work The Oasis was doing with over 200 birds (now it's closer to 5 times that number!) that I began to help local birds find other homes. Some of the birds that weren't "pet grade" stayed with us (our flock is now 8) -- we know that for every bird they take in, another may have to be delayed or perhaps declined, so we felt our love for these birds included taking responsibility for a few of the needy. It is our hope that some of these birds can wind up at The Oasis if they outlive us, but we hope not to need them to take many.

The Oasis was the first all-bird sanctuary and the first accredited by the Association of Animal Sanctuaries (I believe that's the organization). I was impressed by the hard work of the founder, and even more impressed by the current head of the organization. This is a big year of expansion and updating the facilities. I am happy that I have been able to make a few donations this year and hope to do more -- it's clear they spend their funds wisely!

Jeanon L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister had.to go to a care center because I could no longer care for her Alzheimers. Due to my own health issues, I needed for several of her parrots to be rehomed. She had a mated pair of wild caught.Timneh African Gray parrots. They are now living at the Oasis. They have also given a home to a banty hen chicken that was abandoned by our neighbors. The Oasis sancuary is truly a wonderful oganization.

Donor

Rating: 5

I heard about Oasis Bird Sanctuary from a Parrot Club in my area. When visiting a relative in Arizona, I decided to visit the sanctuary. It was one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had. The birds are so well taken care of by the staff and they are so loved. What dedication of these workers to care for the 800 birds at Oasis. I hope to visit again soon and possibly voiunteer there one day.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Oasis Sanctuary in Benson AZ is a stellar non-profit. They use their donations wisely and for the good of the birds. I relinquished my Africa Gray because of a health issue. I researched for months to find the right place for her. The Oasis came out on top. After a visit I see why. The staff is caring and the director finds time to keep me informed on my bird with stories and pictures. She is happy there and well cared for.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Oasis represents excellence in the care and love given to displaced birds. The staff is dedicated to giving the birds the best care and diet. I was fortunate that The Oasis agreed to give my beloved gray a forever home when I could no longer care for her. They are so good about providing up-dates on her giving me peace of mind that she is cared for.
Laker

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Donor

Rating: 5

My Macaws Shola and Chava were placed at the Sanctuary as I am aging and want to be certain they are cared for when I am dead. I support their yearly care and give generously to Oasis on a yearly basis. They are a wonderful charity staffed by professional caring individuals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Founded and found: The Oasis Sanctuary received nonprofit status in December 1997. A short 11 months later I "found" The Oasis Sanctuary and began volunteering. Here it is July 2019 and I am still volunteering AND on the payroll as the Business Manager. The reason I am still around is that The Oasis Sanctuary always PUTS THE BIRDS FIRST in everything that we do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Been working with the Oasis for over 15 years, six of which I have volunteered at the site. No words can express the absolute awe I have for the people who devote every day of their lives caring for these birds. Dedicated is not a strong enough word. Love is.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I retired in 2013 and moved to the Oasis where I became a full time volunteer caregiver for the large group of birds who live here. I had budgerigars throughout the years and always enjoyed their funny antics. I fostered birds for a rescue group in northern Arizona,
The work is hard but very rewarding. The birds can and will bite if they feel like it, or be loving friends.
The Oasis is an option for birds with no other options.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to the Oasis Sanctuary for many years, and I'd love to go there some day! Their dedication and love for the birds shines in all they do, and I wish there were more places like the Oasis so that every bird that needed a new home could find hope and shelter! I will continue to support their work and share their story with others. I am so excited for the renovations taking place and wish them many many blessings as they continue to change the world one little feathered angel at a time!

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been enthusiastic supporters of the Oasis Sanctuary Foundation, Ltd. for the last seven years, ever since my sister and I traveled out to Arizona from Tallahassee, Florida to check them out in person. I like to say I was called out there on "divine guidance". I know it sounds "crazy" but we had been getting their newsletters for a while and I kept saying I wanted to go visit them. My husband kept saying "no way", "it was too far, Arizona was too hot". etc. Well, one year I announced that I was somehow getting out there, even without him. You have to understand that I was terrified, had never traveled alone before, but the urge was so strong that I started checking out airline schedules, car rental options , etc. Luckily for me, my sister who lived in a small town in the middle of the state volunteered to fly out with me and help me find the Oasis (thank you, Angels!). We did get out there for the 2012 "Discover the Oasis Field Day" and I was so very grateful for her support and company on that trip, and she was blessed with meeting the wonderful staff and all the birds. What really struck me was my strong feeling of "coming home" the moment I walked on to their property, as though my coming out there had been part of a divine plan for me from the beginning. As I get older I get more spiritual, and really believe that my lifelong love of parrots would culminate in wanting to help support the birds of the Oasis Sanctuary. My husband joined me for my 2013 trip to the Oasis and seemed to fall in love with the place also. We have become ardent supporters and sponsor five of their birds each year, which means that we pay a yearly fee for each of the birds we have chosen and this covers food, vet care, housing in beautiful aviaries, etc. In addition, we have been blessed with being able to travel out to Arizona each year to attend the yearly "Field Day" and interact with staff, meet other supporters, and see our birds we sponsor. We have developed a close friendship with the staff of the Oasis , who are always very pleased to answer questions or listen to any concerns we might have. When one of the birds we sponsored became ill and did eventually pass, the staff was so supportive and caring and it was very obvious that they were grieving the loss of that little bird as much as we were. These people are doing this hard and very demanding work out of LOVE. Every interaction I have with them, whether by email, phone call, or a yearly visit keeps demonstrating that same love and genuine caring that draws people to the work they do at the Oasis. We feel truly blessed to share in their mission for these birds and are excited with the careful planning they have done to see what needs attention {such as an updated food preparation area and a new type of aviary indoor/outdoor housing for some of the birds. They are very careful with any donations received and, believe me, their salaries are extremely low and everything goes for the care of the birds.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first became aware of the Oasis Sanctuary when I saw the movie about the Parrots of San Francisco. Since I owned a parrot just like Mingus and the other 3 that went to the Oasis, I visited the sanctuary after it moved to AZ where I reside and began sponsoring a ring-neck parrot named Otto. Over the years I have sponsored several additional birds and have visited the sanctuary many times. I can personally attest to the wonderful care given to the birds at the Oasis. Interacting with them on visits, it is clear they are happy birds who are loved for their uniqueness, which is respected by their caretakers. Even though there are over 700 birds residing at the sanctuary, the staff knows the name and personal needs and preferences of every bird there. It is truly an oasis in the desert for the parrots living there.

Carlton L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people that work and volunteer there actually care about the birds and work hard to make sure that they are well cared for. The facilities are really good but with more donations could be excellent.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I looked for a place that could take care of my parrots in case something happened to me and my wife. After searching the internet I setteled on three rescues and sanctuarys including The Oasis Sanctuary and decided to to contribute to and visit all three. It took a while but after visiting all three The Oasis Sanctuary came out, in my opinion, heads and shoulders above the other two. While the other two were extremely qualified with great people The Oasis Sanctuary had the people that really cared about the birds enough to live on the grounds and get up in the middle of the night to find out why the dogs are barking or why the birds were screaming. This is just one example of how they care and go above and beyond to care for all of the birds. I have been volunteering there for several years now and am always impressed how everything is planned around the birds in an effert to make their lives more comfortable and pleasant. Over the years some of the people have left and others have stayed but the commitment of everyone has stayed the same which is the total commitment to the birds and other animals at The Oasis Sanctuary.

Donor

Rating: 5

This rescue is run with love and integrity. So many end up being more of a problem then a help. Not Oasis. They truly care. There are so many birds who are not only alive because of Oasis...but loved also......some loved for the first time ever.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing people working to better lives of abused, abandoned, special needs or otherwise needing care birds of all sizes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Oasis Sanctuary is truly one of a kind. It is a no adopt, life long commitment for each and every bird. The staff and volunteers really love and more importantly care that each resident is given the best of everything; nutrition, medical when needed, toys, full flight aviaries for most of the birds and hands on loving care. They have a beautiful area called the rainbow bridge to remember and honor are companions who have passed on. It is truly and amazing environment for our avian friends.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One of the top avian sanctuaries in the country, and one I have personally visited many times. I am a regular donor. In my role as ED of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, they always responded when we had parrots in need of emergency help and life time care. They are a dedicated group and led by people who really care. The Board President is the best avian veterinarian I have ever been to, truly gifted. The parrots and other critters at Oasis are truly blessed. So happy to see them thriving!

June G.1

Donor

Rating: 5

When my blue crowned conure of 27 years died I was beyond grief. I searched for a place to donate in her memory and read more on the rainbow bridge. When I found the Oasis Sanctuary I felt that I could help other parrots and her death would have a purpose in that I could help such a great organization care for parrots. I donate when I can and through their sponsor program, I was able to support each month a blue crowned conure name Pete.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love my two macaws, Sunset and Pepper, very much. When I can no longer take care of them because of my health issues, my sister and I decided to take them to the Oasis Sanctuary. We've visited the Sanctuary and talks with the awesome people who truly love taking care of the birds. It was very hard for us to leave our birds there but we know they will get the best of the best care there. It helps knowing Sunset and Pepper will always be together and remains at the Oasis Sanctuary for their life. The Sanctuary will not sell or put the birds up for adoption. They will always be with people who are kind and caring and understand the need of the birds.

1 louisamj

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Lori

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Mary280

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Oasis is a highly professional, well organized and well staffed bird sanctuary. I had an occasion to visit while transferring two parrots from rescue. I have been an exotic animal veterinarian for 40 years and have worked with many bird rescues and sanctuaries. Oasis is the best I have ever seen. They have a solid knowledge of the behavioral and physiological needs of the parrots and do their best to provide those needs. The staff is knowledgeable, very committed and compassionate. The place is amazing.

The fact we have such large places needed to take in the parrots that are shed by people often for reasons that people get tired of taking care of their pets, or the pets develop behaviors that people don't like or that simply the birds outlive their owners points to a serious problem with parrots as pets. Particularly the larger birds. We should be having ethical discussions about this as a society whether or not we should even have access to many of these species as pets. They are complex, incredibly intelligent, have a biological and emotional need for close social connections and a need for ability for extended periods of flight. They are one of the most difficult animals to properly care for in a home environment. Someday I can hope that facilities such as oasis will only need to exist for the exception of passing on a pet insrtead of unfortunately what is becoming the norm

Please support oasis in their mission if you care for parrot welfare.....they are amazing.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Oasis Sanctuary is an amazing place that takes in birds who have lost their homes for whatever reason and gives them the best quality care for the rest of their lives. The Oasis provides food, shelter, intellectual stimulation, companionship, medical care, and everything necessary to care for these incredible creatures. Everything is done with the utmost care, love, and attention to the needs of the birds. I can't more highly recommend The Oasis.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have a huge problem in the U.S. with companion birds needing homes. The Oasis is the largest bird sanctuary in the country and takes in hundreds of birds that need homes. Every bird is treated with love and respect. They have beautiful free flight aviaries for many of the birds and are working on creating more. Every bird has companions, fresh food, and plenty of toys for intellectual stimulation. The staff is loving and dedicated. The place is clean and well-kept. I've been there in person and witnessed what a wonderful place it is. But they can't do it without help. Costs are astronomical. They need all the help they can get.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a long time bird owner (or, from the birds' perspectives, bird pal). We've had parakeets, conures, cockatiels, and a macaw ( now 22 years old. ) I got to visit the Oasis premises a few years ago. What a class operation! Birds are housed in appropriate facilities, cared for with compassion and skill. I am happy to donate to this wonderful organization.

2 Corinna M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Oasis is a wonderful organization. I had the pleasure of visiting with a group of Deaf friends as their interpreter. We we're greeted by the director and taken on a tour of this great facility. It was an amazing experience for all of us and I recommend it highly to all I know!

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Donor

Rating: 5

On a whim, I visited the sanctuary last winter. I was so impressed by the amazing care they are giving to over 700 exotic birds. The birds were lively, looked healthy and happy. Their cages offer them safety and play toys as well as the interactions between humans and birds. I was so moved, I donated money on the spot and then signed up to sponsor a parrot. In addition to the birds, they offer homes to other fowl as well as to several rescue dogs. Two of the dogs need surgery for hip or knee issues. I asked that my initial donation of $100 go toward helping these sweet dogs. Outstanding non-profit--they use their funds exceptionally well!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the Oasis Sanctuary. After finding out my vet, Dr. T. Drigger's is the President of the Board there I went out for a visit. I am a retired photographer and wanted to offer my talents to them.
These people are so very dedicated to the caring of the parrots left in their care!!! They do an EXCELLENT JOB and that's no easy feat with so many parrots.
I have since been out there a total of 3 times and in fact plan to move closer so I can go out there and take lots of photos for them.
They were gracious enough to choose some of my photos that are in their 2015 calendar!! And I hope to work with them on their 2016 one...
LOVE THIS PLACE AND THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN!!! Carol Woods, Peoria, AZ

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member since the Oasis first began in the 1990's and I am both amazed and deeply moved by their love and commitment to the birds there. Some of the birds are well enough to go into their appropriate aviary after a quarantine period. But some of these dear bird souls arrive in an unbelievably painful condition. There seems sadly to be no limit to what some humans are willing to inflict on these intelligent and sensitive souls. There is a Foster mom named Ruth Ann that takes these battered souls and breathes life, love and happiness back into their lives. The Oasis spends a fortune on medical bills. And Ruth Ann spends a fortune from her generous heart to give them 24/7 love and attention. I have been lucky enough to hear some of their stories which have been painful in a way and yet uplifting in another. Through the Oasis I have seen the highest and best that people have to offer. I ask anyone who reads this to please consider giving whatever you are able to help. No donation is too small. They are grateful for everything. Thank you. Barbara Greenman , Chicago, IL.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at The Oasis for 4 years and have enjoyed watching them grow and continuously improve the living conditions for their birdie residents. The Oasis is a leader in flight design and has developed multiple solutions to cage-free housing. It is so exciting to see the large macaws hanging from the rafters of their 2-story flight, and to hear the Star Wars beeps of the African greys in their own dedicated building! They are truly a model for the parrot rescue community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at The Oasis for 4 years, and each visit deepens my appreciation and respect for what they do for the parrots in their care. The full-time staff know the name of each of the 700 (yes, 700!) feathered residents, and they are constantly looking for ways to make their lives happier and more comfortable. I have seen dramatic changes in birds that appeared to be hopelessly damaged, physically and psychologically - birds that stopped self-mutilating, birds that now allow touch. The Oasis is tops!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Soon after 9/11 we needed to get away and flew out to check out The Oasis Sanctuary, a Parrot Rescue Sanctuary I had found online. Now, all these years later we are on the Board and most of our excess time, energy and funds go to this organization which is so totally devoted to the care and well being of all of it's over 700 feathered inhabitants. And we know exactly where our donation dollars go - to the birds! Love it!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

After over eleven years of supporting The Oasis, I still am awed each and every time I visit and meet the beautiful birds who call it home. In this sad, disposable world we live in, The Oasis takes the effort and commitment of the care of these beautiful, sentient beings very seriously, and provides a lifetime home for many who would otherwise face euthanasia at worst, or neglect and/or abuse at best. The birds take precedence in the lives of those involved and it is heartwarming to see the love that goes into running it. We started out as donors looking for a place for our four cockatoos in the sometime in the future, but ended up volunteering so often that we were invited to serve on the Board.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting the Oasis for ten years. I have watched it grow (albeit, from afar) as a safe refuge for homeless parrots from its initial 300 birds to the current 750. I visited the Oasis and met Sybil Erden. She is a tireless champion and a voice for those who cannot speak (excuse the unintentional joke). Sybil is truly an extraordinary human being, a phenomenal woman, as I like to call her.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a long time lover of birds since my Grandmother was always so fond of them and her home was filled with their cheery songs and colorful beauty. Oasis Sanctuary is a treasure. They take in birds that no one else could handle and give them a life that is extraordinary. The care taken to provide a healthy environment, care for the sick and distressed birds, promote public knowledge of these beautiful creatures and truly be an advocate for the avian species is remarkable! I have the highest respect for the mission of Oasis Sanctuary and commend them for their dedication.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of the Oasis Sanctuary for many years. They do a wonderful job of taking care of the birds and giving them a full life. I have been down to visit several times and see how my donations are being used. If you love birds, you should support them. They deserve it!

2 Lakhena S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Oasis Sanctuary in Benson, Arizona, is a wonderful foundation. It is a true sanctuary, in that it provides lifelong care for these beautiful birds, and does not attempt to adopt any of them out. They don't have regular business/visiting hours because they're not a zoo. Having spent a week there volunteering, I saw firsthand the level of care and devotion the birds get from all of the staff and volunteers. I simply have not seen anything else quite like it. It warms my heart to know that such a place exists.

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Donor

Rating: 5

There are so many parrots that are abandoned or need a home for many other reasons. The Oasis has been there for these birds no matter what their personality or condition. The care for sick birds, handicapped birds and those too noisy for their owners. Rain or shine, they are always there. I admire their efforts to give a good life to these bright animals. They are sorely needed.

If my birds outlive me, I hope they can go there to live out their lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wo many people buy parrots not knowing about their habits or how long they live. When they are noisy or messy, the owners want to get rid of them. They also have them for years and when the people are too old or incapacitated to care for them the Oasis is there to help. Some have put them in basements and closets or abused the birds. since the education isn't there at the pet shops etc. what is to happen to these intelligent creatures. I am so proud of the Oasis for continuing to grow and help these birds. I hope to send my birds there when I am too old to care for them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We love parrots and were excited to find a parrot sanctuary in our own state of Arizona. We visited Oasis in the east Tucson area one Saturday. They take homeless or poorly cared for birds and place them in a safe clean permanent home. They keep bird buddies together and they do their best to insure the happiest possible life for each parrot. Even grumpy unsocial birds get large single cages with birds nearby incase they change their minds. They have large uncrowded aviarys for each different species. Food bowls and cages are cleaned each morning by a very cheerful group of hardworking volunteers. We loved those goodhearted people and enjoyed seeing these intelligent birds getting the great care they deserve.
I would love to see this group have enough budget to staff well and there may be a need for better cooling systems for birds in summer months. We intend to continue to donate and our goal is to join the volunteer staff. Let's keep this wonderful organization going. Rose Shoppach

Donor

Rating: 5

I live in Texas and have never been able to visit the Oasis, but I did a lot of research. I have been burned before in trusting parrot sanctuaries, only to be disappointed; in one case, shockingly so. But the Oasis is top-notch in every way. My wife and I are owned by a flock of 13 rescue birds, from a budgie up to two cockatoos. Some have physical disabilities, others were severely abused before they came here. So we know how much work, love, patience and dedication it takes to care for and win the trust of these sensitive, beautiful and scary-intelligent creatures. That the Oasis does so for over 700 of them is something of a miracle. I am far from rich, but I support them financially in any way I can, and I hope you will, too.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have donated to the Oasis Sanctuary for many years, but when I lost my job four years ago we decided to take a close look at the charities we had been supporting. So before deciding to continue supporting the Oasis, we did two things: (1) we got a copy of their Form 990 (available on the Oasis website) and compared their data with the recommendations on Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org) and (2) we decided to visit the Oasis, even though we live in the Midwest. Charity Navigator doesn't have the personnel to investigate every charity (including the Oasis), but the Charity Navigator recommendations are very specific, and we were pleased to see that the Oasis financials conformed to the Charity Navigator recommendations. Also, we were impressed when we visited the Oasis. In the past 20 years we've owned six little parrots, so we know how to assess the happiness and condition of other parrots -- and we were happy to see that the Oasis parrots seemed happy and well cared for. The staff and volunteers seem very committed. We're also impressed that they're thinking not only of the day-to-day care of the birds but are also looking ahead, trying to anticipate what the future holds in terms of the number of birds they'll be asked to care for in the years to come and the financial resources that will be necessary to meet those needs. We decided that the Oasis deserves our continued financial support and we urge others to support this very efficient, worthwhile, compassionate organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Oasis has come so far since its inception in 1997. Today we are permanent home to 750 birds who are provided with life-care, love and all the support needed for a healthy and emotionally contented life. I am proud to be the Founder and a Board member of this standard setting Sanctuary!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Oasis Sanctuary remains one of the most highly regarded life-care facilities for parrots in the US. With 750 birds in permanent residence, the facility is located in Southern Arizona on 73 acres owned by the birds.
When I founded the facility in 1997, there were no other places in this country anything like The Oasis. I decided that my birds would live at the facility because if it was not good enough for them, why would it be good enough for anyone else's birds?
Today, the sanctuary is in the second generation of administration and will continue into the future, strong and growing, to care for an ever growing number of needy birds.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to volunteer at The Oasis because I love all parrots, and have a cockatoo at home. It was one of the best weeks I've ever spent. Each day, I knew I was doing something helpful. Even when I pulled 50 lbs. of grapes off their stems for the fruit and vegetable mix, I knew it helped. Even when I scraped bird poop off cages and floors, I knew it helped. And I got to meet all the birds, including species I'd never seen before. The staff, in addition to caring for the birds, LOVES them all. They know each bird's personality, what it likes and doesn't, what special things each one wants or needs. The Oasis is an extraordinary place for parrots.

Donor

Rating: 5

They take great care of the birds. They communicate well with the community

Karen Q.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful care for our feathered friends. It's heartwarming to know that there are passionate caregivers for displaced birds. Oasis Sanctuary shows how kindness, compassion, love, and quality care can make a difference for so many precious birds that would otherwise suffer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about the Oasis Sanctuary from my dear friends Lynn and Rick Woerpel. The work the Oasis does is exceptional. Caring for so many displaced parrots, due to their owners death, serious illness, loss of home or livelihood. I've read and heard so many heartwarming stories of how the Oasis has helped another precious parrot in an unfortunate situation. I myself have a wonderful little girl (umbrella cockatoo) that will be 23 years old on the 19th of this month. It's great to know that if something happened to me, she would have a place where she would be cared for and loved by the many wonderful caregivers at the Oasis. Thanks Oasis, for being there for so many in need!