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Nonprofit Overview

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.

Community Stories

208 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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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.

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.

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.