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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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229 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Psioncat

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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Donor

Rating: 5

The Oasis Sanctuary is the forever home to more than 800 parrots, who have been fortunate enough to find their way there from a variety of situations: confiscations of illegal importation of wild caught parrots, abandonment, hoarding situations, and sometimes from loving families who simply for a variety of reasons were no longer able to care for their beloved parrot. Parrots have become the third most popular "pet" in the USA, and even so, are the most likely of all to become unwanted and rehomed, sadly, frequently, because the owners were un or undereducated about parrots, who, especially the larger varieties of Macaw, Cockatoo, Amazon & African Grey, are loud, destructive and long lived.

The Oasis Sanctuary provides a safe and loving home to all these beautiful and endangered, some critically endangered, parrots.

I have been supporting the Oasis for about a decade. I am fortunate to live close enough to visit, and have done so at least once a year for many years. I only wish I lived close enough to visit at least once a month. Visiting with the birds is such an uplifting experience to see them well taken care of...it is LOUD there and that's how I know that everyone is happy!

The staff and the volunteers are exceptionally dedicated. They work tirelessly, up early to prepare fresh food for all those eager beaks, from the littlest Budgie to the biggest Macaw. It's always amazing to me that they remember the names of the birds and their particular personalities, likes and dislikes. These parrots are truly loved! The Oasis staff and volunteers aren't working at a job, they are living a passion every day and it shows.

I am a bird lover and am a "parront" to many, but even if I wasn't, I would support The Oasis because it is a non-profit that is the definition of what a non-profit organisation should be...the parrots who live there are the priority.

I hope that anyone who reads this will consider a donation to this most excellent foundation. Most of what you donate will find its way directly to the care and well being of the parrots...this is not a "management pay first" non-profit.

I'm sincerely proud to be a member, donor, sponsor and volunteer of the outstanding Oasis Sanctuary Foundation.

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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.

njf0618

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

This is one of the few places that help birds that for many reasons are no longer able to be cared for by individuals. There are thousands of options for dogs and cats. It's too bad they can't be rehabilitated back to the wild but it isn't to be for these sweet birds. They are difficult as pets and a place like this gives them a happy life and great care. If you can please support them. We have two rescue birds that may outlive us so it is nice to know if there is room they will have a place to go if we can no longer care for them.

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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.