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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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222 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Psioncat

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 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.

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.

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.

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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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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!

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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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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.