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Parrot Outreach Society

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Mission Statement: The Parrot Outreach Society is a non-profit organization whose sole concern is parrot welfare in captivity and conservation of wild parrots. We are an outreach and placement program which places into safe custody, parrots which are abandoned, abused, or in need of a home for any reason. Parrots are intelligent, highly social and complex beings with a life span of up to 80 years. The individual bird’s best interest and well being of the present flock will determine if a parrot is accepted into the organization. We actively support networking with other parrot welfare groups, animal welfare organizations, the veterinary community, conservation organizations and the general public. Education is of the utmost importance concerning the well being of a parrot and its ability to successfully live with its human companions. In conjunction with Bird Gardens of Naples, our sanctuary mission is to provide a permanent, safe, loving and disease free environment for unadoptable psittacine species. Bird gardens of Naples will provide shelter, medical and rehabilitative care to displaced and unadoptable parrots in a natural environment for those who have failed to thrive in a family setting. Each parrot will be evaluated individually, before placement into sanctuary, for its suitability as a sanctuary resident. Public education will be used to turn uninformed impulse buying opportunities into well informed adoption opportunities in hopes of eradicating the homeless parrot population.

Results: In 2017 we helped over 200 birds and families who needed to relinquish their parrot into our care. Our adoption rate is well above average for our area and surrounding areas. We have completed an expansion into a 5,600 sq ft space from a 2,060 sq ft space. Our capital campaign, Raise the Roof for Parrots is an ongoing campaign to raise funds for purchasing land and/or a building. We are currently at close to $50,000 saved toward that endeavor.

Target demographics: place parrots in need of re-homing.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 200 families who need to relinquish their companion parrot and 120 families who wanted to adopt a parrot.

Geographic areas served: Southwest Florida

Programs: Adoption, intake, education, sanctuary, conservation and fostering.

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I moved to Florida 4 years ago, I researched several parrot rescues near me. Parrot Outreach was the farthest away and takes an hour for me to drive there... but it is well worth it. Their knowledge of parrot behavior and needs is reflected in the selection of food and toys in the retail area. When my red bellied parrot needed a collar, they were there with a quality recommendation and made wonderful suggestions for keeping his beak busy.
From education to adoptions, Parrot Outreach rocks!

1 Stephanie Rivers L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We already had a flock of 5 birds and we often went to the Parrot Outreach Society to donate things and buy toys. We always took a stroll through the rooms to marvel at the beautiful birds. We felt we had enough birds, 3 male Indian Ringnecks and 2 female Green Cheeked Conures so we really didn’t consider adoption. One day while walking through I saw a sweet little female IRN. The more I watched her I noticed there was something wrong with her legs. We asked if we could take her out of her cage. We also asked her story. Her last family had found her hobbling down a road. At some point in her life both of her legs were broken and it appears she never had any treatment. The family took her in but then had to move overseas and she could not go. From the moment I picked her up and she layed on my chest I was hooked. She taalked to me and gave me kisses and that was it. We knew she belonged with us. We visited her a few more times and then brought her home. Adopting a special needs bird has been so rewarding! She fit right in with our flock and with a few modifications she is able to be with her flock. The work that the Parrot Outreach Society does is amazing. The birds are well cared for and you feel the love bestowed upon them by the staff and volunteers!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Three years ago we adopted a Quaker Parrot from Parrot Outreach Society in Punta Gorda, Florida. These wonderful volunteers work their magic every day with these beautiful birds!
We are looking forward to adopting another parrot from this sanctuary.
Last year my husband and I sponsored a cage for their expansion. This is a very worthy nonprofit.....all goes to the care and of the birds. Joyce and Bob Reed and Coco!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Quaker parrot "Coco"
from this wonderful sanctuary!
Sue, Pam, Cindy and especially Debbie
are truly so dedicated to caring for these beautiful birds! We are so happy that they are finally able to expand and care for more of them! My husband and I just sponsored a bird cage and hope it helps on some small way to help a bird in need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to frequent the nonprofit on multiple occasions. The store has recently been expanded and refurbished and provides a much needed service for the community and surrounding area. The volunteers in the store are courteous and helpful and appear to do an excellent job in caring for and relocating the birds into homes that are carefully screened and evaluated. Great job!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The center provides a much needed service for the community. The birds appear to be well taken care of by a group of volunteers. My family has adopted a few birds from the center that have proven to be quite an asset to our family.

Lori W.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonder place nice people. First time I visited,clean bird sanctuary, very emotional experiences. Our fids are a lifetime commitment. It takes dedication careing for them. Donate adopt never buy.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Uhoh beware!!! Pam the owner never revealed she is the owner, was rude, not cooperative and was extremely incompetent. We truly believed she was a volunteer based on her lack of social consideration and poor behavior.

Susan, the Adoption Coordinator, is a sweetheart and extremely helpful. We were locked-in to adopting an African Grey named Bentley (alias Bobby). Oddly, we were never given an explanation of why they were hiding his records or true name. We bonded immediately with Bentley and were scheduled to pick him up on Sat June 9 2018. Susan had already approved this before she went on vacation for one month. We were rushed to obtain a large cage immediately and Susan passed our home inspection with flying colors colors .

Upon Susan's departure we learned that Debbie (a volunteer who we never met) was then "named" an official authority to approve or deny adoption.

We then learned that Debbie complicated the adoption process only in the interest of authorizing Bentley to be adopted by somebody else!!!

We caution you to please don't get your expectations high with this shop.... Despite being the owner, Pam never called us or intervened to correct the problems her volunteer Debbie caused.

We ultimately abandoned this shop and found an amazing 2-year old Parrot from a private owner immediately. Two days have passed and Pam has yet to contact us. We adopted a Parrot, we are content and the parrot has bonded so well with us!!!!

Good luck my friends!!!$

Diane H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We stopped in today to visit and bring in a donation. What a wonderful organization and the workers went out of their way to answer questions. Top notch.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted a quaker parrot from here and he is a very sweet bird. He still needs some training but I couldn't be happier with my experience with this place and it's volunteer staff. They are doing a great job and a great service. Not only for their customers but for all the birds that need a loving forever home as well. Love this little guy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for five years and I'm also a board member. I love working with the birds and with all the other volunteers. There's so much support and respect for our common goal, THE BIRDS!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue is has the nicest birds as well as a bunch of great volunteers who keep the place clean and take great care of the birds.

1 Mark H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We moved here from Ohio and this place is amazing. You can tell that the people there really care about them. My wife and I go as often as we can even if it's just visit with the birds. If we didn't already have our own zoo at our house we would absolutely adopt.

1 Tom C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Parrot Outreach Society is an incredible organization. We adopted Willow almost two years ago after our sun conure passed away. We raised a scarlet macaw from a chick and he bonded to me long ago. We wanted a parrot that would be my wife's bird and would keep the scarlet company while we were at work. After interacting with most of the birds, Willow picked my wife. The adoption process is rather involved, as it should be to discourage impulse adopters. We drove to Punta Gorda from Tampa on three separate occasions to spend time with Willow and a representative of the society inspected our home to ensure that we were capable of caring for another macaw. Willow (we call him Willy) has adjusted amazingly well to his new home and is a very happy bird.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Parrot Outreach is a great group of people that rescue, Care for and protect their birds. After they carefully screened me, I adopted an umbrella cockatoo that had been horribly neglected, spent most of its life alone in a back room. I made him part of our family for four years. He was well cared for and loved, but he needed a lot of attention and his screaming took its toll. With a heavy heart I contacted Parrot outreach, explained my situation, and it was decided Parrot outreach would take him back and rehome him with a more suitable family. They found him a perfect home and contacted me so I would know he found the perfect family, and had a new sibling (macaw) to play with. Parrot outreach really is all about seeing to it that all their rescues find their happy ending.

1 Vicki Savage

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Punkin, now known as Poppy, from POS. They were friendly, knowledgeable, and up front about the birds history and future care. They let us take our time and never once pressured us to any one bird. I would recommend them to anyone looking to add a bird to their family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Over a period of time we adopted two cockatoos, a Moluccan and a Bare-eyed. We were impressed that not only did Parrot Outreach Society quarantine the parrots for 30 days, but they also did a variety of tests to make sure they were healthy. Their facility is always clean and the birds are well cared for. They have great volunteers, some who specialize in certain parrot species. We especially have high regards for Debby who volunteers in the Cockatoo room. I highly recommend POS as a top notch rescue in which to find wonderful companion birds.

1 Barbara H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This non-profit bird rescue is the greatest. My daughter and I have rescued 3 birds. One was a Citron Cuckatoo Fred. The second was Zeus who is a Goffin and the 3rd is a Bare eyed cockatoo. The birds were healthy and well cared for, If we had questions they were very informative to guide us. I would recommend them to anyone wanting to adopt a bird.

1 Evelyn C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted two Goff in cockatoos from Partot Outreach Society. They are wonderful parrots. The POS is an excellent charity that takes wonderful care of its rescue birds.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our first bird from Parrot Outreach Society. Everyone there was so helpful with all of our questions. We had a lot!!! We brought our little Senegal home last week and could not be happier. We truly believe them when they say the bird picks you!!

1 Tricia31

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have reached the age where I need to find new homes for most of my parrots. This is a gut wrenching decision all parrot owners have to make, sooner or later. After much research, asking questions, asking for recommendations, including from my vet, I visited POR to help with my decision. I have decided I will be working with them to find new homes for my birds. I cannot give a higher recommendation than to place my trust in them for this life changing decision.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

No sense repeating the accolades already mentioned. It is a great place with good, knowledgeable people. Far surpasses any similar place in our general area.

1 Lynn Slayton S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although my daughter and I have our own birds, We love to stop at Punta Gorda and visit the birds every time we are going thru town or visiting. We purchase items and donate when we visit. We take our own birds (Sassy n Oliver) out quite a bit and people seem to enjoy them. We always suggest or inform them of Parrot Outreach, if they are interested in maybe getting a bird. We enjoy Parrot Outreach Face Book Page and look forward to seeing the bIrd's go to their new forever homes. Parrot Outreach is a great caregiver to the birds while in their care.
Donations are so much appreciated for these wonderful fine feathered friends.

1 mndimascio

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pam Hill and her volunteers are absolutely the best. I have had the pleasure of adopting three beautiful birds from her rescue, and the education I received being a first time bird owner, was phenomenal. Her and her staff literally dedicate their lives to making sure these beautiful souls are cared for, have clean habitats, and the best of the best food and toys and fresh water, daily. It doesn't stop there. They all get avian sun lamps and treats and interacted with as well. Pam is truly inspirational and I can honestly say my life changed when I met her. I am now a rescue advocate and educate people the same way she did me. This non profit deserves global recognition. They are truly amazing and such an inspiring and dedicated group of folks. Thank you parrot outreach society for simply being the best and giving these precious babies their own voice!