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Causes: Animals, Bird Sanctuaries

Mission: The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is dedicated to the care and well being of parrots and other exotic birds. We do not breed, sell, trade, or offer for adoption the birds in our care. Instead, we endeavor to provide them with a permanent home that allows them to mingle with other compatible birds in outdoor open-flight aviaries. We also strive to provide permanent, caring homes for birds with special needs, including those with physical challenges or behavioral issues. Finally, we are committed to raising public awareness regarding the moral responsibilities and physical demands of keeping parrots or other wild animals as pets.

Results: We have made great strides this year in our Fundraising efforts towards the much needed expansion of FEBS! With your help we will be able to continue with our Sanctuary Life Reimagined vision in 2017!!!!

Target demographics: Provide a safe haven for parrots to live out their lives in a happy and healthy environment.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 750 parrots

Geographic areas served: Florida

Programs: The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is dedicated to the care and well-being of parrots and other exotic birds. We do not breed, sell, trade, or offer for adoption the birds in our care. Instead, we endeavor to provide them with a permanent home that allows them to mingle with other compatible birds in outdoor open-flight aviaries. We also strive to provide permanent, caring home for birds with special needs, including those with physical challenges or behavioral issues. Finally, we are committed to raising public awareness regarding the moral responsibilities and physical demands of keeping parrots or other wild animals as pets.

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198 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been searching for a safe, well maintained sanctuary in which to place our three birds who will outlive us. Our biggest fear was that they would be shuttled from home to home at the whim of new owners who don't understand birds or their needs. The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is everything we could hope for. When I visited I found the birds well fed and happy with toys to play with and companions of their own species. They all looked fully feathered and well adjusted. We are confident we couldn't find a better place for a forever home for our three feathered children.

1 sandtracker

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pat & her staff including the Board of directors has accompolished so much at FEBS since my wife & I
have been involved there. Its just a joy to walk through the sanctuary and see that all these beautiful birds
have a place to be cared for. It takes a special person to take on such a huge responsibilty and make it happen, our prayers are with you Pat.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife & I have placed our moluccan Cockatoo with Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary 2 1/2 years ago after searching in Florida for a place we could visit on a regular basis, since then we are so grateful that we found FEBS, We visit on a regular basis and we want everyone to know what a wonderful job Pat Norton has done caring for these beautiful birds she has in her care,

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A rare and needed gift for birds that are no longer able to reside with their human companions. The work that FEBS does to assist those birds that have lost their people is priceless and selfless. The world is a better place for our feathered friends becuase FEBS cares enough to make that so! Keep up the great work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only do we donate but my baby actually lives there now. It's a great thing that febs is doing for all those birds. I have been a couple of times to visit and if I lived closer I would definitely volunteer. All the volunteers I have met are wonderful and Patricia is amazing. The fact that they don't breed or adopt out is why I chose them this way I knew he had a forever home. They also put birds in colonies together so it's a more natural habitat. If I ever win the lotto I would buy them the new land so they could continue to save more birds. Lots of love to febs!!!

5

Donor

Rating: 5

What an absolute JOY it was to visit the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary in January. I learned of this extraordinary sanctuary while doing estate planning for my five companion parrots. The moment I stepped foot on the property, I was struck by the beauty of the sanctuary and the peaceful, welcoming environment created for these Ambassadors of the Parrot Nation. I practice and teach the healing arts, and after touring the sanctuary, Pat Norton allowed me to play Native American healing flute for the birds and to participate in serving a client who was relinquishing their beloved male Indian Ringneck parrot to the sanctuary. I listened to joyful calls from a female Indian RIngneck parrot already living at the sanctuary to this new bird, and watched and played the flute while Pat introduced them. It was an amazing experience, as one bird welcomed the other as if she had been missing him her entire life! I witnessed Pat's incredible, comforting Presence and expertise as she talked to the family and the birds, creating for all of us a serene space of transition for family and parrot to a new life. After the family left, I walked the grounds and visited each flight. Then, Pat helped me through my fear of working with macaws by taking me into the macaw flight, and showing me how to feed them almonds. Once I overcame my fear, one by one, these beautiful macaws would land on my arms and take two almonds from my hand or the bucket I held containing these precious treats! I spent many hours at the sanctuary, witnessing the incredible compassion and love Pat, her family, and the volunteers have for all the birds. I left part of me at the sanctuary, knowing I had found the future home of my parrots and me, as my dream is to transition my birds to the sanctuary and volunteer there for the remainder of my life. I became a member of FEBS, and hope to return there permanently as soon as I can relocate. I am helping the sanctuary now by donations, and am so relieved to know that my family of five have the very best home awaiting them at FEBS. I am ever so grateful to have met Pat, whose loving presence and friendship is also helping me through the trials of being the sole caregiver for a family member with a chronic illness. You see, the love and concern Pat has for the parrots also extends to every living Being whose life she touches. She is a fantastic manager and business person, too, with a vision to expand the sanctuary so that more parrots and families like mine can be served in the future. I also participated in a matching funds program, which doubled the contribution I made to FEBS. I highly recommend FEBS as one of the Great Nonprofits in our country, and am deeply grateful to Pat and her staff for the loving work of their Hearts and Hands for our parrot companions.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FEBS has been a godsend. My wife and are are getting on in age and will be retiring out of the Country. Taking our African Grey Parrots Samantha and Moe was not an option without putting them through months of quarantine. We searched high and low and came across this fabulous sanctuary. No doubt about it, giving up our parrots was definitely one of the most heart breaking experiences of our lives-- similar to the feeling one has when experiencing the death of a loved one-- it leaves a big hole in your heart. But meeting Pat and touring the facility took away a lot of the pain. We know our parrots are in good hands and a lot happier being with their own species. We now know that when we are long gone from this Earth, our parrots will be taken care of in good hands. We think of our parrots everyday. We raised our Grey Samantha for 20 years since she was a tiny baby. We rescued our Grey Moe from a very bad situation two years ago (his previous owner abandoned him to a dark secluded room after her husband died-- she said Moe was the husband's bird and she didn't know how to care for him). Parrots are very special and precious creatures and should never be sold as pets. They belong in the jungle! Pat understands this and is committed to keeping them from breeding in captivity. We are relieved to know that our parrots Samantha and Moe will not be sold, adopted, forced to perform tricks, or used for breeding. Instead they will be housed in large outdoor aviaries with other birds and allowed to enjoy the sun and rain as nature intended.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FEBS saved my bird's life. I was Maggie's fifth owner (that we know of). My nephew had rescued this green mealy parrot about 6 years ago. The bird was a psychological basket case and most of his body feathers had been self-plucked. I adopted him about 3 years ago to see if he could be tamed and handled. His physical condition had improved but his mind was still damaged. In good conscious, I could not sell or even give him away to another owner. I thought my only option was to have him put to sleep. Then I discovered FEBS. What great people, providing such a needed service in our community; a safe, loving home for life for unwanted exotic birds!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Peewee, my African Grey parrot is now living at FEBS. I took him there exactly a week ago so he is still "acclimating". At first I was very sad to leave him but he actually warned me very clearly NOT to take him home when I tried to take him out of his cage to say goodbye! He must have been loving the sound of the other LOUD parrots also in the acclimation room.
I have had Peewee for 15 years, since he was a hand-fed baby. He has been a really BIG part of my life and our family, going to school with me when I taught, eating with the family, moving from room to room and perch to perch, hanging out on the porch, teasing my sons, and traveling on vacations. My sons have all grown and gone. I am the only one of his "flock" left at home and more and more I realized that I was not giving him all that he needed plus I knew I needed to make arrangements for him should anything happen to me. Parrots almost always outlive their "owners" and quite often family members are understandably not willing to care for "the bird".
No matter how much I loved him, fed him well, cared for all his needs (and more) I still would never be able to let him be a "bird", flighted, socializing with others of his own kind, hanging out with African Greys!
When I found FEBS I realized it was exactly what I had been searching for. What a JOY to see how well he will be taken care of as well as to know he will fly with a flock of African Grey Parrots ! I can't wait to see this happen and one of the BEST things is that I can stay involved in his life. I'll be driving over about once a month, bringing toys I am making for all the birds, baking "birdie" bread for everyone and spending time in his flight cage as well as lending a hand for the day wherever needed.
I can';t say enough about how welcomed I felt when I toured there and when I took Peewee.
Since leaving him last week I have spoken and texted with Pat to hear how he is doing. (He is in his own cage from home, eating, chewing his toys and has begun his fabulous barking-he has several dog barks and a great cat meow!) I am looking forward to being there as they put him in the aviary, to see him eventually fly, make new friends and maybe even fall in love! They will never breed or adopt the birds out so my choice of FEBS for his life will stay that way.
Peewee is lucky. His sponsorship will be taken care of for life. Please considering sponsoring some of the other birds who have so generously and lovingly been rescued by this great sanctuary.
I am looking forward with excitement ( and, yes, nostalgia) to this new adventure for both me and my companion bird!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was pretty heart broken that I couldn't tolerate living with my screaming Sun Conure. He was a great little bird, very loving and well behaved. But his screaming became unbearable and we had to find him a new home. I was so unsure about handing him off to a stranger, but once we visited FEBS and saw the other Sun Conures flying in their cage I knew he deserved the chance to just be a bird. Patricia was great and she rassured us he would be ok. I was so amazed at the attention given to the birds and was surprised to see every available space in her kitchen taken up by fresh produce, fruit, and nuts. Patricia and her volunteers are dedicated to giving these birds the best life possible. Although we will never own another bird, we will always be a supporter of FEBS and all they do for exotic birds. We hope to see them meet all their financial goals this year. They deserve it!!!

2 Leea W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary (FEBS) is a very-very special place filling a most urgent need. People from all over Florida and indeed the country believe, usually for a short while, that they want an exotic bird in their lives, but soon, they realize that these amazing bird were never meant to be stuck in a cage (no matter how big) and once the bird becomes lonely or depressed and acts our and/or just acts like a bird does, they become expendable. These amazing creatures that can live as long or longer than most of us. They didn't choose this life and for most parrots, it only gets worst for them as the years go by. That is why FEBS is so special and critically needed. At FEBS, the staff has a true passion for these poor animals, many of them neglected or abused. Outside of living in the wild like they were meant to but cannot now because they are dependent on humans for survival, the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is the next best thing for the helpless creatures. I implore anyone who reads this to visit the sanctuary, and the next time you see a bird flying wild, think of these precious animals and instead of getting your usual Starbucks that week, send a donation to FEBS - and let us all thank them for the incredible, much-needed safe harbor they offer the birds in their good care.

1 mattlewis007

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is a fantastic place for the birds and is run by a caring, dedicated staff. It is great to see the birds interacting and playing in conditions that are not possible in most homes. It is fun to visit, they are amazingly intelligent.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I never knew how intelligent these birds are, I had only seen them in cages where they maybe knew a few words. In the flight aviary however they were amazing, they all have their own personality and it was obvious how attached they are to the caretakers. It was an eye-opening experience and well worth the trip. The birds love mixed nuts and it is easy to send them a bag right from the FEBS web site.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so happy I found febs. It is my parrots new home. So glad they too him into there family and I know he is loved and happy! Thank you so very much febs for all your love and hard work for these animals. I wish I could visit marcus more. Looking at pictures just dont do justice. But they let me know that he is in great hands. Cant thank febs enough! Miss you marcus but glad has to see how great your life has become.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We had a cockatoo foor over 12 years. Due to a personal situation within our family, we moved out of our home to allow one of our children to move in. Our bird, Kyoshi, could not move with us. We found FEBS and felt such relief that Kyoshi would have a great home for life. My wife and I volunteer weekly plus I am on the Board of Directors. Thank you FEBS, Bob

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After living with our African Grey for 23 years, my husband came to the conclusion that our parrot deserved to live the rest of her life in the most natural and safe environment we could provide. After extensive research, Inez has been at the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary for the past 3 years and is positively thriving! Thank you, Pat, your staff and volunteers for the amazing work you do.

1 Kathy102

Client Served

Rating: 5

We found Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary via the internet. We were the proud owners of Paco, a beautiful Double Yellow Head Amazon. We picked him out when he looked like an embryo! We loved, spoiled and lived him for about 17 years. We started looking for a home for him when he constantly ran us out of the house with his constant screaming. If I wasn't holding him, he was screaming.

We wanted to be sure he had a good home and would not be abused or passed around from one home to another. We made a visit to Pat's place after finding it on the internet. My husband and I knew this would be a good home for Paco and he would actually be able to be a bird for a change! Relatively free to fly and interact with others of his species.

We both cried leaving him and every time we go for a visit, I cry but I know he is in an awesome place where he will be taken care of and can live out his days comfortably.

We are so grateful to Pat & all her volunteers for the great work they do with these birds.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I "rescued" my parrot from a pet store when she was less than six months old I did my best to provide the best care possible for my bird Unfortunately not being able to be home most of the time led to an unhappy bird It was a hard decision to place her but it has turned out to be the best possible solution the place and the people are fantastic

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I wasn't ready to deal with it but I knew I was going to be way too ill to take care of my Amazon parrot. She is adorable but doesn't like to be alone Pat and the staff made the transition as painless as possible for me I can now feel comfortable knowing my friend will be safe and cared for They havemade an impossible situation possible

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Donor

Rating: 5

A truly amazing organization and very thankful for the sanctuary taking care of our sun conure. Will always be a donor to the Exotic Bird Sanctuary.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary took in our Sun Conure Dexter. My family is so happy and thankful Dexter has a home that he will enjoy and be safe. This organization is amazing and provides an amazing home for birds. It is very well run and we are very lucky to have them. I would again like to thank the FEBS for everything they do. Forever Grateful

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We made the difficult decision to place our African Grey at FEBS. I spent almost a year researching sanctuaries. We released him into a flock under Pat's direction, and returned several times to ensure his adjustment and the quality of his care. We have also volunteered. We are so impressed with both Pat and Leslie's dedication. They are are amazing! The commitment to all the parrots at FEBS is unparalleled anywhere.
After our Grey joined the new FEBS flock, his negative behaviors stopped and he became a relaxed confident parrot. From making a decision we agonized over, within a couple months, we realized it was the best thing we could have ever done for him. Seeing him so content in a natural setting, where he can fly around, forage for his food and communicate with his flock has totally altered my feelings about keeping wild parrots confined as pets. Pat loves the parrots and they love her.

1 Tammy K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has had the blessing of being able to visit our Umbrella Cockatoo Bogie at FEBS for over a year now. Bogie is doing wonderful and the work and effort that FEBS has put into the birds and property in the last year is unbelievable. This group is truly "in it for the birds". The quality of care, housing and interaction with the birds by FEBS is too great to put into words.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had the opportunity to make the right decision for our difficult Umbrella Cockatoo to place him with Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary and we are lucky enough to be able to visit him. I did alot or research before placing him and after meeting Pat and seeing the care and professionalism that are involved at FEBS we know in our hearts that our feathered baby will live out the rest of his life as he was meant to. Because we get to make monthly visits I can attest to the care, cleanliness and compassion all of the birds get.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Patricia and the other caregivers and volunteers have been such a blessing to my Blue and Gold Macaw. She has been in the FEBS for almost a year and is thriving! Thanks to this sancturary, my life has been freed up and Betty Boop can enjoy other birds and flight as she was intended to do. Thanks again, Patricia! GOD BLESS!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Ruthie and in September of 2006 I adopted my Blue & Gold Macaw from my terminally I'll brother.I cared for her for six years. During this time I realized how cruel it is to put these beautiful animals in a cage. I began looking for as place where she could interact with other birds and be free. Florida Exotic Bird Sancuary was that place, and in June 2012 at the age of 19 years old, it became her new home. My brother has passed on, but I'm sure he would be pleased. Thank you, FEBS and Pamela for adopting my "little girl!"

bigbird

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is very dedicated to the preservation of all exotic birds. "birds can be birds" in the flight aviaries. Please help them meet thier goals to accomplish this. I can highly recommend this sanctuary. Keep up the good work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is an excellent example of what a sanctuary should be. Where "Birds can be Birds". I have looked at many rescues and sanctuaries for my birds, in the event of my passing; Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is the right place for the security and safety concerns that I may have about my birds remaining in a forever home. Birds are well-fed, free flighted and well taken care of with personal attention give to them. It is well organized with caring, responsible, honest people in charge of caring for the birds and highly motivated in raising funds for the security of their birds needs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had to give up our African Grey, Smokey, and our Quaker, Joe. We went back to the sanctuary and released them into one of their very large flite cages. Smokey, a little bit on the shy side, sat on a perch and observed her new surroundings. Joe flew right to a female Quaker, and within minutes they were preening on each other. We left them feeling sad, but glad they were in such a happy safe place. We went back a couple of months later and even Smokey had snuggled up with a fellow! They are well cared for and so very happy. We cannot thank FEBS enough for taking our babies and providing them such a good home.

Veronica11

Donor

Rating: 5

I am overwhelmed by the work that the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary does. Never have I seen so much compassion and love devoted to such a wonderful cause. The birds that come to this sanctuary need tons of attention, love, and caring and they ALL get just that. It's amazing! So many of these birds would never have had an opportunity to live a happy, healthy, quality life of just 'being a bird' had it not been for this organization. All the birds that make FEBS their 'Forever Home' thrive here even the ones that come in bad shape. With lots of love and attention they all relax, recover, and settle in with their new family - human AND feathered! Because of the passion and compassion that FEBS maintains my fiance and I have sponsored one of the birds there! This is an organization that I can stand behind and support! I hope you decide to as well!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was really impressed with the way FEBS cares for all their birds and you can tell that all their feathered residents are happy, healthy and absolutely adore their caretakers. FEBS makes sure that all the birds that come to live at their Sanctuary are healthy and happy and have plenty of interaction which is the thing that they need the most. They also provide an environment where birds can just be birds. The giant flight aviary that they have allows the birds to fly as they would in nature. FEBS also does not breed or adopt out. The birds that go to FEBS go there either because they've been abused, their stressed out or their families can not provide for them well enough anymore for whatever situation. When these birds go to FEBS they are arriving at their 'Forever home' where they can be a bird once again. I love this organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I saved a blue and gold name Sammy from the hands of breeders we took Sammy to FEBS in bad conditions Pat took her with opens arms its been four weeks and she looks amazing!!!! Thank you Pat for your great heart!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were looking for a special place to put our Catalina Macaw Neo, due to plucking his feathers, after seeing a few of them, we were not happy, the last one to see was FEBS, when we got there we met Pat, Pat was very knowledgeable about the birds, I spoke to her for a while, walked thru the area, and we felt in love!!!! Neo is so happy now!!! He has lots of feather friends and looks awesome!!! This place is awesome, we visit every weekend to nee Neo and all of is friends...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My search for a sanctuary started when I decided that I needed to go away for college. I'm currently living in south Florida, and I'm transferring to Florida State University for the next few years. I had wanted to place Dewey (my pineapple conure) for a while now, since after I rescued him from being shipped to a breeder at a pet store, I began to notice my allergies getting far worse. I would house him outside and school and work kept me too busy for the kind of attention I know a parrot like him deserves.

My idea of a new home for him definitely did not include passing him to another family or person. I wanted him to interact with other conures or parrots like him. I wanted him to be in a flight cage, in the open where he can feel free to spread his wings if he pleased.

From what I would find online, it seemed like sanctuaries and other places were just so full and I didn't have much hope for finding a happy place for Dewey to live in. After I found FEBS I was so happy to learn that not only would they take Dewey in and put him in the kind of environment I idealized for him, but he wouldn't be adopted out to anyone ever again. I'm happy to know that he will eventually bond with another little friend or friends and those will be his partners for life.

Patricia showed me around and I felt very comfortable and happy with Dewey's new home. She's excellent with keeping me updated on how Dewey is doing and I'm so thankful for FEBS!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with FEBS for over 10 years and am at awe at the work they do. By not adopting Parrots, but instead giving them their freedom I feel this will be the best Sanctuary for my Birds when I can no longer take care of them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first discovered Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary when I search the internet for an established and credentialed bird sanctuary where my beloved 16 year old African Gray parrot, Jocko, could live out her life in a safe and secure close-to-nature environment with personalized care. It is also most important to me that she would never be sold, given away, or used for breeding. Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary was the only sanctuary that met all my criteria. I had to make the heart breaking decision to re-home Jocko because my health was in decline due to a lung condition. I was becoming so weak and frail that I didn't expect to be strong enough to care for her much longer. Her remaining life expectancy was about 44 more years! I was 74 years old. It was through the internet search for a bird sanctuary that we learned about "Bird Keeper's Lung" (Alergic Alveolitis) caused by allergic reaction to powdery bird dander which African Grays produce. My family and I recognized that this is what was slowly taking away my life! Separation from Jocko was the only choice we had. We contacted Patricia Norton at FEBS and she accepted Jocko at once. She helped us with information about flying with a parrot, and directed us to a pet-friendly hotel near the sanctuary. Within 2 weeks we arrived with Jocko. When we drove through the gate into the facility at Wesley Chapel, Jocko started happily bobbing her head at the sound of hundreds of exotic birds squawking and screeching. Patricia gave us a tour of the meticulously clean grounds and we had the opportunity to see for ourselves her interaction with the birds. She knows many of them by name and lovingly cares for them all as her own. I was at peace saying good-bye to Jocko knowing she would have a wonderful home there and would have the freedom to be who she is and live with other African Grays in a secure environment where she could even fly. I couldn't have re-homed her anywhere else. Jocko is still in an acclimation room with another gray because she pulls out her feathers and cannot withstand cold temperatures. Patricia is giving her special care and will be monitoring her feather growth until the plucking has diminished enough for her to be safely released into one of the aviaries. She sends me updates every few weeks and has even sent a picture mail photo of her. She has lived there since June 25th this year. I am happy to say that my health has dramatically improved! I have regained my strength and breathe normally. I am sure that my breathing issue was due to allergic reaction to powdery bird dander. I am so thankful and glad to be alive and well. Thank you, Patricia Norton, Board of Directors, Trustees, volunteers, donors, and staff of Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary!! You have given Jocko a great home in bird paradise, and you have saved my life!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my sister had to give up her bird I was almost as upset as she was! I loved the bird, but it was clear to me, as a frequent visitor, that he was no longer happy at home. One day my sister discovered that he had shredded all her patio furniture covers to make a nest inside a cupboard. My heart broke as I watched him sit inside it and call out to the mate who would never come. Finally, my sister decided that he needed to be with other birds. But, where would he find a home as loving as the one he was in? I found FEBS on line and drove to visit. I was so impressed with Patricia, the staff and of course the flight cages that I called my sister at once and told her that her bird would love it here. He does! I've visted him twice and he is extremely happy "just being a bird" and squawking his heart out with the other parrots! Of course, this is because Patricia devotes herself to FEBS and makes sure all of the birds do well and get a chance to 'just be birds.'

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My story is similar to many others that i have read. We purchased "Lou" from a pet store about 15 years ago.. He is a white eyed conure and he had the run of the house. We never clipped his wings so he did a lot of flying. He was a very loved member of our family. As he grew older I noticed that he began to screech and bite us. In the spring his biting got even worse and he would search for places to build a nest. One time in particular in flew into my face and bit my lip so hard i thought that I would have to go to the emergency room. As my kids went to college, Lou would sit in the window all day and squawk . I knew that he was very lonely because now he was home all day alone. When you buy a bird when your kids are young, people don't realize that their children will move away and the poor bird is the one who suffers. As painful as it was I began looking for a sanctuary for Lou. I went to some places that were truly awful and I knew that I could never leave Lou at one of these so called "rescues". My sister lives in Florida and she told me about Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary.She went to visit it and was so impressed that we drove Lou down from CT. I cried as we left but Pat was wonderful and made me realize that it was the right choice. My sister has visited him twice and so did my husband and I. While he was very happy to see us he was not at all interested in coming home with us. At our house he would fly on our shoulder so we wouldn't leave. Instead Lou flew back onto his perch and was not upset at all. He seemed to know that we loved him and he was still a part of our lives but FEBS was now his home.. Both times we showed up unannounced and everything was clean and water and food dishes were full. I will keep visiting Lou but I know now that he is very happy where he is and he didn't bite me once!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are not enough words of praise in the dictionary to describe how I feel about this sanctuary. Ms. Norton has been more than generous with her time with me explaining exactly how the sanctuary operated and how my precious bird would be handled on his arrival. I had raised this bird from the egg and our bond was obvious to anyone who saw us. Unfortunately, that all ended when he reached sexual maturity. As year after year passed, I knew that I wanted more for him than life in a cage and little interaction with humans or other birds. What I found at Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary was a place that was peaceful with a natural environment where birds could fly free and do what they do best...be birds!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have two FIDS (feathered kids) Mango, an Eclectus Parrot and Kiko a Blue Throated Macaw. They stayed at FEBS, in the boarding facility for two months this year while we were remodeling our townhome. It was not easy for us to leave them, even if it was temporary. After we dropped them off, I left in tears feeling so sorry for all the birds that were there abandoned by their owners. We came back each weekend to visit our birds and during that time we got to know Pat and her staff and got to see what good people they were and how much they cared about all the parrots. I discovered how wrong I was to think the birds were abandoned. They had instead moved on to find many new feather friends! Thanks to Pat and her staff for making the Sanctuary truely a place where a bird is free "to just be a bird". When the time comes that we can no longer care for our birds, I know they will have a very good home at FEBS.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We owned two wonderful, robust Moluccan cockatoos, Jiminy and Cricket, who have life expectancies longer than ours. They were just reaching their prime, andwe were beginning to show our years. They were wearing us out! For more than a year, we searched for a good home for them, but found nobody who had the commitment to give them a loving place to live for a long time. Finally we found FLORIDA EXOTIC BIRD SANCTUARY on the internet. We drove up to Wesley Chapel, and were delighted with what we saw! Jiminy and Cricket have been living at FEBS for several years now, and we and they couldn't be happier! There's nothing like FEBS in Florida. It deserves your support in every way you can think of! Nickie and Jim Haggart, Fort Myers, FL.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a blue and gold Macaw named Tango who now resides with the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. We love our bird but realized that he needed more space and socialization. After talking with FEBS staff extensively and visiting we felt it was a good fit for him. They do so much for these magnificent animals that I highly recommend that you support them in their mission.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an awesome place for all feathered friends. Its been a year now my cockatoo, LAURA has been placed with FEBS and we are both happy. I am able to visit her whenever I can. I am very impress with the job Pattricia is doing. The birds are well-cared for, and there are always volunteers helping with feed, and cleaning of the cages. I wouldn't want my loving cockatoo to be anywhere else. If you are looking to donate, time, food, and chew toys, I recommened directing it here.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched this Sanctuary go from 6 Parrots to over 300 and the way that they are doing this is amazing. Great place, great for the Birds. With over 2.3 million birds in private homes, it is so necessary for a place in Florida, where birds are breed at alarming numbers, to have a rescue/Sanctuary for them.I hope they get lots of support!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a place that is need of support! They are doing fantastic work and filling a huge need! I support Pat and her efferts! If I win the Lotto I will certainly set these people up!!!!! Great Place for Exotic Birds!!!!

1 sunbaby2

Client Served

Rating: 5

FEBS is a life saver! For years I hoped that one day my Blue and Golds would be able to be as they were born to be....FREE...Freedom to fly and just be birds not prisoners.......I flew my 2 Blue and Golds and a 55 year old Green Wing from CA to FEBS in Florida and stayed a week myself as they got settled into their new forever home. I am so happy to see them as happy as they are. I have gone back to visit twice since they moved to their forever home and one of the Blue and Golds and the Green Wing have fallen madly in love while in the big flight cage and will not even come to me now! This is exactly what I wished for them, to be birds and not attached to any one human..........FEBS is the only sanctuary I know that will not adopt out or breed so I know my babies will be forever happy! :) I thank Pat for being so understanding and allowing about people visiting their birds. That was also a big factor in my decision because many so called sanctuarys will not let anyone on the premisies. I can't wait to see them again very soon! Summer, Southern California

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Harley, a beautiful Jenday Conure, lived with my husband and me for fifteen years. Most of those years were filled with the love and attention of children, grandchildren, other family, and friends as well as our love, care and devotion. Harley was out of his cage most of the time and had the run of our home...he was used to some freedom. After we both retired, we moved a few hundred miles away from friends and family. We began taking long trips; sometimes we could bring Harley, many times we could not. We found neighbors and a pet shop and a vet hospital where he could stay; however, he was never out of his cage on these occassions and he was with strangers. We finally decided we were not being fair to him, forcing him to live in a cage most of the time, especially with strangers. So, I started looking on-line and I found the Florida Exotic Bird Sancutary. I contacted Pat and she was wonderful, assuring me that releasing Harley in the sanctuary would be freeing him to be a bird again, and not a pet! My husband and I went to the sanctuary on our next trip to Florida. We were so happy with the way Pat put Harley's cage by another conure and said he would be slowly released when he was comfortable with other birds. The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is a blessing for all those birds that are ready to be free. Thank you Pat and all your helpers for all you do.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful facility with awesome individuals that work it. The birds are so fortunate to have this kind of care and so are the individuals who find themselves unable to care for their birds. Great job!

1 Sandy44

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All I can say is "wow". I was so impressed when we visited this Sanctuary with a friends that boards her birds there when she goes North in the summer. It was amazing clean and the birds were pretty friendly too. Pat dedication is unreal. Anyone that has wondered what to do with their birds, this IS the place for them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MY Family has known Patiricia and FEBS for over a year. When we met we really wanted a Bird, after meeting Patricia and having her tell us the "real Deal" with owning such a pet, we did not make that purchase. We Love the work that they are doing and the education they provide is invaluable!

Sue_40

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I placed my green cheeked conure with FEBS in the fall of 2010. I had adopted him three years prior and could not get his screaming under control. No matter how much attention I gave him, he wanted more. I felt that I was not giving him the best life he deserved and decided that being with other birds would probably be the best option for him. It has been wonderful for him. He is still the sweet little boy I know. But, he is in a better place with other green cheeks, and he can be just a bird. Up until recently, I also volunteered at FEBS one day a week. Feeding and interacting with the birds was such an enriching experience for me. I think I got more out of it than the birds. I hope to volunteer again in the future. As the popularity of exotic birds increases, there is going to be a need for places like FEBS. Birds live a long time and are a huge responsibility. FEBS is the standard by which bird sanctuaries should be measured. No breeding, no adoption, just a safe haven for birds to live out their lives and be with other birds. A great place!!!

Christi H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I became pregnant with our first child, I knew it was time to find our 25+ DYH Amazon a new home. He would scream constantly and was very aggressive towards me, although not my husband, since this was his bird. I did not realize just how unhappy my bird was until I started researching sanctuaries and came across FEBS. Once you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Birds are not meant to be caged. Even though the website looked great, I was still very hesitant to take my bird to a sanctuary. I just wasn't sure what would really go on there and would my bird truly be happy there. However, I didn't want to just pass him along to another family who would eventually get burnt out of him, so in the end I chose FEBS for Dinero's forever home. I am so glad I did. Pat dedicates her life to caring for those birds. I truly knew I made the right decision when we went to visit the sanctuary a year later and Dinero did know us, but seemed absolutely happy and didn't seem to miss us at all! Thank you FEBS!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was heartbreaking to realize that it wasn't fair to keep our Goffin Cuckatoo any longer. We tried everything to keep her happy at our home but realized that is was unfair to her. After carefully and diligently researching sanctuaries for our bird we felt confidant that we made the right decision to set her "free" at FEBS. I couldn't believe how compassionate, educated and dedicated Pat Norton was these beautiful birds. She is truly an angel to our feathered friends.

1 Roberta H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello There !! That is the only thing my beautiful ring-necked parrot can say, but I listened for it every morning and it started my day off with a smile---one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make was to find a new home for Samantha when I could no longer take care of her. I I could not bear the thought of her being caged since she had been able to fly in the past 10 years in her own room--I am sure I was led to find THE FLORIDA EXOTIC BIRD SANCTUARY on the internet, and after learning about this wonderful group of people who take care of sick-mistreated birds- and those who need a new home, I was so relieved and delighted ---!! Sam has been with FEBS for 16 months now and is happy-being able to fly free as all birds should. I thank God for FEBS--and hope they can expand their facilities tp allow many more birds to fly free !!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been looking for a home for our Hyacinth Macaw for some time now. Not just any home would do. We are getting up in years and would feel much better if we knew that if anything happens to us, FEBS will be the perfect home for her! Thank you for being there for us and for the great work you folks are doing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been apart of this Sanctuary my entire life. I am the son of the Founder. My mom has worked very hard for the birds well fair and I am proud of her for making a difference when most people just stand back and talk about a problem. I love the birds and love being a part of FEBS family

Betsy14

Client Served

Rating: 5

My little Hahn's macaw has been with Pat for over a year now. he is very happy! I lo0ve visiting.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so glad I found this avian sanctuary as my birds may outlive my husband and me. We hope to visit the sanctuary next year when we are in the area. We have a 20 year old moluccan cockatoo who doesn't see very well despite cataract surgery. She is a plucker and we have spent lots of money and time (making vests to protect her chest) to get her to this age. She does not eat seed or pellets, and she eats only home cooked meals like pasta, sweet potato, eggs, etc. Now we know and feel more secure that there is a place that could take care of her if she outlives us. The sanctuary will be in our will.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After my Mom died last year and we were left with the legal matters resulting in these situations, I decided it was time to ensure my two amazons would be well taken care of should something happen to me. The only way to do that was to find a sanctuary that met my standards in a place that provided a natural environment, with no adoption options; nor breeding and quality standards for their care and well being. And a big plus with their efforts in eduacationing the public concerning exotic birds. I researched the internet and found FEBS to be the place. I contacted them through email and Patricia responded right away. I was able to schedule a tour and was very excited about what I saw and learned concerning their organization. I will be completing all the proper documentation and will be donating to and supporting FEBS to ensure my beloved amazons will have a place to go, best suited for their happiness, when I can no longer provide for them. I am so grateful FEBS exists. "Henry" & "Khaki" have been my only outstanding concern and now that weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Thank you so much Patricia for all you do!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I HAD TWO RESCUED BIRDS FOR 14 YEARS AND AS PART OF MY RESCUE I LET THEM FREE FLY. THEY LIVED IN MY GARAGE WITH THIER OPENED CAGES AND DURING THE DAY WITH THE GARAGE DOORS OPENED. THEY LOVED TO HANG OUT IN THE BACK YARD AND HAD, I THINK, A WONDERFUL LIFE (I HAD TO GO AND GET THEM MANY TIMES AFTER FLYING AWAY). MY AGE MADE ME LOOK FOR A PERMANENT HOME FOR THEM. I PICKED THIS SANCTUARY BECAUSE IT WAS CLEAN , PROVIDED GOOD FOOD, AND HAD A BIG FLIGHT CAGE WITH MANY BIRDS FOR MY SANCHEZ. I WANTED A YEARS TRIAL PERIOD AND MY FIRST VISIT AFTER 3 MONTHS CONVINCED ME THAT I MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE. MY BIRDS KNEW ME AND CAME TO ME RIGHT AWAY. WE LOVED EACH OTHER...... BUT THEN THEY LET ME KNOW THAT THEY WERE HAPPY. THEY LIKED BEING WITH THE OTHER BIRDS . I CAME AWAY SATISFIED THAT I MADE THE RIGHT DECISION. I EXPECT MY FUTURE VISITS WILL CONFIRM THIS BELIEF.

Brenda33

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for FEBS and the time and hard work they put into caring for all the birds. People do not realize how much time and work goes into caring and providing for exotic birds. I hope to some day place my birds in this sanctuary so they can live the rest of their life with others like them.

Donna71

Client Served

Rating: 5

We sold our house and moved full time in our RV and were going to be doing a lot of traveling and could not take Harley, our 8yr old Double Yellow Head Amazon with us. We found FEBS and Pat and couldn't be happier with our choice. Harley is blooming with her new mate Oliver and she is getting all the fresh air and attention she deserves.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In April 2011 my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. A few months later he began to search for a "Forever Home" for his blue and gold macaw, Harley. We knew I couldn't keep her by myself as she would have to be home alone too much while I was at work. What a blessing FEBS and Pat Norton have been! Harley now lives in a huge 1500 sq ft outdoor home with 35 other macaws. She now flies and plays with her own kind. I miss her ( and I miss her dad) but I know both are in a better place.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been a part of this sanctuary for 12 years now. This is a great place, Pat is a lovely person and her sanctuary is very well-kept and healthy.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife and I had a moluccan for 14 years when we decided to downsize and leave our house to our son and family. Kyoshi was part of the family but my son's wife did not want to live with a bird and we could not take him to our new home. We were blessed to have found FEBS; we simply would not leave Kyoshi with just anyone. So impressed -- we were just so impressed. We decided to volunteer on Saturdays feeding, watering, and anything else that needed to be done. Well, it wasn't long before I was a Board member; then President of the Board and VP of FEBS. It has been an honor to work with Pat on the business side of the organization. Her zeal for the welfare of the birds is beyond reproach. We look forward to many more years of working with the birds. And, of course, we have the opportunity to scratch Kyoshi's head every week.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've visited the sanctuary many times and have found it to not only be quite hospitable to the birds, but an amazing site to see. Patricia is a very warm hearted woman who gives her life to care for her birds and children. For finding a place that can help a bird find peace and the attention it needs; there's no better place than here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My girlfriend and I have been long time volunteers for the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. Their mission to rescue unwanted and abused birds has made a difference all over the United States. There have been many times where birds arrive in bad condition and are nursed back to health health, then introduced in one of the many aviaries onsite. By not fostering or adopting out, these birds have a chance to live happy and healthy lives. Keep up the good work FEBS!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the most caring place of exotic birds I know of and I have visited a few. My beautiful sulphur is there and I know she loves being with others of her kind. My circumstances did not allow me to keep her, I was the third human she lived with. We are so glad she has a permanent home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary took in two of my Macaws when I could no longer keep them due to family illness. Now they have each bonded with a copanion and are flying free in the Macaw flight aviary. They are living as Macaws were meant to live, not in a timy cage. This is a wonderful organization!!!

Katheryne T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a prior breeder of African Grey's, and with having rescued numerous large parrots over the years, it was a relief to find an organization dedicated to providing permanent homes for parrots outside of the pet trade. The economy hit hard in my home, and I needed to find the right place for my Moluccan Cockatoo and Citron Crested Cockatoo. After much research, and speaking with Pat, I knew that this was the right home for my girls. And having seen my parrots happy and thriving, I know I made the right choice. FEBS is well run, and every member/volunteer cares about the well being of every bird in the sanctuary. Thank you Pat!

MaykoDesign M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with FEBS over two years ago and I currently have 3 parrots there - including my beloved Umbrella Cockatoo Polly. She had begun to lay eggs over and over again - along with feather plucking and screaming at certain times of day. I boarded her at FEBS when my family would come to visit. On her last time boarding I noticed that her plucking had stopped. After discussing this situation with Pat - we decided it was best to make her a permanent resident. She has stopped plucking and now has a sweet boyfriend to spend her days with. I couldn't be happier! She still recognizes me - and still calls my name when she sees me walking around the Sanctuary. I am currently the Secretary on FEBS board of directors. I volunteer, speak at local events, and educate the public about bird ownership.

Pamela29

Client Served

Rating: 4

My sweet Jazzy now has a place to live in peace with other birds, doing bird things! Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is a great place where people care! Thank you Pat!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved in across the street last year, and fel in love with all the birds that were in their care. I go over from time to time to help feed and play with a lot of birds in their care. It is such a wonderful place to be. the staff is so nice and really care for our feathered friends, all the cages are clean, with lots of perches and toys for the birds. In closing I would like to say that the staff at febs are the best.