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Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary Inc

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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.

Community Stories

198 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved in across the street from febs in nov. of 2011. After about a week I really wanted to go over and see what this was. I found a parodise of all different kinds of exotic birds. I just fel in love with the place, I started volunteering my time to help feed and interact with the birds. What a great place to place a parrot, they get to spend their time with other birds and still get the attention from people, which they crave. Placing a parrot here will be the best decision and bird lover could make.

Michele32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FEBS is such a wonderfull place to place your bird , It's hard to put into words the love and care and affection that pat and her staff and volunteers put into at febs . The birds can be birds there and get the love that they need at the same time . Its a very clean and safe place for them and pat has so much medical backround you can feel assured you bird is in good hands .. I dont know what would happen to all our featherd friend if febs was not there for them , they are going to expand to help take in more birds so donations are greatly appriciated . Thank you michele

Donor

Rating: 5

This place is paradise!!!! all the birds are happy, Pat is an amazing person, she puts all of her effort to take care of this birds, everytime I got to the sanctuary I see how she cares for them! I'm happy to know that theres people like her in this world....

Andrea53

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this organization and all that they do for our feathered friends. So many people do not understand these highly personable and intelligent creatures. They are certainly high maintenance and many people who mean well (and unfortunately, some who do not) get parrots as pets and are unable to keep them for a multitude of reasons. Our fathered friends DESPERATELY need organizations like FEBS. Thank you guys so much for what you do and keep up the good work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Trixi & Beaker are my feathered children. Both Scarlet Macaws, we as a family have been "snow-birding" between NY and FL for a number of years. They were troopers, suffering through the 21-23 hr drive not once, but twice yearly! They enjoy lots of outdoor time in FL and a little flight time here, but when we get to NY, they get a nice view, but no outdoor or flight time :( Beaker, the male in the pair, is a picker... basically, he's naked except for his tail, wing an head feathers. This year we found out about FEBS and decided our kids deserved summer camp! We went to the sanctuary, not 15 minutes from our FL home, and toured the facility and met Pat. INSTANTLY I knew my babies would have a GREAT SUMMER and I knew where they would be able to go should something arise that we could no longer care for them. WHAT RELIEF! I know there are MANY, MANY birds living among we humans that suffer a long, boring, if not worse, life. I believe Pat and the entire FEBS organization are doing a fabulous thing offering birds (and their humans) an opportunity to live a HAPPY and HEALTHY bird's life! Dana & Tom T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We feel very fortunate that we were able to place our Maccaw Sky at the Santcuary. We had him for Eight years and love him dearly but felt that he was not happy in our house and was becoming very aggressive. Because of our jobs we were spending more time away from home. I searched for over a year to find a better home for him and prayed for the right answer. If I gave him to another owner I was afraid he would end up getting passed from person to person and he would still not be happy or end up abused. Being able to place Sky at the Sanctuary I feel that my prayers were answered. He is much happier being with the other birds and is well taken care of there. I can't say enough about the staff and the care Sky has recieved since he has been at the sanctuary. My hope is that they will be able to expand so that many other birds can find a happy home there and they will have all the resources that they need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Muloccan Cockatoo, Sydney was with me for over 15 years,then came Gabriel, a gorgeous blue and gold Macaw, and his friend Seth, a small ring neck parrot...they were given to me by another girl who could no longer care for them. We all happily moved to Florida, where I envisioned a happier, warmer climate for them, and me, and a lot more freedom. It wasn't the case, as I didn't have the time, (or neighbors patience) to devote to them. I found FEBS and Pat, and I was amazed at the beauty, and cleanliness of the area, and impressed by her and the staffs dedication to the birds.And the determination and visions for even more space and freedom for these beautiful birds. Although at times I miss them I know they are happier here, and well taken care of. And we can visit them anytime. Thank you FEBS !!

Irene F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our wonderful cockatoo, Ito, who was part of our family for more than 25 years moved to his new home in January of 2011. We were extremely fortunate to find this sanctuary which we researched and visited before making our selection. I cannot speak highly enough of Pat and her dedication to the birds. She treats each one as a unique individual. Our bird is now a much more relaxed and happy animal and every time I visit I become more reassured that this was the best decision for him. It is a great place with a dedicated wonderful staff and volunteers. We still miss him but know that he is happy and in good hands.

Donor

Rating: 5

These are simply wonderful people! The woman who runs the place is a seemingly tireless advocate for these birds. I visited the place several months ago and it was clean and there were volunteers there taking care of the birds. Many people dont realize that their bird could outlive them. These wonderful people will take your bird and allow it to live out its life in relative freedom. If you love your own bird, you got to love these people. I cant say enough about this organization! Thomas Vaughan

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ginny M-I am so happy that I was able to find Pat and FEBS. I was the proud parent of 2 african greys and 4 quakers that I loved dearly when my DR. informed me that I had a serious medical condition and had to give up my birds. I was heartbroken; they were my babies and a huge part of our family. I didn't know where to turn until a friend told me about Pat and FEBS. She invited me to visit- I knew as soon as I met her and watched her interact with the other birds that they would be safe and loved. I've visited them on several occasions and know I made the right decision. People who don't have a bird relationship can't totally understand what wonderful creatures they are and how much they deserve the best of care. I owe Pat a world of thanks for helping me to be able to accept the decision I had to make. I would recommend this sanctuary to anyone who has a bird that needs a loving home for whatever reason.

T.j. C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so happy I found FEBS for my blue and gold macaw. I love my bird so much that I wanted her to have a better life with other birds. She was perfectly happy living with me in my apartment but I felt like she yearned for more. I compared several bird sanctuaries but FEBS stood out because of all the pictures they posted and all the information they put on their website. Also, they have a huge flight cage for the macaws so that my bird can actually fly! I talked to the owner and it was obvious she cares deeply for these birds and I knew it was the right place for my parrot. I drove from Jackson, Ms to Wesley Chapel, Fl with no hesitation. I thought my bird would be scared but by the time I was leaving, she was already playing with her toys. The owner sent me pictures and kept me updated about how my bird was adjusting. It's been almost a year and my bird already has a boyfriend! I can breathe a sigh of relief knowing she is well taken care of. Thanks FEBS!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I searched for years for a new home for my birds. I eventually came accross FEBS and began corresponding with Pat. After a few weeks I decided to drive up to Wesley Chapel and check it out. I was instantly impressed with how much she genuinely cared for these animals and equally impressed that she had turned her entire property into a their sanctuary. After a few months I made the difficult decision to move my Blue & Gold and African Grey up there. I had raised both of them from eggs and had them roughly 17+ years. They were in an outdoor aviary I had built, with plenty of space to move around. Still I wanted more for my caged friends. I wasn't looking for someone to just take over the reponsibility, but rather give them a habitat as close to nature as was possible for a caged bird. The Macaw flight cage is an amazing structure. They are able to fly freely (as they were intended to) and likely have no idea they are "caged" at all. This place is one of a kind, and while I miss them.....I've never regretted my decision. Keep up the good work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family had to make the difficult decision to give up or Sun Conure, Lois. We searched everywhere for the best possible place for her to live how she should and be happy for the rest of her life. FEBS was the only place that we felt comfortable with and could trust. We drove all the way from Texas with her and she was welcomed with open arms by Pat Norton. Since then we have visited once and talked to Pat several times and Lois is doing wonderful! We are looking forward to the next time we see her! Pat and her staff only have the birds best interest at heart and realize what they mean to you and know this is a life long need. Pat and everyone at FEBS are truly doing an amazing thing! We are so thankful!

Donna O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is providing an invaluable service to our avian friends. When we had to make the very difficult decision to find a way to re-home our 2 beloved Macaws, Pat Norton set our hearts free when she agreed to take them at FEBS. They are now living free in the flight cage, and we were able to move forward in life knowing they are loved, well cared for, and most important, living a life as close to the one God intended them to live.

Donor

Rating: 5

When I met Pat Norton I was very impressed with her knowledge of parrot behavior and her love and commitment to all her adopted "fids" (feathered kids). I have six parrots of my own and after visiting the Sanctuary and seeing parrots flourish in a natural outdoor setting with proper environmental stimulation, I began the construction of my own outdoor aviary. Pat has devoted her life to providing protection for companion birds who, by no fault or choice of their own, cannot help themselves and depend on humans for their care. I would love to see the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary raise the funds to expand, to grow into another natural-Florida destination equal to the Florida Aquarium or the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach. Please support this wonderful nonprofit organization!

1 Mary134

Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I became interested in FEBS when we realized our large cockatoo was not a happy bird and needed to be around other birds like herself. We discovered FEBS on the internet and after visiting, we placed our pet, Cammy Sue, with Pat Norton, the administrator. That was over two years ago. My daughter and son-in-law go there every other month, taking enough fresh fruits and vegetable to feed all the birds for at least a month. I send food also, from PetSolutions and Drs. Foster & Smith websites. Since I am 73, I have not visited a whole lot, but this bird sanctuary is Tops. The birds are all well fed, their habitats kept clean, fresh water given daily and Pat observes them all on a daily basis. She is trained as a bird vet assistant and has done this for many years. She truly is dedicated to the birds and is a special person proving to my family that her main interests are for the birds and not for herself. In the heat of the summer, misters are set on a timer to keep the birds cool. In the winter heat lamps are used with cage blankets to offset the cold. Presently, the sanctuary is in need of expansion. I hope and deeply pray, that someone with land they don't need in the country, will consisder donating it to the sanctuary. There is a large list of birds waiting to be placed here, but there isn't room for them. Birds from all around the USA are residents now and I LOVE those beautiful creatures. They are so entertaining and tallented.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just one visit and you can clearly see the love put into making this a haven for exotic birds. The staff there must work extremely hard to keep that place looking as beautiful as it does. I took my daughter for a tour of the facility and she loved it. My hat is off to Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary and their staff. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

Sandra36

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This Sactuary is a wonderful Nonprofit. The take in unwanted birds and keep them in enclosures with other birds of the same type. This allows the birds an aviary experience, free flight, and a natural setting to reside with other birds like them. A great alternative for a humane society. They do not adopt out birds or dispose of them in any way. They are just allowed to live out their lives surrounded by the same type of birds. Almost like being "free" but without the hazards of predators.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This sanctuary is a wonderful non-profit organization as it is well-maintained and operated by a wonderful individuals. These beautiful birds have an awesome environment to live out the rest of their lives with the proper care they should receive. I can not say enough about how impressed I am with the facility and level of care that is provided.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we were called to become the pastor of an international church in the Middle East, we really struggled with what to do about our Panama Amazon parrot. We got him in Panama as a very young bird and brought him to the US with in 1994. He was a member of the family. As he got older, it had become a desire of ours that he live someplace where he could be cared for and that he would be able to just be a bird. After much research, we found that place in the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. The staff was terrific and the move was made pretty easy. We were able to visit them once more before we left the country and found everything just as they promised it would be. We receive periodic updates that reaffirm us in the decision we made. The commitment of Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary matches ours for our bird. He is well taken care of, is adjusting well, and is just being a bird in his new family and community.

Rachel61

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not say enough wonderful things about The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary INC. I had to make the hard decision to do what was best for my 22 year old African Grey and put my emotions and feelings aside. I did a TON of research and found my way to The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary INC. Not only did they, Patricia, take my sweet Harley with open arms, she also embraced me with tears flowing. Harley receives the most wonderful care at the sanctuary. To see her and all the others in free flight aviaries is the most wonderful sight in the world. We visit as often as we can and are so thankful that there is an organization like this one.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I researched to find a home for my beloved ring necked parakeet. He lived with me for 15 years, ever since he was hatched. It was painful to see him go but I can rest in peace knowing he is in a loving home that is knowledgeable about his needs. I'm so happy to have found such a great place where he has other bird friends. It will good to see him and the staff at Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary when I visit.

Eddie W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I were moving overseas over a year ago and one of the toughest decisions we had to make was to locate a nice home for our 15-year old Citron Cuckatoo, Nikki. We screened an individual who appeared to be a responsible and parrot-loving person, but after a month or so, we found out that Nikki was not taken care of as he should, so we got him back quickly. We had 3 months left before moving, so we scrambled trying to find an alternate home for him. I saw FEBS online and it was only 5 minutes drive to where we lived. We visited the sanctuary and spoke to Pat and felt Nikki would live happily among other well taken care of parrots. We made a donation to the sanctuary and Nikki was taken there. We visited him several times before we moved overseas, and Pat and her staff really took good care of him. We are so appreciative Pat has built and managing such a wonderful place and we are very happy that Nikki has found a wonderful home.

2 Karen E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took in an adult greenwing macaw, Charlie for an aging lady who dearly loved this bird. Charlie lived with me for on and off about 7 years. After Charlie's mom, Jeanne died, I began to look for a sanctuary for him to retire to and found this wonderful sanctuary. Within the first couple of months Charlie found a girlfriend and was happy as a clam. I am trying to maintain financial support for "my" other birds, an african gray and a blue and gold macaw who I also love dearly and when I can no longer care for them want them to go to a true sanctuary where they can be free and fly.

1 Deven J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary has personally brought me much peace. My beautiful Alexandrian Floyd, is a pet I made a lifelong commitment to, I had him with me twenty years. I was diagnosed with a genetic liver and lung disease called Alpha1, unfortunately I'm lung affected and the first thing my specialist asked about was pets, when I said I had a parrot he told me to get rid of my bird. I didn't for five years, the panic I felt about not being in direct charge of him caused me such distress. I know the plight of unwanted or abused birds and was ecstatic when I found FEBS and spoke to their director Pat, I knew he'd have the same permanence there as with me and would not face a life of uncertainty. I visit Floyd when I can and I know he is loved and cared for, as a matter of fact he has a very purposeful life now by getting to educate people on field trips and at events! FEBS is a blessing for every bird that gets to be there and needs all the support it can get!

1 Adriana O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been supporting FEBS for a couple of years as their veterinarian. I must say they take care of the animals with full understanding of their needs. The birds get check ups and veterinary care regularly. These birds are happy, healthy and cared for with love.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is such a wonderful place for anyone who is looking for a place to have there bird cared for, I have been a board member for about a year and I can honestly say that Pat Norton and her staff does a excellent job overseeing and caring for all the birds there.

Michelle107

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our beautiful eclectus parrot was so lonely even with us home all day we could tell she wanted desperately to be around other birds so I found FEBS and called Pat. Right away I could tell she was the person to take care of my sweet Lola. It broke my heart to think of being without Lola but she wasnt as healthy as she would be in the Florida climate. Pat spent time preparing a cage for Lola before she arrived and I talked to Pat several times after Lola arrived to make sure everything was smooth for her. Pat took Lola in and "babysat" her! She even had a video of Lola on you tube! I miss Lola everyday and we visit when we can but I know shes healthy and happy where she is now. Thank you Pat, your family and all your volunteers who work so hard for these beautiful birds! The Tuffs family in Georgia

Client Served

Rating: 5

THANK YOU Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary for letting birds be birds! I searched quite a few "sanctuaries" before finding FEBS. We were able to place our beloved Cockatoo here and it has been a true blessing to see her so happy. Our precious girl has a mate and is happier than we could have ever made her (don't worry though... the staff doesn't let the birds sit on their eggs and they don't sell birds). Pat and the other volunteers are dedicated, hard-working, honest people who love the birds dearly and understand their needs. We donate every chance we get and hope you will, too. FEBS is a real sanctuary and deserves our support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FEBS exceeds expectation when it come to exotic bird care. They treat every bird like they are part of the family.

Larry20

Client Served

Rating: 5

After several years of searching we were able to place our Blue and Gold Macaw parrott and Umbrella Cockatoo at Florida Exotic Bird Sanctury. We drove 10 hours from NC to Florida to place our parrotts in this wonderful sanctuary. The work that Pat Norton and the volunteer staff does is amazing in providing a life-time home for these wonderful birds. The need for the service provided by this organization continues to increase. We support this organization and the marvelous work they do.

Donna65

Client Served

Rating: 5

Florida Bird Sanctuary is a wonderful and loving place where exotic birds can be birds again. I highly recommend them. I truly believe our "pet" amazon is a happier bird at the sanctuary with other birds than as she was, alone in a cage or perch all day while we were at work.

1 Richard45

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a retiring veterinarian moving to a more northern climate, I needed to rehouse my 20 year old Macaw, Dude in a situation that would meet his needs and my protective instincts. My research led me to Pat and FEBS. After meeting Pat and touring FEBS, I quickly came to the conclusion that I had found Dude's true sanctuary. I found both the facility and the philosophy and commitment of FEBS staff and volunteers to be outstanding. It has been a relief and a blessing to have FEBS there to soften the impact of having to 'leave' my friend. His adjustment was compassionately managed, successfully, and he even has a Blue & Gold Macaw girlfriend now! I recommend and commend FEBS for their dedication and compassion for these special, intelligent and social creatures.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I am 55 and have no next of kin. My 25 yr old Goffin cockatoo will outlive me. I was looking at sanctuaries and this one was perfect. Upon my death, they will take her in. My mind is more at ease as I know they will do a great job.

Maria56

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know a few of the volunteers and foster families who work with this amazing organization. I feel constantly in touch with their efforts and experiences through FEBS regular posting on social media. I have grown to have a great deal of respect for the volunteers and members of this organization who take in the unwanted, unloved and unknown birds that have no place to care for them. These people deserve to be recognized for their efforts to rescue those creatures without a voice who are helpless victims of an out of control pet industry. Please support Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary.

Michael132

Client Served

Rating: 5

FEBS is a shining star in the sea of "sanctuaries" for exotic birds. Many are disreputable or downright shady,just working to get your exotic animal so that they can turn around and sell them to pocket the profit - but Pat Norton and FEBS are absolutely on the up and up! I researched sanctuaries very thoroughly before deciding on one, and FEBS came up sparkling clean and above`board - that made the choice for my macaw an easy one. They are a great organization that deserve support.

Donor

Rating: 5

The sanctuary is a forever home for unwanted, mistreated or some who have lost a caregivers.They all seem to be happy calling out, singing and some talking to each other. All very healthy well fed in the care of Pat Norton who is very knowledgeable and dedicated

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have know Pat Norton and this Sanctuary for many years. I respect the work that is being done there and is a well run and efficient org. This facility is very clean and impecably maintained. The need for this Sanctuary is huge and I hope that they attain some Corporate funding to help them with this very important work and much needed expansion.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This sanctuary provides a much needed service to not just the local community, but to areas around the country! Some birds come in from out of state and will be taken care of for the rest of their lives. The amount of compassion and care that Pat and her volunteers give our feathered friends is beyond words. Truly a wonderful organization for the care of birds that may have been passed on and on to multiple homes, but now can call one place home for the rest of their lives.

George16

Donor

Rating: 5

after having started this sanctuary with Pat with "only" 4 birds, it has grown to the wonderful place it is right now, and i hope Pat will get the financing done to move it and expand even further! amazing job she is doing!!!