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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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101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Brittany44

Donor

Rating: 5

My umbrella cockatoo "Malley" now calls FEBS his home. It was the hardest thing I've ever done to give him up, but the only way I was able to do it is because I knew that FEBS would be able to give him a life more in line with his nature than what I could ever give him. They are always making improvements with the birds' best interest in mind. The volunteers are great and know all the birds by name and what they do and don't like.
The fact that a place like FEBS has to exist is unfortunate, but they are doing an outstanding job of giving these birds a place they can "just be birds" for the rest of their lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a male umbrella cockatoo, Malley, that came into my family when I was 7 years old. He was just a baby. I'm now 29 and he is about 22. At some point, Malley became "my" bird. His well-being was the first thing I thought of no matter what was happening in my life. I gave up a lot for him, but I'd have done it happily the rest of my life or his if I'd thought staying with me was the best thing for him.
I stressed all the time about whether or not I was doing the right thing by keeping him with me. My husband and I both work, and I hated him being alone all day while we were gone. To make things more difficult, he wasn't exactly a fan of my husband, so it was hard to divide what little time I had after work. No matter how much time I could give, I never felt like it was enough. It would break my heart to catch him sitting quietly, staring out the windows as if he were longing to be there. He loved being outside and I took him out as often as our weather allowed.
I started considering the possibility of a sanctuary about 3 years ago. I contacted Pat via email to ask about it and got some information. I saved that email just in case, but guilt sank in and I felt so horrible considering it that I let it be. A couple years later, more life changes, in addition to more questioning myself if keeping him was right, spurred me to email back again. At this point I had discovered that FEBS had purchased a new property to expand, and that they could take my boy.
It took a lot of soul-searching and trying to look past the emotion. Once I made that final call and realized this was really happening, it hit me pretty hard. But, I knew that in the long run that this is what would be best for Malley.
We made the drive from Virginia to Florida just this past weekend. The hardest part was thinking about all the things I will miss. He was such a huge part of my everyday life, and so much of my routine was dedicated to him. Not having him here is crushing, but I'm at peace knowing he will be so much happier around other birds, getting to fly, and hopefully making friends.
I was so amazed how well he settled. I didn't know what to expect since he had never really been around other parrots before, and I wasn't sure how he would react. After we set up his cage like it was at home, he went in and seemed so much more quiet and relaxed than I assumed he would be. Obviously, it was pretty noisy with all the other birds around, but he didn't seem fazed. It actually made me smile to hear him whistling and talking to the other birds. :)
We spent some time there, me boo-hooing the whole time at the thought of not getting to see him every day. He "cried" with me and I told him a million times I love him and I hope he understands why I'm doing this. We spent the night at a hotel and stopped to see him one last time before heading home. He seemed so relaxed, had clearly eaten food, drank water, and played with his toys. I brought him a banana from the hotel (his favorite) and he ate quite a bit of that like normal. I gave him a few more small toys to play with, and he sat and happily chewed them apart. I gave him some cuddling and scratches before i said goodbye. I was still sad to leave him, but it made me feel so much better seeing him so ok with everything.
This is the hardest thing I've ever done, but I know I needed to do it. He is my life, and I hated feeling like I wasn't able to give him everything he deserved. They are busy building the new aviaries at the new location in Hudson, but I hope to see him soon in his new aviary. It will be hard adjusting to not having him here with me everyday. The house seems too quiet now, but I know I did the right thing by bringing him to FEBS. I plan to visit as often as I can, and hopefully volunteer during my trips there.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have my beloved macaw, Millie, at the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary because I knew she needed to be with her own kind. Before choosing a permanent home for her I did research on area sanctuaries and found FEBS to be by far the best around. Founder Pat Norton has such a love for these birds her life long goal is to give them the best life possible and let them be a bird. Although the Sanctuary moved from another location a couple of years ago, it has continued to prosper and excel in what it has to offer the birds. They are in flights that allow them ample room to fly and interact with other birds of their breed. Because Pat has business savvy she excels in fund raising and planning for expansion. Many volunteers gladly give their time for feeding, cleaning, building flights, caring for the grounds, and many other things that a facility of this kind requires. FEBS is deserving of the recognition for the best nonprofit facility.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for a place to take my macaw should I become unable to care for her. I had no intention of doing it right away. After reading the testimonials on the website, I was impressed enough to take the 2 hour trip to visit.

Macaws are very intelligent creatures and really should not be in captivity. When I saw the new Hudson location and especially the HUGE macaw flight I knew this is where I wanted to bring my macaw. She had begun some feather plucking and I had not felt that she was truly happy for some time. Seeing the other macaws in the flight interacting, preening, and just enjoying "hanging out" made me realize I had to make arrangements for her to come and "just be a bird". It was a very difficult decision but I had to set her free to live a life as much like her relatives in South America as I could.

She has let her feathers grow back and every time I visit there I see how she is beginning to interact and enjoy the HUGE spacious flight. She recognizes me and comes down to chat and cuddle but we both know she is in the right place. If you love something you set it free to enjoy the best life it can have.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found FEBS because I was planning a trust for my birds and wanted to feel comfortable in knowing they would be going to a good place should anything happen to me. After reviewing the FEBS website I was so impressed I made a visit to see if it was one of those places that was "just too good to be true".

Well, it IS good and it IS true! I can't tell you how impressed I was at seeing the sanctuary with my own eyes. So impressed that I drive 2 hours one way to volunteer to do what I do at home...clean cages and feed and water birds! But what a wonderful feeling it is to know that I'm doing just this small thing to help these glorious creatures!

Pat, the founder, is a wonderful person with a big heart and an even bigger vision. She runs a tight ship to make sure that the birds are #1 priority in regard to cleanliness, meeting their needs, and letting them live as they should...as flock birds! What a joy it was to see them pairing up to preen, snuggle, and nap.

She also has an acclimation period for newcomers so they get used to new surroundings, sounds, and "meeting" other birds of their own breed before they enter the aviary. It's important to Pat that they experience as little stress as possible during the transition. Now THAT'S a person that knows what she's doing!

If you're thinking about donating to something worthwhile, this is the place. It's as easy as sponsoring one of the birds or you can get the "wish list" and ear mark for one of the many needs of the sanctuary.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was wonderful to have a place for my parrot, Sweet Pea, to live due to our change in living arrangements. He has found a forever bird girlfriend and seems very happy. Please donate to continue the wonderful care that all of these birds receive due to the wonderful staff! Thank you for all you do!

2 Douglas O

Client Served

Rating: 5

My beloved yellow nape has been at FEBS now almost 3 years now. Hard to believe. it's been the most amazing experience and I thank God every day that she is there safe and loved. Patricia and her amazing staff work tirelessly for the well being of all of their birds. I'm so grateful for the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary that words can't describe it. I also go down and volunteer a few times a year and have a blast!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Patricia Norton (and her staff at Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary) is just an extraordinary individual that has given her life to the rescue of exotic birds. She tirelessly works to care for over 300 birds on a daily basis in addition to her ongoing fundraising efforts to support the needs of the birds and sanctuary grounds. We took our beloved yellow Nape "Alex" to her 18 months ago and I Thank God everyday for Patricia and FEBS. There is no finer exotic bird rescue in the United States and I wholeheartedly will continue to support Patricia and FEBS for life.

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5 Onalee I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve had my Blue and Gold Macaw, ‘Perikeen’, for eighteen years – nearly his entire life has been spent with me and my husband. He doesn’t care for strangers, he doesn’t like change in his routines and we enjoy his company (most of the time) and love him (all of the time). Certainly no one could accuse us of abusing him – he had three cages: one in the house where he spent his nights eating dinner and snacks with us, watching TV, doing dishes (he loved helping with the dishes!) and playing games; another was outside in a covered porch where he could see us as we came and went all day – since we work from home, he always had someone talking to him, interacting with him all day long; the last one was a large cage hanging from a tree where he could see all around him, see the sky and the ground, see the other birds and wildlife in the area, as well as see us anytime we were outside.

He pretty much had the “Life of Riley” – he’d get treats throughout the day, had interaction with us almost constantly and had more toys to play with than most children, but still we worried that he wasn’t happy. He would have screaming fits daily – just scream and scream and scream and nothing would satisfy him during those times. He would also bite us without provocation – just ‘cause he felt like it or was in a bad mood, perhaps out of frustration or boredom. I guess if I lived in a cage, or even three cages, I’d probably feel like biting someone, too.

My husband and I had discussed placing him into a sanctuary in the past – wondering if he would be happier there with the other birds, out in a large flight cage where even he, the klutziest bird known to man, might be able to fly (and land) like a real bird. But, other than do a little research online, I never pursued it – until this year. As happens with most changes in life, this one was brought on by changes in our circumstances, so, the decision was made – Perikeen would be getting a new home.

So, back to the computer I went looking up parrot sanctuaries and one that caught my attention was the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. One reason I focused on this organization was that it was close to where I lived, so the idea of visiting Perikeen while he was there was feasible, but the most important reason they drew my attention was the obvious love and caring they exude for the birds in their care which is evident in the pictures, videos and the words of their Mission Statement.

“Anxious” and “emotional” didn’t begin to describe my feelings when I arrived at FEBS one afternoon. When I opened my door and stepped out of the car, I was greeted with the screeching, calling and talking of what sounded like hundreds of birds of all descriptions – it was truly amazing that this parrot ‘oasis’ exists here amongst other homes in rural Pasco County. And my neighbors complain to me about Perikeen’s screaming! Ha!

It was early spring and the temperatures were still cool – Pat had a lot of parrots in cages in the big double garage of her house. As I walked through the aisles of birds in the garage I noticed a few things:

• First, clean – all the cages were kept clean, there weren’t bird droppings or bad smells coming from the garage, despite the number of birds in there at the time.
• Second, food and water – every bird had ample food and clean water in their cage – it was obvious that they weren’t skimpy with the rations and kept the water cleaned daily.
• Third, happy – all the birds seemed perfectly happy – they talked, each with their own favorite word or phrase as you walked through, some wanted to be touched and petted – they weren’t afraid, they weren’t frightened of people.

After meeting Pat, she explained that the garage was where all the birds start out so she and her fellow bird lovers can get a feel for the bird, for their personality and to make sure they have adjusted well, are eating right and that the change has not gotten them sick. She showed me how they were kept warm in the winter and cool in the summer and how she was aware of which birds got along and which ones didn’t and arranged them accordingly. She told me the birds were left for a while in their own, familiar cages, with their own, familiar toys and food to make the transition easier.

Finally, the day came to bring Perikeen to the sanctuary. I’d had two weeks to dwell on it, worry about it, cry over it and finally come to grips with it – Perikeen hadn’t. So, into the carrier he went – not willingly mind you, but eventually he went in. His cage, toys and food went in the back of the truck and down the road we went. The trip was again filled with tears and me telling him how sorry I was that I had to do this and how much I loved him and I promised to visit him at his new home. We sang his favorite songs and I said all his favorite words and phrases as we drove to his new home. I prayed that I was doing the right thing – I hoped he would forgive me.

At the sanctuary, I expected Perikeen to be trembling and nervous – he hates change and hasn’t even SEEN another parrot in the last 18 years, but, to my shock and amazement, he seemed curious and happy. We got his cage set up and he settled in it, talking animatedly to me, Pat and Magic – her amazing helper.

When I finally got in my car to leave, I yelled “Bye!” to him out the window and he told me “Bye! B-Bye!” over and over as I drove out the gate. I cried all the way home, but at the same time I was really hopeful that he’d be happy there. His initial reaction wasn’t what I had expected – he wasn’t scared, he wasn’t trembling – he seemed joyful and curious. The time that Magic and Pat spent with him, with us, gave me confidence that, if anything did happen – if he wasn’t adjusting, they would know it and tell me and I could come and get him and bring him back home.

For the next few days I got emails from Pat telling me that he was doing well – he was eating, he was talking . . . he was doing fine. Over time, she moved him from his cage in the garage to one of the smaller cages in the flight pen, then one day she emailed to say that she’d let him out into the large flight. I was amazed – it had only been a little over a month. She said he was well suited to it because he wasn’t timid – timid birds took longer, but Perikeen was perfect – he was doing really well.

Finally, after a period of time that I thought would be enough for him to be well adjusted, I went to visit. Pat walked with me to the flight pen and we entered together. There were several B&G’s in there and I wondered how in the world I’d be able to tell which one he was – they all looked pretty much the same. We eliminated a few that Pat knew for sure weren’t him and that left only a couple of possibilities. I walked towards the first one and called his name, but that one scurried up the wire of the tall cage and away from me. “I hope that wasn’t him!” I thought before turning to the other one who was perched at the highest point of the cage on the opposite wall. As I turned around and called his name again, that one started bobbing his head up and down and I knew – that was my baby! Then he asked, “How are ya’ doin’?!”

The entire time I was there with him, Perikeen never once offered to bite me, never once screamed, didn’t mind the other macaws there with us, wasn’t scared, wasn’t intimidated – he was happy. It was like he was welcoming me to his new home – showing me around, introducing me to his new friends. He had lost some weight, he had gained muscle – he looked good, healthy and strong and he acted like this was where he belonged. At that moment I knew I had done the right thing – I probably should have done it sooner, for his sake, but it was one of the hardest and scariest things I’ve ever done in my life. Sometimes we need some larger force to push us to overcome our fears, to do the scary thing – that’s what happened to me. Looking back, I wish I’d had the courage to do the right thing for HIM sooner, even if it was painful for a while (isn’t change always painful?) the payoff was more than worth it.

When the time came to leave, I took Perikeen and kissed him goodbye, told him I loved him and tossed him up into the air. He flew across the cage and landed on the opposite side of the enclosure – it was the first time I’d seen him actually fly in all of his eighteen years. He was a real bird, now – finally – and my heart expanded with the joy of it.

I didn’t need his forgiveness, after all . . . except, perhaps, for not allowing him this freedom sooner.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very helpful in giving our parrot from Michigan to Florida. Attentive to details after the arrival of the parrot.

2 virginiaK

Client Served

Rating: 5

My blue and gold macaw, Sebastian, was my feathered baby. After much research and two visits to Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, I knew I was putting him the best environment possible; a place where he could socialize with his kind and live his long life to the fullest. Pat took him in and has taken good care of him for many years. I can only thank the sanctuary from the bottom of my heart. I now have peace of mind knowing he is happy.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Three years ago I brought by Blue and Gold Macaw to live at the sanctuary. I have visited a few times and he is happy, content and, I think, in love.... I could not have picked a better place for my beloved bird and knowing he is happy makes me happy. I now donate regularly to Pat's sanctuary as a way to take care of him and other birds that are so kindly adopted by Pat. I hope that everyone understands how hard it is to take care of these wonderful creatures and helps to keep the sanctuary going.

Best Regards,

Nearly New Thrift
Benefiting Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary...

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2 Dawna C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had occasion to visit this facility in November of 2015. With much trepidation, I agreed to place by Blue and Gold and Scarlet Macaws with FEBS. I have had these birds for 20+ years, raised the Scarlet from a hatchling. I was relocating to an altitude of 9000 feet and there was no way I could keep the birds in their aviary and I was not going to force them into an indoor cage. I knew there was no way I would sell them or rehome them, only to have them sold again or not given the care I gave them. My birds spent their entire lives in an outdoor aviary with lots of stimulation and attention. I spent some time talking with Bob Cook and finally made my way to Florida. I brought the birds and their aviary. When I arrived Bob was there and in no time the caretaker (who lives on site, SORRY I forgot his name) had their aviary together and made sure there were toys and branches. While all this took place (several hours) I had free roam of the sanctuary. No place was "off limits". I was amazed at all the birds. Yes, some of them were in temporary cages, some were in large flight cages and there was a huge aviary under construction for the Macaws. EVERY cage had food, water, branches and toys. I will say this, I don't know how the one caretaker does it all. He is on-site and this man REALLY cares about these birds. He is a very nice man and was willing to discuss all of his catering duties with me. I don't think anyplace is perfect. Not even a zoo. I have seen some zoos that I would never put my birds in! FEBS really cares about these birds and does what they can to enlarge flights, provide quality food and fresh foods and nuts. In addition, if I call, I am able to get updates about my birds. I can visit without having any questions asked. Did it cost for me to place my birds? Sure! And it wasn't exactly cheap. But then I wasn't looking for cheap, I was looking for as much peace of mind that I could find.

8 kaylacwalinski

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just got home from another great visit at FEBS! Thanks to Patricia and all of the volunteers/workers at FEBS for their hard work. It really shows. The new sanctuary in Hudson is amazing... and "Paul" the caretaker was nice and worked very good with the birds. They really take time to show the birds love and attention. My macaw "Zsa Zsa" has problems with biting her feet around breeding season. Patricia takes the time to put ointment on her feet to make it better, which says a lot because in the past I have been the only one who has been able to pick her up!
I'm not sure why someone is commenting hateful comments on this review page. They're obviously written by the same person, (check the broken English.) What a shame it is that instead of helping other rescues, this person is attacking them. I would recommend that if someone is doubtful about the work this sanctuary does, give them a call and make a visit to see for yourself how awesome they are!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bringing my Catalina macaw "Zsa Zsa" to Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary has been the best decision that I have ever made for her! I had her in my care for 4 great years, but felt guilty keeping her in a cage for most of her life, alone and without other macaws. Macaws are very social in the wild and have constant stimulation and exercise. I am over joyed with the love that they give to ALL of the birds in their care. Every staff member and volunteer has been nice and honest with me. Zsa Zsa has been at the sanctuary since the end of April. She is very comfortable there. When I brought her to see all of the healthy and lively birds, she immediately was interested, yet calm. When I set up her acclimation cage she went inside and ate her food right away. She has always been a "mama's bird" and not wanting to leave my side, but she wasn't nervous at all when I brought her.... she still isn't when I visit her. The staff is also really good about communication so when I left her I was able to keep in touch without a problem.
If you are thinking about bringing your bird here for a forever home I strongly recommend this place without a doubt. If you have any doubts about the sanctuary then make a phone call to them and plan a visit! Ask questions, look at the great condition all the parrots are in, the healthy food they eat, the clean water they drink, and the beautiful property they get to enjoy every day. Just make sure to say hi to Zsa Zsa!
If you have any questions, (as I did many in the beginning of this journey,) feel free to leave a COMMENT below this post or e-mail me at kaylacwalinski.kc@gmail.com

6 Cindy117

Client Served

Rating: 5

My current plans are to rehome my two macaws with FEBS in April. For anyone with negative reviews, PLEASE email me privately with your concerns nailrep@msn.com. I love my two babies more than I can say. I'm VERY particular about what they eat and how they live. I did not see anything that alarmed at FEBS. But if anyone wants to share information with me that you have PROOF of, please contact me at the email address above.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Patricia and the birds at FEBS a couple of weeks ago. I must say how impressed I am with the sanctuary and Patricia's vision for FEBS. I plan to relocate my babies to FEBS in the near future knowing I'm doing the best thing for them. I want them to be birds, to live with other birds, and to be able to fly. I have found the place where I can give them that gift.

9 Anlyros

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would love to know why all the people with negative things to say do not give specifics? There should be no fear of liable if you are speaking the truth and can back up your claims.
I do not understand the bashing that goes on amid these organizations by those that run them. Help each other for the sake of the birds.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Aussie, a wild caught Moluccan cockatoo, was provided sanctuary by Pat Norton and the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary in February of 2009. Unlike most cockatoo's, in her 20+ years she had only one home before she came to live with me. Wanting the best situation for her, I began looking for a sanctuary where she could live her life on her terms, being a bird with others of her own species. After talking to a number of sanctuaries and visiting those I could, I found FEBS and Aussie's new home! Pat is one of those special, unselfish people who does much more than provide a home for birds. She is involved in the community and goes into the schools. The sanctuary would like to build more of the large flights that the macaws currently enjoy and I hope she gets the support she deserves to provide more birds with the joy of flight. Please consider donating to FEBS and providing the help these birds need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

You know what really gets me? There are posts on here, about specifically, bashing Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, how they do not have some or all the birds that was placed in their care? GO LOOK FOR YOURSELF! Each and EVERY member is that was placed in the care of Pat Norton, IS STILL THERE! HAPPY AND VERY PEACEFUL! The facilities that you should be aware of, is the one that is posting LIES and false information out on the web. Please take the time to prove to yourself, where your dear friend should be placed ... someone that actually KNOWS how to take care of a parrot and give them a VERY AMAZING home, or with someone that doesn't know their *** from a hole in the ground.

Ask that sanctuary, .. who their vet is, ask for their name and contact information, how long they have been a provider, are they licensed with the state, certified to even give your parrot a proper home.... MANY MORE questions need to be asked. You are the fool if you do not ask specifics before you place your parrot with any sanctuary, let alone zahksee.

7 Peg_7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am owned by 16-17 year young African Grey parrot named Ashye. As my husband and I are not spring chickens anymore, we have been looking to prepare for her future, when we will no longer be here to care for her. As most people know, parrots require lots of attention, good, fresh foods and are a lifetime commitment.
We discovered FEBS after lots of research and knew we needed to go the next step. We contacted Patricia and scheduled a day to visit the sanctuary in person.
When we arrived we were greeted by a cacophany of whistles, hellos and other common noises made by parrots when someone new enters their home. We were delighted to see that newcomers were quarantined to ensure the other members would not become ill and to allow the new guests a chance to view their new forever homes from a small distance. We had planned on being gone about an hour but were surpeised when we realized we had been there for 3! We toured the entire facility and spoke extensively with Patricia about the sanctuary and her plans and goals for the residents.
After much consideration we have added a Pet Trust to our wills and included a codicil that will have Patricia meeting Ashye to take her to her new home when the time arises.
Between now and then we contribute when we can to the Sanctuary and have even helped raise new aviaries at the new site.
i would highly recommend this organization as a valuable place for your feathered friends to live out their lives as "birds" and to visit and volunteer whenever you can.
I know Ashye will be well cared for, well fed and loved after we are gone.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Patricia and all the people at Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. They have a pair of my birds I could no longer care for myself. I trust them and that isn't easy with birds you love and are family. I appreciate them and what they also do in avian education. I am so thankful that I found them. It was worth the very long drive from states away. Pam

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cared for my Cockatoo, Beasley, for over 20 years. Once I saw Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, I knew I had found his forever home - one where he could really BE a bird and not just a pet. Beasley has been living there now for almost a year and he is looking forward to a new aviary where he can fly like he was never able to as a pet. This is a truly unusual organization. Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary doesn't just take parrots that people can no longer care for, they guarantee that parrot a home that will never change. Many parrot sanctuaries re-home the birds they receive, but not Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. The parrots that come to live here will never have to be a pet and subject to someone's whims, no matter how kind, again.

3 Marilyn18

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we had to give up our male Blue and Gold Macaw, Elvis, three years ago, we found this wonderful sanctuary. Every visit back has confirmed our expectations. The folks at the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary do a magnificent job with their charges. We cannot thank them enough.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When it is no longer possible to keep a large parrot in a home the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is a godsend. Because of bird breeders, many people now own Macaws and other large birds as pets. Often, after many years, these birds become too aggressive to continue as companion animals. That is when the large aviaries and expert staff at the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary come to the rescue. We had to surrender Elvis, our blue and gold macaw, after ten years. We had originally received Elvis as a rescue, and as we had already had another smaller parrot for many years, we felt capable of caring for him. All went well until he reached approximately the age of 18 - our sweet bird became too aggressive to handle. It was heartbreaking for us, but we know he is happy and well cared for. It was very important to us that he would not be up for adoption. These birds live a long time, and there are many of them out there who will need the sanctuary this organization provides.

4 Sandra65

Client Served

Rating: 5

A year ago I made the most difficult decision I've ever had to make in my 5 decades of life. I had raised my greenwing macaw from her hatch date, February 2003. We were bonded or so I thought. At age eleven she started displaying signs of sexual maturity and was becoming increasingly aggressive towards me. Greenwings are pretty much one person birds so I was the only one that could handle her without getting bit, but as I said, she was becoming dangerously aggressive, jealous of the other animals and my husband. On top of that, taking her to the vet for the quarterly wing clipping and beak grinding was starting to grind on my guilt. What was I doing to this poor creature? She was a bird with natural bird instincts and here I was trying to domesticate her. That's when Pat Norton swooped into my life on the internet, and cooed those magic words, "We allow your bird to just be a bird." Like I said, it was the hardest thing for me to let go of a creature that I thought that I would have forever. But Pat Norton's kind nature, the existence of the sanctuary and it's volunteers not only made my decision easier but possible. I still miss my bird, but a simple phone call or texted picture dries up whatever tears I may shed. I made the right decision and the best choice for my bird. I am so glad that I found FEBS!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My very good friend, Dude, a 20 year old miligold macaw, has been in the compassionate and capable care of FEBS since late 2011. He is thriving there and has even become paired with a very cute, he tells me, Blue & Gold female macaw. As a retiring veterinarian, I searched and researched situations that would allow Dude the future he deserved, even though he could not follow us into our next life chapter. I am forever grateful for the extraordinary commitment the FEBS staff and volunteers make to assure birds like Dude a 'forever' home when it is most needed. I also am thankful for the other caring donors who make the continuation and expansion of this good work possible.

2 Mitzi2

Client Served

Rating: 5

FEBS is a TRUE sanctuary in every sense of the word. We placed our cockatoo with them because we saw the love and care that every bird receives AND we knew that our bird would never have to leave the sanctuary. None of these birds are "nameless" creatures to any of the staff and every staff member takes time with these awesome birds. Every need is met for every bird. They are fed balanced diets, housed in clean and temperate environments, given regular medical care, and they are LOVED. Patricia Norton is lovingly called "Bird Mother" because she is a mother to these birds...they are all her babies. FEBS, Patricia Norton, and all of the staff are dedicated to the nurture and well being of these magnificent birds.