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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

101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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.

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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

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!"

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.

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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!

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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.

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.

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.