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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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Donor

Rating: 5

After 2 years of searching and investigating I found FEBS. Several visits reenforced my hopes for a sanctuary that had large flights, was clean, not overcrowded and fed the birds a great diet. I placed Sugar, Mollucan cockatoo, there to have a happy social life with room to fly and never be sold or bred. During my recent visit I was invited into the cockatoo flight where I was instantly welcomed by friendly birds that wanted to perch on me and be stroked. I know without doubt that I've placed my love of 20 years with the finest sanctuary. Bless Pat norton and her dedicated staff

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As age related health issues became an issue as to how well we could provide a quality social life to Sugar (Mollucan cockatoo) we began our 2 year search for a quality home . After checking adaption sites from Florida to Washington state we twice visited FEBS and found it to be a beatifully maintained facility staffed by hard working and very compassionate people under the leadership of Pat Norton. The adapted birds of all species enjoy a life in large flights. Surprisingly in spite of the number of birds, Pat and her staff know each one by name. Sugar was carefully introduced into a large flight with other cockatoos and is now enjoying life as a family member. This was an extremely dificult decision to part with him as we had him from the time he was a 14 gram neonate til now(22 years). It is comforting to know that he will always be fed, cared for and never be sold to anyone as a breeder or pet. Hopefully in the near future FEBS will find a larger property so they can expand their mission.Let us not forget that they need our continued support.

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 !!

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.

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.

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.

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!!!

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!

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.

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.

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.