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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.