Foster Parrots & the New England Exotic Wildlife sanctuary is an amazing organization that helps parrots and other displaced exotic animals find a "forever home." I have been volunteering there since 2011 and it is my very favorite place to spend any free time I have! The sanctuary is home to all types of parrots (macaws, cockatoos, amazons, greys, quakers, conures, ringnecks, parakeets, and more) and many of these birds are animals with special needs. The sanctuary staff design special aviaries and habitats to meet the physical, psychological, and social needs of these complex animals and staff and volunteers work tirelessly to make sure all birds receive top-notch care 365 days a year.
Animals come to the sanctuary for a variety of reasons. Some birds at the sanctuary have been rescued from abusive or neglectful situations. Others were surrendered due to changes in the owner's life (including, but not limited to illness, death, loss of home, relocation, and/or financial instability) or because parrots (which are wild animals!) are simply some of the most difficult animals to keep as "pets" in a home setting. A smaller number of birds have been "retired" to the sanctuary by loving guardians who planned ahead to make sure their birds would receive lifelong care at the sanctuary. Because some parrots are happier living in a home setting, Foster Parrots also has an adoption program to ensure that these birds are placed into an environment where they will thrive. I adopted one of these birds, a highly human bonded mini macaw who is incompatible with other parrots.
I really cannot say enough good things about Foster Parrots or the people associated with the organization! Foster Parrots is such a special place and I would highly encourage anyone who wants to learn more about them and the work they do to visit www.fosterparrots.com!
When I first walked into Foster Parrots, Ltd. three years ago for a tour, I burst into tears. It was overwhelming to see so many animals that had lost their homes in some way or another, and to meet such an altruistic group of people. I also knew immediately I was home. As the founder Marc Johnson took me through the facility, he explained all the work they do with humane education, conservation, and rescue for exotic wildlife. In my entire life I had never seen such an operation that brings to light the devastating effect that human greed has created on nature, and the depth of knowledge and wisdom that the organization shares in an effort to bring a more compassionate awareness to the world.