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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Education

Mission: Our mission is to assist with the re-homing of unwanted parrots, offer advice and help to those with pet parrots, to act as an advocasy organization to educate the public about the difficulties facing captive parrots and those who impulsively purchase parrots without properly educating themselves about the degree of care required by these intelligent creatures.  Our sanctuary effort now houses over 600 birds and other animals such as Short Tail Central American fruit bats.  We also work to save habitat and parrots in the wilds of Guyana. We believe that "In Wildness is the true preservation of the World"

Target demographics: parrots and the people who care for them

Geographic areas served: New England

Programs: Foster Parrots, Ltd. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and protection of unwanted and abused companion parrots and other displaced captive exotic animals. Working on many levels to bring critical services to birds and animals in transition, we offer life-long sanctuary care for unadoptable parrots and other exotics at our permanent care sanctuary facility, The New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, and provide adoption services for well-socialized parrots who desire human companionship. Our educational initiatives seek to raise standards of care for captive parrots by challenging harmful standards in the breeding industry, and by offering information to help parrots and people live mutually fulfilling lives together. A staunch advocate for parrots as wild animals, Foster Parrots village based conservation work in Guyana helps keep parrots and other animals safe in their natural habitat, and also embodies our ultimate message: Parrots are worth more in trees!

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

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!

Michaela K.


Rating: 5

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.