For the past 4 years, I have been a volunteer each May to prepare for Discover the Oasis. It is the hardest work I have ever loved. I have supported them exclusively for over 15 years. I consider them friends. It is hard to put into words how I feel about the work they do.
The Oasis Sanctuary is one of the best run non-profits that I have been involved with. Their facilities, logistics, and volunteer programs are exceptional. I have had parrots for over 25 years, and I have not found a rescue site as unique as the Oasis. On business travel to Tucson, I made it a point to swing by the Oasis in Benson. They were very accommodating, and gave me a personal tour. I was amazed at the amount of birds they were caring for, and it just reinforced my belief that my money is going to the right place. I care very deeply about these wonderful creatures, and it is heartwarming that there is a place that truly cares for these creatures for the remainder of their lives.
I have loved birds for my entire 69 years. There was a parakeet named Prettyboy next to my crib when I was brought home from the hospital. It was a dream come true for me to volunteer at The Oasis, even though I live across the country. These unwanted, neglected and relinquished parrots and birds found their way to an incredible home. The staff is outstanding. It is hard to describe their love, caring, devotion, expertise, and the unbelievable hard work they do to make this place a true sanctuary for these precious feathered souls. Both times I visited to volunteer, I worked my butt off and they were the best vacations of my life. If you are in Tucson, AZ and have some time to spare, make the journey to visit this wonderful place in the desert, if only to visit the birds and make a donation. I cannot wait to return to what is for me, a week in paradise.
I traveled from upstate New York to the Oasis in Arizona to volunteer in 2013 and 2014. I hope to be able to be there again in 2015. The Oasis Sanctuary is a perfect haven for so many damaged parrots that have been so fortunate to find this forever home. The birds rule! The staff is oh so hard working, knowledgeable, caring and so very thoughtful on the details of housing 700+ birds and keeping them safe, while accommodating their needs and even their personalities. Parrots have become the new disposable pet and it's so gratifying to know that the Oasis exists to help some of them. They make a difference! I continue to donate and sponsor a bird at the Oasis, I cannot think of any place better deserving for your donations. If you can volunteer, prepare yourself for a wonderful, heart tugging, hard working experience.
2017 marks the twentieth year that The Oasis Sanctuary has been a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In all twenty years the parrots who call The Oasis their home have always been front and center in the plans and execution of care. Along the way, hundreds of parrots found a forever home and thousands of parrot owners found help in their toughest time.
Since I decided in 1998 to give not only my money but my time and my home to help Oasis birds, I know first hand the immense love that abounds at The Oasis Sanctuary.
Upon purchasing our companion parrot in 1998 I was inspired to find a Sanctuary that would be the bird's forever home. Enter The Oasis Sanctuary. The resident parrots are so inspiring I became a mainstay of the Sanctuary's volunteer community. Nearly 15 years later and I'm still here volunteering my home as the foster home. Hubby, Tom, also volunteers full time to provide the loving home a few of the extra-needs parrots flourish in.
I have personally witnessed the dedication of the hard working staff at this organization. Their are not enough words to express a 100% belief that they are there for the birds and nothing else. They spend every waking hour related to the care of the birds and even when they have a day off they are running errands to help the birds.
Thank you every single staff person and the thousands of hours donated to volunteering by dozens upon dozens of people to help the birds.
Giving loving care to long-lived parrots is the mission of The Oasis Sanctuary.
When our child left home my wife said, "I want to hear 'I love you' everyday from now on." So, I bought her a parrot. That is the joke, but no joke is that we both fell in love with our Amazon Parrot when he came home to live with us. That was in 1998 and I was well into my fifties with a baby parrot that would live at least 50 years. My wife and I looked around for a place to be our parrot's forever home when we were gone. We explored The Oasis Sanctuary and began to volunteer. That, again, was 1998. And we still volunteer for this wonderful organization. Love abounds in this place.
I love the Oasis Sanctuary. After finding out my vet, Dr. T. Drigger's is the President of the Board there I went out for a visit. I am a retired photographer and wanted to offer my talents to them.
These people are so very dedicated to the caring of the parrots left in their care!!! They do an EXCELLENT JOB and that's no easy feat with so many parrots.
I have since been out there a total of 3 times and in fact plan to move closer so I can go out there and take lots of photos for them.
They were gracious enough to choose some of my photos that are in their 2015 calendar!! And I hope to work with them on their 2016 one...
LOVE THIS PLACE AND THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN!!! Carol Woods, Peoria, AZ
I have been a volunteer at The Oasis for 4 years and have enjoyed watching them grow and continuously improve the living conditions for their birdie residents. The Oasis is a leader in flight design and has developed multiple solutions to cage-free housing. It is so exciting to see the large macaws hanging from the rafters of their 2-story flight, and to hear the Star Wars beeps of the African greys in their own dedicated building! They are truly a model for the parrot rescue community.
I have been volunteering at The Oasis for 4 years, and each visit deepens my appreciation and respect for what they do for the parrots in their care. The full-time staff know the name of each of the 700 (yes, 700!) feathered residents, and they are constantly looking for ways to make their lives happier and more comfortable. I have seen dramatic changes in birds that appeared to be hopelessly damaged, physically and psychologically - birds that stopped self-mutilating, birds that now allow touch. The Oasis is tops!
The Oasis Sanctuary in Benson, Arizona, is a wonderful foundation. It is a true sanctuary, in that it provides lifelong care for these beautiful birds, and does not attempt to adopt any of them out. They don't have regular business/visiting hours because they're not a zoo. Having spent a week there volunteering, I saw firsthand the level of care and devotion the birds get from all of the staff and volunteers. I simply have not seen anything else quite like it. It warms my heart to know that such a place exists.
I came to volunteer at The Oasis because I love all parrots, and have a cockatoo at home. It was one of the best weeks I've ever spent. Each day, I knew I was doing something helpful. Even when I pulled 50 lbs. of grapes off their stems for the fruit and vegetable mix, I knew it helped. Even when I scraped bird poop off cages and floors, I knew it helped. And I got to meet all the birds, including species I'd never seen before. The staff, in addition to caring for the birds, LOVES them all. They know each bird's personality, what it likes and doesn't, what special things each one wants or needs. The Oasis is an extraordinary place for parrots.
As a bird lover,I highly recommend the Oasis Sanctuary as the Best avian rescue org.in the S.W.-the ppl.who work there are capable,compassionate,&knowledgable;I consider myself Very Fortunate to live near this wonderful 'place of safety&refuge' for all feathered friends that need such a place.I could extol the Oasis for a few more paragraphs,but since this is cyberspace,I'll keep my accolades short&sweet.Bravo,Sybil&everyone out there;BRAVO!
I volunteered here about 10 yrs. ago;I've also donated needed items to the Oasis Sanctuary;since I live nearby,I try to get there during 'open house'.usu.the 1st wknd.in Dec.This is the place where my beloved birds will go if something happens to me-I can't think of a better place around here to place my'feathered children'.The Staff& the former Director,Sybil Erden,are all wonderful,helpful ppl. who Really care about birds&know their many needs,since birds require special knowledge&living conditions.A-#1 Place!
Having two birds myself, I fell in love with the Oasis Sanctuary through their wonderful newsletters. For several years my husband and I supported the Oasis financially and dreamed of one day visiting. Finally, in May 2012 I was fortunate enough to visit the Oasis for a day. I felt like I had "come home" and quickly fell in love with all the birds and was so impressed with the care and dedication of the staff. The Oasis is truly a wonderful place and all the staff are top-notch. Since that time, I have become a "long-distance ambassador" for the Sanctuary (I live in Florida). I have given a talk to one organiization about the Oasis and have approached others about giving a program. My husband and I continue to support the Oasis financially and I dream of finding an avenue to let others know about this wonderful place where parrots find a loving home to live out the rest of their lives. Raising funds for the birds of the Oasis is very important to me. I hope to let everyone know that this is one place where every dollar given is spent for the benefit of the seven hundred and fifty birds in their care. I would not hesitate to place my birds with the Oasis if the time comes when we are no longer able to care for our two "loves" , knowing that the staff will do every thing in their power to keep our birds safe and happy. I feel very "blessed" to have discovered this wonderful place and have had a chance to visit and see their sanctuary, look forward to visiting again very soon.
This amazing "OASIS" on the San Pedro River(with water when it rains),in the High Desert of Arizona is always a surprise. The birds are amazing, healthy, & receive loving care. The cages & surroundings are clean and well maintained- this is no small challenge in this desert environment. The staff are kind & gentle with these often fragile birds. They know them personally and call them by name even though there is over 700 individuals. Big birds are a rare challenge as they live as long as humans. Many of us, including myself, took a young bird, not realizing the really long term commitment required for their care. God bless these people for the long term care they give for so many beautiful and special creatures.
Volunteering at the Oasis Sanctuary had been one of the best experiences of my life. All those wonderful little lives are being taken care of by the most giving and loving people I ever met. I hope when it's time that my birds will be able to go there.
While I love animals, I never embraced birds...until I read coverage about The Oasis Sanctuary in The New York Times several years ago. Before I read about them it never occured to me what happens to these smart and loving pets after their families pass on. While we as a society admire longevity, most of us don't even give a second thought to what becomes of these loving creatures of habit who essentially lose their home and the only family they knew; The Oasis Sanctuary took bold steps to create and fill a much needed niche; balancing their professionalism with a deep and continuing care that makes every supporter utterly grateful to be part of this compassionate group. I have been the proud adopted parent of Gizmo , a Cockatoo, ever since. And as long as they keep plugging away, I will continue to contribute my share. It is the very least I can do.
I looked for a place that could take care of my parrots in case something happened to me and my wife. After searching the internet I setteled on three rescues and sanctuarys including The Oasis Sanctuary and decided to to contribute to and visit all three. It took a while but after visiting all three The Oasis Sanctuary came out, in my opinion, heads and shoulders above the other two. While the other two were extremely qualified with great people The Oasis Sanctuary had the people that really cared about the birds enough to live on the grounds and get up in the middle of the night to find out why the dogs are barking or why the birds were screaming. This is just one example of how they care and go above and beyond to care for all of the birds. I have been volunteering there for several years now and am always impressed how everything is planned around the birds in an effert to make their lives more comfortable and pleasant. Over the years some of the people have left and others have stayed but the commitment of everyone has stayed the same which is the total commitment to the birds and other animals at The Oasis Sanctuary.
My husband and I have volunteered twice working on small construction projects; first was a misting shed and the second was a four room doghouse for their nightly patrol dogs. While my husband works I spend my days learning what the Oasis staff does everyday twenty-four hours nonstop; taking care of parrots. I have witnessed first-hand the dedication, sensitivity and delicate care that is administered and it is unbelievable. When I started my week of volunteering after the first day I was exhausted from this physically demanding job, but each day improved as I learned from the staff to fall in love with certain birds. This is the Oasis secret; it is the parrots and their caregivers that make you come back again. There is so much love exhibited by both and the constant interaction that makes a volunteer want to be part of this wonderful giving facility. We only wish that it was not so far away from our home. The Oasis needs to be acknowledged for the sanctuary they provide for helping parrots in need.