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Oasis Sanctuary Foundation, Ltd.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals, Bird Sanctuaries

Mission: The Oasis Sanctuary is a Rescue and Retirement facility for exotic birds, predominantly CITES I and II endangered birds. We offer birds a stable and loving home for the duration of their natural lives. We do not sell or breed birds. We do not offer birds for adoption. Many of The Oasis birds come from other rehabilitation and/or adoption programs where qualified personnel determined it was not in the bird's best interets to be placed in private homes. Some of our birds have "special needs", are physically handicapped or challenged requiring unique living or feeding situations. Several have been bounced from home to home, often being physically and/or emotionally abused and have simply become too fearful of people to be companions to people any longer. A number of The Oasis birds are "retired" breeders, or other birds originally imported for production purposes, which, due to age, infirmity or temperament often would be facing euthanasia. Because many of our birds are not interested in or are incapable of human interaction, they are housed with the same or similar, compatible species in non-breeding pairs or small flocks in large outdoor flights.

Programs: Provide permanent sanctuary, placement, and care to companion birds for whom no other options exist. We currently care for 800 parrots.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

After my beloved husband died recently, I made the heart wrenching decision to re-home my two parrots. But I wanted a permanent great home for them, so a stable and well run sanctuary was the best option. A friend suggested Oasis, and eventually my girls were placed there. I couldn't have found a better home for my birds. The people there truly love parrots, and are incredibly dedicated. I honestly don't know how they do it, but I'm so happy to be able to donate, to at least help in some small way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I needed to rehome my parrot, and was so relieved to find the Oasis Sanctuary where my bird fit right into a large aviary and immediately acquired a flock of her own. Now she has lots of human interaction from the staff as well as several bird "besties" to hang out with. Her aviary is huge and open to the fresh air outdoors and has lots of perches, toys, swinging ropes, mesh walls to clamber on, and misters to keep things cool and provide for bathing. Not to mention the healthy fruit-vegetable-pellet diet with some nuts as treats.

I got to spend a few days at the Oasis to settle in my bird, and I learned that it is a special place in a beautiful area in Arizona where the parrots can have outdoor aviary habitats that are as natural as possible so that they can live in large flocks or small groups. Special needs parrots are housed individually in indoor habitats with a lot of fresh air, and views of both other birds and the outdoors, and sunshine. The staff is incredibly caring, dedicated, and knowledgeable and they know the backstories, names, and personalities of each of the close to 1,000 birds who live here.

This sanctuary has been thriving for 20 years and is run like a corporation with a board of directors, a CPA, a lawyer, a veterinarian, and full financial transparency so that you know that when you donate, your contribution really is going to help the birds and to help perpetuate a professional organization that does a lot of good.

You can volunteer at the Oasis as part of a "working vacation" in which you can help them to tend to the birds, and they will allow you to stay on the premises for free, so your lodging is taken care of. Overall, the Oasis is doing an outstanding job filling a very urgent need to provide stable, life-long, loving homes for exotic birds.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As I am in my 70's living in. Northern California. I knew I needed to place my macaws while I could still make the trip to Benson with them. I was able to stay a few days and see how they settled down in the large flight aviary. All the people at Oasis were helpful and caring towards my macaws. I get updates as to how they are doing. It gives me tremdous peace of mind to know long after I am gone my macaws will be in good hands.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Oasis Sanctuary is an amazing and wonderful place. In a very bad time of my life, Janet and staff lovingly took my parrots in. They have kept in touch through the years with updates on the birds and how they've adjusted and found friends. I have had a terrible experience with another parrot rescue in Texas, so it's hard to overstate the value of the staff at the Oasis. They truly care for a love each bird. Janet Trumbule, in particular, has been such a blessing to me. This is a one-of-a-kind place and the world is a better place because of the Oasis and the staff there.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My life had a dramatic change and I couldn't give my two parrots the home they needed. After researching options, I found the Oasis Sanctuary. Not only did everyone at the Oasis open their arms and hearts to my parrots, Janet Trumbule, Executive Director of Administration, did the same for me. It's hard to put into words how wonderful this Sanctuary is. Every person who works there is 100% dedicated and filled with kindness, compassion, and love for the birds. I miss my two parrots so much, but I know they are in the best place they could be. Janet always takes time from her unbelievably busy days to answer my "how are my girls?" emails. I haven't always been able to donate money, but I have always been treated like the greatest of donors. I've had an experience with another sanctuary where, unless I was giving money, they would hardly communicate with me. The Oasis helped me through an incredibly difficult time by accepting and loving my birds. They are absolutely the best sanctuary.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Oasis represents excellence in the care and love given to displaced birds. The staff is dedicated to giving the birds the best care and diet. I was fortunate that The Oasis agreed to give my beloved gray a forever home when I could no longer care for her. They are so good about providing up-dates on her giving me peace of mind that she is cared for.
Laker

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had to relinquish my beloved African Grey after 14 years due to health. I had my dear friend since she was 12 weeks old. I spent 9 months doing extensive research to find a "forever" home for my Angel. I spoke with pet psychologists, vetrinarians, breeders, state governing groups, other sanctuaries and many more. Never did I hear anything but praise for the Oasis. Once they were chosen, we went through their processes. Believe me, the Oasis has standards and they adhere to them. Their love and commitment to birds is exlempary. Diet and care for the birds (and other strays that come along) is excellent. My Angel is well cared for. They are so good about keeping me informed with anecdotes and pictures. I see that her life is good. They need help! Care and dedicated staffing doesn't come without a price tag. Donations are used wisely - for the good of the birds. Donations to The Oasis Sanctuary Foundation are needed and beneficial.

Client Served

Rating: 5

About 5 years ago it was necessary for my sister to move cross country to live with me in Southern California. She had two cockatiels, the first she received as a hatchling and hand raised him. The second she saved from a bird mill breeder at a bird show. These two, Huey and Mel were her life. Unfortunately, I have severe allergies to birds. She was devastated to have to give up her babies. We searched high and low and the Oasis was the only place that guaranteed the birds would remain there for the rest of their lives. I still felt terrible but it's what had to be. The day we arrived at the Oasis we could not believe the facility. We received a tour and my sister was able to bond with many of the birds in the infirmary/feeding area. Well it came time to introduce the birds to their new home. Neither bird was a good flier to start but they were welcomed by their new feathered friends. My sister cried for at least two months. But a newsletter showed a picture of one of her birds and she's been content since then.Oasis thanks for all you did and still do!

Diana34

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Debi W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

About ten years ago I needed to give up my Amazon parrot of 20 years, I wanted a no kill, no breed, Forever home for my Lottie and was in fear of never finding one. I searched for months until someone suggested Sybil and the Oasis. Lottie and I flew from San Francisco to the Oasis and the minute I met Sybil and saw the new beginnings (at the time) of the Oasis I knew I had a safe Forever home for my beloved companion of 20 years. Lotties personality had changed drastically and she need to be in an safe environment as much away from humans as possible. Giving her to a new home where I did not know what would happen to her over the years was not an option for me. The Oasis was my dream come true. God bless Sybil and The Oasis.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After 17 years, when we could no longer take care of our African Grey that we had rescued, we were so afraid that we would never find a home for her that would give her the love and kindness she needed. We searched for almost a year and found the Oasis Sanctuary in Benson AZ. We took a tour of the place and felt so comfortable that our bird would be safe and cared for. All of the staff, including the founder, made us feel welcome and were so tuned into caring for the birds. If you ever need to place a wayward bird and want to know that it will be cared for and not abused or sold, this is the place. We are indebted to Sybil, the founder, and her staff. They have given us true peace of mind. We visited our parrot a few years later when we were passing through AZ and she was doing just fine. She was the king of the roost so to speak, in her little world, which gave us great comfort. We continue yearly to support the organization and donate funds to care for our bird. Thank you so much, Oasis Sanctuary, we love all of you who devote your lives to taking care of so many birds. God Bless You All.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for such a wonderful organization. Several years ago as a result of my father's illness, my mother could no longer care for her beloved parrots including one she had hand raised. At a very sad time, it gave her amazing comfort to know that they would be able live out their lives at the sanctuary, flying and enjoying their days with other African Greys. Thank you for all the good work you do for so many birds and animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Oasis Foundation takes in parrots and other exotic birds that are in dire need of a home because either they don't have one at all, or the people who cared for them can no longer do so for one reason or another. This is a very unique charity, whose founder and team members are extremely dedicated. Parrots can easily live for a hundred years or so, and they are not necessarily 'cute, cuddly and friendly' like dogs and cats. They don't necessarily take well to humans and confinement, or domestication in general. Not having realized this, I had a parrot who was hard to handle and had bitten me several times. The Oasis took him in and has provided a wonderful home for him for many years now. They provide an amazingly wonderful and unique service, which poses many challenges, for these beautiful and amazing animals. I am now proud to be a supporter of the Oasis, and think they deserve every honor and all the support they can get. Gratefully, Many Ann Crysler

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization rates tops in caring for the birds and other animals. Several years ago they helped us out by taking in a number of cockatiels and parakeets that I could not properly care for. They went to live in a beautiful aviary and I can't express my gratitude enough. A bird could not do better than to live at the Oasis.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my Goffins Cockatoo started mutilating himself I was crushed by the emotional stress. The vets from my local avian vet to the AMC (Animal Medial Ctr.) in NYC told me to put him down. He was less than 2 years old! How could anyone say that about a baby bird? I made an emotional plea to every bird group and forum for help as I had spent upwards of $2500 for unsuccessful medical care for the bird. I was emotionally and monetarily drained! One day, out of the blue, I got an email from The Oasis Sanctuary telling me to call the founder Sybil Erden. I called and we discussed my situation. She said she would take him after some necessary blood work to protect her flock and that I bring him there myself. I flew by plane with my Goffins to Tucson, rented a car and drove to Benson Arizona! Another 45 minutes drive through the Arizona desert roads to Cascabel where the Oasis Sanctuary is appropriately located. I spent 3 days there in a small cabin where they gladly put me up. I saw a small group of dedicated avian caretakers that were committed to feeding, watering and loving the birds in residence. I saw amazing human sacrifice just to care for emergency situations where they had to bring an injured bird to their vet in Tucson and sometimes Phoenix! I have just returned from The Oasis Sanctary and my bird, Goofy LaRue, has long lost his Elizabethan tube collar and is now just another feather plucker. He always recognizes me and flies to my shoulder & dances wildly to show his happiness! Talking up a storm and mumbling sweet nothings in my ears! Tears always come to my eyes when I visit. I see some birds that I thought would never get better but one bird in particular, a pink Mulucan Cockatoo wearing a tube collar and sweater, was so improved on this trip that I am convinced that the Oasis is the best Avian Rescue Sanctuary because their wonderful staff has their hearts invested in each and every bird, now 700+! It shows as some birds recover from horrendous abuse and neglect. Of course not every bird makes a full recovery and some remain totally plucked and affected! They appear happy when the staff feeds them and every one has their favorites! I've seen all this with my own eyes and would tell anyone with a problem bird or caretaker situation to give them a call for advice and possibly placement. I am forever grateful to the Oasis Sanctuary for their help in my situation and the fact I can visit Goofy whenever I want usually. Just calling a month or two ahead to make sure they are free to accommodate my birdie visit. I vote them number 1!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I got my first African grey I began to research sanctuaries that would be suitable for him in the event that I could no longer care for him. I reviewed sanctuaries all over the country and finally decided that the Oasis came closest to my ideal. That was in 1997 and I cannot begin to describe the incredible care and devotion that Sybil and her staff have continued to lavish on the birds. I have visited twice and remain in awe of the outstanding dedication of the staff and their love for these beautiful creatures. When I moved 3 years ago it was not possible to take my entire flock of 7 with me. Four of them now reside at the Oasis and the care and attention they receive is unbelievable. Although they are half way accross the country I feel as if they are still my flock. I receive pictures and emails re them on a regular basis and am always informed if there is any change in their care. I cannot imagine having them anywhere else and I am forever grateful to Sybil and her staff for the wonderful work they are doing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Oasis Sanctuary provides life care for hundreds and hundreds of birds. They feed, water and provide medical care for all birds and have many with "special needs". For example "Doc" was born with scoliosis and is crippled. He receives special and excellent care. The Oasis Sanctuary has gigantic flights so birds can fly free in a safe, outdoor type environment. They are very happy and very well cared for. These folks dedicate their lives to the birds, with many staff living on site. They take in abused birds and work to care for and heal them. They take in birds that will be homeless. They do not make any money from the birds. They are not a zoo, they don't sell feathers. They simply love and care for the birds. In the most extraordinary way. I think every staff member knows the name of every bird! They are amazing people, providing amazing care. I encourage you to support them in every way possible. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There are not enough superlatives to describe the care and love that Sybil and her staff shower on the birds at The Oasis. They come there, in many instances, damaged in body and soul. Everyone is dedicated to restoring them to a natural state if possible and if not, they are loved and cared for forever. When I became too old to take care of my 2 Amazons, Sybil took them and loved them as though they were her own. They stayed in touch and let me know how they were doing. When one of them passed away, Janet and Charlotte were so caring. Lulu's companion was devastated and they have taken her in to be handled and cared for until she can find another friend or is no longer depressed. With so many birds it would be easy to not know them all, Sybil and her staff know every bird and take care of their every need.