I was lucky enough to meet Sybil Erden, the original founder of the Oasis parrot sanctuary, about 14 years ago. I came out to visit, and have been an ardent supporter ever since.
The staff here works very hard to create and maintain a safe and supportive environment for what is now about 800 parrot family birds. They provide lifetime care, and do all they can to encourage the birds to hang out with others of their kind, in outdoor aviaries whenever possible.
However, the need is overwhelming and is getting worse. They had to turn away about 900 birds last year. They need and deserve consistent ongoing public support to do their vital work.
Visiting the Oasis is a powerful experience. The parrots are amazing! Many of them are healthy enough to be housed outdoors in huge cages with other parrots where they can be fly and play and be "real birds" in all their beauty. Seeing the flock of macaws flying free in the 40" x 100" aviary brought tears to my eyes (and their website has a webcam so you can see for yourself). There are also flocks of the smaller parrots living joyfully in flight cages (cockatiels, quakers, lovebirds etc). Of course there are also many birds who are not strong enough to be housed outside - these birds live in a huge bird barn where they are usually housed in big cages with another bird of their own species. There are many play areas in the "bird barn" where they can come out for supervised play. THE STAFF IS AMAZING - totally dedicated and highly skilled. They know the names and story of each bird there. As a volunteer there is felt welcome and appreciated, and got lots of good direction as to how to be helpful. THIS PLACE IS A MIRACLE IN ACTION AND DESERVES YOUR SUPPORT!
I am fortunate enough to live in the same state as the Oasis so have been able to visit quite a number of times. I check on the birds that I know that have been sent there & of course being a cockatoo lover especially really enjoy spending time in the female cockatoo aviary. These birds are so lucky to get a chance to live out their lives with so many other birds (in flocks) and being so well taken care of by exceptional staff & volunteers. This is an extremely well run organization. I hear of so many cases where some people are well meaning but start collecting birds forming a rescue, but with no contingency plans if something happens to them so an emergency occurs & rescues like this have to try & step in to help, but absorbing many birds at a time is very difficult.
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.
Oasis is a highly professional, well organized and well staffed bird sanctuary. I had an occasion to visit while transferring two parrots from rescue. I have been an exotic animal veterinarian for 40 years and have worked with many bird rescues and sanctuaries. Oasis is the best I have ever seen. They have a solid knowledge of the behavioral and physiological needs of the parrots and do their best to provide those needs. The staff is knowledgeable, very committed and compassionate. The place is amazing.
The fact we have such large places needed to take in the parrots that are shed by people often for reasons that people get tired of taking care of their pets, or the pets develop behaviors that people don't like or that simply the birds outlive their owners points to a serious problem with parrots as pets. Particularly the larger birds. We should be having ethical discussions about this as a society whether or not we should even have access to many of these species as pets. They are complex, incredibly intelligent, have a biological and emotional need for close social connections and a need for ability for extended periods of flight. They are one of the most difficult animals to properly care for in a home environment. Someday I can hope that facilities such as oasis will only need to exist for the exception of passing on a pet insrtead of unfortunately what is becoming the norm
Please support oasis in their mission if you care for parrot welfare.....they are amazing.
I am a retired Canadian zookeeper who travelled in a motorhome around the U.S. & Canada for two years in 2006 & 2007, stopping along the way to visit various animal sanctuaries. I was greatly impressed with the care and compassion shown to the birds that I met at The Oasis Sanctuary. Many people do not understand what it takes to care properly for birds that often outlive their owners and Sybil Erden has gone to great measures to make their lives comfortable, especially for the birds that have behavioural problems (feather plucking, etc.).
I have no hesitation in recommending the Oasis Sanctuary as a worthy recipient of donations.
While travelling around the USA in my motorhome, I came across the Oasis Sanctuary Foundation, and was immediately impressed with the caring attitude of Sybil Erden and the volunteers towards all the birds, especially the ones that had suffered in the past . As a former zookeeper I could appreciate the amount of work needed to care for all the various birds, and the attention paid to their individual needs. These abandoned and neglected birds were taken in, with the full knowledge that they have a long lifespan and that there would be many years of dedication ahead to care for them. I have no hesitation in recommending the Oasis Sanctuary Foundation Ltd. as a great non-profit organization.
I wrote a review for the Oasis over a year ago, and want very much to repost my thoughts... As a social psychologist, parrot owner, and President of The Long Island Parrot Society (www.liparrotsociety.org), I am very much aware of the love that develops between parrot people and their companion birds. When life circumstances demand alternative care for their birds, finding a new home that provides optimal care is heart-wrenchingly difficult. The Oasis Sanctuary provides the level of care and accomodation that most parrot owners can only dream of for their beloved birds. But the number of parrots and parrot owners they can serve is limited by funding. This past year, their board of directors has pursued several fantastic expansion projects that allow much in demand expansion of accomodations capability... and new plans are in the works... they need the funds to make it all happen. I have visited The Oasis Sanctuary as a volunteer, and was very impressed by the facility and the staff (really flock/family are better words for this devoted group)...the visit was a life-changing experience.. Every bird taken in by The Oasis Sanctuary is an avian life saved, and a human heart healed.
As a social psychologist, parrot owner, and President of The Long Island Parrot Society (www.liparrotsociety.org), I am very much aware of the love that develops between parrot people and their companion birds. When life circumstances demand alternative care for their birds, finding a new home that provides optimal care is heart-wrenchingly difficult. The Oasis Sanctuary provides the level of care and accomodation that most parrot owners can only dream of for their beloved birds. But the number of parrots and parrot owners they can serve is limited by funding. Their board of directors has designed several fantastic expansion projects that would allow much in demand expansion of accomodations capability... they need the funds to make it happen. I have visited The Oasis Sanctuary as a volunteer, and was very impressed by the facility and the staff (really flock/family are better words for this devoted group)...the visit was a life-changing experience.. Every bird taken in by The Oasis Sanctuary is an avian life saved, and a human heart healed.
I've been associated with The Oasis for seven years now. I don't know of anyone who has come out to visit the residents of this "oasis" in the desert and not been truly touched by the experience. It is with great pride that I serve this organization and care for these amazing parrots. Some of the stories are heartbreaking and others are inspirational. I am definitely committed for life to caring for these intelligent and beautiful creatures.
In the late '90s I began supporting The Oasis by sponsoring an African Grey that had been relinquished to the sanctuary. Brody's story is one of heartache...not so uncommon for so many of the birds that are helped by our organization. As an owner of several rehomed birds I knew that parrots were so often neglected and abused...how could I not help those in need to have a home that would be their safe haven for the remainder of their life. This is what The Oasis provides. Today....I have dedicated my life to working with the birds of The Oasis. From my first connection with Brody to now managing the care of the 700+ birds in residence, I know that the mission of The Oasis and high standards of care have never wavered. Everyone involved, from staff, volunteers, board of directors and our amazing supporters...is completely dedicated to the well being of each and every bird. I feel The Oasis is an AMAZING organization that has saved many birds from a life of suffering.... but has also touched the hearts of so many people, as it did mine.