I knew about the Oasis from my birds vets office (Dr. Driggers) and thought that's cool. Never imagined I would need their help but one day I found myself in a situation and I didn't know where to turn for help. I read a story about animals being taken care of when people lose their housing. This was a temporary fix till owners got back on their feet and this way people would not have to give up these family members. After contacting the Oasis I was put in touch with a person who was herself a bird lover. She drove all the way to my home from the Oasis (which is a very long haul), I live in Mesa. She took all four of my birds & their cages & told me not to worry about a thing. Within a month my housing situation had resolved itself but I had a stroke. This beautiful young lady took care of my four Eclectus' for almost a year !! Before my stroke I traveled down to the Oasis to volunteer for a weekend and was truly amazed !! The love & care each of these birds receive is so unbelievable and the people who care for them are well, amazing !! I will never forget what they have done for me & my little ones, without them I more than likely would have had to give up my babies. Just this past February after 27 years my little "Ruby" passed and the Oasis has a fabulous way to remember her. They have beautiful flowers made by a talented artist that I believe are arranged around a Rainbow Garden and you can have them engraved with your birds information. Yes you have to make a donation but what a better way to remember a member of your flock !! The Oasis birds benefit & your loved one will always be remembered. The Oasis is always looking for volunteers and what a great cause, this is these birds "forever home". I could think of no better way to spend some free time or a vacation. Thank you to all the Oasis workers & volunteers for establishing such a sanctuary for these beautiful birds!!! And thank you to Ruth Ann and Jean for everything for without your love & guidance I would probably be flockless right now.
I have visited The Oasis Sanctuary twice now and it has become a highlight of my year. The care shown to these beautiful birds by their dedicated caregivers is obvious by the way that the sanctuary is run and the willingness of those working with the birds to allow visitors to come to the Oasis. I am confident that any donation made to The Oasis will be put to good use, and intend to support their work for as long as I can in any way that I can. Kudos to all at the Oasis!
As a bird owner for 30 years I have kept my eye on Oasis sanctuary, Never have I found an "Oasis" for birds like this wonderful place, God Bless them.
I have watched other organizations who have meant well and some who haven't, that just do not have the experience, understanding or commitment about what it means to care for such beautiful and often misunderstood creatures.
I have had my bird for 30 years I understand commitment, I love her and have cared for her like you would care for a child. I also understand that my parrot will probably out live me, I have no one to leave her with. I hope be on hope that when I am gone, she will live out her life in such a beautiful and caring place as the Oasis Sanctuary.
This is one of the few places that help birds that for many reasons are no longer able to be cared for by individuals. There are thousands of options for dogs and cats. It's too bad they can't be rehabilitated back to the wild but it isn't to be for these sweet birds. They are difficult as pets and a place like this gives them a happy life and great care. If you can please support them. We have two rescue birds that may outlive us so it is nice to know if there is room they will have a place to go if we can no longer care for them.
We have two rescue birds that share our home and when we heard about the Oasis Sanctuary we were so excited to know that if our birds outlived us since we are not youngsters anymore that we knew they could have a good home if our one relative that enjoys birds was unable to take them if there comes a time we can no longer care for them or pass away before them. We have visited twice and it is just amazing the care that these birds receive. It is also heartbreaking to realize that so many people have no idea what is involved in caring for these birds and then they have problems and no one wants them anymore. They are loved and cared for in the most amazing setting out in the beautiful high country of Arizona. We try to donate what we can in the way of monies and just love the letters and emails they send out telling about the birds and their needs. It is too bad that all birds are not wild and free but once they are used to people caring for them or far from their native homes they must be cared for by someone. The Oasis Sanctuary is a wonderful place for these amazing creatures to live out their lives in peace and
Oasis is a wonderful organization. I had the pleasure of visiting with a group of Deaf friends as their interpreter. We we're greeted by the director and taken on a tour of this great facility. It was an amazing experience for all of us and I recommend it highly to all I know!
I have been a long time lover of birds since my Grandmother was always so fond of them and her home was filled with their cheery songs and colorful beauty. Oasis Sanctuary is a treasure. They take in birds that no one else could handle and give them a life that is extraordinary. The care taken to provide a healthy environment, care for the sick and distressed birds, promote public knowledge of these beautiful creatures and truly be an advocate for the avian species is remarkable! I have the highest respect for the mission of Oasis Sanctuary and commend them for their dedication.
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.
we have three aging amazons--as are we! Oasis Sanctuary is the only assisted living facility we know can take care of our precious companions if and when we need assisted living. There is not another facility that can compare with Oasis. Each, and I do mean each, and every little soul gets personalized attention every day. The volunteers are extraordinary. This is the most loving organization that I am aware of.
This organization is truly one of a kind and a blessing to all of us. My husband and I have visited the Oasis severel times and are always in amazed at the wonderful care and love everyone exihibits for all of the birds. The volunteers are truly committed to each of the of the birds and most of the birds have names and are known by the volunteers. It's remarkable!
I met Janet Trumbule last spring at a Bird Conference in Houston, and after visiting with her, was very eager to visit the Oasis Sanctuary and see how it all works. My husband and I have our own little flock of 13, and our birds are our passion. In July we went to visit the Oasis, and were given a tour of the facility by Janet, who explained procedures and answered all of our questions. The 15 hour drive was definitely worth it! I cannot express enough how impressed I was with this operation. All of the 650+ birds were cared for with EACH ONE's particular needs met, and placed in the best environment suited to them. The team working there were happily doing the feeding, washing the food bowls, and taking care of endless other chores with caring devotion. The cleanliness, the happy birds, the dedication to care for each and every bird was evident. It is my hope that when, or if, we ever need a forever home for any of our birds, that the Oasis Sanctuary, or a sanctuary with equal dedication, will be available to give them the care they deserve. Sincerely, Connie Shelton
They are an amazing organization that caters to birds in need. As a fellow bird owner, some people don't understand the work and dedication that goes into taking care of these beautiful creatures. The Oasis Sanctuary is wonderful and hold themselves to a higher standard than most nonprofits.
Oasis is a great organization that helps exotic birds survive in a safe and welcoming environment. So many people aren't aware of the demands of an exotic bird but the Oasis Sanctuary never fails to turn their back on a bird in need. It's a huge problem that people need to be aware of. I have been sending donations to them on a regular basis for years now and they are wonderful...please support the Oasis Sanctuary!!! Your money and donations always go to the parrots in need!!!
I support this incredible organization because of my interest and experience with parrots. I am not an expert in any way - I learn from my Severe Macaw - now 22 years old - everyday. Parrots are, to me, the most facinating of animals. In the past I had 5 birds. After becoming ill I decided to give them each a new good home. This was probably one of the most difficult decisions I was forced to make. They were each so special and getting the right home was not only difficult - but i still feel guilty because I really do not know how they are today. After 2 year without birds - the person who I gave Pepper to - the severe macaw - had to give her up and I got her back. That was 5 years ago. The most amazing thing about this event was that she did not speak in her new home. When she was brought into our home, she immediatly began to speak words that I always heard her speak. She call my name, asks for UP, and many other words. It took her about 3 minutes to reconize where she was and react ...almost as though she was here for those 2 years away. I find that amazing and the our birds need our respect because they clearly remember and know what is going on around. The Oasis Sanctuary is amazing. The importance cannot be emphasized. Parrots do have memory and I believe the deserve our love and respect. Oasis seems to do just that.
Oasis Sanctuary needs our help and support they are truley one of a kind. Bless them for all they do for our feathered friends
I visited Oasis and was impressed with the care and devotion these people show in taking care of these parrots. I knew little about parrots until our daughter bought one and then we learned how very selective these creatures are. It is indeed sad when they lose the person to whom they have given their affection because they are so long lived. Having baby sat my daughter's parrot, I know how much care they take and the Oasis does an outstanding job. It was a pleasure to visit, see the beauty of these birds and watch the care with which they are attended.
A visit here will change you! Being inside the enclosures with the birds, seeing how they interact with each other - and humans - is amazing. They are doing superb work and need help!
Five years ago, my husband informed me that we were going to be owners of a macaw...in just a few hours. My only prior experience with birds was when I was younger I owned a parakeet that my cat ate a few months later. I knew nothing about owning a parrot or the extent of the care they would need for many, many years. People always think it would be great to have a bird that talks but don't understand their special needs or their history of living for 100+ years. Our bird "Boo" arrived and was very sad and very afraid of us. She had been neglected and later on we learned she had been beaten with a stick. Over time and with lots of patience, we learned how to trust each other. Unfortunately, she will always be a bird with serious trust issues. Boo is fine as long as me or my husband is home to take care of her, but becomes depressed if we are both gone. Leaving Boo in the care of a family member or even with our son is still not enough to make Boo feel safe and secure...Boo becomes depressed and won't eat when we are gone for a few days or a few weeks. We realized that we had to develop a plan for her long term care in the event something happened to both me and my husband....this is how we learned about Oasis Sanctuary. We have had the time to educate ourselves about long term bird care and the options available to us. We believe the Oasis Sanctuary is the perfect place to send Boo in the event we are unable or unavailable to care for Boo. Boo could never be re-homed due to her trust issues but now we know that she will have a safe place to live out the remainder of her natural life. I would like to visit the sanctuary and maybe even turn a vacation into a volunteer opportunity. All that I have read about the sanctuary is positive.
The Oasis Sanctuary Foundation Ltd. is one of the very few organizations where you can place your beloved, feathered family member and know positively that your bird will be well cared for for the rest of his/her life. The people at The Oasis are loving caretakers of birds from all circumstances - be it someone's pet, an abused bird, an unwanted bird, a confiscated bird (or birds), etc. They have their own veterinarian on the premises and people who work one on one with sick or injured parrots, in their own homes and around the clock. Sybil Erden has, almost singlehandedly, built this fabulous sanctuary for parrots that no one else will take or ever care about. If they are very lucky, I hope that, some day, my birds will end up at the Oasis Sanctuary, when I can no longer care for them or am no longer here to do so. I can't imagine a better haven for my "children" than The Oasis Sanctuary.
Oasis Sanctuary almost has to be seen to be believed! I'm not even a bird person but drove down from Phoenix when my girlfriend who has had birds nearly her whole life came to visit. I knew she would enjoy the tour but had no idea that I would come away with not only a huge admiration for the sanctuary but a love for these babies who have all been abused or had owners who could not keep them because of illness or inappropriate expectations of bird care and interaction. These people know every one of those birds' names, their idiosyncrisies, their favorite games and foods, and each one's social needs. It is just flat out incredible, and if I lived closer I would be down there all the time helping in any way I could.
I have visited the Oasis and am really impressed on the cleanliness and care and work done by everyone there. My goodness, the birds eat better than me !!! Their lives are like living in a resort where they can scream as loud as they want with no neighbors around to complain. This is almost like back in the jungle where a lot of them originally are from. How lucky is that.? From Joanie C.
My family and I visited the OASIS Sanctuary a few years ago and were truly impressed by the care that they give to their birds (over 600 of them). We have a single parrot so I understand the amount of work needed to care for these birds. Sybil Erden (currently on the board of directors) gave us the tour. She knew each of the birds by name and it was clear how much she cared for them. Since then, we have sponsored Rafiki - an African Grey like ours at home. We have monitored the progress at the OASIS as they have continued to improve conditions for the birds by building aviaries so that the birds can enjoy socializing with each other and a more natural life.
As a long time animal/bird advocate I believe parrots are often overlooked. Though I support all animal rescues I find the plight of parrots most compelling. Often they are obtained on a whim without doing the necessary research which should be done before any animal is acquired. It is bad enough when a dog or cat is affected but parrots are long lived intelligent creatures who are high maintenance pets. With excessive breeding, thoughtless purchases and an aging generation of owners there are an abundance of parrots needing placement. The Oasis is a much needed facility.