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
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.
There are many great dog & cat rescue groups. The Oasis is the only sanctuary that exclusively cares for birds. As a bird lover and bird parent the work and care they give to the resident birds is unsurpassed.The Oasis is truly a Great Nonprofit.