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!
We have supported animal rights organizations for years, and done our own work in small animal rescue, but never have we seen such dedication to the welfare of the voiceless as we have seen at The Oasis in Benson, AZ. So impressed were we that we have decided to make the Oasis part of our estate plans. What they accomplish with their very limited resources is extraordinary.
To know how important the Oasis is, is to have had parrots that have bonded to you, have given you their love and affection and who have enriched your life by being part of your family. It pains one to think that such wonderful animals are often neglected to suffer want, loneliness, ill health and death. Few intervene on behalf of such creatures but the Oasis does. Thank God that they exist.
I have visited the sanctuary and have seen how well it is run. It definitely deserves public support.
Our family has supported The Oasis Sanctuary since 2001. I know of no more caring and giving people on the planet than the volunteers and administrators at the Oasis. There isn't enough praise for the work these wonderful people do. Thank you, Oasis!
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.
My sister and I showed up unannounced and were given a VIP tour of the entire property. These birds are really smart and engaging. One cockatoo needed to be pried off my shoulder by the caretaker. The bird flew up to a perch and proceeded to poop on my head. Wonderful.
Amazing work is being carried on here. Will continue to make contributions as I can.
We visited the Oasis Sanctuary and were very gratified to see how well the parrots were taken care of. They are clean, well fed, happy birds, and every consideration is given to individual needs and wants. The staff and volunteers clearly care very much for their winged charges. We are so happy to know this sanctuary exists to provide a happy, safe home to so many parrots and are also happy to be able to provide monetary assistance to help keep this wonderful home available.
Oasis is a wonderful sanctuary,they provide a loving home to those beautiful intelligent creatures that I have come to know and love ,Over the years I have watched Oasis go through a lot of hardships but they keep right on going,the staff and volunteers work tirelessly to provide a safe and loving home for the birds.I have several birds of my own and someday when I can no longer care for them I pray that Oasis can be their forever home
If you've ever owned (or loved) a bird, you would be gratified by the work that Oasis Sanctuary does in keeping birds safe, happy and healthy. Oasis is the home to hundreds of birds/parrots of all different varieties; the birds are generally housed together according to breed, which gives them a very important requirement for being happy - socialization. The Oasis volunteers talk to, listen to, and care for the birds. If a bird needs medical attention, it is moved to the infirmary until feeling better. I can't speak highly enough of the labor of love that Oasis exemplifies in caring for their birds.
The Oasis Sanctuary for parrots is outstanding. The staff and volunteers diligently and lovingly care for almost 900 parrots that have found a forever home with these amazing people. Parrots are the third most "popular" pets in the US and yet are also the most "rehomed", finding themselves unwanted for a number of reasons by their original "purchasers" and in need of somewhere to call home. For these lucky birds at The Oasis, they have found that home. The birds receive more than excellent care and love. I have visited The Oasis numerous times, touring the grounds visiting with the birds. It is always an uplifting experience, at once joyous and sad...joyous to see these magnificent birds so well cared for and sad to know what some of them may have gone through before being "adopted" by The Oasis Sanctuary. I am also a proud member, donor, and sponsor. I know that every dollar that is donated to this special non-profit goes to the birds first and foremost. My hat comes off to the selfless and tireless staff and volunteers that work at this special sanctuary. For them, the birds always come first and believe me, it shows. If you are looking for somewhere above par to donate, I can heartily recommend The Oasis Sanctuary.
The Oasis Sanctuary is an amazing place that takes in birds who have lost their homes for whatever reason and gives them the best quality care for the rest of their lives. The Oasis provides food, shelter, intellectual stimulation, companionship, medical care, and everything necessary to care for these incredible creatures. Everything is done with the utmost care, love, and attention to the needs of the birds. I can't more highly recommend The Oasis.
We have a huge problem in the U.S. with companion birds needing homes. The Oasis is the largest bird sanctuary in the country and takes in hundreds of birds that need homes. Every bird is treated with love and respect. They have beautiful free flight aviaries for many of the birds and are working on creating more. Every bird has companions, fresh food, and plenty of toys for intellectual stimulation. The staff is loving and dedicated. The place is clean and well-kept. I've been there in person and witnessed what a wonderful place it is. But they can't do it without help. Costs are astronomical. They need all the help they can get.
I am a long time bird owner (or, from the birds' perspectives, bird pal). We've had parakeets, conures, cockatiels, and a macaw ( now 22 years old. ) I got to visit the Oasis premises a few years ago. What a class operation! Birds are housed in appropriate facilities, cared for with compassion and skill. I am happy to donate to this wonderful organization.
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
On a whim, I visited the sanctuary last winter. I was so impressed by the amazing care they are giving to over 700 exotic birds. The birds were lively, looked healthy and happy. Their cages offer them safety and play toys as well as the interactions between humans and birds. I was so moved, I donated money on the spot and then signed up to sponsor a parrot. In addition to the birds, they offer homes to other fowl as well as to several rescue dogs. Two of the dogs need surgery for hip or knee issues. I asked that my initial donation of $100 go toward helping these sweet dogs. Outstanding non-profit--they use their funds exceptionally well!
I have been a member since the Oasis first began in the 1990's and I am both amazed and deeply moved by their love and commitment to the birds there. Some of the birds are well enough to go into their appropriate aviary after a quarantine period. But some of these dear bird souls arrive in an unbelievably painful condition. There seems sadly to be no limit to what some humans are willing to inflict on these intelligent and sensitive souls. There is a Foster mom named Ruth Ann that takes these battered souls and breathes life, love and happiness back into their lives. The Oasis spends a fortune on medical bills. And Ruth Ann spends a fortune from her generous heart to give them 24/7 love and attention. I have been lucky enough to hear some of their stories which have been painful in a way and yet uplifting in another. Through the Oasis I have seen the highest and best that people have to offer. I ask anyone who reads this to please consider giving whatever you are able to help. No donation is too small. They are grateful for everything. Thank you. Barbara Greenman , Chicago, IL.
I have been supporting the Oasis for ten years. I have watched it grow (albeit, from afar) as a safe refuge for homeless parrots from its initial 300 birds to the current 750. I visited the Oasis and met Sybil Erden. She is a tireless champion and a voice for those who cannot speak (excuse the unintentional joke). Sybil is truly an extraordinary human being, a phenomenal woman, as I like to call her.
I've been a supporter of the Oasis Sanctuary for many years. They do a wonderful job of taking care of the birds and giving them a full life. I have been down to visit several times and see how my donations are being used. If you love birds, you should support them. They deserve it!
There are so many parrots that are abandoned or need a home for many other reasons. The Oasis has been there for these birds no matter what their personality or condition. The care for sick birds, handicapped birds and those too noisy for their owners. Rain or shine, they are always there. I admire their efforts to give a good life to these bright animals. They are sorely needed.
If my birds outlive me, I hope they can go there to live out their lives.
Wo many people buy parrots not knowing about their habits or how long they live. When they are noisy or messy, the owners want to get rid of them. They also have them for years and when the people are too old or incapacitated to care for them the Oasis is there to help. Some have put them in basements and closets or abused the birds. since the education isn't there at the pet shops etc. what is to happen to these intelligent creatures. I am so proud of the Oasis for continuing to grow and help these birds. I hope to send my birds there when I am too old to care for them.
We love parrots and were excited to find a parrot sanctuary in our own state of Arizona. We visited Oasis in the east Tucson area one Saturday. They take homeless or poorly cared for birds and place them in a safe clean permanent home. They keep bird buddies together and they do their best to insure the happiest possible life for each parrot. Even grumpy unsocial birds get large single cages with birds nearby incase they change their minds. They have large uncrowded aviarys for each different species. Food bowls and cages are cleaned each morning by a very cheerful group of hardworking volunteers. We loved those goodhearted people and enjoyed seeing these intelligent birds getting the great care they deserve.
I would love to see this group have enough budget to staff well and there may be a need for better cooling systems for birds in summer months. We intend to continue to donate and our goal is to join the volunteer staff. Let's keep this wonderful organization going. Rose Shoppach
I live in Texas and have never been able to visit the Oasis, but I did a lot of research. I have been burned before in trusting parrot sanctuaries, only to be disappointed; in one case, shockingly so. But the Oasis is top-notch in every way. My wife and I are owned by a flock of 13 rescue birds, from a budgie up to two cockatoos. Some have physical disabilities, others were severely abused before they came here. So we know how much work, love, patience and dedication it takes to care for and win the trust of these sensitive, beautiful and scary-intelligent creatures. That the Oasis does so for over 700 of them is something of a miracle. I am far from rich, but I support them financially in any way I can, and I hope you will, too.