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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

127 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have donated to the Oasis Sanctuary for many years, but when I lost my job four years ago we decided to take a close look at the charities we had been supporting. So before deciding to continue supporting the Oasis, we did two things: (1) we got a copy of their Form 990 (available on the Oasis website) and compared their data with the recommendations on Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org) and (2) we decided to visit the Oasis, even though we live in the Midwest. Charity Navigator doesn't have the personnel to investigate every charity (including the Oasis), but the Charity Navigator recommendations are very specific, and we were pleased to see that the Oasis financials conformed to the Charity Navigator recommendations. Also, we were impressed when we visited the Oasis. In the past 20 years we've owned six little parrots, so we know how to assess the happiness and condition of other parrots -- and we were happy to see that the Oasis parrots seemed happy and well cared for. The staff and volunteers seem very committed. We're also impressed that they're thinking not only of the day-to-day care of the birds but are also looking ahead, trying to anticipate what the future holds in terms of the number of birds they'll be asked to care for in the years to come and the financial resources that will be necessary to meet those needs. We decided that the Oasis deserves our continued financial support and we urge others to support this very efficient, worthwhile, compassionate organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

They take great care of the birds. They communicate well with the community

Karen Q.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful care for our feathered friends. It's heartwarming to know that there are passionate caregivers for displaced birds. Oasis Sanctuary shows how kindness, compassion, love, and quality care can make a difference for so many precious birds that would otherwise suffer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about the Oasis Sanctuary from my dear friends Lynn and Rick Woerpel. The work the Oasis does is exceptional. Caring for so many displaced parrots, due to their owners death, serious illness, loss of home or livelihood. I've read and heard so many heartwarming stories of how the Oasis has helped another precious parrot in an unfortunate situation. I myself have a wonderful little girl (umbrella cockatoo) that will be 23 years old on the 19th of this month. It's great to know that if something happened to me, she would have a place where she would be cared for and loved by the many wonderful caregivers at the Oasis. Thanks Oasis, for being there for so many in need!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a foster parent to an abused 16 year old cockatoo who has been in five previous homes, so I know the issues and time I have struggled with having this bird in our life. I cannot imagine the ongoing support that the Oasis gives to over 700 birds to never have to go through being placed in another home and learn to trust all over again. They are an amazing facility who endeavor to give these parrots an enriched lifestyle including the food, shelter and companionship parrots need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is the only one of it's kind in size and scope to give parrots who cannot be rehomed a permanent place to live out their long lives. They have a wonderful aviary environment where the birds are housed with like species of the same sex, given enrichment items, medical care, fresh air and room to fly. They also accept birds that are rescued from bad situations and go out of their way to help get them rehoused. They welcome volunteers to their facility and hold an annual open house/education event. They are run by a board and have staff members who live on site. I have been a donor for many years and cannot say enough good things about this organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have yet to see this wonderful place, it is so close and yet so far. I know that if my children ever need to go live with someone other than myself ,the oasis sanctuary is where I want them to go.

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was drawn to the Oasis Sanctuary in May of 2012, when I visited with my sister. My husband and I had been sending donations to the Sanctuary for several years before that, and I wanted to see where my money was going. That first visit was so inspiring and I was thrilled with all the birds and could not help but notice the obvious love and caring of the staff. I came home, made a speech to my bird club about the Oasis, and just generally have been "on fire" about this wonderful organization. This year, my husband and I again visited the Oasis Sanctuary in May of 2013, and now he is inspired and ready to return next year. This place is addictive -- the birds are so beautiful, even the ones that are feather-plucked and tattered-looking, and the staff are wonderful to be around. We got a chance to see the birds in the Pumpkin Trailer and the Hospital Trailer -- some of them had had it pretty rough, but seemed happy and content, knowing they were loved and adored by all the staff. We urge everyone to support this wonderful place, as they use every dollar sent for care of the birdies. I continue to seek out speaking engagements so I can tell others about this deserving group and share some of my passion for the Oasis Sanctuary with others. If I could hop on a plane and visit again tomorrow, I would be out there, the caring and love the staff gives to the birds is contagious! Also, every donation sent, no matter how small, is honoured and welcomed by a wonderful thank-you letter, it makes me want to donate more! ...................written by "Ruffles"

Donor

Rating: 5

These folks are passionate about saving the birds and allowing them to live in (as close to a) natural environment as you can get. They don't attempt to rehome the birds (how many adopted birds, due to noise, life span or other factors, end up back in shelters?), and they certainly don't breed them.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have visited twice and I always go away knowing that the birds have the best life they can thanks to all the workers who give 110%. What a great place for birds without a home to live out their life.

Suzi C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to The Oasis Sanctuary for several years. I know that my funds are being well spent on care for very needy parrots (and other animals they house). I have two parrots at the sanctuary whom I sponsor. Every year, these stunning creatures look healthier and happier. They have benefits appropriate for their condition. They are allowed interactions with their own kind, free flight, fresh food, and veterinary care as needed. Thank you Oasis for giving them forever homes.

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the nicest things about the Oasis is how they Personalize the stories of many of the birds they help. Visit their website and read about the travels and travails of Gulliver and how he finally found his forever home. Read about Pong Yo and keep tissues handy because you will surely cry over the story of this beautiful, remarkable little bird. Help this charity with your donations because they do so much good.

Erin's Grandma

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Donor

Rating: 5

To best understand the Oasis Sanctuary I urge you to visit their website, see their birds and read the stories of birds they have helped. The wonderful part about Oasis is that they provide permanent homes for birds who have been abused/neglected or even harmed. Their sponsorship program is wonderful. Over the last several years we have sponsored 6 birds. Please help them get the support and recognition they so richly deserve

Sharron

Donor

Rating: 5

Everyone seems to be helpful where dogs and cats are in need, but what about the birds. My husband and I have two rescue birds, so when we discovered the Oasis we decided to become donors. We are always checking their web page and if a special project comes along we hope to be able to donate and help their cause. Thank goodness of the Oasis, they have given over 700 birds a forever home. We will contine to be a supprter of this wonderful place. We just wish we could give more! We hope that when we can no longer take care of our two birds that we might be able to send them to the Oasis. But meanwhile they take care of all the birds there like they deserve to be cared for!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband I have the joy of caring for two rescued parrots. While all animals deserve to be cared for, not many organizations care for or rescue parrots. They are the mos intelligent and clever animals. People often decide to get a parrot and don't research how much care and time is needed to care for these birds. Oasis rescues and gives permanent homes to those birds that were not fortunate enough to live in a good enviornment. We support them financially, and would like to volunteer to help at the facility. Everyone connected with the Oasis is loving and caring. Just what the birds deserve! They deserve to be recognized for all the love and care they give those rescued birds.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A unique organization in that it provides shelter for exotic birds that are sometimes sick and/or injured. An absolutely extraordinary place run by dedicated employees and volunteers. I know of no other that is its equal.

Donor

Rating: 5

For parrot lovers, The Oasis Sanctuary is the pot of gold at the end of the
rainbow. They lovingly provide a lifetime care and
shelter for over 700 parrots and birds. They fill a
need that is growing and underfunded, the need for parrot rescue.

The Oasis Sanctuary also works with other parrot rescue organizations to
provide the best options for homeless parrots.
For us parrot and animal lovers, it's heartening to know they exist, and
we depend on them being there for the parrots that we love so much.
Without them, the world for homeless parrots would be very bleak indeed.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Oasis is one of very few sanctuaries for domestic, pet birds that for various reasons have no place left to go. We owe these beautiful animals a safe and compassionate place to live out their lives. I started donating as soon as I heard about this amazing place and only wish I could do more to help.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Oasis Sanctuary for parrots is run by wonderful caring who tirelessly care for about 749 birds and other animals. Birds are highly intelligent, loving, special feathered creatures. The stories about the birds in the Oasis publications are very heartwarming--each bird is an individual. Parrots are very long-lived creatures, and many outlive their human families. How wonderful that here is a place that they may go to "retire" with other creatures of their own kind, and be treated so lovingly by people that really appreciate birds! We will continue to donate to this charity as the primary charity that we support, and recommend it to all of our bird and animal loving friends.

Lisa193

Donor

Rating: 5

The Oasis cares for birds that otherwise would not have a home . I have been a donor for several years and I have no doubt that every dime is spent carefully and for the needs of a huge flock of the most beautiful animals on this earth . Each bird has his or her own personality and many have medical and emotional needs that the Oasis deals with everyday because of past abuse. I personally have 13 birds,all adopted or taken in from someone that for whatever reason could no longer care for them but thankfully none of mine have come with abuse or medical issues Because many of the larger birds live longer than a human in years , it is a blessing that the Oasis is a forever home for them. Bless all the caretakers that give their time to watch over our feathered friends at The Oasis and allow them to live out the rest of their life in safety, comfort and peace. I am sure that each bird is loved.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Over the last number of years, in my two site visits to The Oasis Sanctuary in Benson, AZ, and in my dealings with them, I absolutely fell in love with the birds and the whole concept and meaning of The Oasis Sanctuary. It is a very special and inspiring place for "forgotten and abandoned" birds attended to by very special humans. The amount of selfless time, love, and care-giving provided by the staff and volunteers to give these birds a second chance, sometimes even a first chance, at a fulfilling and happy life is remarkable. As the owner of a beautiful young parrot who will greatly outlive me, I can think of no finer hands in which to leave him. The spirit, the meaning, and the work of The Oasis Sanctuary serve as an exemplery example of what we should all be about.

Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered the Oasis Sanctuary many years ago after doing research on my parrots. I was so happy to find an organization that took in and cared for so many parrots for various reasons. The compassion and interaction the Oasis gives all of its residents is something very special and necessary for the welfare of these beautiful birds. We need many more organizations like the Oasis.

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Donor

Rating: 5

After I got my first bird about 25 years ago (I now have 6) I have realized how these wonderful and loving birds are. I soon found the Oasis Sanctuary and immediately understoon the need for this organization and the magnificent work they do. I try muy best to help them financially as often as I can and I certainly wish I could do much more. Their annual Discover the Oasis is a great way to see what they do and how compassionate they are towards their work and their many birds they care for. I think I will send them a donation right now.