Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary

Non Profit Parrot Rescue Organization


Birds Who Need Sponsors: Pepper – Goffin’s Cockatoo

Please Sponsor Me!

Please Sponsor Me!

Here at FEBS we have many birds who are not yet sponsored. They’ve all come here from various situations and reasons but they all require sponsorship in order to help FEBS make sure that they all get everything they need to live the rest of their lives out healthy and happy. We recently did a campaign where we posted several birds that needed sponsors and I am absolutely over the moon to tell you that 80% of them are now sponsored. You guys ROCK!!

However, we still have a lot of birds at the Sanctuary that need sponsors. So with that in mind, I am going to continue introducing you to more of our feathered friends who really need sponsors and ask you to please keep the generosity and compassion coming. Many of these birds came to FEBS with no sponsorship or had sponsorship but over the years the sponsor has passed on or is no longer able to help. We hope you or someone you know sees a bird that touches your heart and compels you to sponsor them.

Today’s unsponsored feathered friend is Pepper. Pepper is a Goffin’s Cockatoo. They are the smallest of the Cockatoo species. Pepper is only 6 years old and has been at the Sanctuary for 2 years. His previous owner loved him very much but could not handle his constant loud screeching.

Goffin’s Cockatoos are known for their hyperactive behavior. They are very active and spunky! These little guys love to interact with people and other birds! In captivity they can live for over 60 years!

If you would like to sponsor Pepper please click the button below and you will be taken to a page where you can choose to sponsor him. Don’t forget to put his name in the comments section when you’re checking out.

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NEWS: Great American Teach-In At Weightman Middle School

The kids of Weightman Middle School were very inquisitive!

The kids of Weightman Middle School were very inquisitive!

Back in November we were at Weightman Middle School in Wesley Chapel for the Great American Teach-In! We were able to talk to over 200 students about what FEBS does and why. We brought Hawkeye – The Yellow Nape Amazon, Floyd – the Alexandrian Parrot, Jezza – the Vos Maria Eclectus, and LaLa – the Scarlet Macaw with us too.

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The children were very inquisitive about our rescued birds and asked a lot of questions. We believe that this kind of education is vital in our mission to make people, especially young children, aware of the lifelong commitment and demands of owning a Parrot. It is important that they know that they shouldn’t just be bought because they are pretty and can talk.

Thank you very much Weightman Middle School for giving us this opportunity to reach this important audience.

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NEWS: New Cages Needed For Over 120 FEBS Birds!

FEBS needs at least 20 of these cages!

FEBS needs at least 20 of these cages!

Over the years many of our cages are becoming aged and need to be replaced. Tom, the owner of Cagemasters.com, has worked with us and come up with this great spacious Aviary at a reduced price just for us!

These cages are 16x8x4, will have a complete roofing system, misting system, secure walk-in’s on both ends, swing out bowls, and most importantly, enough space for multiple birds of the same species to interact and FLY! We are also going to have the ability to “shut down” these Aviaries with Acrylic panels in the cold weather!

We are asking that not only those of you with birds here help us to purchase these cages, but also those considering bringing their birds to FEBS! We will try and put 4-5 of you together to help sponsor a flight as well!

Any company that wishes to Sponsor a cage will have your company name as ‘This Aviary Sponsored By…’ engraved on a plaque on the flight!

We need at least 20 of these cages. The cost delivered and set up will be $2800 for each cage! Normally these flights are $3800 so special thanks to Tom for the great discount!!! Cages will need to be purchased through FEBS for the special price and no tax charge. We will, of course, give you a 100% Tax Deductible donation receipt!

If you or anyone you know would like to help us achieve our goal of at least 20 Aviaries please click on the button below to donate. You will be taken to our check out page where you will need to scroll down until you see ‘Flight Aviary’ there you can enter the amount you wish to donate to FEBS specifically for the Flight Aviary.

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Thank you so much for your continued support!
Patricia Norton, Pres. Exec. Dir.
Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary


Birds Who Need Sponsors: Lucy – Citron Cockatoo

Please Sponsor Me!

Please Sponsor Me!

Here at FEBS we have many birds who are not yet sponsored. They’ve all come here from various situations and reasons but they all require sponsorship in order to help FEBS make sure that they all get everything they need to live the rest of their lives out healthy and happy. We recently did a campaign where we posted several birds that needed sponsors and I am absolutely over the moon to tell you that 80% of them are now sponsored. You guys ROCK!!

However, we still have a lot of birds at the Sanctuary that need sponsors. So with that in mind, I am going to continue introducing you to more of our feathered friends who really need sponsors and ask you to please keep the generosity and compassion coming. Many of these birds came to FEBS with no sponsorship or had sponsorship but over the years the sponsor has passed on or is no longer able to help. We hope you or someone you know sees a bird that touches your heart and compels you to sponsor them.

Today’s unsponsored feathered friend is Lucy. Lucy is an 11 year old Citron Cockatoo. Most parrots including Cockatoos can live well over 65 years. Lucy was purchased by a lady in her 70’s who passed away. Lucy was left with the family, who had to figure out what to do with her. They knew nothing about caring for birds and eventually the family contacted FEBS and decided that is where Lucy needed to be.

Lucy has been unsponsored for over 3 years. She currently lives with a small group of other Cockatoos where she plays and interacts with them all day.

If you would like to sponsor Lucy please click the button below and you will be taken to a page where you can choose to sponsor her. Don’t forget to put his name in the comments section when you’re checking out.

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NEWS FLASH: FEBS Selected For Double The Love Matching Funds Offer!!

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We are so excited to share with you all an offer we just received. It’s one that we just have to make happen and we’re asking for all of our supporters’ help.

An anonymous FEBS supporter wants to help us raise funds for the Sanctuary. This very generous donor has offered to match up to $5,000 of donations from our supporters! What this means is for every dollar one of you donates to FEBS our generous donor will match your donation, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $5,000!!

This means every loving dollar you send to FEBS will actually be worth TWO DOLLARS!! That not only doubles your donation but it also doubles the LOVE!! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner this would be an excellent way to send all the birdies a beautiful Valentine!

So what are you waiting for? Click the button below to make a donation that will be worth twice as much and go twice as far!

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A Bird Lover And Her Feathered Friend, Jocko, Both Get A New Chance At Life!

Jocko at home in bird paradise!

Jocko at home in bird paradise!

I first discovered Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary when I searched the internet for an established and credentialed bird sanctuary where my beloved 16-year-old, African Grey Parrot, Jocko, could live out life in a safe and secure, close-to-nature environment with personalized care. It is also most important to me that she would never be sold, given away, or used for breeding.

Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary was the ONLY sanctuary that met all my criteria. I had to make the heart-breaking decision to re-home Jocko because my health was in decline due to a lung condition. I was becoming so weak and fragile that I didn’t expect to be strong enough to care for her much longer. Her remaining life expectancy was about 44 more years! I was 74 years old!

It was through the internet search for a bird sanctuary that I learned about “Bird Keeper’s Lung” (Allergic Alveolitis) caused by an allergic reaction to powdery bird dander which African Greys produce. My family and I recognized that this is what was slowly taking away my life! Separation from Jocko was the only choice we had.

We contacted Patricia Norton at FEBS and she accepted Jocko at once. She helped us with information about flying with a parrot and directed us to a pet-friendly hotel near the Sanctuary. Within 2 weeks we arrived with Jocko. When we drove through the gate to the facility at Wesley Chapel, Jocko started happily bobbing her head at the sound of hundreds of exotic birds squawking and screeching.

Patricia gave us a tour of the meticulously clean grounds and we had the opportunity to see for ourselves her interaction with the birds. She knows many of them by name and lovingly cares for them all as her own. I was at peace saying goodbye to Jocko knowing she would have a wonderful home there and would have the freedom to be who she is and live with other African Greys in a secure environment where she could even fly. I couldn’t have re-homed her anywhere else.

Jocko is still in an acclimation room with another Grey because she pulls out her feathers and cannot withstand cold temperatures. Patricia is giving her special care and will be monitoring her feather growth until the plucking has diminished enough for her to be safely released into one of the aviaries. She sends me updates every few weeks and has even sent an email photo of her.

Jocko has lived there since June 25th of this year (2012). I am happy to say that my health has dramatically improved! I have regained my strength and breathe normally. I am sure that my breathing issue was due to allergic reaction to powdery bird dander. I am so thankful and grateful to be alive and well.

Thank you Patricia Norton, Board of Directors, Trustees, volunteers, donors, and staff of Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary! You have given Jocko a great home in bird paradise and you have saved my life!!


Do You Work For A Corporation That Will Match Your Donations To FEBS? Take A Look!

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“Image courtesy of photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”

Did you know that there are $10 billion in corporate matching donations available and most people don’t even know about them? It’s true. Every year billions of dollars in employer matching funds get left unused because people don’t know about them and some of the companies that offer matching funds could very well be your employer.

Now it’s true that 2012 is over and those funds are gone (you might want to still check with your employer about donations you made at the end of 2012. Their deadline for requesting matching funds might not be exactly on December 31) but we wanted to let you all know about this so that you can take advantage of this knowledge in 2013. You see, at least $10 billion in workplace matching funds go unclaimed EVERY YEAR and often corporate employees don’t even know that their employer will match their charitable gifts.

Great Nonprofits has provided us with the 2012 List of Top 100 Corporate Giving Programs so that people can look up their company and see if their donations will be matched. A lot of times you can get your donation doubled by your employer because it’s part of their social responsibility initiatives but so many times the employees are totally unaware that the program even exists.

Typically most employers will match donations that you make up to a certain dollar amount per employee per year. The sad thing is that the funds that aren’t utilized by employees by the end of the year are never distributed to any charities!

Now if your company is not listed then you might want to check with your Human Resources department to see if they have a similar program. You might be pleasantly surprised to learn that they do.

So without further ado here is the 2012 List of Top 100 Corporate Giving Programs as put out by GreatNonprofits.org:

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