Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary

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The Animal Behavior Center Visits FEBS

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The owner of the Animal Behavior Center Lara Joseph stopped by FEBS Saturday 11/14 during her trip to Tampa for the Pet Professional’s Guild conference.  She was interested in seeing the sanctuary and the work being done.   Lara Joseph owns and operates the Animal Behavior Center in Sylvania, OH and works with parrots, pigs, dogs, deaf dogs, vultures, rats and other animals yet has a special place in her heart for parrots.  She uses positive reinforcement, enrichment and applied behavior analysis in force free training. She is passionate about the work she does and travels and lectures around the world on animal behavior.  Lara gave Pat an hour interview on Periscope and helped share our mission on giving birds back to each other and the amazing work being done.  She fell in love with all the birds at FEBS and plans for a return visit.   Pat and Lara discussed developing an enrichment center at FEBS as well as providing internships for veterinarians.  Lara is also offering FEBS at no cost, free training and webinars for any special needs birds in our care.   Check out her website at TheAnimalBehaviorCenter.com 

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For a feel good friday we would like to thank the Escudero Family for sending all the birds a delicious treat of Nutri-Berries.  They came into the sanctuary one day with some for the birds and then decided they would send a shipment of them to us along with an offer to send us more on a monthly basis along with some Zupreem pellets as well.

Thank you so much for doing this as it not only brightened our day and made our hearts a little bigger, but sure made all the birds eating them very happy!

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Flights for Freedom HRHappy Independence Day to all of our bird lovers, enthusiasts, supporters, staff, volunteers, and especially to all of the 600+ birds that have found their way to Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary to enjoy Independence Day everyday!
This is such a special time for FEBS and we are reaching out to all of you to help with the wonderful expansion project underway in Hudson. There are so many families who have contacted us to help give their bird the freedom that only FEBS can provide. Therefore, we took action and have been working nonstop over the last year to build a new beautiful “parrot-dize” for not only our current flock, but those waiting to arrive.
Our goal is to raise $100,000 for this project. We would like to request that each and every one of you donate at least $20.00 (the cost of a weeks’ worth of coffee) to help us buy the materials and pay for the additional labor to build 20 new state-of-the-art aviaries. We are reaching out to almost 2000 of you—our supporters—and believe with the help of all of you we can make this become a reality!
FEBS will be posting pictures on our website and blog as the aviaries go up and the birds are released into their beautiful new environments!
To donate, simply mail your check, or go to our website and click on the big blue feather. You will be directed to the checkout box “Flights For Freedom” and remember, all donations are tax deductible so you tell your friends and they can tell their friends what a wonderful cause this is!  We are very blessed to be able to help these beautiful parrots in this way, and know that you are all a large part of that blessing.

Thank you all greatly for being a part of such a wonderful cause!
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Another Group Of Cages Going To Their New Forever Home!

Cage Move

3 Cockatoo Flight Cages Off To Their New Home!

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Hudson Update

Hi everyone put some new pictures of conures and cockatiels. Keep an eye out for more to come.

Thanks to a group of wonderful volunteers we have made some great progress to the macaw flight and have brought another group of birds over to Hudson via their very large trucks and trailers.  We are hoping to move more birds and cages soon and can always use some extra help so give us a call if you have large trailers or trucks.

Remember we are always in need of volunteers especially at this time.  It takes us on average more then 5 hours just to feed the birds so whether you can build, clean, spray a water bottle and chat with a few birds, make some bird toys that they lovingly rip apart in 2.2 seconds or just come to support and help give a bottle of water to someone for their hard work,  we would love to see you.  None of this would be possible if it weren’t for all of you, your love and hard work for all these  wonderful birds.  Not only does volunteering feel good in your heart but its great excersise for the mind and body too!  Just seeing the birds brings and unconditional smile to your face as well as they love seeing!

Again, let us know if you are able to help us move some birds by sending us an email at birdmother@flabirdsanctuary.com with your number and we will give you a call back.



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We are so excited to share with you this offer from a very generous FEBS donor who will match up to $5,000 of donations from our supporters. This means that for every dollar you donate to FEBS, our generous donor will match your gift, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $5,000!

These funds go directly toward paying labor costs for the new sanctuary in Hudson and will enable our building projects to move along much faster.

So what are you waiting for? Click to make a donation that will be worth twice as much and go twice as far. All of FEBS’ 500+ feathered residents thank you!

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Long-lived Birds: 7 Easy Dos and Don’ts for Planning for the Future

Some species of birds may outlive their owners by decades.  Have you made preparations for your bird’s care if something happens to you?

In parts By: Margaret Maffai
Tango loves living at FEBS!

Tango loves living at FEBS!

Birds are not only known for their intelligence, but also for their longevity. Amazons and African greys can live for more than 50 years in captivity. Macaws and cockatoos can live for up to 80 years! Owning a pet bird is no small commitment, but rather, one for a lifetime. Considering some species can live as long (or longer!) than some people, bird owners should be prepared for the possibility that their pet bird could outlive them. Have you taken steps to take care of your bird if something happens to you?

Here are 7 easy practical tips to consider:

Don’t Forget To Plan For The Short Term
Even if you have already taken care of your birds’ long-term future in your will or a trust or some other arrangement, your grieving birds will need someone to rely on for immediate care in the event of your death or temporary unexpected absence. You should have someone — a friend, family member or neighbor — whom you and your birds trust, who can take care of them for a few days, or even weeks, until your birds can be placed in their new forever home. You probably already have informal arrangements with friends and neighbors who help out from time to time, but it is a good idea to have a formal conversation with someone you will ask to take on this serious responsibility.

Do Leave Information About Your Bird In A Visible Place
You should keep written care instructions in an obvious, visible place. Make sure to include your veterinarian’s contact information! Consider also sending out important information about your bird or birds, including their biographical information (names, ages, genders), routines, diets, behavioral quirks, medical history, etc. in an email to a few trusted individuals so that if anything happens to your house or your documents, this information remains safe.

Do Consider Formal Estate Planning Instruments
Remember, even though 91 percent of pet owners consider their pets to be family members, pets are legally considered personal property, so they cannot directly inherit money or property the way that people can. However, you can still take care of your bird by careful estate planning. Although there are kits and websites to help you write your own will or set up a trust, it is usually best to at least talk to a lawyer to make sure that your instrument is valid and will hold up in court. This is especially true if you are leaving a significant amount of your estate to care for your bird and you expect that other family members may object. Your state bar association can refer you to attorneys in your area with experience in estate planning who can provide free or low cost consultations.

Don’t Let The Inheritance Of Your Bird Come As A Surprise
If you leave your bird as a surprise in your estate to someone who isn’t ready to become a bird caregiver, your bird might end up without the loving home you have provided for so long. You can take some steps now to make sure that love and stability continues for your bird after you pass. When choosing a permanent guardian or facility like Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary,  remember to consider the important factors of health, trust and communication. You should pick a guardian in good health who you and your bird trust or a forever home like Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. If you should choose an individual you must communicate your decision to that person and make sure he or she understands the responsibility of becoming a bird owner and is willing to take it on for the rest of their life and understand that the bird could inevitably live longer then them.   This is where a facility like our forever home for your bird to Just Be A Bird, come in.  At FEBS, your bird will have a life long home and other birds their kind in big free flying avieries to be with.  If you think of a backup guardian, will they be able to take on the responsibility of caring for the bird and possibly having to make the same plans you are now making?

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Do Consider All Your Options
One way to care for your bird or birds is to leave them to a friend or family member in your will, as you would with any other personal property. You can also leave this person other assets, such as money, to provide for the care of your bird. At FEBS we have specialist who can help you with your wills and trusts for your bird for the rest of its life.  One downside of including your bird in your will is that it can take time for a will to be probated, so make sure you have someone who will take care of your bird until your estate can be distributed. Another downside is that when a person inherits your bird and assets by will, you cannot control what he/she does with them once the estate is closed.  If your bird comes to FEBS the assets willed to your loving pet, stays with your loving pet.

For many bird owners, there is an alternative. Most states permit the creation of a Pet Trust, which is a specific, enforceable, legal arrangement you set out during your lifetime to provide, in detail, for the care of your bird. According to the ASPCA, as of 2012, all but four states had adopted some form of Pet Trust legislation. However, states will differ in their laws and how they apply them, so do your research and consult an attorney to make sure your wishes are clear, and your Pet Trust is valid and enforceable.

A Pet Trust sets aside assets to be held in trust for the lifetime benefit of your bird as a beneficiary. A trust, unlike a will, can go into effect without the hassle of probate, and can even begin with your incapacity, rather than with your death, if that is how you set it up. A Pet Trust provides some assurance that the assets you set aside for your bird’s care will actually be spent on your pet. According to the Uniform Trust Code (UTC), a Pet Trust “may be enforced by a person appointed in the terms of the trust or, if no person is so appointed, by a person appointed by the court.” That is, there is someone designated, usually a professional trustee, who controls the purse strings.

However, as Melissa Bond, a Doylestown, Pa. attorney, observes, many clients still opt to leave their pets, and some assets to provide for their care, to a friend or family member in their wills.

As Bond explains, this is because “they already have someone in mind that they trust unconditionally. They believe their friend will make decisions that are more like their own wishes, especially when it comes to end of life decisions for their pet, as opposed to an institutional trustee that might make more institutional decisions about their pet’s care. They feel their friend will be more compassionate, but will be restricted in having to ask the trustee to approve the finances, and they don’t want their friend to be restricted in this way.”

Don’t Procrastinate
Particularly if you anticipate family members challenging your decisions later, it is best to do your estate planning while you are still healthy and of sound mind.

Do Review, Check And Double Check
Remember to review your arrangements with your attorney periodically to make sure they are still legally valid and that your current wishes are reflected. This is especially important if you move to a new state, as laws vary from state to state. As with any form of estate planning, the most important aspects of ensuring that your long-lived birds will be cared for after your death is to make your wishes known, talk about them with your friends and family, and know your legal rights and options.

Want to learn more about wills and trusts with Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary please view our website or call 844-FLA-BIRD (844-352-2473) and we will be happy to help you.  Pass this on to anyone who has a bird, they will thank youOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA