Birds Of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue, a 501c3 nonprofit based in Manatee County, provides care and a lifelong natural habitat for unwanted, abused and neglected parrots from across the country. With their long life spans, care of pet parrots can become a burden to even the most loyal parrot owners, with most parrots outliving their original caretakers. Many parrots often live in seven to 10 different homes during their lives (typically 40 to 90 years).
From their application for Best Non-Profit:
"Birds of Paradise is a safe haven for abused or unwanted exotic birds, regardless of species, age, special needs or behavior issues. We do not buy, sell or breed birds, nor will we adopt to anyone who does. The birds placed within our care will receive the proper medical care and behavioral evaluations on a regular basis. They will live in aviaries where they can fly free, with natural vegetation, fresh air and sunshine. They will live as close to free as possible while in captivity and still enjoy the daily interaction of only the most loving caregivers. ... I always tell families that surrender their parrot, as they are crying, that they should consider they are placing their bird in birdy college or camp. Much like they would send their child off to school. Many parrots in homes are considered children and their parents need the peace of mind that comes knowing their child is in a wonderful and caring place."
Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue is at 17020 Waterline Road, in Bradenton. They can be reached at 727-366-9997 or birdsofparadisesanctuary.blogspot.com.
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