Awards & Testimonials
FEBS is a 4-year recipient of the coveted Great Nonprofits award!
FEBS is honored to be one of the first winners of a 2016 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonProfits.org! “We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2016 Nonprofit,” says Patricia Norton, founder, Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that FEBS received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients.
“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with FEBS have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”
LHemby - Client Served
I was looking for a place to take my macaw should I become unable to care for her. I had no intention of doing it right away. After reading the testimonials on the website, I was impressed enough to take the 2 hour trip to visit. Macaws are very intelligent creatures and really should not be in captivity. When I saw the new Hudson location and especially the HUGE macaw flight I knew this is where I wanted to bring my macaw...
virginiaK - Client Served
My blue and gold macaw, Sebastian, was my feathered baby. After much research and two visits to Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, I knew I was putting him the best environment possible; a place where he could socialize with his kind and live his long life to the fullest. Pat took him in and has taken good care of him for many years. I can only thank the sanctuary from the bottom of my heart. I now have peace of mind knowing he is happy.
Patricia Norton (and her staff at Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary) is just an extraordinary individual that has given her life to the rescue of exotic birds. She tirelessly works to care for over 300 birds on a daily basis in addition to her ongoing fundraising efforts to support the needs of the birds and sanctuary grounds. We took our beloved yellow Nape "Alex" to her 18 months ago and I Thank God everyday for Patricia and FEBS. There is no finer exotic bird rescue in the United States and I wholeheartedly will continue to support Patricia and FEBS for life.
My husband and I have been donating to FEBS for several years. We also volunteered a day to help build aviaries and do landscaping at their new property. FEBS has purchased five acres so they can move and increase the number of birds that they can help. Every dollar they take in is used judiciously to make life better for birds who need a forever home. They care for all parrots from large macaws to small cockatiels. There is also an incredible group of dedicated volunteers who help make this happen. Expansion plans include an education center to help people understand that "birds need to be birds". Please donate to this worthy organization.
Douglas O - Client Served
My beloved yellow nape has been at FEBS now almost 3 years now. Hard to believe. it's been the most amazing experience and I thank God every day that she is there safe and loved. Patricia and her amazing staff work tirelessly for the well being of all of their birds. I'm so grateful for the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary that words can't describe it. I also go down and volunteer a few times a year and have a blast!
Dawna C - Client Served
I had occasion to visit this facility in November of 2015. With much trepidation, I agreed to place by Blue and Gold and Scarlet Macaws with FEBS. I have had these birds for 20+ years, raised the Scarlet from a hatchling. I was relocating to an altitude of 9000 feet and there was no way I could keep the birds in their aviary and I was not going to force them into an indoor cage. I knew there was no way I would sell them or rehome them, only to have them sold again or not given the care I gave them...
Bonnie97 - Volunteer
If I were an exotic bird… I’d want to be here. I’d want to be here because of Patricia Norton and her team that work tirelessly to live up to the word “sanctuary” in the organizations name. The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary (FEBS) has created a safe and healthy environment for these birds like no other I have seen… a place where they are cared for, can socialize, can play and most of all, can just be who they were meant to be...
Onalee I - Client Served
I’ve had my Blue and Gold Macaw, ‘Perikeen’, for eighteen years – nearly his entire life has been spent with me and my husband. He doesn’t care for strangers, he doesn’t like change in his routines and we enjoy his company (most of the time) and love him (all of the time). Certainly no one could accuse us of abusing him – he had three cages: one in the house where he spent his nights eating dinner and snacks..
JohnReynolds - Board Member
The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary makes as its mission the care of those exotic birds who are in desperate need of a new home for life. For Exotic birds this can mean a lifetime of up to 100 years, that is no small feat. FEBS is in the middle of a major transformation, which includes a huge new building that will support many current and future needs...