Foster Parrots was established to offer sanctuary to parrots who are in need of a safe place to live a life of dignity and safety. We also believe that in conservation is the true preservation of these species and that as wild animals they do not belong in a life of captivity. To that goal we also believe that education is critical to bring humanity to a place where all understand that wild animals belong in the wild. We stand in opposition to the pet trade and its profit based motive to perpetuate the industry.
Foster Parrots is located on the grounds of the New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary. Currently our sanctuary consists of 20,000 square feet of interior space with outdoor aviaries that can be opened for the birds to enjoy fresh air, sunshine and as much freedom as we can offer. We invite local schools, scouting organizations and other educational groups to tour our sanctuary and to participate in activities that enrich the lives of the birds in our care.
Foster Parrots & New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary is home to almost 400 parrots and receives close to 1,000 surrender requests each year. While it would be impossible to take in all of these animals to the sanctuary, the organization is part of a network of other parrot rescues in the area that works together to place birds in the best home possible. The main focus at the sanctuary is on lifelong care for the animal residents living there now and that is the area in which volunteers are most needed. You're not required to have prior experience with parrots of other exotic animals, just a desire to learn and help. Volunteering here is incredibly rewarding and you will make lifelong friends (both humans and animals!). I highly encourage anyone who might be interested to visit www.fosterparrots.com to learn more about the organization and, from there, inquire about volunteering.
It was a great opportunity to meet people who were passionate about the cause; learn about the needs and requirements of the animals, and also make valuable friends. I was able to feed the animals, provide care and support, assist in restraint when needed for medicating, and to educate people touring the facility and help with fundraising events. I consider this a critical part of my veterinary medical career path.