A letter from the Founder, CEO of the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, Inc. Patricia Norton
Hello Friends of FEBS!
A great big THANK YOU to those who have generously donated to our Operating Expense Matching Fundraiser!
Thanks to many of you we have raised 3500.00 in one week and a new 5000.00 match commitment from one of our yearly donors!
These funds are so important to raise as all tours, visits and intake of birds needing a forever home has come to a screeching halt.
But irregardless of all this, 800 Parrots still need food and the staff to care for them. We will make sure that these birds in our care are kept at the highest level of care while keeping our staff safe!
Please take care of yourself and your loved ones, friends and family’s #homesafe
We thought it was important to inform all of our birds previous owners, followers and donors with an update and the planning being done to ensure that not only are our staff and volunteer base are kept safe during this trying time but also to assure all of you of our financial position to ensure the continuation of FEBS through this uncertain economic time.
Our main concern is to keep our staff safe and healthy. All tours and visitation are being halted. With almost 800 Parrots that will need to be taken care of regardless of a potential staff shortage we must keep contact with the public limited. On a good note, we do work outdoors in the Florida sunshine and we have been assured this virus is not affecting birds or other animals.
As a responsible Sanctuary with a strong Board of Directors and Management team, we have put reserves aside to keep us going if our main source of income, the sponsorships that comes from the intake of Parrots, dries up completely due to travel restrictions. With that said we would prefer not to go through those reserves. Therefore, we are asking each of you to donate any amount of money through our website, paypal, credit card, or send a check directly to us in order to meet payroll, the birds food bill and general expenses to run this operation. The cost per month is $25,000 to run without interruption. All expansion efforts are on hold until further notice.
We are blessed to have a donor who is putting $5000.00 up for a matching fundraiser so every dollar donated is doubled! The goal here is to be able to have 3 months of operating costs covered. Please do anything you can, we understand that these are hard times for everyone, please stay safe and know that this too shall pass.
Thank you all very much in advance for any support you can give us.
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