Mission & Purpose

At FEBS, our one and only purpose is to provide a safe haven for parrots to live out their lives in a happy, healthy and natural environment.

With millions of baby parrots and Exotic birds being produced by the pet trade each year, the population of captive birds continues to grow. As peoples’ interests fade and the birds AND the people get older, the overpopulation of parrots is destined to become a heartbreaking tragedy. This is now the case with cats and dogs where four to five MILLION are euthanized every year.

With their long life spans, parrots have a built-in homeless factor because every long-lived parrot will outlive his or her original guardian, and even the smaller birds that have life spans of 40 – 50 years will face the eventual aging problems of their human caretakers.

There are many reasons that a parrot will lose his or her home during their lifetime including health problems of the parrot’s guardians, downsizing, caring for someone in the family, a new baby, a move and many others. With all of these factors we are more determined than ever to continue our efforts and mission of growing and being able to help many more Parrots find their way to us and sanctuary life reimagined!

The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is dedicated to the care and well-being of parrots and other exotic birds.  We do not breed, sell, trade, or offer for adoption the birds in our care.  Instead, we endeavor to provide them with a permanent home that allows them to mingle with other compatible birds in outdoor open-flight aviaries.  

We also strive to provide permanent, caring home for birds with special needs, including those with physical challenges or behavioral issues.  Finally, we are committed to raising public awareness regarding the moral responsibilities and physical demands of keeping parrots or other wild animals as pets.

FEBS Succession Plan

The Board of Directors of Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary recognizes the importance of a plan to address contingencies due to the disability, death or departure of the Founder and Executive Director, Patricia Norton. Should the organization is faced with the unlikely event of an untimely vacancy, FEBS has in place a succession plan to facilitate the transition to both interim and longer-term leadership. Below are some of the key points associated with this plan:

– A Key Man Life Insurance policy for Patricia Norton guarantees funds to continue to run the Sanctuary until a qualified individual to fill the Executive Director role is identified
– Collectively, FEBS board members are qualified to assume operations until a successor is hired
– FEBS fully owns the sanctuary property and has created a strong financial advisory board, including a Non Profit Accountant to ensure continuing fiscal viability of the sanctuary
– Liability and Workers Comp Insurance plans ensure non-disruption in employee salaries

The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary organization is a platninum-level GuideStar participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparancy.