Success Stories

Some of our feathered friends come to the Refuge as companions looking to find a true connection, whether human or bird. Read about residents who were welcomed to new homes.

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Adopt

Interested in providing a forever home for a bird? Visit our adoption page to learn how you can be a part of this wonderful experience.

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You Can Help

There are countless ways for you to become involved with homeless parrots. Help support our cause by making a donation or learning how you can become a volunteer!

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Welcome

A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife is a no-kill parrot rescue, rehabilitation, education and adoption shelter. We provide a safe place for parrots that have to be re-homed due to unfortunate situations that sometimes arise. Most of them were loved dearly and cared for, and when that was no longer possible, their companion-people did the most selfless act of kindness in finding them a good home.

We work together with other parrot groups to eliminate the need for rescues. Until then, we will provide temporary housing and care for any and all Psittacine birds (not including those with fatal and/or contagious diseases); educate the public about the proper care of exotic birds; and locate healthy, happy, and nurturing homes for those that are eligible.

The Refuge is established with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 charitable corporation. We are licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Welfare to provide for adoptions. We are also a member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators.

Please note: We do NOT handle anything other than PARROTS, if you have found sick/injured wildlife, click here to find a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

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Learn About Our Adoption Process

Are you interested in adopting? Read through our adoption process to learn how!

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What's New at the Refuge?

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Keep Parrot Happy

  1. Healthy & Varied Diet
    Providing a healthy and varied diet for your parrot is extremely important. Not only do they need seeds and pellets, but they also require plenty of vegetables and fruit. Be sure to avoid harmful foods that may be toxic to your parrot.

  2. Cage Size
    Make sure your parrot has a cage that is adequately sized for them. A cage cannot be too large, it can only be too small. Parrots need to have plenty of room to move around. The cage should be big enough to accommodate perches, bird toys and several food dishes; as well as allowing for exercise. .

  3. Out of Cage Time
    Make sure your parrot gets plenty of exercise and time outside of his/her cage. Even a large cage will not allow for sufficient physical and mental stimulation. Try putting a play gym or two in areas that you or your family usually hangs out in. This may make a huge difference in your parrot's quality of life.

  4. Toys & Perches
    Your parrot needs a variety of toys and perches in their cage. Toys are to provide enrichment and play time. For larger birds you can buy suitable lengths of hardwood perch materials at most pet supply shops. For the smaller birds, tree limbs work best. Position the perches in a way that they might be used in the wild. The smaller birds enjoy a tree-like setup where as the larger birds prefer horizontal perches.

  5. Socialization
    Parrots are social creatures by nature. They enjoy the company of other living beings around them. If you only have one parrot, do make sure that your parrot is kept in the family room, or any other room the family usually hangs out in. Do make sure to spend quality time with your parrot. If you find you are too busy, get another parrot as a companion. It will take time for them to get to know each other and they may "buddy up" eventually. But even if they never really bond, they will still enjoy watching each other and interacting.

  6. Sunlight
    Light exposure is also important for parrots. Make sure to expose your parrot to natural light outdoors or full-spectrum lighting indoors.

  7. Bathing
    Your parrot should be given regular opportunities to bathe, as a regular grooming routine will promote feather and skin health. There are different ways to achieve this. Smaller birds may like a shallow dish to bathe in. Some birds like to "shower" underneath the faucet while others prefer to be misted with a clean spray bottle of water. Try to let your bird bathe several times a month in the summer but one or twice a month in winter should be plenty due to the colder temperatures.

  8. Sleep
    Parrots need between 10-12 hours of sleep every night. Enough sleep is vital to a pet bird’s well-being and immune system. Try to stick to a consistent schedule since that is just as important as the amount of sleep a parrot receives.

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