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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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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This is beyond the hardest day we have ever had at the rescue. Today, Rich and I had to say goodbye to Sigh. All the volunteers had just left and José saw that Sigh was laying on the bottom of his cage. He had just eaten a walnut, which we all know how much he loved, but was motionless at the bottom. I am forever grateful that his dad (Rich) was home and not working. We both were able to say our goodbyes, how much he was loved and tell him how much he will be greatly missed by everyone. He was The Rescue!! We brought him to PJ and Rosie to see him and give him one last preen to his head feathers. You could tell in their eyes they knew he was gone. Truly heartbreaking!! As I write this we are just leaving the clinic where a necropsy was performed by Dr. Sakas. Sigh had died from an aneurysm; he felt no pain. The little old man who was on so many meds for his heart, had a healthy beautiful heart; probably because of all the girls he loved and was loved by. We know he will be forever remember by everyone he snapped at, screamed at and those people who were lucky enough to get the kisses from him. He loved his dad so much and the feeling was mutual. That bond will never be broken. So in closing, I want to say thank you to Sigh, from all of us, for lettting us be a part of his life and now he will be a part of our memories forever. Fly baby boy. You have feathers now!!

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