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.



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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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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If you are looking to adopt a parrot, then there are many options that you can look for. Many times, people look for baby parrots as their first bird. You many be surprised to learn that there are many older parrots also looking for homes. Too often, older parrots get overlooked by people looking to adopt. There are many benefits to adopting an older parrot.

Here are a few things about adopting an older parrot:

  1. Senior parrots haven’t lost their zest. Parrots can have the intelligence up to a 5 year old. That means they never grow up!

  2. Senior parrots are already trained. You wont have to worry about having the time to initially make a parrot responsive to social cues.

  3. Before ending up in shelters, senior parrots often come from some sort of family life which makes adjusting to a new home environment much easier than it could be for younger parrots. This may make certain parrots a great fit for households with children.

  4. With senior parrots, you know exactly what you’re getting. Senior parrots’ personalities are already developed so you can tell right away if they will be a good fit for your family.

  5. Senior parrots are grateful for their new home. Usually older parrots were neglected in their last home, but adopting the parrot will give it a second chance to enjoy a good home. A lot of people assume that rescue birds have behavior problems that led to them being relinquished, but this is usually not the case. Parrots seem to know they’ve been rescued and owners often notice an extra special sense of love and appreciation from their senior parrot.
Are you looking to adopt a senior parrot right now? Fill out an application today!

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