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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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With winter fast approaching, your parrot can suffer from gloomy dark days. There are some simple things you can do to bring a little summer back into your home.

Cloudy overcast days cause us to turn up the lights in our homes, however we are not always getting the light that we need. The right amount of sunlight is beneficial to all living creatures.

Due to the colder temperatures, it is not possible to let your parrot into an outdoor aviary. In addition, florescent lights do not provide us with the full spectrum of light that we need. If possible, make sure your parrot is spending a bit of time under natural lighting. What you can do is get a light that offers a natural spectrum of light without UV, since too much UV light is harmful for the eyes. This can help beat the winter blues!

With the temperatures dropping, we all turn up our heaters. This leaves a lack of moisture in the air and increases itchy skin. Itchy skin isn’t just a human problem; parrots need moisture in the air too! Humidifiers can put a bit of moisture in the air bur don’t forget that the best remedy is a shower. Parrots still need showers in the winter to help keep their feathers clean and keep their skin from becoming too dry.

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you should slack on the snacks. Your parrot still needs an array of vegetables and fruit in the winter. Make sure you parrot is getting plenty of leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, apples, squashes, and sweet potatoes as these are all nutritious and safe food for parrots.

These are just a few things to take into consideration to make sure your parrot(s) stay happy and healthy through winter. By gearing the lighting, humidity, and healthy snacks towards a parrots natural habitat, your parrot will feel more comfortable during winter!

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