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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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!



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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See what has been happening here around A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife! To read more news, Click Here!


With the holidays approaching, let your parrot join in the holiday fun! Just be sure to keep these tips in mind to keep your parrot safe this season:

  1. Christmas Trees
    Many live trees have been sprayed with chemicals. It is important to keep your parrot away from live trees so they don't ingest any of the pine needles.

  2. Holiday Plants
    Many holiday plants included Chrysanthemum, English Ivy, Holly, Mistletoe, Poinsettia, and yew are potentially toxic to parrots. Obviously you do not want your parrot to eat these plants, so keep them out of reach at all times.

  3. Holiday Decorations
    Ornaments may be made from cheap materials containing heavy metals. Curious beaks may chew on ribbons or tinsel, which can cause intestinal blockages. Parrots may chew on Christmas tree light sets used to decorate trees or windows, risking serious injury or death. Electrical cords are a year-round hazard for parrots who are not properly supervised in the home and allowed to wander about freely on their own.

  4. Holiday Food
    Don't forget to let your bird indulge in special holiday food this season, but make sure it is well within their diet and not toxic food such as chocolate.

  5. Strangers
    Pet parrots like routine – more things happening and strange people dropping in can upset them. Look for feather plucking or screaming when none were present before. Make sure you give your parrot extra attention; there’s a good chance he is stressed when guests come calling ensure that they know to keep doors, windows and other areas of escape firmly closed.

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