Welcome to the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary!
Our Mission StatementThe Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is dedicated to the care and well-being of parrots and other exotic birds. We do not breed, sell, trade, or offer for adoption the birds in our care. Instead, we endeavor to provide them with a permanent home that allows them to mingle with other compatible birds in outdoor open-flight aviaries. We also strive to provide permanent, caring home for birds with special needs, including those with physical challenges or behavioral issues. Finally, we are committed to raising public awareness regarding the moral responsibilities and physical demands of keeping parrots or other wild animals as pets.
Placement in ParrotdisePlacement in our unique environment is only possible through a sponsorship program whereas, you the parront, sponsor your bird in order to cover the cost of a free flight environment with a high quality diet, enrichment with a highly qualified staff, and interaction in a flock of their own species, thus guaranteeing your bird will have a forever home at our sanctuary, never to be sold, bred, adopted or re-homed. This program has been very successful and gives you, the parront, the opportunity to visit and request updates to follow up on your birds for years to come. Please visit "Placing Your Parrot With Us" > "Requirements for Placement" on our website for further information regarding the details of our sponsorship program. http://flabirdsanctuary.com/placing-your-parrot-with-us/requirements-for-placement/
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We are ecstatic to announce that after 18 months and lots of hurdles, Pasco County has issued our site plan approval for the next step of our expansion! This approval means we are considered a "bona fide" sanctuary and can move ahead with the building of a 4400 sq foot hurricane evacuation facility as well as a new on site veterinary clinic, offices, kitchen, and restrooms. We are going to need a lot of support in making part 2 of this very important project come to fruition so keep an eye on our progress through these blogs. We can't be more excited for the potential enrichment of this sanctuary and the parrots in our care.
Today's Blog is about our Succession Plan. Or as many ask, "What happens if something happens to the Pres/CEO, Board of Directors, or operations manager of this Sanctuary?"
We think this blog is really important especially due to the recent events of 4 large Sanctuaries that found themselves in a desperate situation after the Founder died suddenly. Although these rescue owners were doing wonderful work, they never made sure that they had a plan and funds in place in case something happened to them. That left the staff and volunteers to scramble and place hundreds of birds that were rescued in the first place and now need yet another new home. Most just go anywhere, to anyone. That is a scary concept. The responsible thing for anyone that agrees to take on any pet rescue is to have a solid plan in place for any catastrophe.
Our Succession Plan is as follows:
- A Key Man Life Insurance policy has been in place for years now, if anything happens to the Founder, Patricia Norton, the needed funds to continue to run the Sanctuary will immediately be deposited into the FEBS bank account and one of the existing Board of Directors (5-7 people at any time) will also have access to those funds from the Policy to search for a new qualified person with Patricia's skills, to fill her position, and continue on into perpetuity
- Patricia's son, John, whom has lived his entire 18 years with his mothers passion for Parrots and their well-being, is being prepped to eventually allow Patricia to back away and if blessed enough to do legislative work to change the laws of Exotic bird breeding and ownership. Of course 4 years of college (Business Degree) is coming first!
- As a Board with By-Laws and monthly Board Meetings in place, all of whom are fully vested, either financially, passionately and/ or birds with us, each are able to take over operations until a successor is hired
- A strong financial Succession plan. We are not in debt. The property is owned by the Sanctuary and has a strong financial advisory board
- A Non Profit Accountant to make sure all the T's are crossed and keeps Sanctuary records
- Liability Insurance, Workers Comp Insurance in place and all employees will be able to continue to be paid
- Licensed by the Dept of Ag and Fish & Wildlife yearly since 2002 (Zero Violations)
To all Other Sanctuaries that may read this: Please call us if you need guidance in having the above items in place for your Sanctuary, we are happy to help you! Please make sure you will NEVER contribute to the problem, Thank you and God Bless.
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Big thanks this week go out to United Health Care from the Oldsmar office. Frank D'Ambrosio called FEBS and organized a team of 18 people through the United Health Care Volunteer program in which the company pays for their staff to volunteer once yearly at a non profit organization. They had previously volunteered the last couple years at Lowry Park Zoo but felt they would make a bigger impact at a local nonprofit like FEBS. The team all showed up on a beautiful morning at 10am sporting their United HealthCare volunteer shirts ready for work. We split teams up for 3 different projects and all of them were accomplished. Go Team! The first was cleaning and putting film that looks like the sky on the ceiling tiles with lights to enhance the intake modular room. The second project was putting down the pavers in the entrance to the Moluccan flight and the third was going around feeding the birds apples and spraying them with water to keep them cool during the hot day. They also helped pick up debris to keep the area clean. Special thanks out to Denton Deli and Gizzys Hot Dog Cart for providing food for all of the volunteers and staff!
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