Marden David was our first baby bird, an African Grey that joined our family in March of 2011. He was fondly called "the best bird in the world" by many who knew him. He was a sweet, gentle boy who did not know what the word "stranger" meant. Unfortunately, he flew off to Heaven just two days after his third birthday after contracting a systemic Aspergillus infection. He is the inspiration and the reason for what we do here.
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When we first decided to bring birds into our lives, our main goal for our own feathered babies was to give them a place to really fly -
room to be the birds they were created to be. As we learned more about living with birds, we realized there
were many birds who never had the opportunity to fly. All birds are intelligent
creatures. They deserve care, love and most of all, flight - the gift with
which God endowed each of them. They were not meant to be stuffed into tiny
cages or breeder boxes and left there without enrichment or companionship for years on end. They were never meant to have their wings mutilated to keep them earthbound. They were never meant to be locked away in closets or
garages because their songs were not appreciated by their human captors. Birds need more than just a cup of water and a cup of seed to be happy and healthy. They need interaction with a flock (their family) and they need sunlight and exercise. Birds that are deprived of these basic needs to fly and flock often develop serious emotional problems that sometimes manifest as aggression, or even self-mutilation. Only captive birds do this. It is not something that afflicts wild birds. It is something we as humans have inflicted upon them.
Our primary goal is to take in as many displaced birds as our resources will allow and provide them with a safe healthy place where they can enjoy as much freedom as we can safely provide.
We are a non-profit organization located in the Raleigh, NC area. We are dedicated to building a refuge where unwanted birds from the pet trade can find a home. This means that we must build a foundation, and work towards creating a sustainable business model that will allow our refuge to thrive and grow in order to continue its mission well into the future. With this in mind, we are planning for the future while working for the present.
Where we stand now:
This organization is truly in its infancy. An application has been filed to obtain 501(c)3 status as a charity so that we can begin fundraising efforts. We can't do this alone and we welcome volunteers! Please contact by email at info AT avianrefuge DOT org if you are interested in helping out in any way. (Email address has been typed out phonetically to avoid spam bots - please change the AT to @ and dot to . before emailing and leave out the spaces)
Keep in mind that we are in the Raleigh, NC area, if you are thinking about visiting or volunteering.