Foster Parrots Saves Captive Birds

The Rhode Island nonprofit is the largest avian rescue organization in the Northeast.

Birds of a feather flock together at Foster Parrots Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary. The refuge for parrots and other exotic animals in Hope Valley is hosting an open house on January 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. to educate visitors about birds in captivity. “The avian issue is unfortunately not as well known as the cat and dog issue," says sanctuary director Danika Oriol-Morway. "The theme is the plight of parrots in the home and trying to protect them in the wild and raise awareness for these animals." Foster Parrots is the largest avian rescue organization in the Northeast, and the nonprofit is dedicated to the rescue and protection of unwanted and abused companion parrots and other displaced captive exotic animals. Many parrots arrive at the sanctuary after outliving their owners (some parrots, including the macaw, live eighty-plus years), and others have been rescued from terrible situations. “They are meant to be wild. We’re here to show people that these birds are an emotional, intelligent, flocking species that live in families. They have deeply bonded relationships with each other,” Oriol-Morway says. “As humans, we can’t really offer what they need. At the same time, we’re trying to express to people that there are a large number of parrots that are already in homes, and we need to help them live peacefully and take care of them to the best of our ability.”