A Day in the Life of the Parrot Sanctuary

Maxine2Sy’s Piece of Heaven has been serving and saving abandoned and abused birds for years now, giving them the safety, love, and medical care they so desperately need. This doesn’t happen on its own, of course. The dedication of our staff, founder, and sponsors help make daily life at Sy’s possible!

Our four full-time staff members come to the parrot sanctuary every day to care for the more than 200 birds we host. We feed and water all the birds, as well as clean their cages and replace the cage liners with fresh newspaper. We must change the eight HEPA filters that run daily, since parrots can flake off a lot of dander—and letting that float in the air could cause serious respiratory problems for the birds. We also have to change any dressings and give medications to our feathered friends with health problems and injuries.

Every day, we spend time loving all the birds. Parrots are highly intelligent and can suffer depression after abuse or neglect. They can also become terribly afraid of people. Spending time with the birds helps them overcome this and get them back to healthy, happy lives.

Once a week, our team replaces toys for all the birds. Parrots must have toys to keep their minds occupied—and many get destroyed on a regular basis. Every week our team also unloads and unpacks hundreds of pounds of food, compacts an incredible amount of trash, and does load after load of washing. We’re often picking up or dropping birds off at the vet, too—we always have half a dozen or more receiving urgent care.

All of these day-to-day and weekly tasks take enormous effort and astronomical amounts of money. Saving, providing for, and medically treating abandoned birds is far above $65,000 every single year. Since most of these birds are not adoptable, and we are a nonprofit organization, these costs add up quick. This is where help from volunteers and bird sponsors plays a daily role. Help from others is what allows us to take in new, desperate parrots every day!

Right now we are severely short on volunteer help and sponsors for birds, though. We need this extra help to continue to do our work. If you’re interested at all in volunteering, or you’d like to sponsor a bird, we’d love to hear from you. Call (908) 475-8750 for more information today!