Nov 122011
World Parrot Refuge Donation Plaque

World Parrot Refuge Donation Plaque

The World Parrot Refuge has many different levels of sponsorship, all of which are greatly appreciated and together help us do the work that needs to be done for the 800+ parrots entrusted in our care. To honor the large-scale donors, we have recently developed the Plaque of Distinction, with various donor levels. The Plaque will hang in a place of honour at the Refuge, where everyone will be able to see it.

Each donor will have their name inscribed on a small name-tag, which will be attached to the plaque.

We thank everyone for their continued support, and are very excited to have this new way of honouring our large-scale donors, in addition to the photos and membership cards we currently send out.

This is also a unique way to recognize someone special, by donating in their name and having their name permanently etched on to the Plaque of Distinction: what a special gift for any occasion!

To be included on the Plaque of Distinction, donation levels start at $750.


Macaw – $50,000+

Cockatoo – $25,000 – $49,999

Amazon – $15,000 – $24,999

African Grey – $5,000 – $14,999

Conure – $750 – $4,999

(These are to be lump sum cash donations, not accumulated, as we don’t have a system in place to keep a running tally at this time. Begins with 2011).

Contact us for more details, or make your special donation here.


Dec 062010

CaesarThe World Parrot Refuge in Coombs is in crisis. Funding cuts that have affected many community based groups have forced the refuge to cut back staff and the fate of the birds is in question.

“The $100k gaming money we received from the Province helped keep us going between the tourist season. Admission fees help pay for some things but not the ongoing work that happens all year long,” explains Wendy Huntbatch, President of the Society that operates the refuge. “Without that money we’ve had to cut back on staff and we always rely on our amazing volunteers, but the work of caring for over 700 birds is more than volunteers can perform. Our staff people are tireless and committed to ensuring the health and well-being of the birds.”

The World Parrot Refuge is not only an aviary, but provides educational opportunities for the public to understand what it means for the birds to be held in captivity. Many of the birds were neglected, abused or their owners could not provide the necessary care. Birds at the sanctuary are allowed to fly free rather than live in cages, receive nutritious food and veterinary care. This freedom allows the birds to flock – a natural state for birds.

“As social animals, the parrots, macaws and others have the chance, perhaps the first chance in their lives, to be with others of their own kind rather than confined in a small cage. Some have had to learn how to interact as well as use their wings.” Huntbatch says.

With no funding in place, and no other refuge to take on so many birds, the outlook is bleak. “We offer these creatures a home for life,” adds Huntbatch. “And I fear for what might happen next. There are so few options and we really need the public’s help. Especially now, we need angels for these birds.”

Huntbatch is pleading with the public for any donations possible. This holiday season there are so many charities that do wonderful work, and the World Parrot Refuge is hoping that people will assist in keeping these birds free from a cage, flying and thriving in their sanctuary.

Please help keep the parrots flying free. Be assured that we use a secure cart, so your information is safe. You will receive a tax receipt for your donation.

Every little bit helps. Together, we can all make a difference in the lives of these birds.

Please type in your donation amount in the box below:

I would like to make a $

Thank you so very much for your support.


Nov 282010

Dear friends,

Imagine watching a cockatiel gain the courage to leave a small broken cage that had been her home for all of her life.

Where the little cockatiel lived before coming to the refugeAfraid to leave that which she knew, and yet desperate to join the other birds, she finally climbed out of her prison.

She instinctively put out her wings for flight although she had never flown. She stopped and looked at her outstretched wings and then stretched them out to their full extent. This was first time ever that she could fully open her wings.

With 150 cockatiels and budgies watching her, she attempted to fly. Her tiny leap of faith took her from this prison to the floor of the compound. Immediately two handsome males came to her rescue and talked to her very softly. She was not afraid. One of these heroes fetched a piece of fresh green salad for her and made his offering. She took it and ate it. They took her to the water dishes and the food dishes and then up to the tree branches in the huge compound. All the birds were chattering loudly and she became part of the flock, and the staff stood watching with huge tears running down their cheeks. What a beautiful experience this was for every living being concerned.

This happens many times every month here. The emotion when you witness freedom is truly overwhelming. We are lucky enough to be able to give these birds something close to the lives they should have had.

We cannot stop. There are thousands of birds who need to have a Home For Life here at the World Parrot Refuge. We are willing to work our best to provide this for them.

But we cannot do it without you. We are in a very difficult financial situation. We need your help and the help of your friends to continue with this program. Please give all you can to help the birds. All of your tax deductible donations will be used for the care and feeding of the sanctuary parrots. My husband and I have built and donated this 24,000 square foot building for their home. We continue to donate every week to cover cleaning materials, postage, paper, printing ink and gas. We do not take a penny of your donations for ourselves: everything goes to helping the birds of the refuge.

Wendy Huntbatch

President and 100% Volunteer

Please help keep the parrots flying free. Be assured that we use a secure cart, so your information is safe. You will receive a tax receipt for your donation.

Every little bit helps. Together, we can all make a difference in the lives of these birds.

Please type in your donation amount in the box below:

I would like to make a $

Thank you so very much for your support.


May 302010

Update July 6, 2010: Thank you so much, everyone! All you wonderful “friends of parrots” have been so fantastic and generous that we’ve got everyone back to work again. It is truly with your support that we are able to continue helping the over 800 birds here.  Thank you so very, very much!



The closing of 2 large rescue organizations in Canada in the last 2 years has dramatically increased the flow of parrots to the World Parrot Refuge in Coombs, BC, which is now housing more than 800 birds. The loss of the BC Government Gaming Grant has almost crippled this organization.

With the generosity of loving people and the fund raising ventures of volunteers and staff, the sanctuary has kept its head above water – until now. We need to raise about $30k to get through till the tourist season is under way. Tourism season puts us back in the black for a few months and gives us the chance to apply for grants.

We need the hard working, caring staff to provide this loving home to these previously owned pet parrots and aging ex-breeding birds. Our staff work for just above minimum wage and add hours of volunteer labor because of their devotion to the birds they love.

Now they face the unemployment line.

Please help the World Parrot Refuge keep its dedicated staff until tourist season.Please be assured that we use a secure cart, so your information is safe. You will receive a tax receipt for your donation.Every little bit helps. Together, we can keep the refuge functioning. Together, we can show the government that it can’t close our doors.

You can use the following drop-down box to select your Time Sponsorship level:


Alternatively, you may choose your own donation amount by typing in the amount in the box below:

I would like to make a $ donation. 

Thank you so very much for your support.

If the government had used common sense, they could see that it is far cheaper to donate $100k of the Gaming Funds to this charity instead of now having to pay out EI funds. The job market on Vancouver Island is bleak to say the least. To be able to provide steady employment to 17 people is a great help to the economy. These people have families and they spend money. The loss of their jobs will not only devastate them, but will cause great hardship for those of us who volunteer to care for the parrots.

The government gladly takes the tax money from the sale of parrots to the public. Happily grabs tax money from each and every sale of cages, toys and bird food, but bears no responsibility for the problems associated with a trade that should not even exist.

We add a great venue to the tourism industry and provide tax dollars to the government. We want to be open for the upcoming tourist season, but we need the funding to make this possible.

If you are able to help sponsor our staff until tourist season begins, we would be most grateful. The birds depend on our staff, and without them we won’t be able to give them the type of care that is needed to provide a Home For Life.

Aug 042009

In a facility as large as the World Parrot Refuge there will always be residents who need medical help. Once the diagnoses have been made, Wendy can continue with the daily medical attention and care. When there were only 400 or so birds it was not too difficult to absorb the costs. Even though Wendy works at least 13 hours every day and does not take a penny in compensation, the medical bills are piling up. The biggest worry is that we need to take more birds to see our already over-generous Doctor Anne MacDonald at Night Owl Bird Hospital.

Poppy, a Moluccan cockatoo who has lived with us for 8 years, started to sleep more than normal. When we examined him closely we could see that he was anaemic. Poppy is now in the hospital. His blood tests confirm anaemia. Now we have to find the cause. This includes many different tests including x-rays and an endoscope of the kidneys. He is currently receiving intensive care including antibiotics. The blood tests, x-rays and endoscopy are very necessary and the costs are high.

If you would like to help Poppy, please make a donation in his name. Every dollar makes a difference. Poppy does not yet have a sponsor for his daily care either.

Peaches is an Umbrella Cockatoo who has has been here for just about 1 year now. This little girl was rescued from a dreadful situation by one of our members. Starving and dehydrated, she was less than half her expected weight and unable to stand up. Her feet are totally deformed. We were told that her toes had been deliberately broken. She is now at full weight and has most of her feathers back. She can walk and loves to be cuddled, however, she has to wear a plastic collar to prevent her from chewing her legs. Now that she is physically able to take anaesthetic, we would like the veterinarian to see if her feet can have corrective surgery. We believe that it may be pain from her toes that causes her to try and chew her legs off. It has taken a lot of care to get her to this point. Now we would love to give her the chance to have a normal life – she deserves it.

If you would like to help Peaches with her surgery, please make a donation in her name. We will give her all the after-care, if you can help a little with her surgical needs.

Valentine, the Moluccan Cockatoo, is a wonderful member of our sanctuary who has diligently fought bone cancer. He lost one wing to this dreadful disease, but has soldiered on regardless for years now. He has been a happy little guy without further problems for a long time. Suddenly a lump started to grow on his leg. He needs to have tests done, of course. Can you help? Valentine will allow the work to be done without a complaint. We will take care of him after Dr MacDonald has performed her miracle. We just need money to cover his medical bills. He has a wonderful sponsor for his everyday needs.

If you would like to help Valentine, please make a donation in his name. A small donation from many people will make the world of difference for him.

Apr 242009

In this special campaign spearheaded by supporters Tina, Andrew, & Elvis the Budgie, we are looking for 2500 wonderful people to commit to a regular monthly donation of $10 each, to help provide a strong funding base to carry the work of the World Parrot Refuge forward.

We realize that making a commitment for the full or half virtual adoption of a parrot can be difficult in these trying times – so Tina, Andrew, and Elvis came up with the idea of the For The Birds! Campaign. If you can spare $10 a month, you can become part of this important campaign to establish long-term funding for our parrot friends.

Click on the “Donate Now” button in the top right-hand corner of any page on the website, and select the “For The Birds! Campaign” as your fund designation. In this way, we can keep track of progress toward our goal of 2500 permanent monthly $10 supporters! Remember that your donation is tax-deductible, and CanadaHelps (the organization that securely processes our online credit card donations) will issue you with a tax receipt.

Click here to download a high resolution version of the poster in PDF format to put up (if permitted) at your school, workplace, or meeting place, to bring the work of the World Parrot Refuge to the attention of your friends and colleagues.

Thank you for your support to make this campaign a success! We will bring you further news on the For The Birds! Campaign as it progresses.

The beautiful campaign poster was made by Tina, Andrew, and Elvis. Thank you for taking the initiative to lead such an inspiring campaign on behalf of our parrot family!

For The Birds!