Under My Wing Avian Refuge is a “No-Kill” exotic bird sanctuary. Founded in 2007, it is a permanent residential facility for exotic birds and a 501 C3 nonprofit organization. We are best recognized by our community as “The North Jersey Sanctuary for Exotic Birds.” We provide excellent, knowledgeable care and specialize in working with birds that are aggressive towards humans, very noisy, self-mutilators, feather pucker’s, elderly, or in need of pelleted care, or that have disabilities or display very neurotic behaviors. In addition, Under My Wing provides services to the avian community in general via education, including lectures on basic facts to consider before acquiring a companion bird and hands-on training in dealing with new or existing companion birds. Our community outreach programs target not only adults, but children and teenagers as well, thus assuring the exotic birds’ proper care now and in the future. Under My Wing is focused on the present and future needs of the birds. Our experience brings us to a vision of preparedness and financial stability, with a well-equipped facility capable of handling the never-ending needs of the birds – particularly those who have lost their human “family,” have been abandoned or abused, or are elderly or disabled. Preparedness is crucial not only for the immediate future but also for 10, 30, 50 years from now, given the present overbreeding and over sales of parrots – which can live 80 years or more and which frequently outlive their original owners. At Under My Wing we listen, we council, we imagine and we create solutions on the complex issues involved in addressing the welfare of the birds and for individuals who are in need or wish to relinquish a bird; options to suit their needs and, circumstances and affordability. Under My Wing is focused on the present and future needs of the birds. Our experience brings us to a vision of preparedness, deeply rooted, financially stable and with a ready and equipped facility capable to handle the bird’s continual needs resulting from their capture to the present mass production and sale of their species. Our vision’s readiness is crucial to animal welfare especially for the unwanted, abused, disabled, elderly and the parrots left to chance 10, 30, 50 years from now as well as; educating and preparing the youth, to care for the unwanted parrots lives and have a life expectancy to 80+ years of age, surpassing us and today's human generation.
You must submit an application with a fee of $20, once your application is received and approved, we will contact you to make arrangements to visit your home and evaluate if the appropriate environment for your intended new companion is within our guidelines. If your home does not meet our guideline, we will discuss with you changes that may help you to adopt from us that would benefit the bird if he were to live with you. If your home meets our guideline, we will schedule an appointment for you to meet the birds. Should you have no prior experience with a parrot, you may be requested to spend some time volunteering here at the refugeto get acquainted with your bird in particular and with parrot behavior in general. Adoption Application may take up 1-5weeks due to the amount of requests we receive. Please be patient. If you do not hear from us within 4 weeks do not hesitate to contact us.