Who We Are: The Florida West Coast Avian Society Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to education and conservation concerning exotic pet birds. In addition, we support research efforts which work to find cures for various avian diseases. The rescue facet of FWCAS started on an emergency basis in 2004 after Hurricane Charley, with scores of small parrots that needed to be treated for bacterial infections before being re-homed.
What We Do: We stand ready to care for the avian survivors of hurricanes. We temporarily house parrots found in the wild (including "lost" pets) and those who are abandoned or otherwise lose their human caretakers. We feed them, socialize them, and when necessary, pay for and provide medical treatment. We try to reunite lost pets with their owners and find good permanent homes for all of the birds.
Why We Do It: There is no local parrot and exotic bird rescue in the Sarasota area. Wildlife Rescues refer people to us when they receive calls about lost or found pet birds and parrots. The Humane Society, Animal Services, and other animal welfare organizations are aware of our rescue efforts and know that they can turn to us for help if the need arises. From little Parakeets (Budgies) to big Macaws, we saw the need for a place to house and care for birds-in-need until they could be placed in loving homes. We also saw a need to help re-home parrots that can no longer stay with their human families.
The Road Traveled: Since we started our rescue efforts, we've rehabilitated and/or re-homed numerous Parrots of almost ALL species, including Budgies, Lovebirds, Cockatiels, Quakers, Ringnecks, Conures, Pionus, Amazons, Cockatoos, and Macaws. When at all possible, we use volunteers' homes to house the birds until they can be adopted out. Since most of us already share our homes with avian companions, we realized the need for a climate-controlled room to keep potentially or obviously ill birds so as to avoid transmission of disease to our own pet birds.
Where We Are Now: In 2006, two of our members devoted a room in a free-standing building on their property in Sarasota. This is where we foster birds that we can't find other foster homes for until they find their "forever" home. The building has been renovated and reinforced to be able to withstand hurricanes (we hope!), and has been designed in such a way that it can be sanitized to prevent cross contamination in the event we house any sick birds. We stress a home-like environment for the birds, complete with TV and radio, climate control, daily out-of-cage time, and a healthy diet.
The Road Ahead: We have received and are currently accepting donations in the form of food (specific brands) toys, perches, play gyms, and money needed to care for the birds we take in. This is NOT an animal hospital! Rather, it is a 100% volunteer organization dedicated to helping parrots and exotic pet birds of all different species. We work in conjunction with professional veterinarians and avian specialists when necessary to treat ill birds. WHAT WE NEED MOST OF ALL ARE MONETARY DONATIONS TO COVER VET EXPENSES! Many of the birds we've taken in would have died without medical treatment.
Thanks for your interest in our organization and thanks in advance for supporting the work we're trying to do for the birds!