Animal related

Foster Parrots Ltd.

  • Rockland, MA
  • http://www.fosterparrots.com

Mission Statement

Foster Parrots, Ltd. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and protection of unwanted and abused companion parrots and other displaced captive exotic animals. Working on many levels to bring critical services to birds and animals in transition, we offer life-long sanctuary care for unadoptable parrots and other exotics at our permanent care sanctuary facility, The New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, and provide adoption services for well-socialized parrots who desire human companionship. Our educational initiatives seek to raise standards of care for captive parrots by challenging harmful standards in the breeding industry, and by offering information to help parrots and people live mutually fulfilling lives together. A staunch advocate for parrots as wild animals, Foster Parrots village based conservation work in Guyana helps keep parrots and other animals safe in their natural habitat, and also embodies our ultimate message: Parrots are worth more in the trees than in cages; parrots and all wild animals should be free to live in the ecosystems they were born to inherit.

Service Areas

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International

Entire United States with major focus in New England.
Conservation/education programs in South and Central America

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer

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Mr. Marc Johnson

Keywords

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Parrot, rescue, adoption, sanctuary, education, conservation

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Also Known As

Foster Parrots Ltd.

EIN

04-3458267

Physical Address

35 Vernon St

Rockland, 02370

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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If one understands that the only "educational" message that anyone considering the purchase of a parrot has gotten for the past 30 years has been that of the pet trade itself, it is vital that an opposing, and in our eyes a more realistic, view be given in order for the public to make an informed decision.   From the beginning Foster Parrots has held the belief that we must represent the parrots in this discussion and it has been our mission to offer an educational message that gives people a realistic idea of what they can expect should they purchase a wild animal, such as a parrot, for their "pet" choice.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Foster Parrots acts as a placement service for friendly, tame birds whose guardians have had to give up their bird(s) in urgent or emergency situations. We hope to serve as an educational resource and advice service for prospective parrot guardians as an educational resource on the care and responsibilities of owning any animal as a pet. We also serve as a permanent sanctuary for birds not suitable for adoption. Our long-term goals include building a permanent home for these birds. All prospective adopters must complete an educational program to ensure proper and long term care of parrots in need. We also have begun a program in Guyana to preserve habitat in exchange for assistance in the establishment of an eco-tourism business. We have so far preserved the wildlife and forests covering 144,000 acres in Guyana.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We wish to serve the parrots who are now living in our sanctuary in comfort and dignity for the remainder of their lives. We also hope to act as an educational service to anyone considering a parrot as an addition to their family. Conservation is also the key to ensuring that parrots remain on this planet for all future generations to admire as WILD animals living in harmony with their environment.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Foster Parrots is active in both the domestic and wild parrot issues making us the ONLY Parrot related organization in America who is active in the tragedies of the domestic captive parrot issues as well as addressing the true nature of parrots though their conservation in the wild.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Foster Parrots has always believed in working hard, far beyond the accepted abilities of those who take on the daunting task of making a difference in this world. Although a small organization Foster Parrots has always given the impression that they are much larger due to the dedication and hard work of its employees and volunteers.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Foster Parrots is continually examining its goals and achievements. We are committed to constantly examining, evaluating and adapting to the ever changing and fluid challenge presented in this arena. Success is forward motion, no matter how small even the smallest steps towards a more enlightened and educated public are a success. Our success is measured by the level of hatred metered out by the pet trade and associated pet industry members!
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have accomplished everything we have set out to do at this point with the only goal left being that of financial independence.
Service Areas

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International

Entire United States with major focus in New England.
Conservation/education programs in South and Central America

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Funding Needs

As one of only a handful of organizations dealing with the parrot overpopulation issue in the United States and as the funding base that supports efforts like ours is small in comparison to that of the dog and cat concern we are constantly looking for people and foundations who are empathetic towards these intelligent creatures who find themselves earthbound and captive through no fault of their own.   Improving our existing facility and 15 acre site, renovations and additions to parrot quarters, building a dedicated medical facility and building an educational Center on our property which can be used by local school systems are all high priority projects for the coming years.

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FOSTER PARROTS LTD
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Foster Parrots Ltd.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Marc Johnson

BIO

Marc Johnson, President, was educated in Belgium at the International school of Brussels and attended the University of London where he received his teaching degree as an Art teacher for the Junior/Secondary level.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Hank Wietsma

Rhode Island Companion Animal Foundation

Term: Jan 2011 - Dec 2012

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