Useful Links

Austin Area Wildlife Rehabilitation (AAWR)

Serves as a resource for anyone who has found a sick, injured, or orphaned wild animal, or has a question about wildlife in general. Licensed rehabilitators provide at-home care for wildlife in need, with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into their native habitats.


Midwest Avian Adoption & Rescue Services (MAARS)

Based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul (Twin Cities) area of Minnesota, Midwest Avian Adoption & Rescue Services (MAARS) provides education and consultations, rescue, sanctuary placement, and adoption services for captive exotic birds. MAARS’ first function is to educate the public about why wild birds ought not be “pets” and people who already live with birds about proper bird care so they can provide the best homes possible for the birds already in captivity. Their second function is to accept and rescue surrendered, abandoned, neglected, and abused parrots and other captive exotic birds for health care, behavioral therapy, and placement in a new home or sanctuary.


The Avian Welfare Coalition (AWC)

Advocates in the animal protection community for captive parrots and other birds exploited by the pet trade. The AWC is a working alliance of veterinarians, conservationists, sanctuaries, and avian welfare and animal protection organizations dedicated to the ethical treatment of parrots and other captive exotic birds. They work to increase public awareness regarding captive bird welfare and facilitate cooperation among their members, the humane community, and professionals in related fields to address all aspects of the live bird trade. These efforts aid in preventing the abuse, exploitation, and suffering of captive birds, address the crucial issues of rescue, placement, and sanctuary for displaced birds, advocate for legal protection for birds living in captivity, and support legitimate conservation programs that may ensure the survival of wild birds and the protection of their natural habitats.


Ensuring Your Windows Are Bird Safe

Have you ever walked into a window not realizing it is there? If not, no doubt you’ve seen the funny videos on YouTube or on a TV program. To see a person walk into a window can be quite amusing, but that is harmless compared to birds hitting windows, often at great speeds. Every year in the United States up to 1,000,000,000 birds die from flying into windows.


The New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS)

Founded in 1895, works to expose and replace animal experiments in laboratories and classrooms with ethically and scientifically responsible modern research methods. NEAVS advocates for the protection of animals through public outreach efforts and publications, through education programs designed to promote greater compassion and respect for life, and through the support of legislative initiatives and litigation intended for the protection of animals.


The American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS)

A nonprofit animal advocacy and educational organization dedicated to ending experimentation on animals in research, testing, and education. AAVS also opposes and works to end other forms of cruelty to animals. They work with students, grassroots groups, individuals, parents, teachers, the media, and members of the scientific community to legally and effectively end the use of animals in science through education, advocacy, and the development of alternative methods to animal use.


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