Our Mission

“To Protect and Prevent the Suffering of Parrots Living in Captivity”

Our Story

Magnolia Exotic Bird Sanctuary is a non profit dedicated to the rescue and protection of unwanted, abused, neglected and abandoned companion parrots in the United States.

We provide shelter, housing, education and adoption services for 145 Cockatoos, Macaws, Amazons and African Greys. We are life long sanctuary for the forgotten, the abandoned, the neglected, the abused, the relinquished, the unseen parrot.

Parrots can live to be 80 years old, outlive their owners and are the third most popular pet in the United States. Unfortunately they are bought in the pet market for their beauty but are the most misunderstood pet. Parrots are very intelligent, suffer grief, trauma, loneliness, boredom and when their needs are not met they begin to pluck their feathers and hurt themselves. So many are not socialized and cannot live in a home with a loving family. Our sanctuary is the end of the road for these beautiful intelligent animals. Here they live out their lives with their own kind. Our oldest resident is Bob, a 57 year old Amazon and we are his 11th home. The demand for parrot relinquishment has exploded from the baby boomers that have either passed away, become ill or can no longer afford to care for their pets. To date MEBS cares for 153 parrots, including 15 Hurricane Harvey Rescues and have placed 18 socialized sweet birds in loving homes. The founder, Sharon Markland has dedicated her life to saving companion parrots.

According to the Avian Welfare Coalition statistics parrots are the 3rd most popular animal kept as pets in the United States. Nevertheless they are abandoned as often as cats and dogs through no fault of their own. Suffering in silence as they are unseen by the public. They live in cages in homes, outbuildings, garages and closets. American Veterinary Medical Association found about 8.3 million birds in 3.7 million homes and a 2010 survey by the American Pet Products Association, a trade group put that figure at nearly 20 million. Neither survey counted parrots in sanctuaries, shelters, breeding facilities, and zoos, likely numbering millions more. 

Estimates of how many parrots live in the United States is unclear.  A 2012 survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association found about 8.3 million birds in 3.7 million homes and a 2010 survey by the American Pet Products Association, a trade group put that figure at nearly 20 million. Neither survey counted parrots in sanctuaries, shelters, breeding facilities, and zoos, likely numbering millions more.   

Unfortunately we have to turn down birds every day and hear every reason and excuse why their owners cannot keep their pets.  We are busting at the seams and it is nearly impossible for us to keep up with the demand. We are experiencing a failure of parrots as pets. The plight of the companion parrot is in a crisis.