Melbourne Avian Rescue Sanctuary is located in Brevard County Florida, in the town of Melbourne Beach. Brevard County is Florida’s Space Coast so our logo “Help us reach for the Stars, join M.A.R.S.” was coined for that reason. M.A.R.S. literally began with a hope and a prayer. M.A.R.S. is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity, registered in 2008, the actual sanctuary has existed since 1998. We are an all voluteer organization depending on public support to continue our work with these amazing parrots. Won't you please help us carry on our mission?
We provide sanctuary for unwanted, neglected and abused parrots. These birds come from the homes of private individuals, breeding mills, or at the request of vet offices or local shelter organizations. Our primary focus is to provide these parrots with excellent care, a safe environment, and healthy nutritious food. Through no fault of their own, some parrots come to M.A.R.S. unable to be adopted. We provide sanctuary for their retirement, either from a breeding facility or an abusive home. They live in an outdoor aviary, and enjoy sunshine, fresh air, and the companionship of other birds. This allows them to live out their life free of fear, neglect, and abuse.
The purpose of our Adoption and Re-homing Program is to provide permanent homes for unwanted birds. Parrots who demonstrate a desire for human companionship are placed in loving, forever homes. Our adoption process requires an application and home visit, as well as education and follow up. While in our program, the birds live among one another and receive love and hands on attention from our volunteers and many visitors. Lack of simple skills and basic common sense on the part of the private bird owner often result in the relinquishment of their pet. Education is paramount to a successful harmonious existence between owner and bird. Often the relationship between a bird owner and a pet store ends when the check is written. New owners do not receive the education necessary to live with an exotic bird, information regarding their needs, habits, and natural behavior such as chewing, biting and vocalization. We provide a behavioral analysis which allows us to offer tips and techniques to owners to be able to live happily with their parrot. Our education program in schools and community venues gives us the opportunity to educate the public about exotic parrots. We want people to know all about exotic birds, the processes that breeders use, their life in the wild, how they came to live in captivity, and the neglect that many parrots suffer at the hands of human beings. We see this as a chance to explain the needs and responsibility of owning one of these beautiful birds. Sharing information will incite careful thought and consideration for the needs and demands of a parrot before impulsively purchasing one.