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Mission and Vision







North Jersey Sanctuary for Exotic Birds 

Under My Wing Avian Refuge is a "No-Kill" exotic bird sanctuary. Established in 2007, it is a permanent residential facility for exotic birds and a 501 C3 nonprofit organization. We are best recognized by our community as “The North Jersey Sanctuary for Exotic Birds.”

We provide excellent, knowledgeable care and specialize in working with birds that are aggressive towards humans, very noisy, self-mutilators, feather pucker’s, elderly, or in need of pelleted care, or that have disabilities or display very neurotic behaviors. In addition, Under My Wing provides services to the avian community in general via education, including lectures on basic facts to consider before acquiring a companion bird and hands-on training in dealing with new or existing companion birds. Our community outreach programs target not only adults, but children and teenagers as well, thus assuring the exotic birds’ proper care now and in the future.

Under My Wing is focused on the present and future needs of the birds. Our experience brings us to a vision of preparedness, deeply rooted, financially stable and with a ready and equipped facility capable to handle the bird’s continual needs resulting from their capture to the present mass production and sale of their species. Our vision’s readiness is crucial to animal welfare especially for the unwanted, abused, disabled, elderly and the parrots left to chance 10, 30, 50 years from now as well as; educating and preparing the youth, to care for the unwanted parrots lives and have a life expectancy to 80+ years of age, surpassing us and today's human generation.

At Under My Wing we listen, we council, we imagine and we create solutions on the complex issues involved in addressing the welfare of the birds and for individuals who are in need or wish to relinquish a bird; options to suit their needs and, circumstances and affordability.


Paula N Ashfield

"I have an unstoppable spirit for animal's welfare making our mission too great to leave to chance. Nothing is of greater value to me than to help the helpless." 

Board Members

  • Thomas S. Ashfield
  • Lauren Bax
  • George Maier
  • Rebecca J Thatcher


  • Todd Wolf - Companion Animal Hospital

Legal and Accounting

  • Kehoe & Company LLC


  • Wells Fargo

Financial Advisor

  • Christopher Justino - MSA Wealth Managment


  • Officer Lisa Deutsch, Badge # 827 NJSPCA
  • Jan Fredericks, LPC, MA, President, God’s Creatures Ministry, Wayne, NJ
  • Sybil  Erden, Founder and former President, The Oasis Sanctuary
  • Pat Rudikoff, Board Secretary, The Oasis Sanctuary
  • Libby Williams, Founder, Pet Watch New Jersey
  • Regina N Jankowski, Founder Chloe Sanctuary, CA

Mission & Vision

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