Paula N Ashfield, Founder of Under My Wing Avian Refuge and her husband T. Scott Ashfield. The need has arisen that would require the sale or our property due to personal reasons in which we respectfully choose to keep private due to the many who would scrutinize our private matters. The portion of my property is 10.5 acres is where Under My Wing resides.
It is with much regret that I write this and for disappointing the many financial supporters, fans, friends and volunteers who over the years have been the pillar of our success and who have continually help us reach new heights.
Accountability and owning up to what is in the best interest of the birds under our care is most imperative and I as Founder and Director of Under My Wing intend to follow thru to make sure this will not be overlooked in any way, shape or form.
Under My Wing may need to close its doors, less we find a buyer for our property that will continue our lifetime work. I hope to find such a person or organization before winter, which will ease moving the birds in cold weather if we have to move them.
Operations, developments and growth will continue as we it has been through this process.
Ideally, I am seeking an organization or an individual to purchase my personal property, take over the sanctuary, and remain when I retire. Perhaps, merge with an associate nonprofit organization who sharers the same values and mission. This ideal solution will not necessitate moving the birds from their home and environment but continue operation and growth as our vision if filled with reaching many new plateaus. All advice, support and brainstorming solutions are greatly welcome and appreciated. If you are an interested buyer, please contact me via email at email@example.com, no phone calls please!
Under My Wing sought to find an Assistant Director for the last few month with no avail. Perhaps, you may wish to apply for the position or know someone that does. The individual like myself would have been well experienced in bird handling and care, dedicate their life literally as I have, be compassionate toward the birds and people, fill many hours of continual hands on work and wear many hats. Because this position has no income and is a huge undertaking both with emotionally and physical stained, there is no candidates who have applied nor may able to afford to self-finance the humongous need of running a sanctuary for exotic birds.
I many people over the years have said that it would take twenty people to do all I do. I have come to the full understanding of that, as I know it will be close to impossible to find someone to fill my shoes. Nonetheless, we are hopeful to find an Assistant Director and a buyer for the property.
I mentioned accountability at the beginning of brief. I will not jeopardize the birds at Under My Wing. They have become an integral part of my life and my heart. Their lives, health, and safety is most important to me. My involvement in volunteering, fundraising and such will not seize should it become necessary that the birds need to move, or once I retire.
Under My Wing like all sanctuary is always in need of financial support. However, my husband and I will financially contribute to a sanctuary that is able to take on such responsibility. In addition, our continual yearly support and my small life policy, (of which Under My Wing is its present benefactor), will remain in place and will follow the birds. If you are a sanctuary who is able to assist, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org no phone calls please!
Our organization’s supporters, all different but each one as important as the other to the whole. That is why when I meet people I think of them as long-term friend and not strangers. They are best looked at as one big family and each one of us is needed as part of that tapestry of lite beings, and together stretch further to bring great things joyfully to complete accomplishment. I am confident that our supporter’s financial commitment to the birds care via donations or sponsorship will continue.
I do not believe there is a need for me to express my continual emotional torture nor are there any words to express the devastation and heartbreak I have been experiencing since I knew I had to agree on selling the property.
I cannot even phantom that my commitment to the birds may necessitates my separation from them if we will not find a buyer that will continue our mission.
We have come a long way since inception in 2007. From a small apartment with a handful of birds. Overcoming each obstacle, exceeding with growth and triumphing over every set back, we were ultimately able afford construction of a designated building with 3200 sq. ft. and providing the birds with indoor flight, radiant heat and running water. I am amazed now as I look back at all we have accomplished. I have lost count as to how many birds I personally rescued from tremendous situation, how many wounds I have treated, or how many birds I preened and cuddled. Working with NJSPCA and other organizations has been an eye-opener from the start as to how much malice there is in breeding, hoarding, selling and the immediate gratification of owning birds who for a while are loved till some reason or another, get re-homed. I always made room for one more bird in need. I have cried many tears and comforted many individuals in their grief period when they either lost a bird or had to relinquish one. How many people I have educated in bird care and proper bird ownership responsibility. It has been a tremendous experience! One that I embrace to continue for the rest of my life. God willing I will be continually be blessed in doing so.
I comfort myself knowing, that the time to let go of the task that God has entrusted me will eventually end. I also trust God who has perfect and blessed plans for his winged children and me.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Paula N Ashfield,
Founder and Director
Under My Wing Avian Refuge
Embracing with love the many wings
whose lives we transform.
ABOUT UNDER MY WING
Under My Wing Avian Refuge, exist to provide captive birds with individualized care, the companionship of a flock, and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their well-being and educating the public of the complex needs of parrots in captivity and the crisis facing them.
Under My Wing Avian Refuge AKA Under My Wing and UMWAR
Cause Area (NTEE Code)
Bird Sanctuary/Preserve (D32)
Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)
Animal Training, Behavior (D61)
Our Devotion and Commitment are Continually Changing Parrots Lives
OUR CONTACT INFORMATION
Under My Wing Avian Refuge
1243 Rte 23 North
Wantage NJ 07461 US
Telephone: +1 973-702-7770
Paula's Cell +1 862-268-3059 (Emergencies Only)