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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
EIN 26-1470517
Cause Area (NTEE Code) 
Bird Sanctuary/Preserve (D32)
Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)
Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

OUR CONTACT INFORMATION
Under My Wing Avian Refuge
1243 Rte 23 North
Wantage NJ 07461 US
Email: info@undermywing.org
Telephone: +1 973-702-7770
Paula's Cell +1 862-268-3059 (Emergencies Only)  

WE AID IN THE RESCUE AND CARE FOR ONLY THE MOST UNFORTUNATE PARROTS IN NEED

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​​​​​​PROVIDING HOME, FLOCK, REST, REFUGE & INDIVIDUALIZED CARE
​THANK YOU FOR HELPING US BRING OUR VISION TO LIFE!

NJSPCA CASE APRIL 2016

Hoarding/ Owner Relinquished 29 birds ​Wantage, NJ

"COMPASSIONATE CARE BEGINS HERE!"

”Our Existence Is  of Paramount Importance to the Parrots' Lives and Well Being.”

NJSPCA CASE AUGUST 2016

Owner died, birds lived alone in her home for over a year

Daughter was caregiver and was ordered to relinquish birds or face fines

FREE FLIGHT & OPEN CAGE SANCTUARY FOR EXOTIC BIRDS 

ESTABLISHED 2007


 Our Devotion and Commitment are Continually Changing Parrots Lives

IF YOU ARE RELINQUISHING

YOUR BIRD Please ​CONSIDER


"THE OPTIMAL CHOICE" ​​​


THEIR FUTURE AND LIFETIME CARE MATTERS

AIDING ​SPCA CASE JANUARY 2016

City inspectors find nearly 200 birds in Passaic 'hoarding case'  Jan. 18, 2016.

Embracing with love the many wings
whose lives we transform.

TIME FOR CHANGE


At Under My Wing Avian Refuge, our staff understands that unexpected changes in your life circumstances can force you to relinquish your beloved companion bird, and we are here to help you with this difficult process.

Like many other bird owners, you don’t want to let go of your dear companion, After all, most people who have to give up a companion bird have lived with their bird for many years and parting can be a heart  wrenching experience. However, in the face of the inevitable, you want to make sure the bird is well provided for and that is where we can be the perfect fit.

Most owners who struggle with relinquishing their bird are comforted by knowing where or with whom their bird will be going, and that it will receive excellent care.  And for a fortunate few, the pain of never being able to see their bird again vanishes as they learn that they will be able to visit their bird in its new home.

Under My Wing Avian Refuge is here to help. We address both your concerns and your bird’s needs, and offer alternatives option to help you comfortable process the separation of your companion bird from you. Visitations with your bird at the refuge is one of them, by written agreement and as time and circumstances allow

Adopting out your bird to the most suitable home possible is never an option with us. We simply DO NOT adopt out birds but rather offer lifetime, permanent residency care on premises, short-term care and boarding. We do not utilize foster homes.

We offer options because we realize that although life-change is inevitable, unforeseen events necessitating giving up your bird should not cause you emotional hardship and leave you in a quandary about your bird’s future life and well-being no matter what the reason.

Change can be very difficult for your bird. Many parrots experience a traumatic and difficult adjustment when  entering an unfamiliar environment and with unfamiliar people. Any change must be handled with care and caution, especially for parrots that have lived alone with one family for years. That is why, unlike other bird's rescue and sanctuary organization, we encourage a slow change whenever possible to help minimize the stress and grief of the parrot as well as the owner when parting is necessary. Ideally, the separation of a bird from the human bond should be made in gradual steps by allowing familiar people to remain connected and allowing the bird to keep its familiar cage and toys.

Because of their high intelligence and strong emotional needs, parrots can suffer from depression and a broken spirit when these needs are not met. Unlike people, parrots have no counselors to speak to, and cannot choose to be on antidepressants. All they are left with is themselves and their beautiful plumage, which they often attack, plucking themselves bare and bloody. No wonder there are any parrots who are self-mutilators. Well, truth be told, some people choose to ignore the fact that parrots have emotional needs, yet it’s well known that parrots find it very comforting to be held, caressed, and spoken to. The tone alone that we use, can make a huge difference in a parrot’s life.

Given our organization’s concern about the overall welfare of captive birds, we must add here that today, more than ever, parrots are neglected, abused, and mistreated all over the world – a fact minimally recognized by the general public. Sadly, many are ill-treated and disrespected even in death, with their bodies buried in back yards or tossed in the garbage, with no regard for the dignity of their lives. Clearly, a wider appreciation of these beautiful creatures must be encouraged and awareness of the growing crisis of displaced exotic birds, must be increased through education of the public.

Again, Under My Wing Avian Refuge is here to help.

When you are faced with the need to give up your bird due to unforeseen circumstances or if you can no longer care properly for your bird, relinquish your bird to us with confidence, knowing where your bird will reside and opt to come visit your bird. We will accept your reason for surrendering your bird without judgment, and will provide it with the safe, loving environment  you and your bird so very much deserves.

Under My Wing Avian Refuge looks forward to helping you with the process of finding the best solution for your bird's future. There is no Donation of a bird.

Our required process for relinquishing a bird to Under My Wing Avian Refuge begins carefully considering an optimal choice for your bird.  Once your decision has been made and you would like to proceed forth we require you to complete our Bird’s History Questionnaire. Following receipt of the completed questionnaire we may make an appointment to visit the bird in its current home, or may contact you for additional information required by the Board Members. Once acceptance of your bird is approved by our Board, we will make arrangements for its transport to the sanctuary.

Please note that we do offer Special Arrangements and or Emergency intake of birds. Special arrangements or emergency situations can be discussed directly with Paula. Rapid admission of a bird can be granted provided that we have the room as well as the means to properly care for your bird and meet its specific needs.