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Feathered Friends Forever

Learn more about this tropical parrot sanctuary

Article by Bailey Hall

Photography by Danielle Franklin Photography

Originally published in Evans City Lifestyle

Tucked away in the small town of Harlem, GA, there is a place where rescued birds can start over and have a second chance for a happy and well-loved life. Feathered Friends Forever, a Veteran founded 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a companion bird rescue and sanctuary that currently cares for around 300 tropical parrots that have been abused, abandoned, lost, or surrendered. It’s 100% volunteer run by a group of people who are dedicated to taking care of this big flock. Anyone can become a volunteer, no previous experience is necessary, just a love for birds! As a volunteer, you can help by working with the birds, cleaning the cages, changing the food and water bowls, helping maintain the landscape, and so much more. Some of the birds at Feathered Friends Forever are available for adoption, while some have special needs that require care for the rest of their lives. Over the past 22 years, Feathered Friends Forever has found loving homes for over 1,000 feathered friends. 

Bob Courtwright, a volunteer at Feathered Friends Forever, tells us that running the sanctuary and making sure there’s food and all the supplies needed to care for the birds is very expensive. Donations are always needed to help cover these costs. Feathered Friends Forever is located at 612 Byrd Road in Harlem and they are open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Admission to tour the sanctuary is by donation. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, adopting a bird, or wanting to learn more information about the sanctuary, visit their website Follow Feathered Friends Forever on Facebook to see updates and more pictures of the birds currently at the sanctuary. Oscar Eclectus is a rescue and even has his own Facebook page!