Bird adoption, sanctuary, rescue, and care education services for parrots and other captive exotic 'pet' birds. Based in Minneapolis - St. Paul (Twin Cities) area of Minnesota and serving Midwest.

 

 

1360 University Ave W #347  St. Paul, MN 55104  

Phone: (651) 275-0568  Fax: (651) 275-0457  

E-mail: birds@maars.org  

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Our Volunteers

Along with the members of our Board of Directors and Advisory Board, other hardworking Volunteers perform the duties that make MAARS tick, including providing care for the birds at The MAARS Landing, transportation, avian veterinary care, grooming, education, consultation, fundraising, administration, and other crucial tasks.

MAARS has more than 60 regular Volunteers and runs twelve shifts per week at The Landing, each shift lasting at least four hours. Therefore, MAARS provides a minimum of 450 Volunteer hours each week in order to provide fresh food and water, clean cages, and socialization for the birds in MAARS' care. Most — if not all — of the Volunteers, Directors, and veterinarians involved with MAARS also donate additional time and other services out of their dedication to the organization and the birds.

Why Should I Volunteer?

The homeless bird problem is quickly reaching epidemic proportions in our country. MAARS needs lots of help to properly maintain the birds in our care. We cannot in good conscience take in more birds than we can properly care for, so the more Volunteers who participate, the more birds we can help!

We also understand that the key to a long-term solution to the homeless bird epidemic is public eduation. We rely on our experienced Volunteers to provide this crucial piece in the avian welfare puzzle.

MAARS is growing quickly, and we have lots of goals for the future of our group. Volunteers with expertise in administration, grant writing, technology, law, humane work, veterinary medicine, writing, public relations, media, publishing, printing, environmentalism, education, fundraising, business, accounting, construction, maintenance, retail, and other professional areas can help us meet our goals to make a real difference for the birds and people we serve.

What Are MAARS Volunteer Requirements and Policies?

All MAARS Volunteers are expected to comply with all MAARS Policies, Procedures & Protocols; Volunteer privileges (access to The Landing, MAARS information, MAARS events) may be revoked for violation of our Policies, Procedures & Protocols. Volunteers are provided detailed written information regarding policies and procedures including: safety/security and confidentiality, quarantine and veterinary protocols, adoption application screening, intake procedures, and daily care/feeding/cleaning for MAARS birds. These policies are reviewed with all MAARS Volunteers during Volunteer orientation and are available on the MAARS website.

All Volunteers are required to attend at least one MAARS Basic Bird Care Class; Shift Managers are also required to attend an Advanced Bird Care Class taught by a MAARS veterinary care director. The Board of Directors also holds Volunteer meetings as needed to insure that MAARS policies are clear and consistently implemented and to answer any Volunteer questions.

So, What's In It For Me?

MAARS Volunteers earn the huge satisfaction that comes from helping rescued or surrendered birds in need of care. In addition, MAARS Volunteers who work 12 hours per month qualify to order bird food, cleaning products, toys, and other items at discounted prices through the Volunteer Store!

I'm Convinced! How Do I Volunteer to Help MAARS?

If you are interested in volunteering your time and expertise to help MAARS, please submit a Volunteer Application. This form is designed to provide MAARS with the information necessary to match you with MAARS Volunteer opportunities. Following review of your application, a MAARS representative will contact you to discuss your volunteer interests.

Volunteer Coordinator E-mail: volunteers@maars.org

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