About Us

We are a no-kill, non-profit organization funded solely through donations. MAARS’ primary function is to care for the MAARS flock at our shelter, The Landing. 

ON ANY GIVEN DAY

APPROXIMATELY 85 BIRDS

CALL OUR SANCTUARY HOME

Almost 70 Volunteer staff working twelve shifts per week tend to the daily needs of the MAARS Flock.

WHY WE DO IT

Although birds are beautiful, intelligent, loving, and entertaining, they can be very difficult and demanding in captivity — especially the larger parrots. Many people do not find out in advance how much living with a bird will impact their lives before purchasing Polly. While birdkeeping remains a lifetime joy for some people, many are quickly overwhelmed by the noise, mess, expense, and time commitment it involves.

Most captive-bred birds are still only a handful of generations out of the wild. They are still wild animals that are still instinctively programmed to lead lives that are very different from what humans can provide in our homes. Some birds make the physical and mental transition from the wild to captivity well, while many don’t, to varying degrees. 

Since the founding of MAARS in July 1999, almost 1500 unwanted parrots have come through our doors. More than 1400 birds have been successfully placed into permanent homes. 

Although these numbers may seem high, they represent only one tree in an entire forest of unwanted and unplaceable captive parrots and other birds. The need for programs like MAARS is growing rapidly. The birds desperately need us and your help!

Recent News

Parrots Can Paint!

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MAARS would like to thank all those who supported our flock and other parrot rescues for the #BettyWhiteChallenge in honor of Betty and her love for all creatures. We are grateful for your support🥰Did you know MAARS is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries? GFAS is joining the #BettyWhiteChallenge!
On Betty White's 100th birthday, January 17th, we encourage you to pick a #truesanctuary and donate just $5 in Betty White's name. Though we recognize she may have been an imperfect advocate, she dedicated much of her life and philanthropy to animal causes and did so much good.
Thank you being a friend — especially to animals in need. Please share to spread the word and encourage others to join in on the challenge!
Find your favorite sanctuary here: www.sanctuaryfederation.org/find-a-sanctuary/
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MAARS would like to thank all those who supported our flock and other parrot rescues for the #BettyWhiteChallenge in honor of Betty and her love for all creatures. We are grateful for your support🥰

Today at MAARS: Bizzy & Sassy supervise the kitchen. ... See MoreSee Less

Today at MAARS: Bizzy & Sassy supervise the kitchen.

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I have a Bizzy too! Short for Bismarck though. 🤭