Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue Inc
17020 Waterline Road
Bradenton FL 34212

Birds of Paradise Sanctuary and Rescue is a safe haven for abused or unwanted exotic birds, regardless of species, age, special needs or behavior issues. We do not buy, sell, or breed birds nor will we adopt to anyone who does. The birds placed within our care will receive the proper medical care and behavioral evaluations on a regular basis. They will live in aviaries where they can fly free, with natural vegetation, fresh air and sunshine. They will live as close to free as possible while in captivity and still enjoy the daily interaction of only the most loving caregivers.

Birds of Paradise Sanctuary and Rescue will work with these birds to provide rehabilitation for those that have suffered due to neglect and abuse. We will teach them trust of humans once again, through our gentle process of daily interactions and by providing them with loving communication and positive reinforcement.

Birds of Paradise Sanctuary and Rescue will help to coordinate and network with other parrot rescues and sanctuaries throughout the U.S., and to help place birds who are in need of a safe haven. The overpopulation crisis is growing and rescues facilities in every state have to turn away birds daily or take in more than they can adequately care for. We will promote teamwork for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Birds of Paradise Sanctuary will also provide educational resources and professional advice for all those wishing to learn the proper care of exotic birds. We hope to help dispel the myths that have been spread by the pet trade industry that has led to the suffering and over population of these magnificently intelligent creatures.

CEO/Executive Director Debra Huckaby
Board Chair Debra Huckaby
Board Chair Affiliation Executive Director
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2013
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement


  • Implemented educational program with Palmetto High School Special Needs Class.
  • Set up program to work with Veterans as therapy for PTSD.
  • Partnered with Sysco in providing fresh foods for the birds.
  • Organized a Board of Advisors to offer a broader scope of working knowledge and ideas.


  • Open the facility to the general community to view and interact with the birds
  • Complete the free flight avairies and an adoption / medical center
  • Acquire funding to expand our ability to care for more parrots.
  • Expand our Educational and Outreach Program especially to childrens' and veterans' groups
Needs Statement
The five most pressing needs are:
1. Funding is needed to help support the daily care of the birds including feeding the appropriate diet for each species, treats (especially nuts in the shell), enrichment toys, avian veterinary care (routine care and emergency care), cages, perches and other support costs as needed.
2. Construction help for the donated adoption / boarding center. This would serve as a residence for the birds until they can be adopted out to interested local residents. Estimated cost $8,000 for supplies and  and labor

3. Construction Materials or the Construction of Aviaries to house the parrots according to their species and ability to live in a flock environment. These flights must be constructed to protect the parrots from theft and predators. Estimated Cost per flight  varies depending on the size. Ten flights are needed to home the existing parrots and for future needs.

4. A volunteer base interested in the care and promotion of pet parrots. Volunteers can directly interact with the care of the birds: feeding, cleaning, and socializing. Volunteers can also indirectly support the sanctuary with fundraising, newsletter writing, grounds keeping, toy making, or other activities approved by the sanctuary director.


Background Statement

Executive Director Debbie Huckaby founded Birds Of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue, Inc. in November 2011 after recognizing the dire need for such a facility to aid in the overpopulation issue with parrots in the United States. After the rescue of 16 Parrots from deplorable conditions and otherwise certain death from an abandoned house in Troy Ohio, it became clear that the need for a safe haven for parrots was not only needed but was a necessity. This rescue mission was well publicized and followed by parrot lovers from all over the world. Many reached out by phone, email and writing letters to county officials and the Governor to save these parrots. Ms. Huckaby was chosen because of her dedication, commitment, passion and ability to provide a nurturing lifelong habitat for these parrots. Partnering with Golden Gait Trailers in Concord NC., who supplied the transportation and funded the rescue, this mission was carried out with professionalism and appreciation for the lives at stake.

Ms. Huckaby has invested over 15 years in rescue organizations and charity events. In 2007, Ms. Huckaby was the Chair for the Capital Toyota/March of Dimes Celebrity Golf Tournament and was instrumental in raising over $50,000 for this event. Ms. Huckaby has been involved with Parrot Rescue for the past 10 years and toured many facilities developing strategies and recognizing strengths and weaknesses. Ms. Huckaby's plan is to develop a working sanctuary with a business model for a successful endeavor for many years to come.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Lee
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Based in Bradenton, Fl which serves as a central location for state wide as well as south east US support for parrot homing.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Animal Related
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
More parrots are being surrendered by their owners than are adopted. The goal of this program is to provide the education needed to keep parrots in their homes by providing resources on parrot behavior, diet and general care.  A volunteer member of the BOPS is available and is a frequent guest speaker at local bird clubs and shows.  We welcome the opportunity to speak at community functions that would be appropriate to bring and talk about parrots and provide educational materials on bird care. The sanctuary currently provides tours to a senior classroom on wheels program.  Tours will soon be available to the general public.
Budget $1,500
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success

Our goal is to reduce the amount of surrendered birds by 20%.  If one in five birds can be kept in its home by providing educational and supportive resources, the program will be a success.

Long Term Success
Due to the long lifespan of parrots it is our goal through community outreach to ideally keep more parrots in their home than are surrendered yearly.  Many surrendered birds end up spending the rest of their lives in a sanctuary environment.  It is better overall for the bird to be kept with their human companions if possible.
Program Success Monitoring We will keep statistics on the number of birds that have been kept in their homes due to the individual consultations and feedback from the community when possible.
Program Success Examples An example was a parrot owner who had to have surgery and would be in a rehabilitation facility for several weeks.  The owner wanted to surrender the bird as she had no one experienced to turn the bird over to and could not afford to pay its care.   A volunteer worked with a family member to provide the education needed to keep the bird in the home during this short term illness.  
Description Volunteer opportunities are available at the Birds of Paradise Sanctuary and Rescue for all ages and at all skill levels.  Volunteers that have large bird experience are especially needed; however BOPS will provide training for anyone that would like to work with the birds directly. BOPS can also provide volunteer hours for students, to fulfill their school volunteer requirements.  In addition to working with the birds, volunteers are needed for marketing, website development, property maintenance, and fundraising events.
Budget $1,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults K-12 (5-19 years) Families
Short Term Success We would like to have 2 schools offering BOPS as a volunteer activity for their needed credit hours
Long Term Success We would like to build a volunteer base of over 100 community members and students and provide enrichment to sustain this volunteer level.
Program Success Monitoring This program will be monitored by the number of volunteers by the end of each year and the number of schools offering this an an opportunity to earn credit hours.
Program Success Examples Palmetto High School has a volunteer special needs class that has worked to cook a meal for the birds weekly since the beginning of the school year. This provides an enrichment opportunity for the students, to learn a life skill, as well as a favorite hot meal for the birds.  This program will be ongoing for the school year.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Debra Huckaby
CEO Term Start Nov 2011
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 10
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Debra Huckaby
Company Affiliation Executive Director
Board Term Nov 2012 to Nov 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Dr. Michael Bonda DVMRiver Landings Animal Clinic
Jennifer Budrock Board Member
Brandi Campbell Treasurer
Mr. Ira Grosnin Retired
Joseph Hendricks Secretary
Debra Huckaby Executive director
Lynda Lewis Board Member
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 90
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 90
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $120,000.00
Projected Expenses $125,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
990 20152015
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$79,226$47,175--
Administration Expense$7,142$2,685--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.300.93--
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%95%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$71,168$0--
Current Assets$783$0--
Long-Term Liabilities$57,177$0--
Current Liabilities$3,000$0--
Total Net Assets$10,991$0--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $109,289Contributions, gifts, grants $42,525--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAdoption Fees $3,200Adoption Fees $3,635--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $0--
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.26----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets80%----
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information for 2014 taken from unaudited P&L compilation. No balance sheet information was available at time of review. Financial information for 2015 taken from 990-EZ and unaudited P&L.
Nonprofit Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue Inc
Address 17020 Waterline Road
Bradenton, FL 34212
Phone 727 366-9997