Garuda Aviary

Garuda Aviary Garuda Aviary is a lifelong sanctuary for abused, abandoned and neglected companion parrots.
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At Garuda, unlike other shelters, we specialize in a very difficult, neurotic and traumatized population of birds, as a result of their tragic past abuse and neglect. Because of the unique attributes of our population, our sanctuary could be described as a sort of long-term “psychiatric hospital” for traumatized companion parrots. We specialize in caring for those difficult and unwanted cases, many of whom have had no hope of finding any other home. Our birds include several types of Macaws and Cockatoos, African Gray parrots, Amazon parrots and Conures. Each of them has a story – many filled with abuse and neglect. Several of the birds have become so neurotic that they cannot be easily cared for. Other birds in Garuda Aviary have coped with their past trauma by becoming aggressive and difficult to handle. Because we wish to break the cycle of suffering, Garuda Aviary does not adopt out its parrots. Instead, we provide sanctuary until the end of their natural lives. All of our birds receive love, affection and daily attention by our devoted volunteer staff. With their physical and emotional needs met, our birds can finally lead fulfilling lives. And, unlike many pet birds, they get to live in a flock environment and have lots of room to play!

Mission: Lifetime shelter for rescued parrots, and public education on the plight of parrots in captivity and in the wild.

Diet is an extremely important component of your parrot's life. Make sure you know these basics! #Anipals
01/17/2020
Diet Talk- The Next Level

Diet is an extremely important component of your parrot's life. Make sure you know these basics! #Anipals

In our previous post regarding diet, “Diet Talk (Yes, Again!),” we discussed what impact diet has upon a parrot’s demeanor. We observed how an abundance of calories from “fr…

Want to make a difference in the life of a parrot at our sanctuary?! Find out more today: http://ow.ly/owIk50wk0nR. #Ani...
11/15/2019
Sponsor a Rescued Parrot

Want to make a difference in the life of a parrot at our sanctuary?! Find out more today: http://ow.ly/owIk50wk0nR. #Anipals #Nonprofit

Supporting a parrot through our Sponsorship Program is the ideal way to care for a deserving parrot. And the best part is, you don’t have to do the dirty work! That’s our job!When you sponsor a mem…

#TBT: Our Director, Christopher, answering a guest's questions about #parrot care at the 2012 gala!
11/14/2019

#TBT: Our Director, Christopher, answering a guest's questions about #parrot care at the 2012 gala!

Every sanctuary has its surprising beginnings. Learn ours today: http://ow.ly/xB1k30j1fQG. #Anipals #Nonprofit
11/13/2019
About Us

Every sanctuary has its surprising beginnings. Learn ours today: http://ow.ly/xB1k30j1fQG. #Anipals #Nonprofit

Our History: by Christopher Zeoli When I was 18, my mother (Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo) was talked into taking in a Moluccan cockatoo by one of our family friends. She didn’t know too much about p…

Tappi and Cosmo do everything together, even selfies! #SelfieSunday #Goofballs
11/10/2019

Tappi and Cosmo do everything together, even selfies! #SelfieSunday #Goofballs

Our founder, Jetsunma, concocted a stew that your #parrots are sure to love! Get the recipe here: http://ow.ly/Qpm230jYI...
11/08/2019

Our founder, Jetsunma, concocted a stew that your #parrots are sure to love! Get the recipe here: http://ow.ly/Qpm230jYIbh. #FridayFeeling #Recipe #Anipals

Did you know you can now sponsor a parrot at our sanctuary?! Find out more today: http://ow.ly/owIk50wk0nR.
09/21/2019
Sponsor a Rescued Parrot

Did you know you can now sponsor a parrot at our sanctuary?! Find out more today: http://ow.ly/owIk50wk0nR.

Supporting a parrot through our Sponsorship Program is the ideal way to care for a deserving parrot. And the best part is, you don’t have to do the dirty work! That’s our job!When you sponsor a mem…

Odin and Frigga suffered a lot before coming to us. Now they're just happy, affectionate mates. Read more here: ow.ly/YL...
08/09/2019

Odin and Frigga suffered a lot before coming to us. Now they're just happy, affectionate mates. Read more here: ow.ly/YL8O30nUhnj. #FridayFeels #TrueLove

Our follower, Lisa Williams is looking for her dear friend, Mikey. Please share in hopes of finding and bringing her bes...
08/09/2019

Our follower, Lisa Williams is looking for her dear friend, Mikey. Please share in hopes of finding and bringing her best friend home!

Does your parrot suffer from plucking & neurotic tendencies? Please reach out to our Director, Christopher at GarudaAvia...
08/05/2019

Does your parrot suffer from plucking & neurotic tendencies? Please reach out to our Director, Christopher at [email protected] for guidance. #AskGaruda #Wellness

08/05/2019

Tony LOVES his shower time!

Thanks to our follower, Cindy for sharing these cute and relatable comics with us! :)
07/16/2019

Thanks to our follower, Cindy for sharing these cute and relatable comics with us! :)

07/16/2019

Dutsi has been with us since the beginning, but we can't believe he's almost 30 years old! #Parrots #Sanctuary

07/15/2019

We spy some very sweet reciprocal preening :)

Garuda is a lifelong home for abused & neglected companion birds. To learn more about our history, please visit: http://...
07/15/2019

Garuda is a lifelong home for abused & neglected companion birds. To learn more about our history, please visit: http://ow.ly/HLRb30mK8yd. #Nonprofit #Anipals #Sanctuary

Happy #FourthofJuly!
07/04/2019

Happy #FourthofJuly!

Thank you for covering our humble, little sanctuary Voice of America - VOA! Come back soon :)
06/26/2019
Temple Cares for Abused, Abandoned Parrots

Thank you for covering our humble, little sanctuary Voice of America - VOA! Come back soon :)

Squawks and screeches heard in the Garuda Aviary may seem like you are somewhere in the African jungle or the Amazon rainforest. But that's an illusion you're in Maryland, surrounded by suburbs and farmland. Situated on the campus of Buddhist Temple Kunzang Palyul Choling, the Aviary serves as a lif...

Today we thank our servicemen & women for their service & sacrifice. #MemorialDay2019
05/27/2019

Today we thank our servicemen & women for their service & sacrifice. #MemorialDay2019

"So you may wonder, why build a specialized structure with private suites and common areas? Why not just keep #parrots i...
05/24/2019
Renovations, Evolutions

"So you may wonder, why build a specialized structure with private suites and common areas? Why not just keep #parrots in conventional, single occupancy cages?" http://ow.ly/sDd230jnMXE #Lifestyle #Anipals

During the winter, Garuda Aviary completed Phase 1 of the construction of our African Grey and Goffins Cockatoo habitats. Phase 1 includes the completion of the basic structure and the “priva…

We would like to thank everyone for #donating on behalf of our dearly departed, Amigo. If you would like to offer suppor...
05/21/2019
Click here to support Amigo's Fund organized by Garuda Aviary

We would like to thank everyone for #donating on behalf of our dearly departed, Amigo. If you would like to offer support, please visit: http://ow.ly/cnhf30kDTBM. #GivingTuesday #Nonprofit#Fundraiser

Hello, and welcome to Garuda Aviary. We are a non-profit rescue and lifelong sanctuary for parrots that have been neglected, abused and abandoned. This is Amigo, she was our White Capped Pionus. Amigo was proud, bossy and bold. But if you earned her respect, she was sweet and affectionate. Rec...

Our founder, Jetsunma, concocted a stew that your #parrots are sure to love! Get the recipe here: http://ow.ly/Qpm230jYI...
05/17/2019

Our founder, Jetsunma, concocted a stew that your #parrots are sure to love! Get the recipe here: http://ow.ly/Qpm230jYIbh. #FridayFeeling #Recipe #Anipals

SQUAWK! Happy Friday, everyone! #FridayFeels #TGIF
05/17/2019

SQUAWK! Happy Friday, everyone! #FridayFeels #TGIF

Damara and our Director Christopher are attached at the hip! Follow their daily sanctuary adventures on Instagram: http:...
05/13/2019

Damara and our Director Christopher are attached at the hip! Follow their daily sanctuary adventures on Instagram: http://ow.ly/MImF30nON06. #Anipals #Nonprofit

05/13/2019

Some may quarrel, but a smart bird is a master at the art of chillin'.

To all the mothers out there, we hope your day is full of love and warmth. #HappyMothersDay #MothersDay2019
05/12/2019

To all the mothers out there, we hope your day is full of love and warmth. #HappyMothersDay #MothersDay2019

Want to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected #parrots? http://ow.ly/EUAI30jv7pf #GivingTuesday #Nonpro...
05/07/2019

Want to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected #parrots? http://ow.ly/EUAI30jv7pf #GivingTuesday #Nonprofit #Anipals

Yinoki was hesitant to join the Conure crowd at first, but now he is the life of the party! http://ow.ly/9j9030iEc2p    ...
05/07/2019

Yinoki was hesitant to join the Conure crowd at first, but now he is the life of the party! http://ow.ly/9j9030iEc2p #TransformationTuesday #Anipals

Odin and Frigga suffered a lot before coming to us. Now they're just happy, affectionate mates. Read more here: http://o...
05/06/2019

Odin and Frigga suffered a lot before coming to us. Now they're just happy, affectionate mates. Read more here: http://ow.ly/YL8O30nUhnj. #MondayMotivation #TrueLove

Updated visiting hours are out! Drop by soon & meet our flock! http://ow.ly/8GgB30oAOr9 #anipals #nonprofit #sanctuary
04/30/2019

Updated visiting hours are out! Drop by soon & meet our flock! http://ow.ly/8GgB30oAOr9 #anipals #nonprofit #sanctuary

Cosmo took some time away from Tappi (RARE OCCURENCE) to contribute to this week's #SelfieSunday! #Anipals
04/21/2019

Cosmo took some time away from Tappi (RARE OCCURENCE) to contribute to this week's #SelfieSunday! #Anipals

Just an average day in the life of Parrot Whisperer, Christopher! http://ow.ly/3Td930orIQE #Anipals #Kindness
04/20/2019

Just an average day in the life of Parrot Whisperer, Christopher! http://ow.ly/3Td930orIQE #Anipals #Kindness

Our founder, Jetsunma, concocted a stew that your #parrots are sure to love! Get the recipe here: http://ow.ly/Qpm230jYI...
04/19/2019

Our founder, Jetsunma, concocted a stew that your #parrots are sure to love! Get the recipe here: http://ow.ly/Qpm230jYIbh. #FridayFeeling #Recipe #Anipals

Does your parrot suffer from plucking & neurotic tendencies? Please reach out to our Director, Christopher at GarudaAvia...
04/19/2019

Does your parrot suffer from plucking & neurotic tendencies? Please reach out to our Director, Christopher at [email protected] for guidance. #AskGaruda #Wellness

#TBT: Our Director, Christopher, answering a guest's questions about #parrot care at the 2012 gala!
04/18/2019

#TBT: Our Director, Christopher, answering a guest's questions about #parrot care at the 2012 gala!

Looking for a fun activity for you & your family? Come on out and visit our flock! Please stay tuned for updated visitin...
04/18/2019
Visit the Flock

Looking for a fun activity for you & your family? Come on out and visit our flock! Please stay tuned for updated visiting hours: http://ow.ly/Oajn30orHQN. #Anipals

  Flight Cage and Visitor Area are Closed for the Winter   The Flight Cage and Visitor Area will re-open in the Spring once the temperature stays consistently above 65° during the day. To…

From what to feed your bird to the truth about #parrot mills, our Director is here to answer your questions. http://ow.l...
04/17/2019

From what to feed your bird to the truth about #parrot mills, our Director is here to answer your questions. http://ow.ly/jaag30j1h30 #FAQs #AskGaruda #Anipals

04/17/2019
The Garuda Aviary

We are a #nonprofit sanctuary for abused, neglected, and abandoned parrots. Learn more about our mission! http://ow.ly/2vU230orHwY

The Garuda Aviary is a non-profit rescue sanctuary for lifelong care of abused and neglected companion parrots. Funded entirely by donations, the aviary care...

Thanks to #eBay, you can now help birds like Ringo and Baby! http://ow.ly/Qjfa30mdZ7b    #GivingTuesday #Nonprofit #Anip...
04/16/2019

Thanks to #eBay, you can now help birds like Ringo and Baby! http://ow.ly/Qjfa30mdZ7b #GivingTuesday #Nonprofit #Anipals

Flaire is shy and keeps to himself. But don't let his reserved nature fool you, he WILL bite. Fingers beware! http://ow....
04/16/2019

Flaire is shy and keeps to himself. But don't let his reserved nature fool you, he WILL bite. Fingers beware! http://ow.ly/xAt930orHha #Anipals

Address

18400 River Rd
Poolesville, MD
20837

General information

- VISITING HOURS - (weather permitting) Monday - closed Tuesday - closed Wednesday - 1pm-5pm Thursday - closed Friday - 1pm-5pm Saturday - 1pm-5pm Sunday -1pm-5pm Visiting means seeing the birds in their outdoor flight cage. So, “weather permitting” isn’t just about cold or rain. These days, it’s also about excessive heat. When the heat index is high, being outside can be very stressful for the birds so there may be a rare occasion when a high heat index does happen and therefore the Aviary may not be open. - DONATE - Your support really makes a difference in how much we can do for our Birds. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) Garuda Aviary relies solely on the generosity of our donors to keep our sanctuary up and running. It is very expensive to run a lifelong sanctuary. We have ongoing expenses for food (including fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, nuts and seeds) water, electricity, salary, building and grounds maintenance, plus other expenses. For example: It takes an average of $19 just to feed one bird per month and It takes an average of $55 for full care per bird per month, including food, electricity, building maintenance and our caretaker’s salary. We currently care for over 50 birds. To donate online, please visit www.garudaaviary.org and click on 'Contribute'. To send your contribution by mail, please make your check or money order payable to “Garuda Aviary” and mail to: Garuda Aviary 18400 River Road, Poolesville, Maryland 20837 - VOLUNTEER PROCESS - Volunteering at Garuda Aviary looks something like this: Everything starts in the kitchen. Because of the traumas our parrots have experienced from their previous owners, they can be timid, even fearful of new people. Working in the kitchen allows most of our flock to see you and become accustomed to your appearance. While in the kitchen, you will learn about parrot diet and nutrition – what foods they should eat, what foods they shouldn’t eat and why. You will help in preparing the flock’s food. As the flock becomes more familiar with your appearance, you may assist in feeding the parrots. All of this activity occurs under the supervision of Garuda Aviary’s Director of Avian Care. For more information, please visit www.garudaaviary.org and click on 'Volunteer'. If the opportunity to help these parrots appeals to you and if you’re 18 years old or older, please contact us. Not sure about volunteering? Come and visit the parrots at their outdoor flight cage on Sundays between 1:00pm and 6:00pm when the weather is nice, and chat with our Director of Avian Care.

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