I'm Hollie, the founder of Wilder Sanctuary. I have had a lifelong love for animals that I hope to share with others. I have worked with animals in a sanctuary setting, rescues, and in a wildlife rehabilitation center in hopes of making a difference though I have some big ideas of my own I'd like to act on now to help give captive animals a real chance of lifelong happiness. I have a very strong connection with birds in particular as I feel they are often the most neglected and underestimated due to their contrast to our own species.
Birds used in the meat industry, egg industry, or down/feather industry have no real legal protection whatsoever so they are often kept in filthy dark conditions with not even enough space to turn around comfortably. They also suffer mutilation at the hands of their captors whether by debeaking, plucking them of their feathers while they are still alive (very painful for the birds as the quills or roots of the feather are like keratin of our nails and embedded deep into the skin), or other accidental or intentional injury due to mishandling is very common in these industries where a soul or conscious being is not seen but rather a product or a number or weight on the scale to be bought and sold.
"Pet" birds are typically locked up in small cages and after the initial excitement and newness wears off are forgotten with only a mirror as a companion if that. Often these birds are unable to fly due to the limited space and denied the ability to engage in most all natural and emotionally beneficial behaviors they would in the wild such as foraging for food with their flock, forming deep relationships with others of their own kind, exploring the natural terrain by air water or land (depending on the species), bathing themselves, traveling long distances, etc.
Imagine living your whole life in a cage the size of your car with no bonds of family or friends just a giant at the window to offer just the basics for your survival to carry on your dismal life in that cage; a giant who will never be able to truly speak your language but chooses to keep you locked up inside for their own viewing pleasure or eating pleasure whichever that may be. If it doesn't sound fun to you then isn't an ideal life for a naturally social animal who is literally born to fly and take part of a large social group!
Caged parrots are prone to stress related behaviors such as self mutilation (plucking their own feathers), calling out incessantly to no avail to their family; their flock (which for most caged birds does not exist), and aggression towards anyone in the vicinity much like a chained dog denied the ability to love for so long they begin to see everyone outside of themselves as a threat. I feel it is a worthy cause and would like to devote my time and energy in this life to helping animals beginning with birds who come from less than ideal circumstances get a fresh start to live their best lives possible. They will have a life with others of their own kind to call family, plenty of space to roam or fly and do what comes naturally to them (in a way that is peaceful) but I need your help and support!
We are collecting donations for the purchase of 2.5-5 acres of land around coastal United States (we are currently looking at Northwest Oregon) to devote to the following:
1 fenced acre of land dedicated to rescued turkeys allowed to live out their full lives in fruitful abundance alongside fruit trees. We are utilizing a symbiotic self sustaining model where apple and various other fruit trees as well as smaller plants to help nourish and provide stimulation for our turkeys are grown together with the birds so they can happily forage the fallen fruit, Guided guests are allowed to pick fruit from the trees themselves for a cost to help fund the sanctuary's growth! The animal's care and safety is our utmost priority and we will work to ensure their happiness.
Goose & Duck Orchard
1 fenced acre of land dedicated to rescued geese and ducks. Same as above except a pond for the bird's enjoyment will be built in the center. Guests will be accompanied by a guide for the sanctuary resident's safety and will be able to feed the animals by hand!
Orphaned Wildlife Center
Small building dedicated to rearing orphaned wild birds for release back into nature when they are old enough to survive on their own.
We will be constructing an aviary to house a community of finches who have been rescued from less than ideal circumstances to live out their days with as much enrichment as we can provide to them.
Sanctuary merchandise will be offered in partnership with Anima Studio. Vegan baked goods will also be sold here! The profits from these products will help fund the growth and expansion of Wilder Sanctuary.