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Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary

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Matching Challenge

Through March 15, 2022, the first $2,500 donated will be matched thanks to The Giving List’s novel matching program.

Saving the Sanctuary

McLeod and Rugg have pulled out all the stops to save the Sanctuary – applying for foundation grants, requesting individual donations, embarking on a marketing campaign to tourism agencies and travel guides, and restarting docent tours. “If the pandemic allows us to stay open, we will plan fundraisers,” says Rugg, “that will bring people to the Sanctuary who would not ordinarily visit just because they love parrots.” One of the events will be a wine and chocolate pairing event, with appearances by a few of the birds. “We would host the event here at the Sanctuary,” Rugg adds, “so that people would say ‘This place is amazing! Let’s come back… and bring our friends!’”


Our goals are to create positive, enriching environments for companion parrots, minimize neglect and ignorance that lead to relinquishment, and make space for birds entrusted to us who outlive their owners.

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Founder and Sanctuary Director: Jamie McLeod

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The Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary is a life saver for parrots large and small. The Sanctuary provides a clean jungle-like environment for its parrot flock, many of whom require a therapeutic respite from their previous homes. Here, the birds have a chance to recover from the situations that caused them to scream nonstop or mutilate themselves through feather picking. Jamie McLeod and her team of well-trained professionals provide the best avian care and education on the West Coast. We are so fortunate to have the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary in our community. The Sanctuary has had my support from the day it opened, and it continues to fulfill a unique niche for all bird lovers and parrot species.
Jeanette Webber and her best feathered friend,
Xena the African grey – Timneh variety

Key Supporters

Dakoda’s Fund
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
Smart Family Foundation
Jeanette Webber Trust
Wood-Claeyssens Foundation
Scott Becker and Isabel Marcus
Mike and Sheila Bonsignore
Noelle Burkey
Tim Dyer and Kelly Fairwell
Janet Fulk and Peter Monge
Leesa Givot
Peter and Elizabeth Gray
Leah Lollar
Lorraine McIntire
Will and Ellen Oswald
Hal and Jodi Price
Geonine Scott
John and Laurie Tilson
Fred and Linda Wudl
Principal Officers of SBBS
Board of Directors:
Erica Brege
Nancy Brough
Leslie Crane Rugg