Olive's Place Dove & Pigeon Sanctuary Inc is a 501c3 nonprofit near Tulsa OK
I found a bird. What do I do?
Visit the Bird Help Basics page for information about common situations doves and pigeons are found in, and how to locate help in your area.
Olive's Place is located in Sand Springs and is currently at capacity with limited space. See our Local page for details.
Founder/director Ashley has a life-long love for birds, and was enamored with street pigeons as a kid. As an adult looking for a way to give back, she interned at Farm Sanctuary to learn about caring for birds in a sanctuary setting. She then volunteered as a wildlife rehabilitator. One day a fallen dove nest with a newly hatched chick arrived - named Olive (and another egg about to hatch - her brother Trevor). While Trevor grew up healthy, Olive had lingering problems and did not survive. Olive's Place is named in her memory.
As Ashley continued to work with wildlife, she saw a gap in the animal rescue community. While dogs and cats have shelters and government-funded resources, birds have far fewer options. Pigeons and doves are often left out of farmed animal sanctuaries and parrot-centered bird rescues, and they don't always get help via wildlife rehab. These birds deserve resources, so Olive's Place was hatched! The sanctuary was founded in 2014 and became a 501c3 nonprofit in 2019.
Olive's Place was founded to give a chance at life to injured wild pigeons - providing a safe haven so that being disabled or un-releasable wouldn't be a death sentence. Pigeons are descended from domesticated birds and thrive in captivity with an aviary flock environment if given ample space. They are incredibly resilient and cope well with disabilities when provided modifications. Every bird here is treated as an important individual, and receives personalized attention and a high standard of care. While there are more birds in need than we have the capacity to take in, we have committed to offering the best quality of life possible to all the (around 100) doves and pigeons who call Olive’s Place home, providing our flock with plenty of space, clean enclosures, good food, and medical care. We will always help as many birds as we can, while maintaining sustainability.
Can people visit the sanctuary?
Olive's Place is operated first and foremost for the well-being of the birds who live here. As a sanctuary and private residence, it is not open to the public.
See more of the sanctuary on our Sanctuary Tour page
You can request to schedule a 20-30 minute educational tour and Q & A. We ask for a minimum donation of $20 per tour and can accommodate up to 6 people at a time. Special tours can be arranged for school groups, scout troops, etc. Tours do not involve handling or petting the birds.
How can someone help, donate, or volunteer?
Buy Art / Help Birds - shop our online art gallery!
Donate directly - paypal.me/olivesplace
Item Donations: With limited storage space, we are usually unable to accept donated items. Given the specific needs of our residents, it is more efficient and cost-effective to purchase food and supplies in bulk from trusted brands. Feel free to send pictures/descriptions to email@example.com and we will let you know if we can use the items, or refer you to an organization that can.
Volunteers: Sanctuary chores are rewarding but not fun. Cleaning aviaries is strenuous physical work outdoors in the heat/cold, involving scraping, sweeping, scrubbing, mopping, and carrying at least 20 pounds, all while maintaining the safety of the birds. We take sanctuary maintenance seriously, and need to accomplish these tasks in a timely, efficient fashion. This is only a good fit for someone punctual, dependable, and able to keep up. Due to time needed to train, local volunteers must be willing to commit to monthly cleanings of 2-3 hours.
Learn more about what the sanctuary needs and view our How You Can Help page