Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
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The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary in Indian Shores, Florida. In 1990, its bird hospital was called "the largest wild bird hospital in North America". It continues to operate solely on private donations and is the largest not-for-profit wild bird sanctuary and rehabilitation center in the United States. The sanctuary is dedicated to the Rescue, Repair, Rehabilitation and Release of sick and/or injured wild birds, and provides a permanent home to non-releasable birds in a safe and healthy environment.
In January, 2013, the sanctuary experienced a staff walk-out due to non-payment of wages. The sanctuary remained open, thanks to the tireless efforts of a handful of dedicated individuals. In April 2013, the Sumter Disaster Animal Rescue Team helped the Sanctuary refurbish and prep the wild bird hospital to reopen.
Due to a legal settlement in September of 2016, the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary closed after 45 years of service. In its place is a new organization operating in the same Indian Shores location. It's now called the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary.
The new sanctuary rescues birds all over the Pinellas County area. Continued relationships in the community with veterinarians, wildlife experts and volunteers has kept the sanctuary viable.
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