LuAnn Apple, founder of M.A.R.S., with her bird Parker

LuAnn Apple, founder of M.A.R.S., with her bird Parker

(…is simple: Because that’s the place where they feel loved and at home)

Melbourne Avian Rescue Sanctuary (M.A.R.S.) was formed completely out of love for exotic parrots by Melbourne Beach long time resident LuAnn Apple. There was a tremendous need for a place to exist on Florida’s space coast. A place to meet these needs of placing, rehabilitating, and providing a home for unwanted exotic birds to flourish in a healthy tropical setting. We officially came into being on February 28, 2008. We received our much awaited I.R.S. letter of exemption in September of that same year.

Birds in the aviary of M.A.R.S.

Birds in the aviary of M.A.R.S.

Our mission is a simple one. Strive to teach people what went wrong with their choice of an exotic bird, and possibly what they can do differently to make it right. We have learned through experience that ones first choice of exotic isn’t always the right one for their situation, and throw in the personality differences between exotics within the same species, and you possibly have a recipe for failure.

It is our highest priority to match the right individual or family to an exotic bird that will bring years of joy to both.

The all volunteer staff of M.A.R.S. strives on a daily basis to concentrate on the well being of each and every exotic that is in our care.  We allow them freedom to fly, to sit in trees, to feel what it’s like to get a bath from real rain. We promote interactions between members of different species, and as you can imagine this will make for some great stories to write. 

The spacious aviary of M.A.R.S

The spacious aviary of M.A.R.S

We are hoping that you can find it in within your means to help us continue with the work we do here at M.A.R.S.  It is our heartfelt wish that through our pictures and stories you will see the need for help and support both monetarily, and through sharing your stories with the interactive features on our website (i.e. your comments in our blog, your thoughts and inquiries sent via our contact form). We will try on a weekly basis to answer all questions on bird behaviors and human behaviors, related to exotics of course.

We hope that the web presence of M.A.R.S.  will be visited by all who have a love for these amazing creatures we now know are so very complex, and so many times highly misunderstood. Their means of communicating with humans is sometimes lost in their translations.

So once again we ask you to come fly with us, share our joys and sometimes our failures. It is always a learning process, if we just choose to learn.          

LuAnn Apple                                                                                                                                                                


  • Louise Debrino July 14, 2014 at 8:17 am

    We have 2 birds, a cockatiel and a dusky conure, what we are unable to keep much longer. It seems I am allergic to the dander. Do you know of anyone that I could contact who might want these birds? There will be no charge and all cages/food/etc will go with them.
    Thank you.

  • Louise Debrino July 14, 2014 at 8:19 am

    We have 2 birds, a cockatiel and a dusky conure, who need a home. I seem to be allergic to the dander or something with them all of a sudden. There will be no charge and all cages/food/etc are included.
    Thank you.

  • LuAnn Apple July 18, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Please e mail marsparrots@aol.com and we will discuss further all options available to you. Sincerely Lu

  • LuAnn Apple August 12, 2014 at 4:32 am

    I think this is the first time I have viewed this but please email marsparrots@aol.com for further info so sorry if this got lost. But that is what you need to do and I will follow through sincerely Lu

  • Luz January 5, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Good afternoon,

    My brother currently have 11 lovebirds in his house. He wants to sell them but I don’t want to do that, I would love for them to be in a place like this. Please let me know if this is something that you can help me with, I can provide food/cage, just let me know.


  • LuAnn Apple January 12, 2015 at 3:54 am

    I so apologize but we are not set up for such small birds perhaps a facility like a retirement home or elder care living they sometimes have common areas and allow small birds

  • Joanne cioe January 13, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    I did not choose but inherited my mom’s beautiful Indian ring neck parrot and would Ike to give her to be rescued to a nice family as I travel a lot. Please help.

  • LuAnn Apple January 24, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Please contact us through marsparrots@aol.com and we will make some arrangements with you. I did not see this post till now so sorry but we can help LU

  • LuAnn Apple February 9, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Did you find a home for her if not we have one who would love to be her forever home. Email me marsparrots@aol.com and we will set a day and time to do so.

  • cheryl March 15, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Love your website love what u do for these birds I have a mulcoon cockatoo who I had for 14 years I have a lot of health problems which cause me not to pick him up and get him the love and attention he needs and reguire and he was a very loving bird would love to have someone to give him what I can’t no more and if u can help would appreciate it thank you He has been biting me a lot lately which he didn’t do but due to medicine I take I believe that has a lot to do with it now

  • Nathan April 5, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I’m curious as to how many birds you have placed into a new home from adoption? How many birds do you currently have up for adoption? I am looking to adopt a bird as opposed to buying one because so many already need a new home.

  • LuAnn Apple April 8, 2015 at 2:52 am

    If you email marsparrots@aol.com I will put you in touch with a woman who wants to adopt a Moluccan and you can give me more info too.

  • LuAnn Apple April 8, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Please email marsparrots@aol.com for further info yes adoption is the only way to go so many need homes thank you

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