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

  • Richard Vassar May 3, 2015 at 5:20 am

    We have had a cockatoo (pink) umbrella for around ten years. She is a great bird in many ways but her almost constant screaming is becoming unacceptable to not only us but our neighbors. I feel that being around other birds and being free (to a point) would be the solution. Thank you. Rich

  • Kathy O'Connell May 7, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I have 4 parrots. An Eclectus, a Conure, an Amazon and on Umbrella Cockatoo. I have had them all for about 13 years. I have found that the Cockatoo is just more than I can handle now that I am getting older. Now that my husband has hearing aids his normal screaming is driving him insane. I love him dearly and have taken very good care of him. He was an abused bird when I got him. The history I was given was he lived in a body shop and they used to beat on his cage when he screamed. I will tell you that he is not very friendly. He will go after the other birds when on a perch especially Sady my only female bird. I can pet him but he freaks out at new people, places and things. Turn on the music and watch him dance. I do not know how old he is because he is not banded. I have been told though that he is quite old. I don’t want to see him live his final years covered, screamed at and just shut off from the world. Can you give me any advice or help please. I love Buddy. He is not a bad bird as a matter of fact he can be quite amusing.Please help me I am afraid that the old man might go off on him one day. Thank you

  • LuAnn Apple May 18, 2015 at 3:32 am

    We offer BIrdy boot camp here at MARS would you consider trying this option for one month before you decide to give him up completely? Please email marsparrots@aol.com for further info

  • LuAnn Apple May 18, 2015 at 3:35 am

    Please know we offer a program called BIrdy boot camp to help in situations like these and we try to help you keep your bird by changing the situation for a a period of a one month stay here at MARS email marsparrots@aol.com if interested please then we can talk more

  • Christine May 21, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Hello. I am interested in volunteering here over the summer and I was just wondering if you also take care of abandoned fledglings as well as older more mature birds.

  • LuAnn Apple May 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Christine we do just parrots here at MARS and most are of varying ages. Volunteer papers are here online or you can email me at marsparrots@aol.com for them, but please know you must come and also introduce yourself when you have the papers filled out and then we proceed from there

  • suzanne ackerman July 21, 2015 at 7:21 am

    i have a cockatoo and african grey both about 9 yrs old. also a golphin older but i dont know exactly,i cannot take care of them. how do i surrender. please help

  • Angela July 24, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    I have a 3 year old female lovebird named Loki and a 2 year old male Green Cheek Conure named Ion. My birds are my babies and I love them deeply, but I ended up becoming allergic to them and my health has been getting increasingly worse with other conditions going on. I don’t want them to suffer because of me and want to put them in a rescue. Can you please point me in the right direction?

  • LuAnn Apple August 3, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Email marsparrots@aol.com and we will do all we can to help you with your birds thank you

  • LuAnn Apple August 3, 2015 at 2:20 am

    please email marsparrots@aol.com for further information thank you

  • Donna Nazario October 29, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I have a 8 year old Blue & Gold Macaw. I have to give him up and would love it to go to the awesome sanctuary like yours. I was given this Macaw about a month ago, my neighbor had him in her dark & hot garage because she couldn’t take the screaming and the mess he makes. I felt sorry for him and brought him home, but I cannot keep him for many medical reasons.I have many surgery and I will soon be going to surgery again. Will need to give him away as soon as possible. Could you please help me with this rescue.

  • LuAnn Apple November 15, 2016 at 3:32 am

    Just a quick update from MARS. Got to meet Willie and trim his nails and beak and he is a doll. Thank you for trusting MARS to help you. Gina is keeping me posted on his progress. No yelling from him what so ever.

  • LuAnn Apple January 10, 2018 at 3:29 am

    Keep an eye on our MARS Facebook page we post smaller birds there who need rehomed. It is a courtesy to the owners and so far many successful matches have been made this way

  • Diane Wesley January 23, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    I would like a bird companion and would like to know what steps I have to take to be an owner.

  • LuAnn Apple January 25, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Please email marsparrots@aol.com and our adoption coordinator will take you through the steps necessary to adopt. Thank you

  • LuAnn Apple March 11, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Carl no tiels here at MARS right now but when people need to rehome the smaller ones we post on our Facebook page and help get them a new home so check in once in awhile to see…. Thank you

  • Marjory Buechner May 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    I provided respite to an owner of a white umbrella cockatoo, female. The owner chose not to take her back.and now I need to find a forever happy home for her. She is female, and has had two owners, prefers females to males, but had both. She is between 25-30 years old. She is adorable, cuddly, sweet and needs attention. Can you help?

  • LuAnn Apple June 10, 2018 at 3:48 am

    Marjory, please send an email to marsparrots@aol.com and we will continue with this conversation. Look forward to helping you. Sorry I did not see this sooner….

  • Janet M Berkofsky November 12, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Hi, I wanted to know if you received the email/pm I sent about my lost baby. She went missing 10/18 in Barefoot Bay & the only siting was her heading north. Her name is Jewels & she is a sun conure. Please let me know. I can send again if I have to.

  • LuAnn Apple December 20, 2019 at 4:46 am

    Janet someone asked me yesterday if you ever found your bird????? Sure hope so. Lu

  • LuAnn Apple April 25, 2020 at 3:09 am

    Did you rehome the canaries just seeing this post now. If not email directly marsparrots@aol.com and we will help you do so

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