100% of profits will go toward charity!


Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary:

100% of profits from each sale of the “Gnarly Charlie” candle will go to Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary to support them as they provide crucial care for neglected parrots. We met the founder of CFPS, Ces, at a local business expo.  He was accompanied by the famous Picasso Charlie (pictured above), a 60 year old Eclectus Parrot who resides at the sanctuary. Charlie was christened Picasso due to his remarkable paintings. Needless to say, he stole our hearts and inspired the idea for our charity collection.

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About the Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary:

Mission: The Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary (CFPS) rescues, rehabilitates, and cares for parrots who are unwanted, abused, neglected, or whose owners can no longer care for them. CFPS is committed to providing a permanent refuge and a lifelong, healthy habitat for these parrots.

Vision: The vision of CFPS is to build large scale aviaries on land in southeastern North Carolina where parrots in residence can live out their natural lives in environments where they can fly and socialize with other birds. 

Need for a Sanctuary: Parrots are social animals who live in flocks in their native habitats. Over millennia they have developed plumage and distinctive calls to attract others of their species, and they have elaborate family structures. Many of these birds mate for life, and they are an integral part of the ecosystems in which they live. Because of their beauty, they have been “collected” and bred and traded for many thousands of years. 

Today parrots are the fourth most popular pet in America, behind dogs, cats and freshwater fish. Consumers purchase these animals for various reasons: as companions for children, to replace animals that they have lost, to take up a hobby. Stories of parrots aboard pirate ships are legion in children’s literature, and what child hasn’t wanted a swear-talking bird on a perch in his bedroom? Popular movies and books can create demand for birds as pets. 

Sales of birds in the parrot family (macaws, Amazons, cockatiels, parakeets, and others in this 350 member family) skyrocketed in the United States after the passage in 1992 of the Wild Bird Conservation Act. The bill made it illegal to import most wild-caught parrots into the U.S. The result was good for conservation, but bird breeders quickly saw a financial opportunity, and “parrot mills” sprouted around the country. At peak production, over 750,000 parrots were born in these facilities and sold to pet stores and other markets every year. 

How many parrots live in captivity in this country? Studies range from 8 million to 16 million, not counting parrots in shelters, breeding facilities, zoos and sanctuaries (millions more). Pet owners come in many stripes, and many bird owners take good care of their animals. 

However, because these birds are as intelligent and as emotionally complex as chimpanzees and dolphins, they demand a high level of care from owners. Many parrots in the U.S. are doomed to a revolving door existence, returning to pet stores or veterinaries or sanctuaries in less than two years after they are purchased. For an animal who lives to be 60, a typical parrot could have as many as 25-30 owners in its lifetime. 

The Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary exists to address this problem. An aviarian environment in southeastern North Carolina will be the best place for birds who have been “re-homed” numerous times and who are clearly not suitable for home environments. In uncrowded conditions they can fly, be outdoors, resume relationships with other members of their species, and live out their lives naturally. No other facility exists in North Carolina to support these animals.

We are always looking to expand & help those in need

If you are part of a non-profit organization and are interested in a custom candle, please visit our "Support" page to submit your information. Each application will be carefully reviewed as we put our heart and soul into developing each candle line. 

Thank you for your support!