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AWC Board of Directors/Contributors

Formed in 2000, The Avian Welfare Coalition (AWC) is a working alliance of veterinarians, conservationists, avian welfare and animal protection organizations dedicated to the ethical treatment of parrots and other captive birds.


Budgerigars - Photo by Krista Menzel

Our mission is to raise awareness about the plight of parrots and other captive birds and to serve as an educational resource for the humane community, lawmakers, and the general public.


The AWC also aims to prevent the abuse, exploitation and suffering of captive birds, to address issues of rescue, placement, and sanctuary for displaced birds, to increase legal protections for captive birds and to support legitimate conservation programs aimed at preserving birds' rightful place in the wild.


The AWC works towards its goals by facilitating cooperation among AWC participants, the humane community and professionals in related field, by providing educational resources for animal advocates, the media, and the general public, and through special AWC sponsored programs.


AWC Board of Directors

Monica Engebretson – [CA]

Denise Kelly - [NY]

Rebecca Sumber- [NY]


AWC Participants

AWC participants work in all aspects of avian welfare and animal protection: avian education, behavior and health; bird rescue, placement, and sanctuary; animal shelter and public outreach; avian medicine; field conservation and research biology; animal advocacy and law. For more information, contact


AWC Advisors

The following individuals and organizations have supported the work and mission of AWC in a variety of ways.

Nancy Blaney, Senior Policy Advisor - Animal Welfare Institute

Jane Hoffman - Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Sue Leary - President, Alterative Research & Development Foundation

Jacque Shultz – ASPCA

Anthony Pilny – DVM, DABVP (Avian)

Lorelei TIbbets – LVT, VTS, Clinical Practice- Exotic Companion Animal


AWC Principles & Goals
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AWC Board of Directors / Acknowledgements
AWC Participants
Frequently Asked Questions About the AWC