NEAR (Northeast Avian Rescue) is a totally volunteer, registered 501(c)(3) parrot and exotic bird rescue located in East Greenbush, NY. NEAR began operations in October 2013 and currently receives approximately twenty to forty parrots and exotic birds each month. We are committed to providing the very best care and finding safe, loving and permanent homes for all the birds that come into our shelter. From the smallest finch to the largest macaw, every bird is special and deserves to be treated with respect, dignity and love. Aside from taking in surrenders from the general public, NEAR works with local and regional law enforcement as well as SPCA organizations to assist with abuse and neglect cases involving birds. We also provide support wherever we can to change the minds and hearts of our legislators to enhance legislation and enforcement to better protect birds and other pets.

The NEAR Board of Directors

Jill Lewis - Executive Director

Robert Lewis - Outreach Director/Adoption Coordinator
Lauren Palmateer - Treasurer
Torrie Savage - Volonteer Coordinator
Betsy Messenger - Education Coordinator
Gwen Waters - Adoption Coordinator & Foster Care