About Us

Birds on the Brink Sanctuary is a place in Harlem, Georgia, a fun and forever home for birds and other living beings who are on the endangered or threatened list. We take care of the unique and special needs not only of individual animals but also of particular species.

These are not pets. They will not be adopted out. These are animals that have come for care and the freedom to experience their lives in their natural habitats.

Here on our website, you will find the most interesting, fun and heartwarming stories and videos of animals that are loved. Come back often and explore.

How It All Began…

Meet Our Team

Maxine Rofrano

Sanctuary Visionary

Cindy Santee

Director of Operations

Sally Haushalter

Communication Director

Ted Hatch

Education Director

Gayleen Speros

Creative Director

Heidi Walter


Minnie Burke

Education Coordinator

Ron Johnson

Facilities Engineer

Don Hemerson, DVM

Veterinary Consultant

Robillard, DVM

Board Certified Avian Veterinarian


A Bird’s—and Dog’s—Eye View

Welcome to The Perch, the new online talk show with your hosts, Leo the parrot, and Bentley the Maltipoo (that’s a dog).

Join us every Monday to see who and what these two unlikely best friends talk about. It could be fashion, food, current events, you name it. They have heads full of information to share and if they can’t answer your questions, they will find someone who can!

Leo is a 4-year-old, extremely friendly and curious Macaw who resides at the “Birds on the Brink Sanctuary” in Harlem, Georgia. He loves having his head and belly scratched and learning new words, which he practices in the evening in a soft voice.

Bentley, a 4-year-old, energetic and lovable Maltipoo, lives in Portland, Oregon. He enjoys camping, jogging, hiking, learning new tricks and is an expert fashionista in his own right.

And wouldn’t you know it, they connected through the World Wide Web just as they will connect with you. Check back every Monday to see what they’re up to.