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Saving Our Avian Resources, SOAR is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1999 dedicated to saving our avian resources through raptor rehabilitation, education, and research. SOAR maintains all necessary US Fish & Wildlife Service and Iowa DNR permits to provide the rehabilitation and education.

Here's how you can help SOAR!

Your direct donations - mailed to SOAR or through PayPal - support our mission by providing patient care, ongoing care and support of our educational ambassador team, help to provide educational programming, and continue our research efforts.

Please click the 'Donate Now' button in the sidebar (you can note your category of support in the message line on PayPal) or send your donation to:

25494 320th St
Dedham, IA 51440

SOAR is a 501(c)3 and donations are tax-deductible, please contact your tax advisor if you have questions.


Support Patient Care

Bird patients, just like their human counterparts, are each unique. Treatment varies with each bird, but can include rehydration, special diets, de-worming, needing bandages, over-the-counter and prescription medicines, special therapies, plus visits to one of our veterinarians for x-rays, surgeries, and evaluation.

No matter the donation, each bird receives the highest quality of care. Please send your tax-deductible donation marked 'Patient Support.'


Sponsor an Education Raptor

Your annual sponsorship helps to defray food and medical costs for our fleet of 'educational ambassadors.' Often more than one individual sponsors one particular education ambassador. Your sponsorship expires one year from date of receipt at SOAR.

Please send your tax-deductible donation marked 'Education Bird Sponsor' and indicate if you have an adoption (species) preference. Suggested sponsor levels:

Silver $120/year or $10/month kestrel, saw-whet owl, screech owl, long-eared owl, short-eared owl
Gold $240/year or $20/month red-tail hawk, great-horned owl, barred owl, peregrine falcon, gyrfalcon, snowy owl
Platinum $360/year or $30/month bald eagles


Sponsor an Educational Program

SOAR receives program requests each year from student and community groups, requests for SOAR to be at public events, plus opportunities to present SOAR research at professional meetings. Often times, these groups and organizations cannot provide the suggested donation and we all lose out on the opportunity to reach new audiences. Attending and presenting at a professional meeting involves registration, lodging, meal, and fuel costs.

Your support can help provide education programming or help SOAR get to public events and professional meetings! Please send your tax-deductible donation marked 'Education Program Sponsor' and note if you want to sponsor a specific program. Your donation need not cover the entire cost, nor be specified to a group. Donations marked 'Education Program Sponsor' will be set aside just for these needs!


Become a Monthly Donor

Your sustaining monthly contribution helps SOAR carry out our mission and achieve our goals -- improve the lives of all birds through raptor rehabilitation, education, and research! In 2014, SOAR admitted over 220 patients, presented over 100 programs to schools, youth and community groups, and public events, and continues to collect and provide data for ongoing research projects.

Your donation helps keep high quality food in the freezer, necessary medicine on hand, and provide for needed veterinary care. Here are examples of how your donation can help!

Your $10 provides:

  • 15 large mice delivered will feed one barn owl for three days or a screech owl for one week.
  • Four quail delivered will feed one peregrine for five days.
  • Two bags of compressed pine shavings at the store will fill six ICU crates once.
  • One blood lead level test done in-house.

Every dollar is important and every dollar matters.

Your $20 provides:

  • One tube of Nutri-Cal, delivered provides 10 high-calorie fluid feedings for our underweight patients.
  • 10 chickens picked up by staff / intern will feed two eagles for 4-5 days.

"It takes a village..."

Your $30 provides:

  • Administration of one dose of West Nile Virus vaccination – many education birds get this vaccination annually.  First time vaccination requires two doses!
  • One small x-ray.

Monthly donations can be set up through PayPal by clicking the "make this recurring" box on the PayPal donation page. You can also set up a monthly bill pay through your banking institution and have a check automatically sent to SOAR.

PayPal recurring

Other ways to help...

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Unique gifts for you or someone else are available here. If you have questions about anything you see in the store, please contact us!

SOARRaptors Amazon Wish List!

Support SOAR by purchasing needed items that are shipped directly to us via our Wish List! The Wish List changes, so check back often. Please be sure to include your name and contact info in the "Gift Message" text box so we can send you a thank you and tax receipt!

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Other Donations

If you are interested in donating items to SOAR that are not directly related to patient and education bird's care and keep (items like photos or artwork, a vehicle, a deep freeze), please contact Terrie at SOAR to discuss your thoughts.

Check with your employer, insurance agent, brokerage representative, or bank for matching gift or donor designated fund opportunities!

We'll be happy to do what we need on our end to help you add to your donation! In 2014, we received additional donations through the John Deere Foundation, Bank of America Matching Gifts Program, and Thrivent Donor Choice. Need help, email Linette.

Attend a SOAR event, check the Upcoming Events page

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