The House of NUBS (www.houseofnubs.org) is a 501c3 non-profit organization, with the mission of promoting resiliency in children through the inspirational stories of rescued animals who have bravely given life a second chance.  The NUBS organization produces educational resiliency-building books and tools, which have been distributed throughout the world.  NUBS also hosts live events and visits libraries, schools, and group foster homes.  Fans follow the daily journey of the animals in the “House of Nubs” through the popular Nubs Facebook Page, the House of Nubs Web Series on YouTube, and at www.houseofnubs.org.


"Our children in NYC come from all walks of life, with daily struggles and challenges unique to them. Books like "Nubs: A Little Bird with a Big Story" and "Remy: A Little Bird with a Big Imagination" show children that they too can overcome obstacles, create dreams for themselves and fulfill those dreams. These little birds are so full of spirit, beauty, and inner strength, it's impossible not to fall in love with them. From the candid photos and deep meaning behind their stories, these books are ones to treasure for the young and old alike. Most importantly, children learn so much from the birds' personal stories of endurance and resilience that led them to find unconditional love and happiness in a sometimes unfair world." - Michelle Glorioso, NYC Public School Teacher

"The House of Nubs does an outstanding job of reaching out to young children. Their books provide lovable characters relatable to the students thus making the reading meaningful and the comprehension deeper. My younger students want me to read the books to them over and over again....my older students can't wait for their turn! Such a blessing in our small, rural community after the devetation of the May 19, 2013 tornadoes that swept across our town. Thank you so much!!" - Tresa Wilson, Kindergarten Teacher, Carney Public Schools, Oklahoma

"After following Nubs' and Kristin's journey over the last 5 years I was finally able to meet her and the residents of the House of Nubs.  I'm from Australia and of the 25 days in the U.S. this was the highlight. Thank you, Kristin, for taking the time to let me into your house and for sharing your journey with us, "the flock".  It has been fun and hilarious, and even sad at times, however the end goal remains the same, to help the children and teach them resiliency to face their journey through life.  You are an amazing person with the kindest heart and it was an honor to meet you.  Keep up the great work, NUBS Squad! #lubsthenubs - Bradley Miller, Australia

"I have so much love for these people and animals I have never met before.  It is love like this that unites us.  What good things we all can share when we LOVE each other.  Go NUBS organization!" - Judy Falk Bergman, New York City

"I am very pleased and honored to share with you and all the Nubs fans the joy of my graduation from High School. You taught me never to surrender and always be optimistic. Thank you, Nubs" - Chris Jacob, Naucalpan de Juarez, Mexico

"Jacob says THANK YOU to the NUBS Squad for driving all the way to Michigan so he could meet his very favorite bird, Jack!!!!  Since his fight with Stevens-Johnson syndrome and now Type 1 diabetes, the past 2 years have been very difficult for him.  He loves watching your videos and posts, especially when he is not feeling well, which is often.  Thank you for all you have done from him and others!  You are awesome!  Thank you for making dream come true!!!" - Heather Wood, Michigan

nubs history


OUR FounderS: Kristin & NUBS

Kristin Ludwig, a life-long animal advocate, has been rehabilitating and training animals for therapy work with children since 2009. Kristin started the House of Nubs to care for and rehabilitate abused animals. She added the resiliency program in 2012 after saving a one-legged parakeet named Nubs from an animal hoarder.  When sharing Nubs’ rescue story with children at a local group foster home, to Ludwig’s surprise, the foster children began to use the bird’s story as a way to process their own traumatic experiences. Kristin created a Facebook page for Nubs, and self-published a book documenting his courageous journey.  Subsequently his story made national news, appearing frequently in newspapers, TV, and radio.  Today, through its series of books, videos, and other curriculum, House of Nubs programming has reached thousands of loyal children around the world.

Nubs is the bird who started it all!  In the fall of 2012, he was rescued - along with hundreds of other parakeets - from the home of a man incapable of their care.  Nubs was missing a foot, and believed to be "wild" like all the other birds, but he didn't let that stop him from becoming best friends with Kristin, helping her found the NUBS organization, and becoming a celebrity bird with fans around the world!

In the fall of 2012, several founding members of the NUBS organization participated in a major bird rescue of about 500 birds (mostly parakeets) from the home of a hoarder.  Kristin Ludwig, founder, was responsible for the ultimate re-homing of many of the birds, and personally adopted Nubs, a severely inbred, handicapped parakeet with a remarkably friendly personality.  Kristin created a Facebook page for Nubs, and subsequently, his story made national news, appearing frequently in newspapers, TV, and radio.  Kristin founded the NUBS organization in the belief that other people would be encouraged and inspired by Nubs’ story.  Though he was terminally ill, Nubs lived 3 years past his life expectancy, and died peacefully at home on April 18, 2016.

Today, the organization Nubs inspired continues to grow.  NUBS received 501(c)(4) status from the IRS in early 2014, as a Social Welfare Organization, and was granted 501(c)(3) status in November 2014.  NUBS has a large, loyal social media fan base, and recently launched Season 1 of the House of Nubs Show on YouTube.

NUBS is committed to teaching children that they are unique, special, and strong enough to overcome difficult times in their lives, no matter what they have been through, or might endure in the future.   NUBS has developed a resiliency building curriculum, known as Wings Up™, which includes two children’s books, “Nubs:  A Little Bird with a Big Story” and “Remy:  A Little Bird with a Big Imagination”, with accompanying resiliency building workbook activities (accompanying instructional videos are under development).  These full-color photography books are true stories, written in a manner that is age appropriate for children (with a curriculum focus on children grades 1-4).  To date, NUBS has distributed thousands of books around the world to individuals, libraries, schools, and child therapists, and have been well-received by parents, educators, therapists, and child care professionals alike. Locally, NUBS utilizes a group of over a dozen trained volunteers and therapy birds, known as the NUBS Squad, to meet with children in the Chicagoland area, and to draw parallels to the lives and circumstances of the children with whom they meet.  The Wings Up program receives consistently strong feedback and testimonials from mental health professionals and parents alike.