The Priceless Parrot Preserve sounds like a jungle. The calls and conversations of more than 100 birds from 29 species form a symphony that strengthens social bonds. Well-behaved members of the flock greet visitors and play with toys hanging from the ceiling, whereas animals with behavioral issues—often the products of abuse or neglect—hang back, working with volunteers and founders Gene and Marietta Avery to grow and recover. As a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, Gene provides medical care to the often malnourished birds and ensures that they receive a rich diet of nuts and fruit.
Gene and Marietta Avery founded The Priceless Parrot Preserve to care for neglected and abandoned exotic birds. Their goal is twofold: to educate the public about the birds both as pets and wild creatures, and to give a permanent home to mistreated and unwanted birds. The couple originally adopted the birds out of their own pockets, but formed their own preserve when confronted with the sheer number of birds in need. Today, they specialize in taking in larger birds such as macaws and cockatoos that demand more attention and other birds that might be considered unadoptable.
A fully stocked pet store open since 1939, the family-owned Selmer’s Pet Land provides the necessary toys, tools, and treats to help maintain healthy human-critter relationships. Browse the reptile collection to see what we would’ve become if it weren’t for the global evolution implemented by the Greeks, who were the most advanced civilization to remain more than 40% monitor lizard. Treats such as DuraChew bones ($9.99) and toys including the Kong Wubba ($10.59) are available to reward clever pups defending the basement by eating bugs and genuinely enjoying it. Pet parents can also pick up necessities such as Dave’s canned premium dog food ($18.99/12-pack) or Wellness canned cat food, which entices kitties with its irresistible duo of tuna and salmon ($39.99/24-pack).
On the 15-acre parcel of countryside dubbed Winding Hill Riding Club & Show Stables, head instructor and trainer Christy Alexander-Van Eron coaches both horses and humans to become safe and successful competitors. She uses the facilities––including more than 40 paddocks, a pair of outdoor rings, and a large indoor arena renovated with new footing––to accomplish this task, which, in a way, has always been her life's work. Currently a Red Cross- and Horsemanship Safety Association-certified instructor, she's been riding since the age of five and has long been competing at a high level, including showing with hunters and jumpers throughout college. Over her career, she whittled instruction down to three key necessities to producing successful riders: riding for pleasure, competition, or sugar cubes.
A proponent of animal welfare since 1903, the community of animal-care professionals at Bideawee support veterinary care and pet-adoption services and offer photography, veterinary services, and dog-park access in appreciation for your donation. With the $60 purchase (of which $42 will benefit Bideawee’s charity) your pooch will receive professional veterinary services, including a comprehensive wellness check and minimally invasive microchipping with one year’s registration to help locate AWOL canines.
Signature service: Tom Mooney
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Shampoo
Pro Tip: The earlier you bring dog in for grooming the quicker it can be picked up.