Spanning 25,000 square feet of living quarters for coldblooded creatures, Reptilia houses more than 200 venomous and nonvenomous reptiles and amphibians. Experienced keepers and handlers educate zoo-goers on the critters that make up the more than 50 exhibits, including star attractions such as a 14-foot king cobra, a red-footed tortoise, and Induna?a 14-foot Nile crocodile weighing more than 1,200 pounds. Besides expounding on animals? eating habits during four live feedings each day, the staff also demonstrates the reptiles? instinctive behaviors during live shows in an on-site theatre. Furthering its commitment to reptilian education, the zoo helps visitors overcome their irrational fears of snakes, spiders, and terrarium glass in a four-week course dedicated to phobias, and camp counselors guide Reptilia campers through science experiments, arts and crafts, and ecologically focused zoo tours.
Paws and Claws prides itself as a comprehensive stop for all furry friends. At each location, owners can bring along their creatures to find ample supplies to feed and entertain them, such as a large selection of toys and treats. Their knowledgeable staff includes professional groomers and retail specialists trained in the ways of pet nutrition and hygiene, as well as a consulting veterinarian who keeps the business up-to-date on animal-health trends. This commitment to enhancing the quality and longevity of pet lifespans is also apparent in Paws and Claws' donations to animal charities and adoption efforts.
In 1993, Bonnie left her job in banking for barking, starting up Pet Styles. A few years later she was joined by Alisha, who started off bathing the dogs before becoming a groomer. Bonnie and Alisha groom dogs as small as chihuahuas and toy poodles and as large as huskies and newfoundlands, styling them within their breed standards to make them dog-show ready, or to their owners' preferences to make them look like cats. The two groomers keep a careful eye on pets, pausing grooming sessions if it seems like the dog is becoming distressed.
This grooming center pampers pets with a number of services including hypoallergenic baths, teeth cleanings, and nail trims. Experienced technicians use natural products such as black-primrose shampoo and blueberry facial creams to condition coats, and perform all scrubbings and blow-dries by hand. Grooming packages such as the Puppy’s First Groom combine a number of services, and customers can request add-ons such as de-matting. Oh My Dog Grooming Spa creates a soothing environment with aromatherapy scents, and each furry visitor walks out sporting a fashionable bow or bandana.
Each year, the SPCA Serving Erie County gives more than 15,000 dogs, cats, and exotic pets a new lease on life. Founded in 1867—making it the second-oldest humane society in the country—the SPCA’s compassionate animal rescue, rehabilitation, foster care, and adoption services have earned Charity Navigator’s four-star rating for extraordinary accountability and transparency, the highest rating available in all three categories. In the adoption center, furry faces peer from comfortable, clean cages as staff and volunteers evaluate customers’ needs and introduce them to compatible pets, decreasing the chance of conflict when adopters' favorite shows compete with Animal Planet specials. Before becoming eligible for adoption, pets undergo thorough health, temperament, and behavioral evaluations, and those who need extra TLC receive additional obedience training.
In addition to matching people with loving pets, SPCA Serving Erie County’s staff investigates more than 200 animal-cruelty complaints per month, and provides emergency animal-rescue services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Rescued animals receive state-of-the-art medical care in the facility’s onsite surgical suite, and rehabilitation programs prepare them to thrive in loving homes. A local, independent humane society, the donation-supported SPCA Serving Erie County is not associated with the ASPCA and receives no government funding.