We believe that all animals deserve a safe, healthy, and happy home, and we are doing our part to help make that happen. Our program takes in over 300 unwanted pet birds a year and helps find them loving new homes. We serve the Kansas City area, and give preference to our clients when placing birds for adoption, but we will consider anyone who is willing to drive to our location and who passes the application and interview.
Dr. Julie Burge is a 1987 graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. Although she started out seeing dogs, cats, and other small mammals, she soon realized that birds were the animals on which she wanted to focus her veterinary career. She started Burge Bird Services in Kansas City in 1990, and has grown it to be the only exclusively avian practice in the area. Dr. Julie is also very interested in disaster response since being involved with birds rescued from Hurricane Katrina.
Bird Nurse Julie Morriss does all kinds of jobs around here, including monitoring birds that are under anesthesia during surgery, holding parrots during exams and trimming, making sure every critter is fed, watered, and clean, making appointments, filling out forms for the nonprofit and the veterinary practice, and making sure that our office is stocked with everything we need. Nurse Julie started out years ago with one pet cockatiel, and now they are her special love, so she takes home the ones that are considered unadoptable. We sometimes call her Cockatiel Dundee.
The rest of our staff consists of bird lovers, or those who enjoy working with birds even though they may not have any at home.
Burge Bird Services and Burge Bird Rescue employ several part-time bird lovers who help keep our feathered friends clean, fed, and supplied with toys, as well as assisting the doctor and nurse as needed. We also have volunteers who help hand out treats and play with the birds so they enjoy their stay with us.
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