We love our animals!
All of our animals are healthy and happy! They enjoy daily organic local produce, weekly checkups, and clean, comfortable habitats. Our enrichment programs are designed to engage their minds with toys and games, and they have plenty of time to relax and play!
Our animals have an entire team of amazing people who care for them every day. We work with the United States Department of Agriculture and several of the best veterinarian practices in Texas to continuously improve and redefine our care standards.
A unique habitat
Our animals live in climate controlled habitats, specifically made to maintain the ideal temperature range for each species. We have carefully designed habitats that far exceed the criteria from the United States Department of Agriculture.
Each animal is individually and professionally cared for daily by our team of amazing Animal Caretakers.
One of the ways we ensure our animals are happy and healthy is through our specially designed Enrichment Program developed by a professional animal behaviorist. Enrichment takes animal care beyond meeting the physical needs of animals by allowing for social needs to be fulfilled, their mind to be stimulated, abilities to be challenged, and choices to be had.
One of the pillars of our animal care program is social enrichment. In the wild, animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, and chinchillas interact with one another and develop relationships, hierarchies, and communities. Through an extensive pairing process, we provide each of these social animals a lifelong animal friend. Through our events these animals also get lots of human interaction to help meet their social needs. Watch for the paired animals at your next event! It’s easy to see how fond they are of each other.
Toys and Fun
All of our animals are curious and incredibly smart. They love having things to do to keep them busy. Cognitive enrichment activities are all about mental stimulation and through our enrichment program we keep our animals on a regular schedule of new toys to play with. These activities occupy the animal’s time and allow for manipulation of objects, exploration, or exploratory play. We provide a variety of hanging, floor and chew toys including bell balls, cat toys, stacking cups, plastic recycle, mason jar lids, cardboard paper rolls, bird toys, mirrors, paper bag toys, and willow and apple branches. We give each animal a new toy everyday to keep life fun and exciting.
Encouraging Natural Behaviors
Our enrichment program also gives each of our animals opportunities to exhibit natural behaviors that help them survive such as foraging, burrowing, digging, tunneling, and chewing. These needs are satisfied through exploratory playtime (both indoor and outdoor) and using household items that help them mimic these natural behaviors. Some of the items we use are sandboxes, tires, large tubes, baskets, and litter box lids. We provide hunting enrichment with various bugs for our hedgehogs and lizards. Our extensive outdoor areas give each animal a unique and fun place to play and explore.
Just like humans our pets enjoy a change of scenery and having new experiences. At Tiny Tails to You each animal receives enrichment that stimulates all of the senses: visual, olfactory, auditory, taste, and tactile. All of our animals enjoy indoor and outdoor experiences, trips off property, patches of tall grass (grown in many indoor enclosures!), lots of fun chew toys, and new foods to engage all of their senses.
Holding our animals
We are committed to educating each one of our customers on how to safely handle our animals. Our staff are well trained and carefully supervise animal handling during events. While adults are allowed more freedom, children are always seated while holding our animals and are not allowed to lift animals off of their lap mats, for the safety of the animal.
I have worked with Tiny Tails to You since 2013 to help define the highest standard of care for these animals.
Tiny Tails to You has gone several steps further than the required USDA annual inspection; I perform monthly visits at their facility to ensure the best practices of care are being followed.
Tiny Tails to You provides their animals the best quality food, housing and care. They have formed an enrichment program for the animals that includes playtime, socialization, and puzzles. Our staff at South Park Animal Hospital has spayed and neutered all of their rabbits so they can have morning social time in large play areas together.
When I examine their animals, they are very docile and tame, and have no qualms being handled. I have examined and cared for all their animals including rabbits, hedgehogs, chinchillas, chickens, chicks, guinea pigs, blue-tongue skinks, bearded dragons, and tortoises.
I enjoy working with the staff and animals at Tiny Tails to You and look forward to continuing this work!
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