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A word from Matt smith, project perry founder

MAY 15, 2021

 

Dear fellow bird enthusiast interested in visiting the sanctuary,

With the wind down of COVID restrictions and mandates, interest and requests to visit the sanctuary are increasing.  While we appreciate the love and public's interest in our work,...and to see it firsthand, we need to balance daily work requirements and extra projects we continue to work on (including the completion of one aviary build and the beginning of another new aviary build) with conducting public visitation.  The average visitation in around 3 hours!  At this time, priority will be given to donors to the sanctuary including Parrot Sponsors and Lifetime of Care participants.  We sincerely appreciate your understanding of the large work load and countless hours it takes to maintain and grow the sanctuary for the betterment of our 200+ avian residents.

-Matt Smith, Executive Director

 

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MARCH 2021

Dear fellow bird enthusiast interested in visiting the sanctuary,

We do wish to eventually return to scheduled visits from the General Public and we do appreciate the interest you have in our Sanctuary. However, our Governor is still “mandating" mask usage for anyone going out in public. Our General Public tours/visits are mostly outdoors and many people expect others to wear masks even outdoors. We choose not to wear masks for several hours (the average time a tour takes) outdoors on our own property. So, to ensure a visitor will not be uncomfortable with our decision and preference, we will wait to resume General Public visits once the State of Virginia deems it “safe" to without a Mask Mandate.

-Matt Smith, Executive Director

Visitation Policy

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Project Perry Inc. (The Central VA Parrot Sanctuary) serves as a lifelong home to birds both rescued and placed through our lifetime of care program.  As a dually accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, our main focus is the quality of care we are able to provide our residents.  With approximately 15,000 sq.ft. of aviary space for our 200+ population, we understand the high level of interest in visiting.  Since our inception, we have welcomed thousands of parrot advocates and otherwise interested folks to our Sanctuary.  Offering visitation has always played a big role in growing our support base and provided an opportunity for on-site education and advocacy. 

As a working Sanctuary, we must provide balance between our dedication and the time it takes to properly care for our residents along with maintaining the property and the structures that house them.  Additionally, preserving the true sense of the word “Sanctuary” is always at the forefront of our mission.  We are not a zoo, this is home to many. 

 

We sincerely appreciate the interest of those wishing to visit our growing Sanctuary and we want to maintain an effective means of allowing the public to discover our work and appreciate it through a visit.

 

Please read the very important information listed below.

 

  • First and foremost, (again) we are not a zoo.  When you are here, you are in the BIRD'S home. The reason that Sanctuary/Rescue facilities exist is due to human failure to these creatures. This is a happy place for the birds that were lucky enough to get here, but its reason for existing is sad. Be sure to educate yourself on the problems the pet trade has created, and continues to create today. We do not support breeding for the pet trade. If you support breeding and the pet trade, then this facility might not be for you. 

  • Entrance into the aviaries is at the staff’s discretion based on flock dynamics at the time.

  • SMALL CHILDREN are excitable and may not be allowed into the aviaries.  We can not chance a bird being stepped on due to the inattention of the child. 

  • If you have been sick, if you are coming down with something, or anything along those lines, please do not visit during that time.  We can not take "days off".  There are no "sick days" here.  The work at the sanctuary must be completed daily and trying to do it with body aches and a 103+ fever isn't fun.

  • Please wear closed-toe shoes.  Some birds are “toe biters”!

  • You will be required to sign an injury waiver.

  • Please do not wear any clothing that non-sanctuary birds have been on – and wash hands if you have been in contact with other birds.

  • A $20 donation fee per person is required.  Children 12 and under, accompanied by a parent, may visit at no charge.  The average visit time spent here is 2 hours.

  • Please arrive promptly at scheduled visit time as this is a working Sanctuary and we plan our day-to-day activities and projects to make the best use of our time.

  • Entering our home is not part of the tour, but depending on time and group size; we will sometimes make exceptions.  If you'd like to visit with the birds living inside of the house, please be ready to remove your shoes.  Some of the birds will occasionally jump or fly down onto the floor and we humans can bring in various germs and bacteria from the outdoors.  Keep this in mind if you are shy about your feet.  In addition, this is our human home as well, we'd like to keep it clean as much as possible! 

  • If you need to reschedule, please give us 24 hours notice.  A no-show will result in forfeiture of the donation fee.  Should the Sanctuary need to reschedule, we will contact you as soon as possible to arrange another date.

  • You are welcome to take photographs during your visit.

  • Restroom facilities are available in a brand new restroom/outhouse on the property.  If you are nervous using a restroom outside, it would be a good idea for you to visit facilities prior to your arrival here.

  • We encourage visits from May through October.  Winter days are shorter and our daylight working hours are more limited.

Thank you so much for your interest and support in what we do at Project Perry. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Matt Smith

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