Marion L. Janusz Certified Reptile Specialist .
739 Borden Rd. Cheektowaga,
NEW YORK 14227
Because RARE cannot afford to return out of town calls, please email
your request, and we will be happy to
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Reptile Adoption, Rehabilitation, and Education
Marion L. Janusz/Executive Director
R.A.R.E. Inc.- Reptile Adoption, Rehabilitation & Education, Inc.
739 Borden Rd.
Cheektowaga, New York 14227
(716) 656 7273
INTRODUCTION: Since 1996, when I first founded R.A.R.E. to address the need for proper care and maintenance of reptiles and amphibians/ wild/exotic, I have had many people suggest I list my qualifications to the public. While I was initially against it, thinking it was "self-serving" , I can see now, that many people in our community don't really realize how committed I am to these creatures and their proper care, the continued education of the public and our members, and of course, my own education. So it is with reservations, I list my past ,present and continuing experiences and education .
North American School of Animal Sciences Diploma -1974
Dr. Joseph Grogan, D.V.M.- Transit Animal Hospital- 1974-1979 Large and small animal practice with occasional wildlife and zoo animals.
SUNYAB- Associate's Degree- Accounting- 1976-78
M&M School of Dog Grooming Graduate - 1978
Received Master Groomer Status- 1980
Buffalo Zoo Docent Graduate- 1982-1987.
Votech Program - Ormsby Center- Small Animal Care- 1987
Buffalo State Teachers College- Vo-Tech Ed.- Animal Care Specialist 1988-91
Feb. 2003 -Tortoise Master Class (Class of Distinction) Tortoise Trust UK
Feb. 2003 - designated "expert consultant" to Exotic DVM Forum (Marc Kramer)
April 2004-IACUC- Internal Animal Care and Use Committee member-Bflo.State College
Editor of R.A.R.E.'s bi-annual newsletter , "RARE News", RARE Annual Report and the previous editor of Exotic Veterinary Council Monthly Newsletter, "EXOTIC TALES".(Minnier)
Member of VSPN (Veterinary Information Network) and continue to take on-line classes.
Recently completed classes in "Reptile Parasitology" and "Toxicology" 2007
Member of ARAV-Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians.
Member of the Avian/Exotic Veterinary Council.
Member of the Exotic DVM On-line Forum.
Have assisted local veterinarians with various reptile emergencies. Do in-house long -term, short term rehab for local pet shops, veterinarians, and RARE members. (with veterinarian review) . Am referred by local veterinarians, the Buffalo Zoo, Bflo. Museum of Science, ECSPCA and the better pet stores.
I have been available for care advice, emergency and long term rehab care and boarding,
365 days a year for the last 12 years.
My duties at R.A.R.E. include daily cleaning, feeding and health care of over
80 presently harbored reptiles, food preparation, ordering and feeding /cleaning of feeder insects, ordering and inventory of frozen feeder food for snakes, updating membership lists, membership services, membership renewal notices, keeping daily financial records on income and expenses, editor of the bi-annual newsletter and annual report. Taking newsletters to printer for copying and collating. Folding, labeling, stamping and mailing of 250 - 500 newsletters bi-annually. Answering calls on care advice, tour appointments, unwanted animals, adoptions, presentation requests, fundraisers, filing adoption forms, boarding forms and consent forms and herp correspondence. Overseeing volunteers and sending thank you cards to donors, replying to emails and phone calls for advice on care and rehab, updating website and all the other paperwork involved in running a non-profit organization.
Our tenth anniversary in 2006 was met with relief and satisfaction , but in March 2006, a devastating fire tore through the bldg. killing 40 of the 75 resident animals and gutting the inside. We moved the surviving animals to a temporary storefront on French Rd. and restoration of the bldg. started in August of 2006 .
In April 2007, we moved into our newly built facilities and to this date (April 2008) we continue our work.. This year we are planning more outdoor facilities for our resident animals to better enjoy the summer months.
Because RARE is an All Volunteer organization, and I do not receive any compensation, besides my duties at RARE, I operate a small dog grooming business down the street from the Borden Rd.House.