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Avian & Exotic Pet Adoptions

Adoption Rules: As part of the adoption process all members of the family and any pets that will be interacting with the prospective new member of the household are required to come to the hospital on at least two occasions and visit with that pet. All exotic pets in the household must have a current exam and be up to date on vaccinations (if applicable). Adoption fees will apply and are non-refundable.


Satsuma is a 3 year old spayed female bunny that was found as a stray on New Years Day 2018. We had her almost a year before a home was found, but sadly she did not get along with the other bunny in the household. Her new owners tried for 6 weeks to bond them, but sadly had to return her to us. We are now looking for a single bunny home for her, or a home where she can have her own space away from other rabbits. She is 7-8 pounds and full of love (for people!). She enjoys being pet, is very calm, and easy to handle. If you have space in your heart to give this furry bundle of love a second try, give us a call today.

Update 5/25/19: Satsuma is still with us and still looking for a forever home. She is incredibly sweet and loves to cuddle and be pet. She would prefer to be an only bunny, but may get along with a more submissive friend. She is fine with most dogs and cats as well. She has already spent a year with us, and is working on her second year. Please consider this gentle giant for your new pal!

Baby 2


Baby is a 37 year old male Yellow Naped Amazon. He has been coming to see us since 1995, but sadly his owner passed away last year. Baby can be a little shy with new people, but will eventually step up and loves to sing and talk. He can be commonly found hanging upside down in his cage playing with his foraging toys. Some of the songs he sings are "On Top of Old Smokey" and "How Much is that Doggy in the Window". His vocabulary is quite large - "I love you", "Everyone loves the baby", meowing and barking, "Want to go bye-bye", "peek-a-boo", and "What's wrong with that".

He has been weaned to mostly pellets (he likes both Harrisons and Zupreem), some seeds, fruits, vegetables, and nutriberries. He loves almonds as a special treat. He is current on his polyoma virus vaccines and routine blood work. Due to being older, he will need regular bloodwork every 2-3 years to make sure we can catch anything developing as early as possible.

Adoption Pending

Levi 2


Levi is a 3 year old neutered male bunny. He was adopted from us in 2017 after almost a year here, but since then lost his bonded friend and his owners were not able to keep him. He is back with us looking for another home. He is very sweet, and loves to be pet and brushed. He enjoys laying by you as well as being active and throwing toys around. He would make a great spoiled only bunny, but may do well with another friend if the right one came along. Help Levi find his new home!

(Update - 1/25/19)

Levi is still here looking for a new home. His previous owner still comes 1-2 times a week to sit with him and help keep him socialized. He loves to play and be loved on, and enjoys his weekly brushing. We would love to see Levi go to a great home before another year with us goes by!


June B.

Dr. Rich is winner of the Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award, lecturer at many Exotic veterinary conferences, and deeply involved in local area projects. Twenty years have passed and in that time I cannot begin to count the number of rabbits treated there, all with the best of care. My job as a rescuer of rabbits has been made easier with the support of Dr. Rich, Dr. Pence and the Staff.

Rick R.

I have been dealing with the Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana (formerly West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic), Dr. Rich and Dr. Pence, since 2006. They are the premier exotics only vet in the Gulf South and one of a small handful that are experienced with chinchillas. Every chinchilla surrendered to us is taken there for a comprehensive wellness check-up. Many have been treated for a variety of conditions, both minor and serious. After having more than 100 chinchillas seen there, I could not be more pleased with the competency, courtesy and caring exhibited by everyone there. Many of our animals are enjoying happier and healthier lives because of Dr. Rich and Dr. Pence.

Tom and Tracey L.

We have been breeders of exotic parrots since 1998. Dr. Rich and staff are our first and only stop to make sure the breeders we buy are healthy. The professionalism of Dr. Rich and his staff far exceed our expectations. Regardless the outcome of the exam we know we can trust the results and advice given by Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana (formerly West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic). The clinic is always clean and the staff friendly. We highly recommend all clients set up an appointment to meet Dr. Rich and/or Dr. Pence. Don’t wait until it’s an emergency. Well visits are very important to maintain healthy happy animals. We are very fortunate to have such well respected, professional and caring exotic veterinarians in our area.

Ashley G., DVM

Dr. Rich is the avian expert! The clinic is state of the art, the boarding facility has large, clean cages and the team is very caring. It's with great confidence that I refer my avian patients to Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana (formerly West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic).

Karen and Steve M.

My family and I have been associated with Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana (formerly West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic) for 14 years now. Dr. Rich has received countless awards for his many accomplishments. He is forward-thinking; always in touch with the latest technology and procedures. His leading edge approach has kept my exotic pets healthy and happy!

Maurice G. and Brenda B.

In June 2013 we opened Bon Temps Ferret Rescue and shortly after contacted Dr. Rich at Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana (formerly West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic). Living almost three hours away, we had questions before making the trip with some of our little ones rescued from various situations. Dr. Rich, Dr. Pence and their staff have taken time to return our calls regardless of what day of the week. We have brought in ferrets with varying degrees of medical needs and have always been served in the most professional and caring manner, not only for the ferrets but for us as well in some critical times."

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