Lori A. Drew is the Founder and President of the Center for Avian Rehabilitation & Education, Inc., (C.A.R.E., Inc.) formerly The Pet Network Inc. She has also received her national certification as a Veterinary Technician and Avian Specialist.
Lori turned her love for animals into a career in 1993, when she became Operations Manager of a small suburban animal shelter. Feeling too restricted in the animal welfare capacity, she then became employed as a Veterinary Assistant at a clinic that specialized in orthopedic surgery. After being promoted to Office Manager at this practice, she decided to broaden her skills and horizons by moving to a veterinary ophthalmology specialty clinic. She received her national certification as a Veterinary Technician in 2000. She now works part-time at a veterinary clinic that sees many exotic patients.
As Lori’s first love has always been animal welfare; she established The Pet Network Inc. in 1996. In 1998, this organization became a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt organization. Originally, the main focus of The Pet Network was to help place special needs animals from home to home. However, after several months, it was obvious that there were not a lot of groups available to take care of exotic birds. Lori decided at the end of 1998 to concentrate solely on rescuing exotic birds.
After working out of her home since 1996, Lori was finally able to find The Pet Network a new home in a small storefront location in Milwaukee, WI as of September 2000. It was and continues to be fully manned by volunteers and will continue to do so until it is self-sustaining. As of January 1, 2004, The Pet Network Inc. changed its name to the Center for Avian Rehabilitation & Education, Inc. to better reflect the activities and ideals of its organization. CARE moved to Richfield, WI in April 2004. As of July 1, 2015 we moved to 720 N. Barstow in Waukesha, WI.
Lori has extensive experience in bird behavior, behavior modification, bird medicine and handfeeding baby birds. She speaks on bird behavior and bird first aid regularly, and does many school programs annually. She has been quoted in Bird Talk magazine on the topic of adding a new bird to your home “flock”, and hopes to do more writing in the near future.
Lori lives with her Brussels Griffon mix Bug and Blue Chihuahua Marco at her home in West Allis, WI.