What are our hours?
We do not have regular hours. We do private parties and educational shows. The rest of our time is spent cleaning and working with the animals. If you check our website for Special Events, we do a few fund raisers a year, when you can come see the animals, and watch a show and help raise money for a good cause.
Where do we get our animals from?
Many of our animals are born right here at Outragehisss...Pets. Some of them we get from other animal exhibitors, who do programs similar to what we do. Most of our animals are adopted, from people who could no longer keep them.
What time will my animal exhibitor arrive?
About 10 to 15 minutes before your show is scheduled to start.
How much space do I need in my house for the animal show?
The animal mat is 6x8 and the children will sit on your floor around that. The animals are in covered boxes and will need a space behind the animal exhibitor.
How long will the animal show last?
A birthday party will last about an hour, please keep in mind that younger children (2-4 year olds) do not have a long attention span, so their shows might not last as long. We will show all 8 animals.
Can I serve food during the animal show?
No. There is no food or drink allowed during the animal show. In fact, it's a good idea not to have food around the show area.
Can I have a rain date?
We do not give out rain dates. We will allow you to cancel one time only; due to bad weather.
Can I have the party outside?
Yes, but it maust be at least 70° & no more than 90°. Please provide shade for the children and the animals. Due to "West Nile Virus" we Do NOT show our birds outdoors, so if you pick a bird we will do the program inside (screened in porches and garages are outdoors, any place where a mosquito can reach the birds is not safe.) We will not show all the animals outside and then show the bird inside, this creates confusion for the children and the animals.
What is your cancellation policy?
If canncellation is given 10 days prior to first date scheduled, 80% of deposit will be refunded. In case of snow, bad weather or illness, party can be rescheduled one time only, within one year of original scheduled date. Deposit is not refundable on rescheduled parties.
What if I pick the same animals as someone else having a party, will you run out of animals?
No. We have more than one of each animal, and there are so many to pick from that it is rare that people pick the same animals anyway.
Will the animals bite?
Our animals are used to children; they enjoy going to shows and meeting people. However, they still are animals and should be treated with respect. Our programs are structured and controlled; so the animals enjoy what they are doing and remain calm.
Can I bring my own animals to a party at Outragehisss...Pets?
No. We have permits with the USDA, N.J. Division of Fish & Wildlife and N.Y.D.E.C and they do not allow us to have animals that are not on our permits in Outragehisss...Pets.
Can I bring balloons to Outragehisss...Pets?
No. Balloons scare the animals and when they pop they leave behind pieces of balloon that, if swallowed, will hurt the animals.
Should I tip the animal exhibitor and/or party hosts?
Gratuity is not included in the fee. The animal exhibitor and party hosts are very appreciative of any and all tips; however it is at your discretion.
How do I book a party?
To book a party call 845-352-4477, if you get the machine, please leave a message (Mary spends most of her time on the phone, and you will not get a busy signal; it goes to voice mail). We can hold a date for 3 days without a deposit, at that time we require a $100.00 deposit. You will not get your contract until we get a deposit.
How do I pick my animals?
From the Animal List. The younger children seem to like the animals that do things during the show (eat, take a bath, etc.).
Can I bring my own cake?
Yes. We will give you a $10.00 cake credit.
Can I bring in food for adults?
Yes. You can bring in anything for the adults except Pizza. Please provide all paper goods and beverages for the adults. If you would like to bring in themed paper products for the children, we will switch the paper goods.
What's in the goody bags?
The goody bag has 1 lollipop, 1 fruit snack, 2 animal toys and is tied to a stuffed animal.
Why can't we pet the fox in N.J.?
We are licensed in N.Y. and N.J. The regulations in each state are different; we must follow the regulations of the state that the animal show is being performed in.
Do any of these animals make good pets?
Most of the animals at Outragehisss...Pets do NOT make good pets, but there are a few that do. Before we even get started with defining what makes "a good pet," if you truly are interested in owning an exotic animal, the first question that needs to be answered is "What laws and regulations govern what animals in your state and country?" You need to be very thorough in this investigation and cover state, county, municipal, and local zoning regulations. If you violate any of these regulations you risk having your animal taken from you (we have received many animals this way).
After you have found out what the laws are, we can look into what makes "a good pet." First, establish how much time you have to spend with your new pet. Who will take care of the pet? What does the pet eat, and is the person feeding it afraid of what it eats? How much room will the pet need? How big will it get? How much can the pet be handled? Now, if you still want to own an exotic pet, here are some suggestions: Chinchilla, Corn Snake, Leopard Gecko, Bearded Dragon, Ball Python.
These are only suggestions, do your research, and remember to give your pet lots of love and care. Just remember, if you take the time to do things right, you will end up with a quality animal.
For more information on laws and regulations, please contact:
United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife
(609) 984-0839 or 292-6685
Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Fish and Wildlife
(518) 457-3400 or 439-7635