THE HARRISON’S BIRD FOODS STORY
Our veterinary roots run deep—The Harrison name has been caring for animals since the 1920s.
In the 1970s, Dr. Greg Harrison moved his family and veterinary practice to a rural farm in South Florida so they could pursue a dream of raising their own food and breeding pet birds. This experience initiated them into a “natural” world, where preventive medicine became the protocol. Dr. Harrison became a recognized leader in avian health.
In the late 70’s Dr. Harrison created the first all-bird veterinary practice in Lake Worth, FL. The practice, named The Bird Hospital. Early on he noted that a vast percentage of pet bird ailments could be prevented with excellent nutrition.This would become the basis for things to come. In the mid-80’s Dr. Harrison teamed with his daughter Tanya, and with the help of the avian veterinary community and top avian nutritionists and created Harrison’s Bird Foods – the first commercially available, certified organic pet food (not just birds)!
The following decades would see major advances in avian veterinary medicine and avian nutrition and the Harrison family would be at the center of these. Several high-regarded clinical texts, including what is often referred to as The Bible of Avian Medicine Avian Medicine: Principles and Applications as well as Clinical Avian Medicine would feature the Harrison name. Harrison’s would expand from a small warehouse in Pawnee City, Nebraska to larger facilities in Omaha, South Florida and finally Brentwood, TN where – spearheaded by Tanya Harrison, the company would be realized as a full-service premium, certified organic bird food storage and shipping facility with a dedicated family of employees.
Now represented via veterinary distributorships all over the world, Harrison’s is able to be made available to pet birds just about everywhere we are able to share what the Harrison’s family has always known; that the single most important thing you can do for your bird is to feed it right!
Our mission has always been disease prevention and promotion of wellness. Most commercial products just treat clinical signs of a disease and not the animal as a whole. At Harrisons’ we promote whole animal health through whole, intact foods. There is new and ongoing evidence of the negative effects of mega-agriculture on all animals, humans and the planet. The effects range from behavioral and reproductive disorders to immune suppression and cancers. These issues point to the value of encouraging organic farming, using sustainable resources and being proactive. Through the use of the natural, sustainable products we offer, animals achieve a stronger immune system to overcome environmental contaminants. This preventive approach is a compelling distinction of Harrisons’ Bird Foods