Q:I applied for an animal, but I never heard back from you. Why not?
A: VA Reptile Rescue gets a LOT of applications for most animals. Because this is
not our full-time jobs (well, it is, but it's not the one that pays the bills), we
have very limited time. If we spent that time personally answering every e-mail,
we'd never have time to clean or feed the animals. We've chosen the animal care over
a personal response. We hope to someday have enough staff that it is possible to
reply to each applicant - but right now, we don't. We appreciate your understanding
that we don't mean to be rude, we just don't have the time to do it!
Q: If I didn't get to adopt the animal I was applying for, does that mean I was denied?
A: NO, not necessarily. While some applications are simply denied, most are just
not the best application at that time for that animal. These applications are put
in a file for future animals that come in. If you change your contact info, but still
want to be considered, please notify us so we will be able to let you know when another
animal comes in that you may be approved for.
Q: Where do the animals come from that end up at VARR?
A: The vast majority are owner surrenders; this means the owners gave up the animals
willingly due to changes in life circumstances. A few animals come in that were strays,
and a few have come in because of being seized by law enforcement.
Q: Why do owners surrender their animals to VARR?
A: Lots of reasons. The most common reasons are: they were moving; a parent or spouse
doesn't like reptiles; the animal got too large/aggressive to handle; child grew
up and left the animal with parents; child got bored with it; new children in family;
new job demands; etc. Most surrenders fall into those categories.
Q: Do these animals need special/unusual care after adoption?
A: Not usually. Most animals that are available for adoption are already healthy
enough to adopt. Some may be thin, but otherwise healthy and ready to be placed into
a new home. Any time an animal needs special care, it will be clearly posted and
understood by all involved.
Q: I have a reptile I need to rehome. Can I bring it to you?
A: Please see our surrender page for information on surrendering a reptile to VARR.
Q: Why do you charge an adoption fee?
A: VA Reptile Rescue, Inc. is not funded by any source other than donations and adoption
fees. Therefore, in order to have funds available for vet care, etc., adoption fees
Q: Will you ship animals?
A: Yes, we will ship to approved applicants at their expense.
Q: I'd like to come visit and see the animals before I apply to adopt. Is this OK?
A: We are not open to "browsing", nor are we a pet store. Animals are usually shown
on the website. All adoptions are done via application. Therefore, an applicant must
be extended an invitation to come visit.
Q: I can't find directions to VA Reptile Rescue - why?
A: VA Reptile Rescue is operated from our home. Therefore, we are not a business,
and are not "open" for "browsing". We do not want people dropping off animals on
our doorstep, nor do we wish to have thieves decide to visit us. For that reason,
directions are available only to those who make an appointment with us for a specific
Q: Why can't I sell or give away an animal I've adopted. After all, it's mine now,
A: NO. The adoption contract is not a sale contract. Ownership of the animal remains
with VA Reptile Rescue - we are simply granting you physical custody of the animal,
with the understanding that you are responsible for its needs. In the event you cannot
take care of it any longer, it comes back to us so we can find it another home. This
is intended to keep dealers and compulsive animal traders (yes, those folks do exist!)
from acquiring "cheap" animals from us that they don't intend to keep.
Q: How are the animals housed at VARR??
A: We use mostly professional reptile cages, including Vision, Neodesha, and Boaphile
Plastics cages. We use glass squariums rarely, and only when appropriate. To see
photos of our setups, take a look at the about us page.
Q: I’d like to donate to VARR. Can I get a tax-deduction for it?
A: Not yet. As of July, 2011, we have not completed our 501c3 application. We are
waiting for the IRS to offer their online application and lower application fee that
they promised to have in 2010. Now that is has been delayed, so has our application.
If anyone has the ability to complete the lengthy application for us, and donate
towards the fee, we could get it sooner.
Q: I’d like to donated equipment or cages to VARR. Do you want them?
A: Maybe. We don’t use glass aquariums, but we do offer them for sale at very low
prices to those who need/want them. This is one way we can fundraise for the rescue.
Other cages may or may not be accepted, depending on size and type. Contact us to
see if it is something we can take. Either way, we appreciate that you thought of
us for your donation.
If you have any questions that this didn't answer, please e-mail us. We'll try to