VA Reptile Rescue, Inc.exists to: (Updated 1/2/09)
-Act as a rescue organization for reptiles and amphibians that have been injured,
neglected, mistreated or are otherwise unwanted. This entails:
a) providing temporary homes for reptiles and amphibians in need, and
b) finding appropriate new homes for those reptiles and amphibians
-Educate the public about reptiles and amphibians.
-Promote awareness of proper husbandry and maintenance practices for reptiles and
-Promote responsible pet ownership practices, including selecting appropriate and
-Promote environmental conservation, especially related to herpetological concerns.
-Promote captive breeding as the best source of pet-trade reptiles and amphibians,
while recognizing that certain species must be obtained from the wild in order to
maintain genetically sound captive breeding programs.
-Protect the rights and represent the interests of individuals to maintain, breed,
and sell reptiles and amphibians in a responsible manner.
-Provide assistance to authorities in public safety and community leaders with regards
to questions about reptile and amphibian ownership and identification of unknown