If you have a reptile that you need to rehome, please e-mail us. We will determine
if we have enough space and time to accept your pet. If not, we will make every effort
to offer alternatives for you to consider. Realize that your animal is not a “donation”
to us. You are releasing custody of it, for whatever reason (most are good ones),
but we will not be financially gaining from taking on your responsibility. You are
expected to make a donation of cash or supplies, unless your own financial situation
is grave (we’ve been there, we understand, it’s OK). We aren’t going to interrogate
you or ask about your finances - just donate if you can. We have been fortunate in
having some wonderful donors in the past that helped keep VARR going.
There are some reptiles that VARR cannot accept. Water turtles (with only a few exceptions),
iguanas, large monitor lizards, and snakes more than 10 feet in length are animals
that we do not currently have facilities to house. You are welcome to contact us
about placing these animals - we often have possibilities for new homes, we just
cannot bring them here.
Please note that we generally cannot take sick or injured reptiles unless they have
been seen by a vet. We are able to administer the treatment, but not able to afford
your vet bill. Sometimes the best option for sick, injured, or aggressive reptiles
is humane euthanasia. Your veterinarian can perform this procedure for you, and it
is better than having the animal suffer or become neglected by someone else.
If you have spoken with us, and we have agreed to take your reptile, please complete
the Surrender Document online (no need to print it - it comes right to us), or print
the Release of Custody Form and have it with you when you meet with us.
Thanks for not releasing your pet into the wild, or neglecting it. We appreciate
it on your pet’s behalf.