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Old 01-03-2018, 11:13 AM   #51
Herps Alive!
In the caetgory of Never a dull moment in reptile rescue. For the 12/31 pickup, we took (with permission) a few disusesd exo-terras to house some of the frogs in. Yesterday, we found these two guys in a piece of cork. Not exactly a species most rescues will ever see. Our guess is that the owner was unaware there were eggs in the cork log and that he moved it to another cage, where they hatched.
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:57 PM   #52
Adorable! What a crazy find!
Glad you were able to take in such a large gecko/frog collection.
I wish you continued success with the adoptions!
Old 01-03-2018, 06:12 PM   #53
Wow! a New Year's surprise!
They look very cool, but I guess extra stowaways aren't exactly what you wanted....
Old 01-04-2018, 07:39 PM   #54
Herps Alive!
Things a reptile rescue hardly ever says to its clients (and that a rescuer never thought he would say):
"I am sorry. We currently have NO ball pyhtons or leopard geckos available. But if you would like a leachie, a leaftailed gecko or two or a pair of chohouha geckos...or maybe a dozen dart frogs o a couple Panther Chameleons, stop in."

The surprises never end and today was no different. Thank G-d for our great volunteers.
Old 01-07-2018, 10:15 AM   #55
Herps Alive!
Need some "Wisdom of the Crowd" advice. Our adoption policy is straightforward and has been in place since about six months after we opened. We do not post animals on our FB page until they are vet cleared and have met other requirement (worming,for lizards and tortoises, eating 2-3 times f or snakes, etc). However, visitors to the rescue may begin the process and if their application is approved, with a 25% deposit we hold the animal until it is cleared. If for any reason the animal is not cleared, the customer has the choice of a refund, transfer to a similar animal or to wait until the selected animal is cleared.
Here is the problem After our surpirsing gecko intake Thursday, which we shared generally on FB, but not specific animals or adoption fees, one of our FB likes sharesd the fact on a leachie FB page. As a result, we had over 100 inquiries about these animals, despite having a pinned explanatory post on our page as to what the procedure would be. While many of these folks would not qualify out of hand Example -"I will adopt all your lizards and even give yo some money."-or- "I will take all the leachies. How big are they and how many are there?" Some do seem qualified and if walk-ins don't reserve all the animals by the end of the week when they would become available, we will make them available to these on-line folks.
Simple question -Is this policy reasonable and if not what can we do do to improve it? Thank you for your help.
Old 01-07-2018, 11:01 AM   #56
I think your policy is perfectly reasonable wrt priority of adopters (local first before opening up to shipping) as well as ensuring that the home is a good fit for the animal.
Old 02-06-2018, 11:08 AM   #57
Herps Alive!
Although some of them were wholesaled out dart frogs, we did 107 adoptions in January, far and away a record.
Old 03-11-2018, 06:58 PM   #58
That is awesome man. Congratulations on all of your success.
Old 12-18-2018, 08:55 AM   #59
Herps Alive!
Sunday we did our 500th adoption of 2018 wehn we sent this king snake home. Our total currently stands at 510, topping the 424 we did last year.We believe it is the highest number of adoptions and 501(c)(3) reptile rescue has ever done in one year. (If someone has other info, polease let me know).
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Old 02-13-2019, 01:33 PM   #60
Herps Alive!
We ended 2018 doing 519 adoptions, but 696 intakes (2nd straight year of intakes in the 690s). We are currently housing about 350 animals, but our adoptable inventory is quite low (good and bad) right now. This is why a rescue needs to have a business plan and be able to rely on other revenue streams -- it is not about the money, but as (to our knowledge) the only rescue in the United States that operates on a humane society model (set hours where the public can view adoptable animals at a facility with a small retail sales area) we have to pay the rent and utilities (electric alone was $1255 last month). We were non profit exhibitors at Tinley in October and will be back in March, so please stop by and say hello. October Tinley crew is pictured.
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