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Surrendering a Pet

Despite what many animal advocates and animal care workers say, sometimes there are very good reasons to need to surrender your pet. If the best long term place for the animal isn't with you, then as a responsible pet owner, finding that best home can be the right option. Reptiles can live a long time, and sometimes situations change, and we are here to help.

We try to help whenever we can, and we work with just about everything. But responsibly, we have to have limits.

Here are a list of things we do NOT work with:

  • Aquatic Turtles

    • If you "rescued this baby turtle from the wild"....

      • Put that thing back where it came from or so help me

  • Crocodilians

  • Iguanas

    • Except for law enforcement emergencies

  • Michigan Native Species

    • For a list of licensed specialist, check out this list by county

    • If you "rescued this baby turtle from the wild"....

      • Put that thing back where it came from or so help me

  • Traditional Feeder Rodents

    • We will not open up a can of worms for criticism for taking in rats, mice, or rabbits. We will not be responsible for taking a pet and turning it in to food. We ONLY source our rodent feeders from specifically bred programs for feeder animals. For our integrity, we will not take in and rehome these pets either. 

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Our typical process when something comes in is we start a minimum 2 week observation period. During that time, we screen the pet to make sure it is eating, drinking, and showing "normal" behaviors to help screen for illnesses. Once that hold is completed, and we feel the animal is ready for adoption, we work on finding them a new home. Our adoption process includes an application, and we require proof of suitable enclosure. We cannot guarantee placement in all cases. If an animal is suffering, and does not have a likely positive outcome with a reasonable quality of life, we will euthanize (humanely) as needed. We will not keep a suffering animal alive just to have a better "record". That's not prioritizing the animal. We will keep jerk animals around however long we need to to find them the right home. Just because something is an A-hole, doesn't mean they can't find the right person to work with them.

If you need to surrender your pet......

Thank you! We'll be in touch. If you don't hear from us in 3 business days, call us at 517-798-4075

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