Animal Adoption and Rescue
PNHS responds to all kinds of animal rescue needs. We see some scenarios repeated frequently. Some of the common rescue needs are:
- The cute 18" snake I bought at brand X pet-store is now 18 feet long and is eyeing my cat funny.
- My Iguana/Monitor/Big Snake has bitten me repeatedly and is too aggressive!
- Animals dumped or left behind in places.
- Neglected animals that need to be taken from abusive owners.
- Pick-ups from the local Animal Control or Humane Society.
Some of those scenarios may sound humorous, but there is a real seriousness to each one. Every year PNHS takes in animals from owners who thought it "looked cute" in the pet store and bought it without any knowledge of what the animal would grow to become. Or an animal is mishandled or mistreated and it results in a bite. When people get animals (especially exotics) they don't know where to turn when they need to admit they are over their heads. That is where PNHS comes in. We work hard with local resources to take in as many animals as we can as rescue in order to adopt them out to caring families that really want them. We would rather see a healthy adorable animal go to a good family then face euthanasia for no reason other then a home can't be found for it. PNHS recognizes that for some animals, it is a lost cause. They are too sick, too abused, or flat out too dangerous. These animals must be destroyed for the good of the reptile pet community. For the rest though, we offer hope in the form of adoptive families and individuals.
We hope that you will be interested in our animals, and provide at least one of them with a safe caring home.
We currently are in need of additional individuals to "half way house" animals coming into the adoption system especially, but not exclusively, green iguanas (we are turning animals away because we do not have space for them). Before any animals are placed in a halfway house, the committee performs a screening (the final decision is made by the Adoption Committee Chairperson based on this screening). Call or e-mail for further information.
The Adoption Committee receives minimal financial support from the Society, so donations of money, food, cages, and equipment are always needed and appreciated. Please contact the Committee Chairperson to make a donation.
Placing an animal with PNHS
If you have an animal that you wish to place with the PNHS rescue program you have various options:
- Please contact the Adoption Committee Chairpersonto arrange for pickup and appropriate halfway housing of your animal(s). The Adoption Hotline phone number can be found on our Contact Us page.
- Please fill out a Rescue Request online. This will forward your information to our Adoption Committee. You will then be contacted regarding handing off your animal to PNHS.
We do ask that under no circumstance do you bring your animal to a meeting without prior consent from an Adoption Committee member.
PNHS wants to acknowledge and thank our halfway housers for volunteering their time and resources for the sake of the animals.