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How does it work?

Surrenders:

 

  • Please bring animals to our facility during open hours. (Sat & Sun 12-6pm)

  • We do not accept the following: aquatic species such as turtles and axolotls, snake species that may exceed 9 feet, lizard species that may exceed 6 feet, wildlife, or venomous species.

  • Animals that require medical attention are taken to an animal hospital.

  • Animals that do not require immediate medical attention are placed into a quarantine environment for 3 months to observe their health and behaviour.

  • Animals remain in our care until they receive a clean bill of health, along with no noticeable behavioural problems.

  • Animals become available for adoption.


Adoptions:
 

  • You can view our list of adoptable animals here. Please note that while we do our best to update this list, it can take us a few days to update. For the most up-to-date information, visit our facility to view available animals.

  • A brief interview will take place, asking about your experience, expectations, home life, etc, to ensure it is a good fit. We simply ask questions and have an open dialogue to ensure you're prepared for your new friend.

  • If approved, animals can go home the same day. If you need more time to prepare, we can hold the animal temporarily (once the adoption fee is paid), so that you can get your home ready for your new friend.


Animals that have long-term health problems remain in our sanctuary. Nearly 75% of the animals surrendered to us require medical care, assist or syringe-feeding, or other specialized care.

Can I get a tax receipt for my donation?

We are a registered charity with the CRA and as such we can offer donation receipts. Please contact us via e-mail and we will issue a receipt (info@ontarioreptilerescue.ca)

What animals do you accept?

We are unable to accept the following:

TURTLES and other aquatic species

SNAKES THAT ARE EXPECTED TO REACH/EXCEED 9 FEET

LIZARDS THAT ARE EXPECTED TO REACH/EXCEED 3 FEET

MEDICALLY SIGNIFICANT VENOMOUS SPECIES

What are your fees?

We do not charge surrender fees, although donations are greatly appreciated.​

Our adoption fees vary by individual animal, the fee can be found on their adoption page.

Where are you located?

We are in the process of renovating a facility and we will open to the public on June 1st 2024. We will be open on Sat & Sun 12-6pm after June 1st.

63063 County Road 3, East Garafraxa, ON, L9W7J1

Will you pick-up my reptile if I want to surrender it?

We no longer offer pick-up service for the safety of our volunteers. Please bring animals directly to our facility to surrender.

Do you breed rescues?

No. While we do support the ethical and responsible breeding of reptiles in captivity in an effort to improve the quality of captive-bred animals available, we believe it is irresponsible and unethical to breed animals that have been surrendered into a rescue program.

I previously surrendered an animal to you, can I adopt one?

If you surrender an animal to us you are not eligible to adopt a pet from us for a period of one year.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not answered here please reach out to us via e-mail or social media.

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