Reptile Rescue was started in 1991 and is a
network of rehabilitators and foster homes
located in the Greater Cincinnati area. We are a
501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the
rescue of displaced reptiles and to
herpetological education. Arrowhead is supported
solely through donations and private
contributions, and we are run by a small staff
of volunteers. We are fully licensed and
approved by ODNR and the USFWS for education and
ODNR Wildlife rehab
ODA Restricted snake permit #CB0006CU
ODA Wildlife Shelter permit #CB0006BW
USFWS Federal permit #M75156A-1
Our mission is to help unwanted, sick, or injured
reptiles. Any species of reptile or amphibian is a
candidate for help at Arrowhead. We focus our efforts on
wildlife rehabilitation, but we also assist captive
pet reptiles. Arrowhead has helped over 5000 reptiles to
date. We have returned hundreds of native reptiles back
to the wild after rehabilitation.
second, yet equal objective is to provide accurate
information about reptiles to the general public. We
regularly give educational shows to elementary and grade
schools, youth organizations, and any other person or
organization who requests such a presentation for the
sole purpose of education. We also will provide
professional training for law enforcement, humane
societies, animal control, and wildlife officials.
work in cooperation with zoos, aquariums, museums, park
districts, nature centers, law enforcement agencies,
animal shelters and humane societies from all over the
US. Arrowhead volunteers also serve as members of
a number of national and state Disaster
Animal Response Teams. In the event of a natural disaster
or emergency situation, we will shelter and/or provide
care for stranded or displaced reptiles.
One of our most frequent activities is wildlife
rehabilitation. Injured or sick wild-caught animals are
released back into the wild after rehabilitation (if
appropriate). Animals that are not releasable into the
wild or require long term care usually become
permanently established in a rehabilitation or education
program with an authorized organization.
also help arrange for the placement of captive pet
reptiles into suitable homes. We make every effort to
ensure that the new home and reptile pet will be
compatible. We have numerous foster homes that can take
in a limited number of unwanted pets, and we help
coordinate direct transfers from owner to owner when we
cannot take in an animal ourselves.
We pride ourselves in offering the animals in our care
the very best habitats and diets possible. All cages are
secure and fully automated. Cage environments are
duplicated to the fullest extent that we can achieve.
Food items are always fresh, feeding is constantly
supervised, and vitamin and mineral supplements are used
accordingly. Wild reptiles are never housed with captive
animals, and we follow all recommended quarantine
Veterinary and medical treatments are given when
necessary. Our rescue veterinarian, Dr. R.D. Dahlhausen,
specializes in reptiles and exotics, and we have
in-house veterinary technicians. We provide on-site
intensive care, including IV's and tube-feeding. We have
a firm No-Kill policy... we DO NOT euthanize any
animal, except when recommended by veterinarians due to an
incurable or untreatable medical condition and the
animal will not have any quality of life.
SAFETY is our main concern!
take every possible measure to maintain safety. Our
enclosures are designed to be escape-proof and locked.
Only appropriate equipment is used when transporting
animals. During educational presentations we maintain
control of the animals at all times.
Our volunteers are provided training and experience.
Besides qualified veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and
wildlife rehabilitators, we also have EMTs, police
officers, zoo staff and many other professionals
volunteering for ARR.
YOUR DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.
We are an Ohio charitable 501(c)3 non-profit organization made up of all
volunteers. Our funding comes
mostly out of pocket or by donations. All donations and adoption fees
go to provide food, cages, housing, husbandry equipment, and
The majority of our
activities, in general, take place in the southwest Ohio
area. If you live outside of Ohio, Kentucky, or
southeastern Indiana, we will accept donated animals but
the owner must arrange transportation and/or pay for
shipping. The owner is also responsible for obtaining
health certificates or permits as required. Be aware there are state and
federal laws that may apply to transporting reptiles
across state lines.
Visits are granted for
business reasons by appointment only.
web site is designed to provide all the information
necessary to answer any questions you might have.
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