Do you have an unwanted reptile?
Did that cute little python get to be just a bit too large?
Mom put her foot down and forced
you to give up the dragon?
Located in or near Ohio?
(We are in Cincinnati, OH)
CONTACT US... WE MAY BE ABLE TO
If you are not in our area, visit
www.anapsid.org and click
on herp rescues to find a reptile rescue closer to you.
THERE IS A LONG WAIT TO PLACE IGUANAS
Please be aware that as a rule we do not have time to reply to
all the requests to take in iguanas.
We get bombarded
with requests to take in these reptiles, and we are
simply unable to keep up with the demand. We urge you to
continue pursuing alternative means of placement for pet iguanas
as we cannot take them. There are simply
too many of them out there. We appreciate your
understanding and we regret that we do not have the resources
for thousands of unwanted pets.
Reptile Rescue will help you find decent, loving homes for your
pet. We research potential adopters as thoroughly as possible to
ensure that the new home will be beneficial to both the new
owner and to the animal. As a general
rule, we try to help any reptile that comes to us, but cannot
always take your pet. Animals that do come into our care are provided
excellent diets and habitats in one of our many foster homes. We
offer our animals accurate environmental conditions as well as
clean, humane, and safe enclosures. Medical care is always
provided when necessary.
If we can take your pet reptile into one of our foster
homes, we ask for a small donation to take in a pet. These
donations help us provide food and care to the animals until we
can find alternative homes, and help cover the costs of wildlife
rehabilitation of native reptiles. Your donation is tax
You have to bring your reptile to us at a location in
Greater Cincinnati. If you are located outside of Ohio or
Kentucky and you wish to donate a
reptile, please try to find a rescue organization closer to you
before contacting us. You can find a reptile rescue by going to
advised there may be some state and federal restrictions to
transporting certain species across state lines.
Arrowhead will always take nuisance, orphaned or
wild reptiles that you find.
We are licensed and approved by the Ohio Division of Wildlife for
reptile and amphibian rehabilitation. Wild reptiles are
released whenever possible, and are never adopted out as pets.
There is no fee for us to take an injured native
wild reptile. Donations are accepted and appreciated.
Burmese python, Indian python, rock python,
reticulated python, brown tree snake, and
anaconda are federally restricted species per the U.S. Lacey
We are permitted by the US Fish and
Widlife Service for federally restricted species. However, if
you are located outside Ohio it is against the law to transport
your pet to us across state lines.
Alligators, crocodiles, caiman,
venomous snakes and giant pythons are banned and/or restricted in Ohio.
ARR accepts restricted snakes and
dwarf caiman. Contact us to see if we have room for your Ohio
WE NO LONGER ACCEPT POND
The Ohio Division of Wildlife
enacted new rules in 2014 for wildlife rehabilitators
prohibiting them from dealing with both injured native wildlife
and native pet reptiles as well. This includes pond sliders,
some map and painted turtles, and most species that are native
to the state of Ohio.
Due to these Ohio Division of
Wildlife regulations and policies, we are no longer accepting
pond slider turtles.
Unfortunately we were forced to choose
between helping injured wildlife for rehabilitation back to the
wild, or rescuing native pet reptiles for adoption to new homes.
Since most injured wild reptiles that come to us are hurt by
human beings and their vehicles, construction, habitat destruction, and other man-made
factors, we chose to continue helping those reptiles. We regret that state laws
and rules impede on our ability to help reptiles in need.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife’s 2014 Minimum Standards for
Wildlife Rehabilitation In Ohio states:
“Persons conducting wildlife rehabilitation shall not barter,
sell, or trade native wildlife species.
Wildlife that are being rehabilitated for release back in to the
wild shall not be housed at the same location where a licensed
commercial propagator is operating.”
Feel free to call the Ohio
Division of Wildlife at 1-800-WILDLIFE to lodge a
complaint about ODNR rules and regulations that restrict our
ability to help animals.
WE NO LONGER ACCEPT
ALLIGATORS AND CROCODILES
In 2014 new Ohio laws took
effect that prohibit the sale, possession, transport, and
ownership of alligators and crocodiles in the state of Ohio. ARR
is an exempt institution along with zoos, sanctuaries, and other
organizations that the Ohio legislature exempted from these
regulations so we could continue to operate and help animals.
However, after 20 years of successfully rescuing alligators and
transporting them to wildlife sanctuaries in Florida, the Ohio
Department of Agriculture decided that ARR is no longer
considered exempt to the new law. Due to the interpretations of
the Ohio Department of Agriculture, we are no longer accepting
alligators and crocodiles. We regret that erroneous
decisions by state agencies which ignore state laws impede on
our ability to help relocate alligators and crocodiles to
Be advised it is equally illegal
in Ohio to move or transfer ownership of your pet alligator, so
you are breaking Ohio law just by getting rid of your
crocodilian or moving it out of Ohio. What a brilliant law.
Please feel free to call the Ohio Department of Agriculture
Office of Dangerous Wild Animals at 1-855-DWA-OHIO to lodge a
complaint regarding erroneous decisions that restrict our
ability to help reptiles in need.
Wild animals will be
rehabilitated and then released into the wild if possible and
appropriate. Captive reptiles are adopted to new homes whenever
possible. We scan all new reptiles for existing microchips or
tags. Lost reptile pets will be returned to their owners. All
reptiles, captive or wild, are given expert veterinary care if
necessary. Our vet, Dr R.D. Dahlhausen, specializes in reptiles
and exotics, and we have in-house veterinary technicians on our
staff. We provide on-site intensive care, including IV's and
tube-feeding. We have a firm no-kill policy... we only euthanize
due to an untreatable medical condition.
you are bringing your pet from out of state, be aware there may
be federal regulations and state import/export requirements that
must be met.
We WILL NOT provide professional
veterinary or medical care for your personal pet. Please contact
your nearest veterinarian specializing in reptiles if your pet
needs medical attention.
SHELTERS, HUMANE SOCIETIES, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PLEASE NOTE:
accept emergency intakes resulting from neglect or cruelty
cases, confiscations, abandonment situations, etc, and we will
waive any fees in these cases. However, we prefer not to take
unwanted pet surrenders through shelters and humane societies. If you have
someone who has a pet reptile they no longer want, please refer
them to Arrowhead directly.
Please be aware that if you call us out to help with a
reptile, and then you do not use our services, we reserve the
right to charge for our time, fuel, and expenses related to
dispatching our volunteers and equipment. We would love to
help any reptiles in need that you have, however we do not
appreciate our volunteers time being wasted.
Who else besides pet owners have
their reptiles to Arrowhead?
Some of our many clients:
OH Dept of
West Chester Police Department
Capitol Area Humane Society
Lexington Humane Society
SPCA of Cincinnati
Boone County Animal Shelter
Kenton County District Court
US Fish and Wildlife Service
OH Dept of Natural Resources
Second Chance Wildlife
Cincinnati Nature Center
Hamilton County Park District
Ourreach for Animals
West Chester PD
Liberty Township PD
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