Since 1999, the Edmonton Reptile Rehab and Rescue has been working hard to care and find homes for abandoned, surrendered, and injured reptiles and amphibians. As Edmonton's primary rescue and rehab operation for cold-blooded animals, over 1000 animals have passed through the rescue over the years - from snakes and lizards to tree frogs and tarantulas. In previous years as well, the rescue has worked with Animal Care and Control Center, the Edmonton Humane Society, and many other local organizations and veterinarians to provide the best possible care for exotic pets from all over Alberta.
For many years, the rescue had an average intake of roughly 50 animals per year - but since 2012, those numbers have doubled to roughly 100 animals per year, and show no signs of slowing down.
The rescue operations have been operating from a private home since its inception - and while this has worked in the past, things need to change. Firstly, the enclosures for all of the animals take up a great deal of space - particularly those for many adult boas and the multiple indoor ponds for adult turtles. There's only so much room in one house with human occupants! Secondly, the ability to accept volunteers to assist in its ever-expanding operation is limited somewhat by the circumstances - access to the rescue and the animals means accessing a someone's personal space. Thirdly, this structure was built with people, not reptiles and amphibians, in mind. To better deal with these issues and to better meet the needs of the animals, a new, independent building is in the works.
In conjunction with the Edmonton Reptile and Amphibian Society, a new rescue facility has been planned - this facility will be custom-built to the rescue's specifications, allowing for easier and safer access to the animals, more convenient and uniform care conditions, and more room for expansion in times of need (eg. the evacuation of people and pets from the Fort MacMurray fires earlier this year). Experts have been consulted, the plans are drawn, and construction can begin in the spring - but all of this will cost money. That's where you come in.
The Edmonton Reptile Rehab and Rescue needs your help to secure funding to ensure this new facility can be built. With your financial aid, you will be directly contributing towards the health and well-being of countless injured and orphaned animals for years to come. We can't do this alone - every dollar counts. Please donate today!