This month we are highlighting Early's Reptile Rescue began by James Early and his family in Moreno Valley, California as our Rescue of the Month. February 2nd marks the 1 year anniversary of their rescue being official, and it's grown so much already. They have already rescued 57 reptiles in 2017 alone!
They got started when people kept giving them reptiles because they weren't scared of them. They went to their local Petsmart a lot, and the store told them that they didn't have a reptile rescue in the area, so all of the unwanted or sick reptiles had to be given to the humane society to be put down.
So, how do they house so many animals?? They use a foster home system, much like a lot of the dog and cat rescues out there. When they have a new animal going to a foster home, the rescue provides the all of the supplies and asks that the foster just help with food. The rescue also pays for the vet visits for the rescue reptile. Sick reptiles that need extra care are taken to the Early's home. The family makes rounds, checking in on all of the foster reptiles at least every 1-2 days.
Their first rescue was a frilled dragon named Billy Bob Thorton who was starved for 6 months prior to coming to the rescue. It cost $3600 for his first trip to the vet, and the second trip cost $2400, but they ended up losing him to kidney disease anyway.
Their goal is to be able to acquire a building with sponsorship to be able to provide the means to continue doing their rescue work. They look to do education and shows in exchange for funding to continue doing their rescue work. If you'd like to contribute a donation or follow them on social media, please check out their Facebook page here.