In the late 1990's - early 2000's I volunteered my time and resources to deliver meals to the homebound, mostly through 'Meals on Wheels'. I will never forget the day my delivery route brough me face to face with a dog chained to a tree. He had no food, no water in his bowl (it was upside down) and the skin on his neck had grown over the chain collar. This was a devastating sight and image that has been forever burned into my brain. In that moment I knew that one day, when the resources and time were available, I would save animals. Never did I imagine though, that it would involve ownership of a non-profit reptile rescue, rehab and rehome effort.
When my daughter turned 1 we found out that she has a severe allergy to animals with hair so we had to get a little creative when she started expressing an interest in getting a pet. For her 9th birthday she had the opportunity to experience a reptile petting zoo and fell in love with the bearded dragon. She had seen one before when we lived in Las Vegas, so she was already intrigued.
Learning along the way of having a pet bearded dragon, Fireball, it became evident early on that he was not a beginner pet as the commercial pet stores like to market. A fish is a beginner pet. A hermit crab is a beginner pet. A bearded dragon is not a beginner pet...not if you are doing it right! People fall into this trap, and those baby beardies are so cute. But it is usually less than a year before a family realizes that they need help and their bearded dragon is suffering. That is why we are here! We want to help you....if you have questions or need guidance we can help you. If you are in a position where you need to surrender your reptile, fill out our contact form and we will get in touch.