August 24, 2016 - 3:38 pm

Partner of the Month: Reptile Rescue Orange County

Editor’s note: You may have noticed in the title that we are going to feature partners once a month. For the first Partner of the Month we kick things off with a exotic and unusual rescue, Reptile Rescue Orange County. Check out their story on saving hundreds of lives, many of them with damaged souls, and how you can help them moving into a new sanctuary.

 

Reptile Rescue Orange County is a Southern California nonprofit exotic animal rescue that specializes in reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Each year for the past several years, rescued animals have averaged between 300-600 abandoned, abused, neglected, unwanted or confiscated animals, most of the animals being from Southern California. Back in November 2015 they lost the lease on the location that all the animals were being housed at. With a great amount of dedication from the volunteers all the animals were able to be fostered safely with no animals having to be euthanized from lack of space. That is why September 2016 is so exciting for this little rescue. With not a single person taking a salary, the rescue signed a new lease for a business space in the city of Lake Forest, California.

What once was a massage studio, will be transformed into a temporary sanctuary for hundreds of animals who are awaiting their forever home. Not everyone is ready to own an exotic animal and RROC makes sure that the next home an animal goes to will be the one it lives a long healthy life with. Education plays a key role for being able to take care of these wonderful creatures. The rescue volunteers spend a large amount of time educating the public and those interested in the care and needs of these special creatures.

The rescue volunteers spend a large amount of time educating the public and those interested in the care and needs of these special creatures

The rescue volunteers spend a large amount of time educating the public and those interested in the care and needs of these special creatures

 

This is stumpy, no one knows how she lost her front leg since she was saved from the euthanasia list at the animal shelter. Being an amputee has definitely not slowed her down (especially when food is involved). She runs and plays with the other tortoises just fine (and yes they let her play in all the tortoise games).

This is stumpy, no one knows how she lost her front leg since she was saved from the euthanasia list at the animal shelter. Being an amputee has definitely not slowed her down (especially when food is involved). She runs and plays with the other tortoises just fine (and yes they let her play in all the tortoise games).

 

The rescue wants to keep as many animals in their homes as possible and since it is a nonprofit RROC will be offering low cost options for enclosures, food, bedding and anything else the animals will need to be happy and healthy. With all the proceeds going to benefit the animals in the rescue. Also, if people are unsure if their current animals are in a healthy environment, the volunteers can do house checks to make sure that everything is present for the animal to grow and thrive.

As part of the rescues mission, the volunteers provide fun educational services for children. Hands-on presentations at schools or parties help connect kids to animals and the environment so they want to help protect these wonderful creatures. Getting kids involved with wanting to protect the environment also helps protect nature and making sure these creatures will be around for generations to enjoy.

This little guy is a Crested Gecko, from a species that was thought to be extinct in the 1990’s is now strong and healthy thanks to conservation efforts. They even make great pets! This little guy is part of the education team, he loves to jump for kids and show off his adorable looks.

This little guy is a Crested Gecko, from a species that was thought to be extinct in the 1990’s is now strong and healthy thanks to conservation efforts. They even make great pets! This little guy is part of the education team, he loves to jump for kids and show off his adorable looks.

 

This is Dazzle, and while she might not look like it now when she was rescued she was ‘bedazzled’. Someone had painted her shell and glued gemstones to her with epoxy (don’t ever do that to your turtle). While she was very colorful, she was actually quite sick as the paints and adhesives are toxic. But with a lot of scrubbing, some TLC and time she now loves to take is easy and dip her feet in the pool.

This is Dazzle, and while she might not look like it now when she was rescued she was ‘bedazzled’. Someone had painted her shell and glued gemstones to her with epoxy (don’t ever do that to your turtle). While she was very colorful, she was actually quite sick as the paints and adhesives are toxic. But with a lot of scrubbing, some TLC and time she now loves to take is easy and dip her feet in the pool.

 

Often times matching the right home and animal can be a difficult task. MeShare generously donated several cameras that have been placed so people can see some of the animals available for adoption.With more exposure increases the chance that someone will fall in love and want to take care of these guys for the rest of their lives.

The organization is completely publicly funded, with no government assistance. If you’d like to help get this rescue a strong start in its new home. Please consider making a tax deductible donation at www.gofundme.com/saveOCRR or the website www.reptilerescueoc.org

Check out the live tortoise cams here! (download the free MeShare app and see the videos if you are watching from a mobile device) Or watch the clip recorded.

 

The MeShare Animal Cam Program periodically gives away WiFi live streaming cameras to ALL eligible animal shelters and rescues across the US. If you are from an animal shelter/rescue please fill in the camera request form. If you’re not please send your request to Wayne at [email protected].

 

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