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Posted by Hawkeman on April 24, 2003 at 15:41:54:
In Reply to: Re: adoption? posted by Nightflight99 on March 18, 2003 at 10:06:16:
Running a rescue is a VERY time-consuming endeavor. Even taking in the odd "foster child" can wrap you up in red tape. Andrea and I ran an official rescue in the early '90's and we had to get USDA permit ($$$) and we were inspected by various groups (SPCA, PAWS, Wildlife & Fisheries).
All of our vet stuff (LOTS, every animal got screened and chipped and most were in poor health when we got them) was either donated by the vet or subsidised by the SPCA. When subsidised care was required (any MAJOR work like surgery) we had to front the money and send in a voucher for reimbursement.
I know you said you just want a couple of rescues, but the same rules can apply to an individual. Here's what you do...
Make friends with local pet shop owners and tell them to contact you when someone contacts THEM about an unwanted herp. Then go from there.