If you are considering surrendering or adopting an animal, please read the following for details about the Minnesota Herpetological Society’s Adoption Program.

To SURRENDER an animal …

We accept animals into our program one day a month. Our regular intake day is the Thursday before our general meeting. We occasionally accept animals at other times, but these intakes are done on a case-by-case basis. The Minnesota Herpetological Society is a 100% volunteer-run organization with no paid staff or a permanent location. If you would like to make arrangements to surrender an animal/s, please call 612/235-6662 and leave a message with contact details and a brief message about your situation. A member of the adoption committee will get back to you as soon as possible. You may also contact us by sending an email to adoptions@mnherpsoc.org

We may be unable to accept an animal immediately. Hard-to-place animals may not be accepted until a suitable foster home can be arranged. This MAY include species that are over-abundant (ball pythons and bearded dragons) or require special handling or husbandry equipment (large constricting snakes, large lizards, large turtles and alligators). When you call to pre-register your animal, we will let you know about our current capabilities. We will make every attempt to assist you in re-homing your animal.


ON INTAKE DAY, we ask that each animal be delivered in its own Rubbermaid-type (non-glass) container with a well-fitting lid and air holes in it. It should be secure while providing adequate ventilation and enough room for the animal to be comfortable for up to 48 hours. If you are dropping off an aquatic turtle, please do not put more than a small amount of water in the enclosure. Aquatic turtles will be placed in larger tanks overnight so it is not necessary for them to arrive in a water-filled enclosure.

When animals are surrendered, a release must be signed, and the owner forfeits all rights regarding the animal. All future information, including placement, is privileged and remains confidential. After the animals are dropped off, they are held in temperature controlled rooms IN THE CONTAINER IN WHICH THEY WERE DELIVERED and then transported to the MHS meeting the next evening. If an animal is not adopted, we do have temporary foster care available.

If you would like to donate any husbandry/care items, please talk to the Intake Coordinator when you pre-register your animal/s. We do accept most CLEAN enclosures and supplies, but we are unable to accept extra-large items at this time. Monetary donations can also be made to the program. If you choose to do so, please make checks payable to “Minnesota Herpetological Society”. Thank you!

Our current intake location is in Eagan and intake will be held between 4 and 7pm on the following dates in 2016.

Thursday, August 4th
Thursday, September 8th
Thursday, October 6th
Thursday, November 3rd
Thursday, December 1st

After you have registered your animal, you will be sent an email with complete intake details, including the location.

To ADOPT an animal …

You must be a member in good standing of the Minnesota Herpetological Society to adopt or foster an animal from our Adoption Program. You must also be in attendance at the meeting in order to submit an Adoption Request Form for a particular animal. Animal Intake generally occurs the day before the meeting, so we are aware of some of the animals that will be offered for adoption at the meeting. A list of available adoption animals is usually posted to the MHS Forum the day of the meeting. All available animals will be in the back of the meeting space for viewing. Unfortunately, specific information about an animal is not always available. If you are interested in adopting an animal, please complete an application and give it to a member of the adoption committee before the speaker begins their presentation. At the beginning of the break, the Adoption Committee will choose the best home for the animals. If there are no applications for an animal, there will be a need for fosters. Fosters are responsible for the animal until the next meeting. Children under the age of 18 need a parent’s signature to be able to adopt or foster an animal. We DO NOT save animals or take requests from individuals.

For additional information, please contact us at adoptions@mnherpsoc.org or by leaving a message at 612/235-6662.



Quarterly Adoption Reports