If you are considering surrendering or adopting an animal, please read the following for details:

To SURRENDER an animal:

The Minnesota Herpetological Society is a 100% volunteer-run organization with no paid staff or permanent location. We accept animals into our program one day a month. Our regular intake day is the Thursday before our general meeting. If you would like to surrender an animal, please send an email to adoptions@mnherpsoc.org  with contact details (name and phone number) and information about your situation. A member of the adoption committee will get back to you as soon as possible.

Animals that require special handling or husbandry equipment (large constricting snakes, large lizards, large turtles/tortoises and alligators) or exceed our current capacity may need to wait until a suitable foster situation can be arranged.  When you contact us to pre-register your animal, we will let you know about our current capabilities.

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.

Our current intake location is in Minneapolis and intake will be held between 4 and 6pm on the following dates:

No intake event will be held prior to the January 4th meeting
January 31, 2019 (prior to the February 1st meeting)
February 28, 2019 (prior to the March 1st meeting)
No intake event will be held prior to the April 5th meeting
May 2, 2019
June 6, 2019
July 11, 2019
August 1, 2019
September 5, 2019
October 3, 2019
October 30, 2019 (Wednesday prior to the November 1st meeting)
December 5, 2019

Please call or email to confirm these dates.


After you have pre-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 at the meeting to submit an Adoption Request Form for an 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 Facebook page the day of the meeting.  All available animals will be in the back of the meeting space by 6:30pm 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.  Please arrive early so you can observe the animals before the meeting begins.  Adoption Request Forms are collected before the speaker begins, usually about 7:15pm.

If there are no applications submitted for an animal, there will be a need for fosters. Fosters are responsible for the animal until the next meeting. To foster an animal, you must be a current member and have a completed Foster Agreement Form on file.

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 use the form below.