Adopting an animal
The adoption process for PNHS is quite simple. We require that you be a member of PNHS for at least one month. After that time you are free to adopt our animals. However part of the adoption process is an application that requires you to show knowledge in how to care for the particular animal you are interested in. So prior to adopting make sure you do your homework!
After you have successfully proved that you know what you are doing, you pay the adoption fee which ranges from $10 to $40 depending on the animal. The animal does not have to be taken home at that time. People often make arrangements to pick animals up later in the week from the animals host family, or they pick the animal up at the next meeting. Either is acceptable.
Once you have adopted the animal, there are some strings attached. PNHS still retains legal ownership over the animal for upto a year. This helps us protect the animal from new families that may not be ready to handle it. During that year, you are required to bring the animal in about every 3 - 6 months so that we can be witness to the animals health. If this is a burden, arrangements can be made to come to you. Essentially we need to know that the animal is being treated correctly.
Wait not a member? But you still REALLY want that one animal we have? Just join! It's only a few dollars a year! No? Ok... well in certain circumstances we do adopt animals to non-members. This is purely a situation-by-situation deal. The adoption chairperson will contact you and discuss the option in length with you. But let us warn you, you better have a darn good reason not to join the society!
The halfway house system that PNHS runs is in need of several things. The most important is simply man power. We need people who can set aside some room, away from other animals, and take in rescued animals. Even sparing enough room for one or two animals can aid the Halfway House team greatly. As a member of the Halfway House system, we can help provide caging and food for the animals under your care. We just need volunteers.
PNHS also gladly takes donations of cages, caging material, lamps, bulbs, and cash. If you would like to donate any of these items, please feel free to contact us.
PNHS is eager to partner with other reptile rescue groups in the greater Puget Sound area. We can provide you with a common web interface to help track your animals, and display those animals on our web site. If you have interest in partnering with PNHS please contact us and let us know.
Part-time Educational Adoption
PNHS would like to explore the possibility of placing adoption animals with educational facilities for temporary ownership. We would like to place the animal in class rooms where the animal can be watched and handled by the teacher and students. PNHS would aid in providing health checks for the animal, and care in case of sickness. We would also offer care and feeding lessons for you and your students. This aides PNHS by taking some of our animals in the Halfway House system and placing them in temporary homes. The temporary periods could be from just a few weeks, to a full school year. PNHS would take the animal back during breaks and vacations. Contact us if you think you have interest in this sort of program.