Our wildlife rehab organization sometimes gets in exotic pets that have been mistaken for wildlife. In these situations we first try to find the original home. But if that isn’t possible, once these animals are stable, we can adopt them out. We also get in pets who are surrendered to us because the original home cannot care for the animal or meet it’s needs. When this happens we stabilize the animal until it is healthy and able to be rehomed. Sometimes this takes weeks. Often, in the case of reptiles, this can take years.

When applying for adoption, you will be asked to:

  • Send pictures of indoor/outdoor enclosures/habitats
  • List your experience with caring for similar type animals
  • explain why you want to adopt these special souls who have been through so much and now deserve a comfortable life.
  • Pay a rehoming fee to show that you are serious.

Please note: a site visit may be required.

On this page you can read about some former patients who are now ready for their Forever Home. If you are interested in applying for adoption, please send the requested information listed under each animal you want to adopt to adoptions@yuwr.org

Forever Homes Needed:

Ivy, the female Kenyan Sand Boa: 16 years old (should live to be 30 years old). Ivy was hand raised by a loving human who left the country in 2018. She had believed she could take Ivy with her but at the last minute discovered that it would not be possible. These kinds of snakes are not for beginners. Ivy needs an experienced snake handler to care for her. She needs more attention paid to her than she is currently getting. She is healthy but has difficulty with sheds that do not come off her eyes properly and affect her vision. She has been accustomed to eating defrosted frozen food her entire life.


Thunder, the Russian Tortoise: Approx 5 years old. Male. Thunder was the pet of very young children for 3 years. The parents did not know about caring for a tortoise but knew enough to seek help when Thunder started developing a soft shell. Since he came to live with us 2 years ago, he has been eating a correct nutritious diet and been getting lots of direct sunlight. He has gained weight and no longer has metabolic bone disease and is a happy and curious soul. He needs a home where he will get attention from his human, as well as proper indoor and outdoor enclosures to continue his happy life.

Zeus is a very sweet male Bearded Dragon. He was an adult surrendered to PetCo in 2018, when he was adopted by a well-meaning but ignorant young person who did not know how to take care of Bearded Dragons, but knew enough to surrender 3 of them before they died. Zeus was the least affected because he was already an adult, but he spent a year in a very small and sparse 10 gallon box with improper diet and husbandry. Despite this, he is an amazing lizard who loves to be held and desperately needs a huge home where he can relax and feel safe. He adores climbing and attention.

Star is a sub-adult Bearded Dragon a little over 1 year old, who was kept in a very small unfurnished 10 gallon enclosure for the past year. Since being purchased as a juvenile at PetCo, Star has received poor husbandry and diet, and as a result has mild malnutrition and Metabolic Bone Disease, which our veterinarian feels will be resolved with proper husbandry and diet. Star is VERY active and needs room to move around, climb and head bob display. Star needs a large enclosure (at least 55-125 gallons with lots of furniture to climb) with a human experienced in Bearded Dragon care, who can handle Star frequently to satisfy that wanderlust and endless curiosity.