2020 in review

Please consider Snake Haus for your end of year tax exempt donations.

As our first full year in the new facility comes to an end, we find ourselves stable and safe thanks to a short list of staunch supporters. It has been an incredible year with many hardships, and many triumphs. While so many of our community members faced financial uncertainty, we were fortunate that two of our directors were able to continue working full time throughout the year and continue to bear the weight of our operating costs on their shoulders.

Donations are far and few between. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to those who used Amazon Smile and Wish List to support Snake Haus. Those have been our biggest forms of support this year and every little bit helps. We thank those of you who adopted an animal from us. We thank those of you who donated food. We thank the few who donated money directly.

Adoptions are NOT our primary goal. We are very strict about who is allowed to adopt from Snake Haus and many are denied. Those who are allowed to adopt are stable homes with people who agree to practice a husbandry style that we approve, agree to keep them for life, agree not to breed them, and demonstrate surety of mind in their decision to care for an animal long term.

Accepting surrenders is an important part of Snake Haus however we have been forced to limit what/who we accept. There are too many for us to accept them all. We will take any animal that is sick, injured, or difficult to rehome due to size or behavior. We say NO to healthy singular small snakes. Our most common surrender request is for healthy ball pythons whose owners have lost interest. Thankfully those are quite easy to rehome. In those situations, we always start with instructions on how to rehome first and follow up with notes on how that goes. We often help people screen the interested parties by reading the responses and telling them what to ask.

Let’s review the 2020’s Snake Haus stats:

– 40 animal surrenders accepted

– 12 adoptions completed and 6 more pending

– 2,000+ square foot building functioning well

– A second location still undergoing remodeling and updates

– Backup generator installed to ensure safety of our residents during power outages

– 2,328 followers on Facebook, growing on Instagram

– Snake Haus Website reach in 58 countries giving us a worldwide influence

Of the animals that were accepted to Snake Haus this year there were 11 ball pythons, 11 boas, 7 reticulated pythons, 3 colubrids, 1 green tree python, 1 amazon tree boa, 1 savanna monitor, and 1 tegu. That is 3-4 animals every month that we accepted. We do not want to count the number of healthy ball pythons that we said no to. That number is difficult to face however we know most of them did find homes elsewhere.

What can we learn from these numbers? Please please PLEASE STOP breeding ball pythons and boas! There are too many out there and not enough homes. If you are breeding them please create a contract with your buyers to include that YOU take any of your animals back should the new owner not keep them longer than 5 years. Please be responsible for the animals that you bring into this world.

We wish you all a safe and happy end to this tumultuous year. Please consider Snake Haus for your end of year tax exempt donations so we can continue to help animals in need.

Website: www.snakehaus.com

Donate directly: https://www.snakehaus.com/frontpage/donate-to-snake-haus/

Shop: https://www.snakehaus.com/donate-via-amazon-smile/

Send supplies: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/38QSFQ5R3HF4O…

Contact: sara@snakehaus.com

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