Our Adoption Process
Proteus Reptile Trust is a long running registered charity in the West Midlands. We operate along the same lines as any reputable dog or cat sanctuary but for reptiles. Occasionally we do have Invertebrates and Aquatics come into the rescue centre but mainly it is reptiles that we provide refuge for.
To adopt or to explore the idea of adopting an animal from us, we
encourage people to come and meet the animals (and us) via an appointment. This way we can discuss the different
options available and help you make a choice which is right for you and right
for the animal.
Please note: If you live quite a distance away and are interested in adoption, we can discuss potential alternatives before you make your trip to us.
Even if you decide that reptiles
aren’t for you (they are a niche species so we totally understand) we are happy
that you have been able to explore the idea without feeling pressured and
making ultimately the wrong decision.
- If you are not the homeowner, do you have permission of the homeowner or landlord to keep a reptile at the premises?
- Are you 18 years old or above? Our minimum age of adoption is 18 years old.
- Longevity of reptiles and other animals – please note we are looking for permanent homes, and so please don’t be offended when asked about your future plans. Many reptiles can live in excess of 15 years in captivity!
- Can you afford veterinary treatment should the need arise? These are specialist animals and it can be more costly to attain veterinary treatment.
Adoption Application Form:
We ask everyone who wishes to proceed with adoption to
complete our application form. This can be completed when you visit us
or it can be sent via email.
Once we have reviewed the application, we can then advise you of any concerns we may have and discuss any changes that either need to be changed or recommended to be altered. For example, we may ask you to change the wattage of your heat source if you are struggling to attain the right temperatures.
We appreciate there are many ways to create a habitat for reptiles and other exotics, as such; there are many opinions on how to do this.
In general we prefer all snakes and lizards to go into a wooden (or solid material) vivarium with an overhead heat source which is connected to a thermostat. In the case of snakes, all heat sources MUST be appropriately guarded.
In relation to tortoises there are several options available dependent on species such as vivarium, tortoise table etc.
We accept glass tanks in the case of certain Gecko species, all aquatic turtles, amphibians and tarantulas however we DO NOT re-home to tub racking systems.
After Adoption Application Form Has Been Reviewed:
There are two different routes that we take after an application form has been accepted. Dependent on species/animal sought and level of experience we will either ask for photographic evidence of the setup OR arrange at your convenience an informal home visit. Please see the two different routes.
1- Home Visit
For certain species of animals or in the case of animals with long term conditions we
prefer to do an informal home visit to check the enclosure over. We try and do this as informal as possible and it is conducted at both yours and our convenience.
2 - Photographic Evidence
For other species we ask for photographic evidence of the enclosure before proceeding with an application We generally ask for CLEAR photographs of the following:
- Thermostat/s used for each heating device.
- Probe positions for each thermostat.
- Sources of UV lighting if applicable which show the UVB percentage.
- Ventilation points.
- Heat guard/s.
- A tape measure or something similar to show the size of the length, width and depth of the enclosure.
- A Thermometer showing temperatures in the hot and cool areas and the absolute maximum in the basking zone.
If you are applying for your first reptile and/or are having difficulty we are still happy to conduct an informal home visit (Travel distance permitting) should you want us to.
Once methods 1 (home visit) or 2 (photographic evidence) have been carried out and the application has been approved, you will
then be able to arrange a suitable date and time to collect your new animal so
long as the animal is still deemed fit for re-homing.
When collecting your new companion we ask for the following before releasing the animal into your care:
- A form of photographic ID such as a Driving Licence or Passport (If you don’t have one, two forms of another ID such as a Utility bill will be accepted).
- Suitable transportation for the animal. We recommend for snakes and lizards a pillowcase cover and a secure container with gentle heating provided by a hot water bottle. Please ask us if you are unsure.
- The minimum donation fee; like many rescue centres we ask for a minimum donation for the animal sought, please see the next section for more information.
Unlike pet shops, we do not put a value on the animal itself based on traits such as color and gender, however we do ask for donations set as levels based on the species.
Please remember that by
adopting from us, the donation given is helping us house other rescues and
continue to care for the animals we are housing. Our donation levels are set
Level 1 – Minimum donation of £25.00
Examples include Leopard geckos, Corn snakes, King snakes.
Level 2 – Minimum donation of £35.00
Examples include Chinese water dragons, Bearded dragons, Plumed basilisks.
Level 3 – Minimum donation of £50.00.
Species such as Savanah monitors, Royal pythons, Children’s pythons, Rainbow boa’s, Common boas.
Level 4 - Minimum donation of £75.00
Species such as Hermann's and Horsefield tortoises
Level 5 – Minimum donation of £90.00.
Examples include large python species such as: African rock pythons, Burmese pythons, Reticulated pythons. Green iguanas, Nile monitors.
have adopted an animal from us, feel free to update us on his/her progress. We
are always excited to learn how they have settled into their new homes!
Although the animal is now in your care and any associated costs are now funded by yourself, we are still here to help with any questions you may have.
We are extremely thankful that you have chosen to rehome from us.