VA Reptile Rescue, Inc. exists to: (Updated 5/30/16)
-Act as a resource for reptiles and amphibians (and their owners) that have been injured, neglected, mistreated or are otherwise unwanted by
a) providing or locating temporary homes for reptiles and amphibians in need, when possible, and
b) finding appropriate new homes for those reptiles and amphibians
-Educate the public about reptiles and amphibians.
-Promote awareness of proper husbandry and maintenance practices for reptiles and amphibians.
-Promote responsible pet ownership practices, including selecting appropriate and healthy animals
-Promote environmental conservation, especially related to herpetological concerns.
-Promote captive breeding as the best source of pet-trade reptiles and amphibians, while recognizing that certain species must be obtained from the wild in order to maintain genetically sound captive breeding programs.
-Protect the rights and represent the interests of individuals to maintain, breed, and sell reptiles and amphibians in a responsible manner.
-Provide assistance to authorities in public safety and community leaders with regards to questions about reptile and amphibian ownership and identification of unknown animals.