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Safe Haven's Animals

We have over 200 animals in residence here at Safe Haven and each one has their own story.  Here are a few more of them.

 

Loki is a female Blue and Gold Macaw.  She is a victim of divorce where the original owners were in the process of splitting up so Loki was left in the basement without receiving the care she needed.  She is completely featherless throughout her body except for her head and wings; she does not even have any tail feathers.  There is possible long term damage such that her feathers may never grow back.  Loki has been with us for only a short time so it will take many months of proper nutrition and enrichment before we will be able to see what long term affects are left.

 

 

Charlie is a Double Yellow Amazon.  Charlie had been passed around from home to home, at least two of which included young children.  A woman with a kind heart was working at a veterinary clinic when the owner at the time simply said that “she was going to get rid of it” because her children were not interested in him.  Wanting to be sure Charlie ended up with a good home she took him in.  Two years later, she still had not found a private owner that could provide a suitable home so she donated him to Safe Haven.  Charlie is one of our most prolific talkers and will be trained to be used in our educational programs.

 

 

Trixy is a female Blue and Gold Macaw.  She was dropped off at local pet store with the owner simply saying “he no longer wanted her”.  Trixy was completely bald on her chest and back as well as being emaciated (she had a protruding chest bone).  We are monitoring her diet carefully to put some weight back on her.  We are hopeful that most of her feathers will grow back in however it will probably many months.

 

 

Tango is a male Kinkajou, which is a rainforest animal that is related to raccoons and has a prehensile tail.  He belonged to a woman who has many years of experience with exotic animals.  Kinkajous tend to have unpredictable aggressive outbursts.  Even with her years of experience, this aggressive side was too difficult to handle in her home around other people.  Tango was donated to Safe Haven because we can care for him in a manor safe for everyone.

 

 

Our American Alligators were purchased as pets having been told by the dealer that they were Alligator Lizards.  They even received a care sheet for such lizards; that live in the desert and on sand.  This is quite the opposite environment for an American Alligator.  Needless to say, they were not doing too well so the owners began to call around for help.  Our director went out to take a look at them and told them they in fact had American Alligators and that it was illegal for them to have as pets without a permit.  Their choice was to either be reported or to sign them over to us.  We are one of 5 institutions in the state that has a permit for alligators.

 

 

Several of the large snakes (Common Boa, Carpet Python and Reticulated Python) came to us because the owners became fearful of their own animals.  They were found in enclosures with many months worth of feces and no water.  They arrived to us dehydrated and malnourished.  In some cases the snake got too big for the owner to handle.

 

 

Iguanas are commonly sold in pet stores as “easy” reptiles to care for but seldom are people told about how large they get.  Often the animal gets too big for the owner to handle so they decide to get rid of them.  Unfortunately, this is extremely common and there just aren’t enough homes for these animals.

 

 

In many cases (such as our Bearded Dragon or Cherry-head Red-foot Tortoise) the owners simply lost interest and could no longer care for the animal.  Many of the exotics we receive arrive with nutritional deficiencies.  They all have specific vitamin requirements and need UV light to maintain proper health.  It is important for exotic animal owners to learn what the requirements are for their animal.   The tortoise is another perfect example of this because his shell is permanently deformed from being fed an inappropriate diet.

 

 

 

OUR ANIMALS INCLUDE

 

     Green-winged Macaw

 

     Scarlet Macaw

 

     Moluccan Cockatoo

 

     Major Mitchel's Cockatoo

 

     African Gray Parrot

 

     Zebra Finch

 

     Sun Conure

 

     Indian Ring-neck

 

     Quaker (Monk) Parrot

 

     Cockatiel

 

     Double Yellow Amazon

     Parrot

 

     Blue Fronted Amazon

     Parrot

 

     Patagonian Conure

 

     Sulfur-crested Cockatoo

 

     Umbrella Cockatoo

 

     Common Marmosets

 

     Vervet Monkey

 

     Bobcat

 

     Chinchilla

 

     Ferret

 

     Hedgehog

 

     Sugar Glider

 

     Burmese Python

 

     Common Boa

 

     Dumeril's Boa

 

     Carpet Python

 

     Reticulated Python

 

     Royal (Ball) Python

 

     Mexican Milk Snake

 

     Sinaloan Milk Snake

 

     Pueblan Milk Snake

 

     Kenyan Sand Boa

 

     Southern Pine Snake

 

     Florida King Snake

 

     Corn Snake

 

     California King Snake

 

     Pueblan Milk Snake

 

     Black Rat Snake

 

     Nelson's Milk Snake

 

     Columbian Rainbow Boa

 

     Eastern King Snake

 

     Garter Snake

 

     Southern Copperhead

 

     Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake

 

     Timber Rattlesnake

 

     Mojave Rattlesnake

 

     Albino Monocle Cobra

 

     False Water Cobra

 

     Southern Pacific

     Rattlesnake

 

     Cottonmouth

 

     Northern Copperhead

 

     Eastern Diamondback

     Rattlesnake

 

     Western Diamondback

     Rattlesnake

 

     Bearded Dragon

 

     Uromastyx

 

     Blue Tongue Skink

 

     Iguana

 

     Cherry-head Red-foot

     Tortoise

 

     Box Turtle

 

     Horsfield Tortoise

 

     African Spurred Tortoise

 

     Savanah Monitor

 

     American Alligator

 

     Chilean Rosehair Tarantula

 

     Goliath Tarantula

 

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