When contacting Minerva's Den regarding a possible surrender, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information as known to you: type and species (if known), size, if an enclosure is included (and size of) plus any medical/behavioral issues we need to know about in advance. Thank you.
While Minerva's Den would like to help every animal in need there are physical and financial limits. When we are unable to help directly, we will provide at least one other contact.
If you are able to keep your pet until a new home is found, we can put a courtesy post on our adoptions page. All arrangements are between you and the potential adopters.
Minerva's Den is a home based rescue. We do not operate a shelter and do not have public hours. All business is conducted by appointment only.
Minerva's Den does not operate as an immediate emergency service and we are unable to make emergency pick ups. We are sorry but we can only operate by scheduled appointments.
If you have adopted an animal from Minerva's Den and find yourself in a position where you can no longer care for it, Minerva's Den will always accept the animal back as stated in the adoption contract. The exception would be a formerly legal species becoming illegal. In that case we would assist with finding an alternate facility.
Minerva's Den is not licensed for wildlife rehabilitation. If you find wildlife in need of assistance please contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Referrals can be found on the Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitator's Association Website http://www.owra.org/ Arrowhead Reptile Rescue www.arrowheadreptilerescue.org is also a licensed reptile rehabilitator.
There is never a fee to surrender an animal. If you are able to donate, the animals do appreciate it. Minerva's Den is not yet 501(c)3 but may become so in the future.
It is the responsibility of the surrendering party to transport the animal(s) to Minerva's Den. There are animal transport groups that may be able to help if needed. We are sorry, but it is just not possible for us to do pick ups.
Minerva's Den is unable to accept the following: Iguanas-Minerva's Den is no longer able to accept green iguanas, even in emergency situations. Crocodilians-State and local restrictions. Extra Large Constricting Snakes-Anacondas and select python species including burms and retics- State, local and property owner restrictions. Also including larger B. constrictor Venomous Snakes-legal and liability restrictions. We are unable at this time to continue accepting wolfdogs, 'medium' exotics (coati, genet, etc.) and poultry/horses/livestock. Please check the 'other rescues' page of the website or contact your area reptile/exotic veterinarians for further referrals.
What Species Do We Accept?
Rrecently we have received several inquires requesting a list of species which we can accept here at Minerva's Den. The short answer is that we will accept any animal which we have the resources for and are legally permitted to keep excluding domestic dogs and cats. In practice, the following are example species of what we are currently working with as resources allow.
Herps- Almost any species which is not listed above. Snakes. lizards, turtles, frogs, newts, etc.
Birds-Due to allergies, we have limitations on bird size and species. We accept softbills, doves, and small to medium hookbills - budgies, conures, Quakers, Indian Ringnecks and others of similar size.
Small rodents- Mice, hamsters, rats, gerbils, etc. Includes small exotic rodents such as spiny mice and degus.
Other small animals-Ferrets, rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, short tailed opossums , Siberian chipmunks and others.
Other critters-Hermit crabs, scorpions , tarantulas, hissing roaches, etc. Occasionally we accept fish and their tank, Bettas with or without tank.