Surrender Donation Guidelines

  • Red Ear Sliders (or other aquatic turtles) $40 Each
  • Small or Medium Snakes (5 feet or less) $40 Each
  • Amphibians (any kind) $40 Each
  • Small or Medium Tortoises (25 pounds or less) $40 Each
  • Small or Medium Lizards (except Iguanas) $40 Each
  • Large Snakes (5 feet or larger) $75 Each
  • Large Tortoises (more than 25 pounds) $75 Each
  • Large Lizards (except Iguanas) $75 Each
  • Iguanas $100 Each
  • Medical Animals cost TBD depending on severity of needs

Since Green Iguanas in the 1980's, reptiles have become increasingly popular as pets and are now a main component in the pet industry. Many people, however, find that what at first looks like a low maintenance pet becomes more work and care than they can give. 

Before our sanctuary opened in 2001, there was no where for unwanted reptile pets to go. Many were released into the desert, (which is usually a death sentence) or were euthanized. PHS opened its doors with 26 surrendered iguanas and now houses many which are surrendered pets.

If you or someone you know has a reptile pet that they can no longer take care of, you can make an appointment and surrender it to us. Our No Kill Sanctuary takes in hundreds of reptiles each year. Some, which are deemed healthy and appropriate, will be placed in our adoption program, but many will live the rest of their lives at our sanctuary. We do ask for a donation for each surrender to help cover the ever increasing cost of caring for all the animals at our sanctuary.

Please know that surrendering an animal is final and you relinquish the rights to that animal.

All donations are tax deductible, due to our non profit 501(c) 3 status.

If interested, you may be given the option to donate your supplies and/or equipment with your animal. Please consult with a PHS representative to make sure that they are items that can be utilized by the animals and staff at our sanctuary.

To make a drop-off appointment, please call 480-825-2705