Advancing collaboration, advocacy, and professional development
within the reptile animal welfare community.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
To develop professional practices and procedures in the area of reptile and amphibian
rescue and sheltering. To form a network of qualified reptile and amphibian rescues
to assist member organizations and others in developing sound, humane reptile and
amphibian rescue, rehabilitation, sheltering and adoption. To provide assistance
to those individuals and organizations who wish to start a reptile and amphibian
rescue or help an existing rescue to conform to NARRA's code of ethics.
Provide shelter and protection for the reptiles' and amphibians' welfare, not for
Not sell the sheltered reptiles and amphibians; the animals are adopted out to screened
homes that are appropriate for that species and individual.
Obtain skilled veterinary care for reptiles and amphibians as needed.
Keep current on emerging care treatment practices for all species within the organizations
Accept and maintain only those animals which the organization can afford to keep
in a humane and safe environment.
Discourage commercial breeding of those reptiles and amphibians already commonly
available within the pet trade industry.
The above Code of Ethics was established with a spirit of reasonable adherence. There
will be circumstances that occasionally require a temporary change within any given
rescue’s normal operations. The intent of the Code of Ethics is to describe the normal
operations of our members.
We are actively seeking new members in the reptile rescue community, and encourage
anyone interested in rescuing to consider joining. There is no membership fee at
this time, only the request to abide by the Code of Ethics above.
Benefits of joining:
1) Professional networking
2) Support and advice from other rescues
3) Ability to refer people to other rescues that may be closer or have resources
4) Professional pride in being a member of a national alliance.
Future plans: design a professional logo that relays our mission; obtain 501c(3)
status that could be used as an umbrella for new rescues; professional development
offerings online for rescues; an online library of resources for rescues
To learn more about NARRA or to find out about joining our online discussion,