For the three or four of you who have been wondering where I have been lately, the combination of trying to make a living AND run the Herps Alive Reptile Rescue and Education Center takes a lot of time and unfortunately, my writing here has fallen by the wayside a bit. Hopefully, as things slow down with outreach travel we will be able to write more often.
So, we finally opened on Christmas Eve and since January 1, we have found forever homes for over 150 reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. We have taken in over 250 and we currently have about 275 animals at the center, including about 15 educational displays.
As a small non-profit, we just don’t have the personnel to do the fund-raising we need to do while opening to the public four days a week and doing an average of one off-premises outreach event a week. We have great volunteers, but could always use more, so if you are in the Northeast Ohio area, let us know.
We almost broke even (relying on rehome fees, merchandise sales, donations and sponsorships) for the first time in August and foot traffic is increasing weekly. We have a few key events coming up that could really help us turn the corner. Our expenses average about $3500 a month, but in a month with a lot of vet bills in the winter, it could be over $4000.
We now have a vet who volunteers 1/2 day a week, which helps greatly, and we are working with several school mentoring and internship programs to solicit new volunteers. But regardless, it’s always all about the animals!
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