HISTORY OF SOUTHERN IDAHO REPTILE RESCUE
Southern Idaho Reptile Rescue was founded in 2019 by three long-time, passionate reptile enthusiasts with a vision to make a difference for reptiles in the state of Idaho. We noticed that there already existed numerous organizations that helped rescue many species of animals, from dogs and cats to birds and livestock. However, there was no such facility or refuge for unwanted or rescued reptiles.
Reptile owners had severely limited outlets to relinquish ownership if needed nor was there an abundance of resources available to acquire accurate, reliable information on the care and husbandry of reptiles as pets. In addition, native and non-native species were being destroyed by state facilities and other animal rescue agencies solely due to lack of knowledge regarding care and housing of these amazing creatures – native and exotic. In response, Southern Idaho Reptile Rescue was founded.
Today, SIRR consists of a dedicated team of volunteers and a varied network of shelters and rescues in multiple states across the Midwest. SIRR works with state and federal wildlife officials and law enforcement to care for and house unwanted or seized reptiles from across the U.S.
Most of the animals under our care were abandoned, abused, severely neglected, or confiscated from individuals who possessed them irresponsibly or illegally. SIRR makes every effort possible to locate a permanent residence for the animals, including adoption of legal pets in Idaho. However, many will remain at SIRR for the rest of their natural lives. Unfortunately for many rescued reptiles, care prior to rescue has typically degraded to a point of harm and is minimal or nonexistent upon relinquishment. As a result, many reptiles face injuries that are debilitating and irreversible, and will require special care for the remainder of their lives.
SIRR strongly believes that “Conservation begins with Education.” A large amount of time and energy is put into educating the public about reptiles and the importance they have in our ecosystem, as well as the joy they can bring when SIRR works closely with the local community and general public to host and promote educational events and opportunities. SIRR is also active in promoting educational campaigns online through both our website and multiple social media platforms.
An onsite Wildlife Education and Conservation Center Facility plan is currently being drafted, and is a longtime dream of SIRR founders. As a state recognized and federally registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we depend on donations and contributions from sponsors and partners to continue to facilitate rescue and education endeavors in Southern Idaho. For more information of SIRR such as adoption availability, volunteer opportunities, donations, or to book an event, please contact us at