Frequently asked questions about CROC
Is CROC a reptile rescue facility?
Although many of the animals in my care have come from rescue situations, CROC is not an animal shelter or rescue facility.My primary focus is on providing education and resources to pet owners to help them better care for their animals so they do not have to rehome them. I occasionally assist animal control officers or wildlife officials with abandoned or neglected animals that need placement, but I no longer accept surrendered pets directly from owners. For rehoming/rescue information, view these options.
Is CROC a nonprofit?
CROC is not a registered 501c3 nonprofit. The costs to operate CROC come largely out of my own pocket with proceeds from programs going right back into the upkeep of the animals and my facility. Having formerly ran a nonprofit I have elected not to proceed with registering CROC as a 501c3 nonprofit due to the expenses, operating complexity, and logistics required to maintain 501c3 status. That said, I still operate under similar ethical standards as other nonprofit facilities and do not run CROC with the intent to make money.
Where do the animals live, and can I visit CROC?
All the animals I feature in my programs are cared for within my private facility in my home. It is not open to the public, and I do not accept visits for tours at my location. If you would like to see where and how my animals are kept I offer virtual outreach programs. All other outreach programs are delivered to external locations.
Does CROC ever sell or breed animals?
CROC is not a breeding or animal sales facility, and all reptiles & exotic animals shown in my programs are either rescues or personal pets that are not used for breeding purposes. I occasionally offer chicken eggs for sale from my own chicken flock.
What is the difference between CROC and other people who offer "reptile shows"?
The state of New Hampshire has very limited regulations on what makes someone qualified to offer animal shows: particularly those that involve reptiles. There is currently no certification process or training required to operate animal shows with most reptile species. What I have always strived for through CROC is to maintain a standard of ethical behavior and qualifications. I do this by attending training and education whenever possible, maintain professional liability insurance to cover my activities, practice safe handling & presentation techniques, adhere to high standards of care & welfare for my animals, and have permits and licensing as needed for some of the animal species I care for. In addition, I am frequently reviewing regulations & guidelines set by authorities to ensure that I remain in compliance with all rules an laws. View my Code of Ethics to learn more.