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​Who We Are...


GHAR is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to educating and providing forever homes for reptiles. Our organization offers experienced foster homes and veterinary care for reptiles in need.

Interested in adding a reptile to your family? There are a good number of healthy reptiles placed in our foster network just waiting for their forever homes. We also provide services if you should find an abandoned reptile. We predominately work in Atlanta and North Georgia.

All of our members have many years of reptile handling and education experience. Therefore, we also provide education events for a modest fee for summer camps, schools, home schools, daycares, and birthday parties. The fees go directly to helping us care for sick and injured reptiles. Drop us a line at gharescue@gmail.com for a quote. 
 

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Pet of the month: General!

General: adult, 3 years old, Bearded Dragon. General is content hanging out in his enclosure and doesn't seek attention--but he doesn't mind being held either and prefers to hang out on your shoulder to keep an eye on his territory. He came to us having been fed a diet of mealworms which ultimately caused him to have a prolapse (which is why we DO NOT recommend mealworms for bearded dragons on our diet page). He was treated by a vet and is cleared for adoption now. Like any 3-year-old, you have to find unique ways for him to eat his veggies.

Pick up in Clyo, near Savannah 

A bit about our Founders:

Kathy Smith came to the reptile community with an interest in bearded dragons and she most definitely is the mother of all lizards. Kathy has venomous handling training, experience with larger snakes and lizards, and has a passion for rescue. She worked for 10 years with reptile rescue all over the state of Georgia before forming GHAR, and has also been featured on The Weather Channel, "Critter Fixers: Country Vets," and Central Georgia CBS's "Tegu Taskforce." Kathy was also nominated for "Lizard Personality of the Year" in 2017 from The Reptile Report. Additionally, her animals have been featured on the FX show, "Atlanta" and she has worked as an exotic animal handler and wildlife handler for additional television series.   

Dr. Katie Bell is a teacher by day and a reptile handler by night. She has worked with Bear Hollow Zoo in Athens, Georgia, animal shelters throughout North Georgia, and with larger pet store chains, learning about the most up to date husbandry and working to ensure that reptiles kept as pets get the proper care. Not only does Katie have reptile experience, she also has had training with larger exotic animals and aquatics--she has a story about being bit by a bear and yet lives to tell the tale. She has been featured on "Critter Fixers: Country Vets" and has done animal education for over 20 years with children. There isn't an animal on this earth that doesn't have Katie's admiration. 

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Kathy and Katie from this season's Critter Fixers: Country Vets!

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Rehome a pet:
Need to re-home your pet reptile? If you find yourself in a position of not being able to care for your pet, the GA Herp Rescue will re-home your pet at no cost to you. Once you have completed the form and submitted it, we will work towards finding a foster home for your pet. We are all volunteers, so please allow 24-48 hours for us to contact you.
1. 
Fill out an release form through  https://www.shelterluv.com/matchme/owner-surrender/GAH/Exotic/OtherAnswer all questions in their entirety.
2. We will reach out to you to coordinate a day, time and location for you to drop off your animal. Please be patient with us as we are all volunteers.

2. If you are able to, consider making a donation (through the Donate tab) to help with costs for your animal.

Public Events:
2/2/2023

IEEE Family Science Night at John Robert Lewis Elementary School, Atlanta. 6:30-8:00

2/28/2023

IEEE Family Science Night at Ocoee Elementary School, Johns Creek.

6:30-8:00

3/11/2023--3/12/2023

Show Me Snakes Reptile & Exotics Show: Atlanta

Cobb County Civic Center

548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta 30060

Saturday 9:00--3:30

Sunday 10:00--3:30

3/25/2023--3/26/2023

Show Me Snakes Reptile & Exotics Show: Grovetown

Columbia County Exhibition Center

212 Partnership Drive, Grovetown 30813

Saturday 9:00--3:30

Sunday 10:00--3:30

3/16/2023

IEEE Family Science Night at Shakerag Elementary School, Duluth. 6:30-8:00

6/3/2023--6/4/2023

Show Me Snakes Reptile & Exotics Show: Grovetown

Columbia County Exhibition Center

212 Partnership Drive, Grovetown 30813

Saturday 9:00--3:30

Sunday 10:00--3:30

6/24/2023

Reptile Rally: Bear Creek Nature Center

26300 Cochran Mill Rd., Palmetto 30268

Saturday 11:00-3:00

10/28/2023-10/29/2023

Show Me Snakes Reptile & Exotics Show: Atlanta

Cobb County Civic Center

548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta 30060

Saturday 9:00--3:30

Sunday 10:00--3:30

11/4/2023--11/5/2023

Show Me Snakes Reptile & Exotics Show: Grovetown

Columbia County Exhibition Center

212 Partnership Drive, Grovetown 30813

Saturday 9:00--3:30

Sunday 10:00--3:30

When looking for a vet or supplier, consider these reputable businesses which also provide sponsorship to help our animals.
 

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