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Amphibian & Reptile Relinquishment

Please Do Not Release Your Pet Into The Wild! - It is against the law. Contact SDHS to relinquish your pet.

If you need to relinquish your pet reptile, amphibian or arachnid, please call us at (619) 760-0578 and leave a message or email us at adoptions@sdherpsociety.org.  We will call back within a day

We request all supplies come with your pet plus a donation to assist in medical evaluation, treatment and foster care expenses until the animal can be placed in a permanent home.  If your pet is injured or ill, we respectfully request a donation adequate to assist with meeting initial medical evaluation and treatment.  

Large lizards such as Monitors and Iguanas of all sizes pose a particular challenge both due to experience in caring for these animals and space constraints.  We do have contacts and networks that we can reach out to for support, so please do inquire. If we are unable to accept your relinquishment we will work with individuals needing to re-home animals in a cooperative effort. 

Turtles & Tortoises: We also have a network of resources specifically for Turtles and Tortoises who can also provide a challenge for space, housing and care as well. You can reach out to the San Diego Turtle & Tortoise Society: https://www.sdturtle.org/

Please note, San Diego Herpetological Society is a registered nonprofit corporation. A small team of volunteers care for animals through personal donation of time, space and funds to cover the housing and care of all relinquished animals.  We do not make a profit by adopting out animals, fees charged for relinquishment and adoption meet less than 20% of our costs, the remaining 80% is covered through the generous donations of our volunteer foster care team and our public supporters.  Please consider making a donation today for the benefit of the animals in our care.

Prior to relinquishing your animal, fill out this relinquishment form and bring it with you when you bring us the animal.


San Diego Herpetological Society is a Nonprofit Corporation serving the community since 1978.  The SDHS reaches out to everyone with a  passion or curiosity for reptiles, amphibians kept as pets or studied and observed in nature.  Our primary objective is to create a supportive environment for enthusiasts whether a beginner or life-long hobbyist or breeder. We are a membership based organization open to individuals and families with an interest, curiosity or passion for these fascinating creatures


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San Diego Herpetological Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization 

PO Box 503835 San Diego, CA 92150-3835

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