We are closed to the public but welcome scheduled private tours and education programs. Visitors are welcome at our Open Houses and Events. Find out more on our Events Page,
Or call 864-246-4425 for more details
Pickens County, SC
We are not hiring at this time but do need lots of volunteers. Please see the Volunteer page to get involved.
Our animals come from the general public and various organizations.
No, we may assist government agencies that do confiscate animals with handling, but we have no authority to take animals.
If you have an animal that needs a new home, contact us by email or phone 864-246-4425 to discuss your specific situation.
Most animals we accept become permanent residents, however some of the venomous snakes are given to the Kentucky Reptile Zoo so their venom can be used to make antivenin to save lives.
No, we do not adopt any of our animals out. Animal residents are with us for life. We do have an adopt-an-animal program where you can support an animal of your choice through funding, but the animal remains in our care. Find out more on the Donations page.
You are welcome to visit your adopted animal during our Open Houses, or by scheduling a private tour. Find out more on our Events page
An exotic animal is any animal not native to the United States and has not been domesticated. A domesticated animal is one that has been raised by humans for many generations and thrive in human care such as dogs, cats, and Llamas.
The first step to getting any pet is research. We cannot emphasize enough how important this is, especially with exotic pets. Search the internet, talk to your local zoo or call breeders. Below is a list that can help you begin to determine if the pet you want is suitable for you and your home.
What exactly are the animal's needs?
What are the typical behaviors I can expect, at all life stages?
It's very important to know the behavior you can expect from your pet through all life stages. Many exotics are loud and smelly too. Will a Cockatoo screeching in excitement frequently get you in trouble with the neighbors? Or what about the super cute and cuddly ferret? Even though they're "descented" they still have that musky smell, and always will. Does that pose a problem for your household?
What size will my pet be when full grown?
This may seem obvious but many pets have come to Safe Haven simply because they got too big for the owner to handle.
How long is the animal's expected lifespan?
Caring for a pet for its entire lifespan is a very serious time commitment. Although some smaller pets have short life spans many can be an average of 15 years and up to 70 in case of large birds.
Do not assume that if it doesn't work out you can find it a new home. Homes for exotics are very hard to find. Here at Safe Haven we are often at capacity since our animals live the rest of their lives with us.
Where is the closest Veterinarian that can care for my pet?
It's imperative to the health of your pet that you have access to a veterinarian that specializes in their care. Not all Veterinarians take exotic patients.
How do I find a reputable pet store?
Be sure to shop around for a reputable supplier when ready to purchase your pet. Be sure you know exactly where the pet came from and that it hasn't been taken from the wild. Only purchase from those that give you accurate information about the animal you are purchasing. If possible use a reliable local breeder.
No, if you suspect your animal is sick, please take it to a veterinarian that specializes in that type of animal. We may be able to refer you to a vet, call us at 864-246-4425 if you need help finding one.
Once you have taken your pet to the veterinarian to be sure the behavior issues are not a result of an underlying health condition, and it is healthy, we can offer behavioral consultations and training for you and your pet. Contact us for more information.
Here in the Upstate of South Carolina it is possible to have both venomous and "harmless" snakes. It is always safest to treat all snakes as if they are venomous and avoid handling them. In most cases they will go away on their own. Snakes are beneficial to the environment and are simply looking for a meal of mice or other critters. You may observe them but should avoid interfering with them if possible. When in the yard or garden avoid reaching into areas that you cannot see such as under logs, in bushes or large plants. If you are bitten the most important thing to do is get medical attention quickly! Even a dead venomous snake can affect you if not handled properly.
If you're concerned about a potentially venomous snake in your yard or home, you may contact us to humanely remove it for a fee.
Get ready to experience the thrill of the wild at Safe Haven & Educational Adventures, Inc. Our sanctuary is home to a vast number of exotic animals that will leave you in awe. Come explore, where you'll encounter stunning birds, monkeys, and reptiles. We can't wait to show you around!
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