Can we donate online or by credit card?
What is considered an “exotic” animal?
We are located in Pickens County, SC.
Can I come visit your sanctuary?
We are not open to the public on a regular basis; however we do offer private tours and have open days two or three times a year. Keep checking our website for upcoming dates.
What happens to the animals you accept?
Most of the animals we accept become permanent residents, however a few of the venomous snakes have been given to Kentucky Reptile Zoo so that their venom can be used to save lives.
Yes, you can donate through PayPal or JustGive.org just click on either button and they will walk you through the process. We are also on Venmo using @ rescue-exotics.
An exotic animal is any animal that is 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 (such as Llamas) and thrive in human care.
Do you adopt any of your animals out?
No, we do not adopt any of our animals out. We do have an adopt-an-animal program where you can support an animal of your choice; however, it remains in our care.
I would love a job with animals. Are you hiring?
We are not hiring at this current time but do have volunteers. Go to the Get Involved page for more information if you’re interested.
How can I help with your cause?
There are many ways to help our organization from donating time, goods or money. Please see our Get Involved page for more information. If you have a special talent that you feel would be beneficial download our volunteer application form or contact us.
Where do your animals come from?
Our animals come from the general public and various organizations.
Do you confiscate animals?
No, we will assist government agencies that do confiscations with the handling of the animals but we have no authority to take an animal from someone.
If you have an animal that needs a new home, give us a call to discuss your specific situation.
I have an animal that I want to get rid of, will you take it?
What advice do you have for people wanting an exotic pet?
The first step before you do anything is research. We cannot emphasize enough how important this is. Be sure you know exactly what the animal needs, what it’s typical behaviors are (all life stages), how long it will live and if there is a veterinarian in the area the specializes in that type of animal. Do not assume that if it does not work out that you can find a new home for it. Homes for exotic animals are very difficult to find and we do not guarantee that we will have space here. Remember that an animal may be cute and small in the beginning but once it’s fully grown it’s likely to be much more difficult to care for. Think long and hard about the commitment you are planning to undertake.
How do I find a good/reliable pet store?
Can we bring our animal to you if it’s sick?
Once you are certain that you know what animal you want, shop around for a supplier. Be sure you know exactly where that animal came from and that it has not been taken from the wild. Only purchase from those that give you accurate information about the animal you are about to purchase. If possible use a reliable local breeder.
How do we obtain information on animals that we’re interested in having as a pet?
Check a variety of sources for your animal information; such as the library or internet (but be careful of your source). Your local zoo is a great information source and we can answer most questions here at Safe Haven.
No, if you suspect that your animal is sick please take it to a veterinarian that specializes in that type of animal. You can give us a call for a reference if you don’t know of any.
If you are having behavioral problems with your animal the first step is to take it to a veterinarian to be sure it's healthy and that the problems are not brought on by some underlying issue. Once you are assured that the animal is in good health we can offer behavioral training consultations for you and your pet. Contact us for more information.
My animal has behavioral problems; can you help?
Are the snakes in my yard venomous?
Here in upstate South Carolina it is possible to have both venomous and “harmless” snakes but it is always safest to treat all snakes as if they are venomous and don’t try to handle them. In most cases they will go away on their own. Snakes are beneficial to the environment and are simply looking for mice and other food items to eat. You may observe them but do not interfere with them. Please remember that even if a venomous snake is dead, you can still be affected by the venom if it is not handled properly. When you are working in your yard, do not put your hands where you can’t see where you are reaching; such as under logs or in bushes. If you do get bitten by a venomous snake the most important thing to do is to get medical attention quickly. If you are concerned about a potentially venomous snake in your yard or home, you may contact us to (humanely) remove it for you for a fee.