Once in awhile a family is unable to keep their pet due to unforeseen circumstances, other times an animal has come from a bad situation and just needs a loving forever home. Whatever the situation, we at the Madison Area Herpetological Society are here to help. Our love for reptiles and amphibians goes far beyond just love of our own animals, but to also help these animals find a happy home.

If you are unable to keep your pet and would like to reach out to us regarding relinquishments, please fill out the RELINQUISMENT FORM. There is a $30 relinquishment fee PER ANIMAL, or otherwise determined on a case by case basis, that will be collected at the time of relinquishment. We will work with you to schedule a time to drop the animal off with us.

If you are interested in adopting an animal, let us know. You do not NEED to be a member of MAHS to adopt an animal, although it is highly recommended. This gives you access to continued knowledge and a resource to ask anything you need to best take care of your new pet. Members in good standing, however, will get preference in adoptions if multiple people apply. The first thing you need to do if you want to adopt an animal is fill out an adoption application, which can be found here > MAHS Adoption Application<. If that application is accepted, you must pay the adoption fee and then schedule to pick the animal up. Adoption applications can be picked up at the monthly meetings, or e-mailed to you. To see the animal in person, please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have them bring it to the next MAHS meeting. Below are some of the animals for adoption, and some that have already found happy homes!

Friends of Scales Reptile Rescue

We also partner with one of the best reptile rescues in the United States, Friends of Scales Reptile Rescue. You can find their website >HERE< and their Facebook page >HERE<. If they have an animal you’d like to adopt, you can find their adoption form on their website and fill it out. They will contact you to follow up. Animals can be brought to the MAHS Monthly Meetings for pick up.