Let's Talk About Rescuing
By Tracy Saltmarsh

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I am all for rescuing beardies and other animals. There are animals out there that need us, but it's not easy and it's not cheap.

That being said...

When you rescue ANYTHING, you should be financially capable to cover the expenses. You should have a proper home for what you're rescuing, the knowledge to care for it properly no matter what condition it's in, and have the money to IMMEDIATELY take it to the vet to assess its health. You should have the money to pay for whatever treatments it may need, however frequently it may need them. I understand falling on hard times. But you decided to "rescue" that animal. It's counting on you to take the time, energy and money to make it better. If you can't do what the animal needs because you are not financially capable, you don't need to "rescue" that animal, you need to help find someone who can.

  • Just because a dragon is on sand doesn't mean it needs to be rescued.

  • Just because the dragon is only eating something that's not exactly a staple but it looks to be of healthy weight and size doesn't mean it needs to be rescued.

  • Just because the owner is using a coil UVB or no UVB at all but the dragon looks to be in decent condition doesn't mean it needs to be rescued or the owner should be crucified.
These are all opportunities to educate.

You did not "rescue" the bearded dragon you bought from PetSmart or another pet store. You gave it a loving home, and you paid retail for it.

Please read this and think long and hard before you "rescue" an animal. Do you have $1000 you can immediately drop on vet care? Do you have an ideal home set up? Do you have food for it and any vitamin supplements it may need? Do you have the time and experience to deal with any and all health or behavioral issues your rescue may have? I should also add you must be strong enough to make the best decision for the animal regarding quality of life as well. It's tough. But in some cases the animal is so declined that the best thing for it (not for your feelings) is to put it down humanely.

Just some food for thought.