Who lives at the Wildlife Sanctuary? The majority of the animals that you will see arrive here in one of the four ways: Unwanted Pets, Confiscated Illegal Pets, Injured Animals or, Accidental Tourists. No matter how they get here all animals receive the same level of compassion and care providing a happy and healthy forever home.
We receive many calls from people seeking to place unwanted pets. Many individuals find out after they have purchased a pet that they are unable to obtain the proper food for it, that it grows much larger than they expected, or that it is not that easy to handle.
Confiscated Illegal Pets
Each year many exotic animals are illegally sold through the international pet trade. Some of our animals were confiscated by state or federal authorities and turned over to the Wildlife Sanctuary for safe keeping.
Connecticut is home to a variety of wildlife species. Each year many animals are found injured and cared for by a network of wildlife rehabilitators. Most are released back into the wild. However some animals are deemed not-releasable due to the severity of their injuries. These animals are then in need of a forever home, which the Wildlife Sanctuary provides to many of our native animals.
Each year the Wildlife Sanctuary receives calls to pick up “accidental tourists.” These are non-native animals that arrive in shipments such as lumber, fruit or, people’s luggage. We have received frogs, tarantulas, scorpions, black widows, lizards, snakes in this manner.
Turtles & Tortoises