Snakes'n'Critters Animal Sanctuary

Read about the Sanctuary here in the Arizona Star, www.azstarnet.com

For over 25 years, my husband and I have been rescuing and giving sanctuary to animals who have been abandoned, abused, special needs, elderly and those to be euthanized. In March of 2004, we decided that we needed help, so it was officially made a no-kill sanctuary and nonprofit organization. Donations are now tax deductible.

Our specialty is reptiles, but we have and are open to all animals in need. We have sheltered horses, goats, sheep, chickens, geese, parrots, cockatiels, boa constrictors, pythons, milksnakes, king snakes, iguanas, tegus, dogs of all types, pot-bellied pigs, etc. We do not take "hot" (poisionous) reptiles or wildlife. We aren't set up for cats or ferrets.

Most of our animals are not adoptable, except under special circumstances. We are their "home for life". Due to their problems, it can be quite expensive and time consuming to care for them. Because of their medical and/or behavioral issues, they are not for the inexperienced. Some of the animals, have been here since 1994.

Over the years, we've maintained a close and loving relationship with our animals. We give them more than just food and shelter, but comfort, a caring and loving home. We treat them homeopathically, holistically and with the help of vets, who specialize in the type of animals we have. Some have to visit the vet on a regular basis, are on medications or treatments. Some have behavior issues, due to their treatment before they came here, that require training and attention.

I'm Cougar, a Vietnam vet, and a retired Critical Care Registered Nurse. I do most of the care, training and nursing. My husband builds and maintains outside buildings pens & corrals. He does all the shopping for us and supplies for the animals. He works overtime constantly to help pay for their food and needs. We both do most of the feeding, cleaning and grooming.

I am 67 years old and have had Multiple Sclerosis for 35 years, Hepatitis C for 10 years and Chronic Severe Kidney Disease for 3 years. My husband works fulltime and overtime to help pay for the needs of the animals, takes care of the outside ones and is my care-manager. We work together on the bookkeeping, but are kept so busy, that there isn't any time for fund raising or any PR.

We are in constant need of donations and 100% of all donations goes to the care, medications, vets, etc. We are badly in need of volunteers, since my husband and I have over 44+ animals to care for. It becomes stressful when there are emergencies or not enough money, but we refuse to lower our standards of care and treatment for the animals. We are quite serious about what we do. It's our life's passion for as long as we are able.

You Can contact us here:

Our sanctuary is located 5 miles east of Robles Junction (3-Points) and 20 miles west of Tucson, at 10675 Brandywine Lane.

Our mailin' address is P.O. Box 86016

Tucson, AZ 85754-6016

Our phone number is 520-822-5082

This is a business phone and doesn't ring. Please start talking, if we're available, we'll pick up. Leave name, phone number and a message, in case we are busy and we will return your call as soon as possible. Our hours to call are between 7am-10:30am mst and between 2:45pm-7pm mst, 7 days a week.

We may be reached by email at support@snakesncritters.org, snakesn@snakesncritters.org or snakelady@snakesncritters.org

Financial donations may be sent by mail or paypal. Visitors are welcome, by appointment. We teach and educate on different types of animals, their needs and care.

Our wish list: corral panels, fencing, building materials, buckets, horse tack, blankets, towels, rakes, pooper-scoopers, pea gravel, feeding dishes, horse trailer, garden tractor and spreader.

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