The mission of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is to protect, enhance, preserve, and wisely use natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the benefit of Indiana’s citizens through professional leadership, management, and education.

Don't Let It Loose!

For the health of your pet and the safety of our native wildlife, it is never OK to release animals. Most pets released to the wild do not survive, and many suffer before they die. Pets are usually unable to find food or shelter in the wild and they are often an easy meal for another creature. If it does survive your pet becomes an invasive species that native wildlife may not have the defenses to compete against. Invasive species cause harm to the environment and the economy. provides responsible rehoming information to pet owners who, for one reason or another, need to find another home for their pet. They partner with pet stores and animal rescues to create an extensive rehoming network map. You can also find FAQs about invasive species and many other resources for industry partners and pet owners.


Information and tools needed to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species commonly found in trade.

WildCare Inc.

WildCare Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on providing professional care to sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife so that they may be returned to the wild. They provide care and rehabilitation services to all native Indiana wildlife species, with the exception of deer. They also strive to help protect the next generation of wildlife through their education and community outreach programs.


Chelonian Ranch is a PROUD MEMBER of the United States Association Of Reptile Keepers. USARK is a science, education and conservation-based advocacy for the responsible private ownership of, and trade in reptiles and amphibians. They endorse caging standards, sound husbandry, escape prevention protocols, and an integrated approach to vital conservation issues. USARK’s goal is to facilitate cooperation between government agencies, the scientific community, and the private sector in order to produce policy proposals that will effectively address important husbandry and conservation issues.

Florida Exotic Pet Amnesty Program

To reduce the number of non-native species released into the wild, the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program offers a free and legal opportunity for Florida residents to surrender nonnative pets they are no longer able to keep. Chelonian Ranch is proud to be an approved adopter.