Introducing GRAIN!

 

In response to the countless pushes in legislation to ban or prohibit ownership of reptiles and other exotics, more based in fear and false accusations, we have joined up with other leaders in the reptile industry to create an educational resource to continue to promote fact based respect and care for these animals.

As our community continues to grow we are overwhelmed by the positive support we have received! Below are just a few of the great examples of GRAIN supporters from around the world sharing their love and knowledge about these amazing animals with their community.

My daughter with our tortoise, Donna. I bought Donna the same month I got pregnant. These two have always been with each other. Donna is 6 yrs old and my daughter is 5. :) -Mindi SueLee

 

You can see the passion in these childrens eyes! They arent born with a fear and hatred of these animals, its given to them by their guardians, and the media!!! Lets show them the truth! EDUCATION TRUMPS SPECULATION!!!!! SHOWING PEOPLE WHAT THESE ANIMALS ARE REALLY ABOUT!!!!! NOT THE BS THAT THE MAJORITY BELIEVE!!!!This is what its about!!! Teaching the next generation about these wonderful animals, and guiding them the RIGHT WAY!!!! -Jake Klotz

 

Here's a pic from when my educational program got the cover of the local paper last year. -John Sheerin

 

 

This was one of my favorite "reptile" discussions of all time! In between shows for the kids, this 80 year old lady came up to me and started asking me questions. She had never seen an alligator, let alone most any other reptile up close. The conversation lasted about 20 minutes, and as her husband repeatedly told her that they had to go home... she didn't want to, and told him to "hush for a minute, We're talking". She walked in scared and confused, thinking that most reptiles were good for nothing, and left in love with a 6 foot alligator. -Loren Morales

 

 

Here is a little girl that wanted to hold Midnight our Black & White Tegu. This was a great show and everyone got involved! -Roaming Reptiles

 

 

Pythons are loved and kept Globally.! Country: Pakistan -Hamza Hussain Simjee

 

 

A group of Police officers we did a show for, for "National Night Out Against Crime" -Beanie Villerman

 

 

Reptiles + Education = Success -Beanie Villerman

 

My Reptiles are my Life. I wanted to share a side of reptiles that most luckily have not experienced. I have had reptiles my entire life, even as a child my parents would take me to the pet store week after week for me to purchase food with my allowance money for my animals. I would catch snakes and frogs when I was young until I was able to save enough money and gain enough knowledge to purchase more advanced animals from the pet stores. I always had the sense of responsibility for caring for my animals since the day I found my first one and I always had the support of my parents to back me up.

When I turned 13 I sadly lost my Father. Being an only child mean I had to step up and work harder at home and harder to support my reptile collection. I did everything I could from mowing lawns to washing cars in my neighborhood. When I 15 I got my workers permit and began working as much as I could while going though highschool. I was working full time by junior year. I lost my mother to a very short battle with cancer, she passed the day I graduated High school. I was forced into adult hood before I even started college. I was also now the only possible means of providing proper care for my reptiles. Losing your loved ones, especially your parents can do serious damage to an individual.

I am a fighter and I knew I had to support myself and my Reptiles, I choose to NEVER GIVE UP and continue to fight harder for what I wanted in life. I have a very strong connection with my reptiles and I was their only way to thrive. Working though college, being on my own, buying a house, and marrying my beautiful wife showed me that giving up in NEVER an option! Not for me, Not for my Dream, and NOT FOR MY REPTILES! My animals keep me moving forward in the worst times of my life. I have kept many species of reptiles and amphibians From my child hood until now. I proud to say am living my dream of breeding Reticulated pythons and supporting a large collection on my own. My reptiles have always been there for me and I have always been here for them. I wanted to share this short story because REPTILES CAN SAVE LIVES  -Shane Castello

 

 

Here is one of our shows that we did for a school here in town. We reached over 700 children and teachers. -Roaming Reptiles

 

If you have a story to share be sure to a become a fan of GRAIN on Facebook! Then share your story and share GRAIN with your friends! We are here to spread education and respect for all types of pets loved who we devote our time, resources, and lives to caring for.

 

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Provide a Little Christmas Joy with Us!

 

There are people in our communities, in our own neighborhoods, who are wondering if they’ll be able to give even one gift this Christmas. The Christmas PEACE Box is a way for you to share love this Christmas.

 

 

Assembling a box is simple. Just follow the 3 easy steps below. We've even included tips to help you get started.

Step #1: Assemble your box. (We've done that for you)

Step #2: Decide who you will give the box to: child (gender and age) or family. Then mark it on the box.

Step #3: Shop to fill your box.

Don't know what to fill your PEACE box with? Check out the suggestions below.

 

 

3-5 years old

Age appropriate toys: Coloring books, crayons, Play-doh, stuffed animals, books, etc.

Snacks: Fruit Roll-ups, raisins, Goldfish, etc.

Clothing: Fun socks, hair clips, sun glasses, beanies, etc.

 

6-9 years old

Age appropriate toys: Jump ropes, Slinky, hand-held games, books, dolls, small balls, etc.

Snacks: Lollipops, gum, crackers, etc.

Clothing: T-shirts, caps, socks, hair clips, etc.

School Supplies: Pencils, markers, book covers, stamps, etc.

Hygiene Items: Toothbrush

 

10-12 years old

Age appropriate toys: Hackysack, books, finger skateboard, hand-held or card games, Ear buds etc.

Snacks: Gum, crackers, hard candy, mints etc.

Clothing: Baseball caps, ankle socks, hair clips/headbands, scarves, beanies, etc.

School Supplies: Pencils, gel pens, book covers, etc.

Hygiene Items: Toothbrush, hand sanitizer, metal water bottle

 

13-18 years old

Age appropriate toys: Hackysack, books, finger skateboard, hand-held or card games, Ear buds, gift cards (Target, Wal-Mart), balls etc.

Snacks: Fast food gift cards,Gum, crackers, chips, candy etc.

Clothing: Baseball caps, ankle socks, hair clips, headbands, scarves, beanies, etc.

School Supplies: Locker decorations, sketch pads, journals, pencils, gel pens, book covers, etc.

Hygiene Items: Toothbrush, hand sanitizer, metal water bottle, shower gel, nail polish, lip gloss, fragrance, etc.

 

Family

Night Out: Movie tickets, restaurant gift cards, etc.

Night In: DVD's, popcorn, family game, books, etc.

 

Discouraged Items: Money, large or used items, common allergy products (peanuts etc.), medication, military or toy guns, beverages, breakable items, perishables, movies rated PG-13 or above.

 

After you've filled your Christmas PEACE Box you have a couple options for how to donate your gift.

1) We encourage you to give the box directly to a child or family that you know is in need. This is the most rewarding way to make an impact in your local community and show your neighbors you care.

2) Return your filled box to the Christmas PEACE Box trucks at Saddleback Church, in Lake Forest at any of the weekend services. The final weekend to return your filled boxes is December 1st and 2nd. The church will then distribute boxes to children and families in the local community.

3) Return your filled box to The Reptile Zoo where we will both deliver boxes to Saddleback Church for distribution and provide local deliveries in our community. The final weekend to return your filled boxes to The Reptile Zoo is December 15th and 16th. To show our appreciation for your gift to those in need in our local community The Reptile Zoo would like to offer you a complimentary admission to enjoy our exhibits on the day of your filled box delivery.

 

 

 

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