Here’s a true story from the news of my region.
Sherrie Baldwin, of Salem, OR, is a reptile devotee who made the news after she gave her pet Bearded Dragon mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. She had found the lizard floating in water in its cage. The incident gained national attention, and Baldwin enjoyed her 15 minutes of fame.
Unfortunately, her landlord was disturbed to learn that Baldwin had been rescuing Bearded Dragons from the area and keeping them in her trailer. She had as many as 24 Bearded Dragons on site. However, the rental contract did not allow reptiles as pets. As reported by the Salem Statesman Journal, Baldwin had to find new homes or face eviction.
When news of her dilemma spread, the public responded with a remarkable outpouring of support. Hopeful Bearded Dragon owners contacted Baldwin from as far away as New York and Dallas. As of Friday, October 17th, all but a few lizards had been surrendered to new owners at no charge, simply on the promise that they would be well cared for and some under veterinary care would continue to receive medication.
The next step is for a local church group to help Baldwin with cleanup required by her landlord. Let’s hope they honor her efforts and allow her to remain in her home.