Help Save Exotic Animals in Ohio

$2,420 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 50 months
My name is Daniel. I live in Ohio and Iam an avid aniimal lover and owner. Animals are my life! 9 years ago i became an exotic animal owner. I know theres alot of people that are against owning these animals because they dont know the truth or facts about owning these animals.  First off these animals never came from the wild. They have been born and raised in captivity for many years. They dont know what the wild is.  There for they can never be returned to the wild and are dependant on us humans to care for them. Im just a normal person same as you but with a deep passion for these magnificent creatures.  For 9 years now Ive given my life to the care of these animals. I carried a state license and was completely legal in providing the care and housing for my animals. Most of my animals came from horrible situations and most were going to be killed, hunted, or stuffed simply because their previous owners didnt want them anymore or had no need for them. I saved these animals and have given them the best home I can provide. Giving them nice enclosures, enrichment activities, nutrional foods daily, and most importantly human interaction in which they live for. You wont see any animals at a zoo that are as happy , loved, and content as mine. 

I now have to swallow my pride and ask for all the help i can get. I need help to once again save the animals ive already saved once. Ohio has passed a law Banning the ownership of exotic animals. Giving us standards higher than zoos are required to have. These standards are so out of reach and expensive a normal working class man like me cannot afford to comply with new state laws and now my babies face to be Euthanized. Theres no place for them to go and zoos dont want them. Unless I can comply my babies will be killed. Ive obtained an Attorney and plan to fight this all the way. I need your help with attorney funds, caging upgrades, and permit fees. Im begging you to look into your hearts and dig deep into your pockets and HELP ME SAVE MY BABIES!


The state of Ohio passed an Unconstitutional Law banning exotic animals. Animals that have lived here for decades in captivity.Some animals are pets, family members or rescued from a bad environment. Owners have dedicated their lives to care for these animals. Now  this new law enforces higher standards than zoos are required to have, owners can't afford to comply with these requirements. Animals will be confiscated then euthanized. Owners will face criminal charges. When all they did was love and care for these animals. It's not that these owners don't want to comply we financially can't. These are people who were legally licensed to posses these animals. Until the law changed. No one was Grandfathered in. We have obtained an attorney and continue to fight this law. We need everyone's help in saving the lives of these animals.
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Please we Desperately Need Your Help! With Attorney bills, and the Upgrades we need to Comply we cant save these animals without your help. Its not just about saving my animals but winning this will help to save all the animals in Ohio and US.
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HELP SAVE MY BABIES
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Idon No
35 months ago

Sorry mate. You may have your animals for good reason but you still promote the idea that it is okay to keep animals that should only be in the wild. Give these up and spend your time trying to promote the conservation of endangered wild species. If you are that passionate about animals that is what you would do. If you are passionate about being around the animals then you are not truly an animal lover, you just love how they make you feel.

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Eli Taylor
38 months ago

Maybe if everyone sent in FOIA requests for all of the correspondence and documentation the Ohio Dept of Ag has pertaining to how they have used delay tactics on approving applications and then say that "its too late" for approval/compliance after several months of having the application in their office holding it until past the deadline, more of the general public would see (if the documentation on these applications were posted PUBLICLY after everyone that sends in requests receives it, even if they must DEMAND IT) how exotic animal owners in Ohio are being railroaded, their 4th amendment rights are being trampled, and if its happening to ANY animal owners ANYWHERE (illegal seizures of their animals by tax-payer-funded government agencies in collusion with donation-funded animal "rescues" known as "retail rescues"), it can happen to EVERY animal owner with this corruption of power at these tax-payer funded government agencies, especially when they "partner" with corrupt donation-funded "rescues" that have made CAREERS out of nonprofit animal "rescue" and are literally "paid to rescue". "We the People" have a right to see ALL of the documentation because "We the People" FUND these government agencies with our tax dollars. Send in FOIA requests on behalf of Daniel and his beloved animals, and lets see how far up the food chain the corruption goes, and then expose the players in this corrupt activity that USES our tax-payer money and also USES innocent animals as pawns in cowardly peoples quest for $$$$, power, and control.

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Amiee Williams
38 months ago

Sorry that your animals have been taken away.

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Renée Hastings
38 months ago

Why do you believe they will be euthanized? Did you look for sancuaries if you feel they are going to be euthanized? Please dont let your animals suffer at Reynoldsburg even if it means they go to a Santuary now. Those dark cells are not humane. Think of your animals first. Best of luck for your animals.

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Stacey Parsons
38 months ago

You need to contact Kenny Hetrick. They did the same to him. Took all of his animals, including Leo who died while under the care of ODA

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Melanie Nawrot
43 months ago

I am so sorry you are having to go through this.. I have been watching news on the laws Ohio has put in place for exotic ownership and it is unreal! Never in my life have I heard of laws so harsh and the requirements are unrealistic. I live in Wisconsin and do have a Class B USDA license, if it comes down to the point that you cant raise enough funds I will gladly take what I can to save them from death, we are in the process of starting a small zoo/camp. Government is causing the extinction of endangered species, zoo's cannot do save them alone, we need responsible private ownership to save animals! I have known many private owners who have far better living conditions than most zoo's.. Just a thought, but if you were to obtain a USDA license are you still required to go by state regs?

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Ellen Mass
43 months ago

when is it right that those who have never raised animals, have no REAL knowledge of their care (book learning on this doesn't count) have the audacity to push through laws saying that no one can have/care for/love these animals?! don't they even care that these loved creatures will be killed because a bureaucrat got paid to follow another idiot's footsteps (last sentence directed at HSUS, PETA and the other organizations that want to do away with any contact)

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Tonya Miller Scott
43 months ago

Dan and his babies are neighbors to my parents. The animals are gentle and he truly cares for them. I enjoy visiting them . I am not fearful of them and think it is a disgrace they could be killed

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Emily Gardner-Lane
43 months ago

I wish i had some money to donate. You deserve to keep all of those animals (i would call them my babies). You sre a certified zoo for heavans sake. They should be helping you not trying to close you.

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$25
Sherry Summitt
38 months ago

With love n prayers from a member of Hags with Nags . Keep up the good fight!

CW
$100
Chrystal Whitney
38 months ago

My heart is breaking for your loss and I am mad at the same time.

$50
jennifer grau
38 months ago

I love you guys. We're going to fight this! You're not alone. We're going to get them home. Stay strong. Prayers sent as well. To the fur babies.. ♡

SW
$50
Shelby Wolfe
38 months ago

I'm an animal lover myself and would love to interact with these kind of animals. Can't imagine the feeling. Hope and pray everything works out.

$50
Anonymous
38 months ago
$30
Brendon Taylor
38 months ago

Originally from Miamisburg, Ohio now in Texas serving for the military. Never heard of you but reminds me about one of my teachers from highschool. She has a ton of exotic animals. Glad to see you have such a large size cat as your best friend most people could only dream about something like that. God bless you!!!!!

SC
$100
Sherry Chambers
38 months ago

I wish you the best, as I know how much you love these animals

$50
Anne Merla
38 months ago

I am hoping and praying that calm clear heads will prevail and return the animals to you!

Idon No
35 months ago

Sorry mate. You may have your animals for good reason but you still promote the idea that it is okay to keep animals that should only be in the wild. Give these up and spend your time trying to promote the conservation of endangered wild species. If you are that passionate about animals that is what you would do. If you are passionate about being around the animals then you are not truly an animal lover, you just love how they make you feel.

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Eli Taylor
38 months ago

Maybe if everyone sent in FOIA requests for all of the correspondence and documentation the Ohio Dept of Ag has pertaining to how they have used delay tactics on approving applications and then say that "its too late" for approval/compliance after several months of having the application in their office holding it until past the deadline, more of the general public would see (if the documentation on these applications were posted PUBLICLY after everyone that sends in requests receives it, even if they must DEMAND IT) how exotic animal owners in Ohio are being railroaded, their 4th amendment rights are being trampled, and if its happening to ANY animal owners ANYWHERE (illegal seizures of their animals by tax-payer-funded government agencies in collusion with donation-funded animal "rescues" known as "retail rescues"), it can happen to EVERY animal owner with this corruption of power at these tax-payer funded government agencies, especially when they "partner" with corrupt donation-funded "rescues" that have made CAREERS out of nonprofit animal "rescue" and are literally "paid to rescue". "We the People" have a right to see ALL of the documentation because "We the People" FUND these government agencies with our tax dollars. Send in FOIA requests on behalf of Daniel and his beloved animals, and lets see how far up the food chain the corruption goes, and then expose the players in this corrupt activity that USES our tax-payer money and also USES innocent animals as pawns in cowardly peoples quest for $$$$, power, and control.

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Amiee Williams
38 months ago

Sorry that your animals have been taken away.

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Renée Hastings
38 months ago

Why do you believe they will be euthanized? Did you look for sancuaries if you feel they are going to be euthanized? Please dont let your animals suffer at Reynoldsburg even if it means they go to a Santuary now. Those dark cells are not humane. Think of your animals first. Best of luck for your animals.

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Stacey Parsons
38 months ago

You need to contact Kenny Hetrick. They did the same to him. Took all of his animals, including Leo who died while under the care of ODA

+ Read More
Melanie Nawrot
43 months ago

I am so sorry you are having to go through this.. I have been watching news on the laws Ohio has put in place for exotic ownership and it is unreal! Never in my life have I heard of laws so harsh and the requirements are unrealistic. I live in Wisconsin and do have a Class B USDA license, if it comes down to the point that you cant raise enough funds I will gladly take what I can to save them from death, we are in the process of starting a small zoo/camp. Government is causing the extinction of endangered species, zoo's cannot do save them alone, we need responsible private ownership to save animals! I have known many private owners who have far better living conditions than most zoo's.. Just a thought, but if you were to obtain a USDA license are you still required to go by state regs?

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Ellen Mass
43 months ago

when is it right that those who have never raised animals, have no REAL knowledge of their care (book learning on this doesn't count) have the audacity to push through laws saying that no one can have/care for/love these animals?! don't they even care that these loved creatures will be killed because a bureaucrat got paid to follow another idiot's footsteps (last sentence directed at HSUS, PETA and the other organizations that want to do away with any contact)

+ Read More
Tonya Miller Scott
43 months ago

Dan and his babies are neighbors to my parents. The animals are gentle and he truly cares for them. I enjoy visiting them . I am not fearful of them and think it is a disgrace they could be killed

+ Read More
Emily Gardner-Lane
43 months ago

I wish i had some money to donate. You deserve to keep all of those animals (i would call them my babies). You sre a certified zoo for heavans sake. They should be helping you not trying to close you.

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