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Northeast Iowa Reptile Rescue raising money for injured snakes

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by Danielle Wagner

INDEPENDENCE (KWWL) They're not furry or four-legged, but snakes and other reptiles are still lovable said Ashley Henninger.

Henninger and her fiance operate the Northeast Iowa Reptile Rescue in Independence. The non-profit organization takes in reptiles and then finds them good homes.

Henninger admits she was skeptical at first, but now she's 100 percent devoted to her scaled-friends.

"They're easy to care for. They're not something that needs attention everyday, so if you're gone it's an easy pet to take care of," said Ashley Henninger.

The Northeast Iowa Reptile Rescue just got four snakes injured in a fire in Oelwein. Two of the snakes are in critical condition suffering from smoke inhalation.

The NEIRR is raising money to send those snakes to a vet office in Iowa City to use a special oxygen tank.

"We're accepting money to take them to Iowa City so they can get the help they need. We don't want them to pass away. They're our life, that's why we do this," said Henninger.

Henninger said it was difficult finding a vet who could help the snakes.

"There are not a lot of reptile vets in Iowa, and they charge a high fee than dog or cat because they're a specialist vet," she said.

Hopefully, enough money will be raised and the snakes will get better and eventually be adopted to a good family.

Besides adoptions, the NEIRR also works on educating people about reptiles.

"They're reptiles. They're not furry or four-legged, but we still need to love them just the same. They're God's creatures. They're awesome," said Henninger.

The NEIRR opened more than a year ago. It's a licensed rescue with the Department of Agriculture and the State of Iowa.

For more information on the non-profit organization, click here or call 319-429-2722.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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