MCHA Animal Ambassadors
As an animal welfare organization, education is a big part of the MCHA! Trained, screened Animal Ambassadors are an integral part of our education programs and serve to increase interest and excitement in learning about animals and their welfare. MCHA’s humane education programs teach people about common animal welfare issues, how to co-exist with wild neighbors, celebrate the human-animal bond, and teach grade school students how to be safe, respectful, and responsible around animals. Overall, we promote humanity and teaching kindness toward all living things. Many of our Animal Ambassadors have been adopted from the local animal shelter, City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control, and all play an important role in promoting the power of the human-animal bond.
Toad - German Shepherd
Toad is a 9-month old German Shepherd puppy. Joining MCHA in February 2019, Toad demonstrated he would make a perfect Animal Ambassador with his calm, pleasant, and friendly nature. He wins over just about everyone he meets and loves everyone back in return! Except for cats. He has a big fear of cats! Toad has been a great addition to MCHA and works hard in the office by taking naps almost every hour.
Rover - French Lop Rabbit
Rover is a 2-year old French Lop rabbit. Rover comes to us from Bloomington Animal Care and Control where he had been surrendered by his family, and after waiting more than three weeks for a new family, MCHA gave him a trial run as an Ambassador Animal. During his trial run, Rover was sure to greet people at the door, jump into trash cans, tried answering the phones, and was sure to get in the way. He passed his screening with flying colors. Rover is very social! He has many friends and has been a guest at many schools.
Tangerine - Corn Snake
Tangerine is an albino captive bred corn snake, who was given to the MCHA by a local science teacher. Tangerine has been with the MCHA since 2003, and since that time has made the most appearances at programs and Paws and Claws camp out of all other animal ambassadors. Often, Tangerine goes to school programs when we are discussing the diversity of animal life, classification of animals, or animal adaptations.
Professor Plum - Corn Snake
Professor Plum is a captive bred lavender corn snake. Corn snakes are nonvenomous. Joining us in the summer of 2018, he is a new addition to the MCHA Animal Ambassador team. Because they are easy to handle and care for, corn snakes are the most commonly bred species of snake in the US. This lavender morph is not found in the wild and is a result of selective breeding.
Cuatro - Betta Fish
Betta fish are also called Siamese fighting fish. They are vibrantly-colored tropical fish and a member of the gourami family, known to be highly territorial. Betta fish make excellent beginner pets and do best in a tank by themselves to prevent them from fighting with other fish.
Phoenix - Bearded Dragon
Phoenix is a hypo leatherback bearded dragon. A product of selective breeding, leatherback dragons have a mutated gene which prevents their scales from growing to full size. This gives them a larger number of smaller, smoother scales. Bearded dragons are among the easiest and most common reptiles to keep as pets.
George - Green Iguana
George is a 3-year old green iguana! George came to us from A Critters Chance rescue. His prior family won him as a pet at a fair, but they were unable to find an enclosure large enough for him. George is very personable and enjoys long walks around the office.
Thelma & Louise - Rats
Similar to George, our iguana, Thelma and Louise came to us from A Critters Chance rescue. These sisters were part of a litter of 13! The mother was purchased at a pet store, and two weeks later, she had 13 babies! She was pregnant when she was sold. What can we say - Thelma and Louise are quite the dynamic duo, and we love bringing them to events with us so they can socialize and make friends!