MCHA Animal Ambassadors
As an animal welfare organization, MCHA proudly uses trained Animal Ambassadors as an integral part of our education programs. A hands-on demonstration with an ambassador snake or dog increases interest and excitement in learning about animals and their welfare. MCHA’s humane education programs teach community members about common animal welfare issues, how to co-exist with wild neighbors, celebrate the human-animal bond, and teach individuals how to be safe, respectful, and responsible around animals. Most of our Animal Ambassadors have been adopted from the local animal shelter or nearby rescue groups and play an important role in promoting our welfare and advocacy mission.
Toad - German Shepherd
Toad is a 1-year 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.
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!
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.