Meet our Bearded Dragon Rescues

This page is dedicated to all our rescues who are still with us. Bearded dragon rescue is tricky as they can die quite easily even after the best efforts. Most of the bearded dragons we took in, was severely abused and near death, making their recovery miracles. Sadly, we also had to say goodbye to many as damage could not be reversed or had taken a toll. 

Here is our warriors who survived even tho life was against them...   


The Story of Hope (Female)


bearded dragon

Hope and Faith was bought to us on Sunday 10 August 2014 by friends who found them in a box in the bushes by their gate. They knew we rescued bearded dragons, so they brought them to us seeing as they did not know anything about dragons and thus could not keep them.

When we got them, we immediately knew that it was going to be a hard fight. Both of them were young juveniles, if not babies. Hope fortunately was not as bad as Faith. She was skinny and dehydrated with some parasites, where as Faith had severe MBD. Faith’s MBD had progressed so much that he was basically paralysed from the lower back down. His back was twisted along with his tail and he could not use his back legs.

bearded dragons


We immediately started both of them on calcium and fed them baby foods in order to avoid liver damage. We got them a Special UV light to help stop the MBD from progressing. Fortunately both had massive appetites and they started on protein about 6 days after we got them.  Hope hunted her food, sometimes even jump in the air and grabbing it from my hand. Faith had some trouble eating due to his rubber jaw which was caused by the MBD, so he needed to be hand fed.

About a month and a few sheds later, both started to pick up weight and gain energy. Hope was being let out to run and taken outside on the grass. (Almost lost her, because she ran so fast. Started taking her to the other side of the yard where there are no holes in the ground or fence.) Faith also wanted to move, so he started dragging himself around with his front feet. He always needed supervision due to the fact that he kept tipping over when he tried to climb things, and when he tipped over, he could not bring himself upright again. The calcium prevented the MBD from spreading any further. We got rid of Hope’s parasites and she was healthy once again.

bearded dragon

Hope was a healthy and round girl, after almost 8 months had past. Unfortunately due to the fact that Faith picked up weight, more damage was done to his back and he was in pain almost all the time. We had to sadly make the decision to let him be euthanized, to spare him from the pain and suffering. 

bearded dragon care

A few days after euthanizing Faith, Hope became ill due to the loss of her brother. It was around this time when we rescued another female who we named Lola. She and Hope became best of friends and in a way Lola rescued Hope. They always caused trouble, trying to eat rocks, trying to escape from home and so forth.


We now have had Hope for 54 months (4 years and 6 months) and she is one big, healthy, lazy and beautiful girl. She is always there to welcome in our new female rescues and is now best friends with Sandy and Jewel (Two of our other rescues). 

bearded dragon








The Story of Munchie (Male)


bearded dragons

We rescued Munchie on Monday 9 February 2015. We rescued him along with Zorro, another baby that was healthy and re-homed after about a week. Munchie was a big baby we rescued from a pet shop who did not exactly know how to look after him. He had small burns on his feet from sitting on the wire cage around the basking light. I must say though, he did get used to the rescue life quite fast. He started eating immediately, all four meals a day. (He took a liking to Lola, another rescue. He always slept beside her, no matter their size difference.)


bearded dragon rescue


We started him on supplements and kept the burns clean with salt water, luckily they were not severe. He was also one of the least abused dragons in our life and luckily it was not that hard to get him healthy and round again.

After 2 weeks of having him, it became quite clear that he had a love for a certain tree in his cage. He slept on it, basked on it, you name it he did it on the tree. I was glad to see him healthy and growing, but he was growing quite slow for a baby, so raised the amount of food and supplements he took to see if it would help. It did help a little, but he was still growing slowly.




After two months, he was still not growing as fast, but otherwise, he was perfectly fine. Always sitting on his tree. We did realise that he had a malformed eye due to inbreeding, which was bothering him quite a bit so he was taken to the vet who could not help and just gave him eye ointment.


About 12 months after we got him, he was a full grown adult, a small one though, but healthy and that is what mattered. His eye was not getting better though and we took him to a different vet, who gave him another type of eye ointment.


bearded dragon

18 Months after we got him, the new ointment started working and his eye did not bother him anymore. His eye was malformed and could not be fixed, but the ointment took the discomfort away. He was fully grown and healthy. He did however have a down period after the death of Lola, but he is healthy and happy now.

bearded dragons

We have had him for 48 months (4 years) now and he is a very healthy boy. He is still growing, turning into a big boy. He is not aggressive or dominant at all, just going through life. His eye is a lot better and it is as if nothing is wrong with it.


The Story of Sammy (Male) 


bearded dragon care

Sammy was rescued on Tuesday 9 June 2015. He was extremely skinny, dehydrated and malnourished. He did, furthermore, have parasites and it came to our attention that he may not even make it thro the week.

We started giving him baths and lots of water to get him hydrated and to rid him of parasites. He could not receive antibiotics as he was to skinny and we could not give solid foods either. We gave him some baby food which he could not stop eating. We also discovered that he had an infected wound on his tail which we cleaned and put antibiotic ointment on.


bearded dragon care


About a week after we first received Sammy, he was hydrated and almost completely parasite free. The wound on his tail started healing and the infection was gone. We did start him on solid foods, however, he was only allowed a few at a time and he still ate baby foods.

2 months after we got Sammy, his tail had almost healed completely, he was on solid foods permanently and he was parasite free. He unfortunately still was skinny and struggling to pick up weight. We got him special foods from the vet to help with his weight and we put him on immune boosters.


bearded dragon


After 12 months, he was a healthy and fat dragon. He was a rather small beardie, but it did not matter. His parasites were gone and his tail had healed completely. He got rather aggressive towards other dragons, but loves his attention. His favourite thing to do is to sit on a soft pillow in a window, watching the day go by.


bearded dragon care


We have had him for 44 months (3 years and 8 months) now and he is thriving well. We had some troubles with the scar on his tail, but it was resolved. He still loves sitting in his window as long as no other dragon is in sight. He never got any bigger and is still a small boy, with a rather large head. 


The Story of  Nicky and Jewel


bearded dragons
bearded dragon


On Sunday 8 November 2015 we received four dragons, two males and two females who we named Thor, Jewel, Olive and Nicky. Their previous owners had kept them in a single wooden cage with cardboard covered in parasites and poop as a substrate. They were being used for breeding and when the females no longer produced healthy eggs, they were gotten rid of.

When we received them, they were malnourished, dehydrated, covered in poop/parasites/mites and they had several illnesses including the beginning stages of MBD, RI’s and so forth.


bearded dragons


We immediately gave all four baths to clean them and to start getting rid of the parasites/mites. They were started on antibiotics along with probiotics to give the immune system a boost. They got clean water, which they could not stop drinking. They were separated so they could no longer mate and fight, and we started treating their wounds.

About 2 weeks after we had received them, they were eating properly, hydrated and getting rid of parasites. Unfortunately both of the male’s tails’ had severe tail rot due to wound infections and so on, meaning we had to amputate. Other wounds like that of the bite marks on the females necks were healing nicely though and they started coming out of their shells, walking around and so forth. They were getting their supplements since they were of antibiotics and we started seeing the difference.


bearded dragon rescue

Nicky - Then vs Now

bearded dragon rescue


After 2 months, they were clean of parasites/mites and they started picking up weight. The tails of the males were healing well and they started behaving like normal dragons. They were hydrated and healed of all illnesses and luckily the MBD was reversible since it was only in the beginning stages. Jewel and Olive was introduced to our other females and they got along great. Nicky and Thor had their own cages and they were determined to keep others away with dominance.


bearded dragon

Jewel

bearded dragon rescue


12 months after we had received them and everything was going well. They were fat and healthy with no issues. They did grow a little, but not a lot since they were already adult dragons. They looked stunning, the tails of the males had healed quite nicely and it no longer bothered them.

After two years all four of them were doing great. They were healthy and almost never got ill. They had round bodies because of their appetites and Thor along with Nicky had turned into massive boys, always ready to become dominant if another entered their territory, however, Thor was a bit of a softy that would rather run around and climb anything in sight.

bearded dragons

Nicky and Jewel today

bearded dragon

We have had Nicky and Jewel for 39 months (3 years and 3 months) now and they are quite happy. Unfortunately Olive passed away due to heart failure and Thor a few months after due to cancer. They were great dragons and left an empty space behind that will never be filled.


The Story of Sandy (Female)


bearded dragons

We rescued Sandy and Spike on Tuesday 1 December 2015 from a pet store that did not bother to look after them well. Sandy had a lot of parasites, she was malnourished, dehydrated and had MBD. Spike was malnourished, dehydrated and something else was wrong which we could not pin point at that moment. Whatever it was, prevented Spike from walking, and he kept falling over on his back and then could not right himself.


bearded dragon rescue


Both were given regular baths to help hydrate them and to begin the process of getting rid of the parasites. Sandy and Spike were started on strong calcium supplements for the MBD which we thought was causing Spikes illness as well. They were started on a special soft food diet given by the vet and we separated them from each other and the other dragons just in cause they had something that could be transferred to the others.

About 2 months after we rescued them, they were eating normal food and they were parasite free. We furthermore got rid of the parasites, and they were hydrated once again. Spikes condition did not worsen, but it did not get better either. Sandy’s MBD stopped progressing, but unfortunately it had already done damage that could not be reversed.


bearded dragon


We took Spike to a few veterinarians to determine his illness and he was finally diagnosed him with the adenovirus, which cannot be cured. We had to permanently separate him from the rest as Adenovirus infections are contagious.

A few months later everything was going okay with the both of them. They started picking up weight and they did not get sick and Spike’s virus did not progress. Unfortunately it did not last as something happened that caused Spike’s one eye to completely pop out and there was nothing that could be done for him.


bearded dragon


We took him to multiple vets in order to find someone that could help him, but in the end we unfortunately had to make the decision to euthanize him as he was in pain and suffering. This is when it was discovered that he actually had cancer which was growing everywhere in his body, including his brain which was what caused his symptoms in the first place.

Although we lost Spike, Sandy was doing okay. The MBD was not reversible, but she was coping with her disabilities. She picked up weight and no longer had health issues.


bearded dragon care


We have had Sandy for 38 months (3 years and 2 months) now and she is doing very well. She loves running around and digging for the fun of it. After we lost Spike, she grew very close to Hope, another one of our rescues. She has not had any health issues, but does lay a lot of infertile eggs, which we really hope will stop soon with new treatment, but otherwise a small and healthy girl.


The story of Rex/Twoey

bearded dragons

Twoey was rescued on Sunday 14 February 2016 from a pet store. He was a bit malnourished, had parasites and an eye infection.

We immediately started him on antibiotics for the eye infection and gave him treatment for the parasites. He was started on soft foods to avoid liver damage and got eye ointment for his infected eye.


bearded dragon rescue


After a week his infection cleared up, but unfortunately permanent damage was done and it cannot be reversed. His parasites started getting less and he started eating solid foods.

About a month after we got him, he started picking up weight and the parasites were completely gone. His colour and personality started showing. His eye was infection free and he started bulldozing his cage. 


bearded dragon


A year after we rescued him, he was round and healthy. He had no problems except for an eye infection every now and then. The eye infections cannot be stopped, only treated since they are a result of his damaged eye. Although he was named Rex, we started calling him Twoey after the plant in a movie named Little Shop of Horrors, since it was a better fit.


bearded dragon care


We have had Twoey for 24 months now and he is one healthy and happy dragon. He loves sitting in his plants and in the window on a pillow. 


The Story of Zippy (Male)

bearded dragon


We rescued Zippy on Thursday 26 May 2016 as a young adult male. He was a bit dehydrated, malnourished and had parasites. He furthermore had MBD which gave him tremors in his leg and head. He had a wound on his bud, which was discovered as soon as we got him cleaned. The wound was in fact, a missing piece of skin that is supposed to be on his bud. Furthermore, we had to cover his entire cage in paper towels as excrement was just running out his behind and he had no control over his bowel movements. It was clear that he was abused and not looked after.


bearded dragons


We immediately started him on antibiotics and intestinal immune boosters to prevent infection and to clear out his intestinal system as it appeared that he had a lot of parasites or internal infection. As he was not too skinny, we started him on a high protein diet, which we got from the vet, to help boost his immune system. He also needed regular baths to not only clean him up, but to help get rid of the parasites.

About a week after we rescued him, we started him on strong calcium supplements as his antibiotics cycle was finished. He started gaining control of his bowel movements and we could remove the paper towels. He was hydrated once again and started eating normal beardie foods. The tremors however did not stop, but the MBD was not progressing. We did discover that whatever was done to him gave him some trust issues as he will bite you or try to get away from you if you pick him up.


bearded dragon


When we reached 6 months, he was still having tremors, but not as frequently as he used to. He had picked up weight and was completely parasite free. He had complete control of his bowel movements and the wound on his bud had healed. Although the wound healed, the skin was gone and would not grow back. It did not seem to bother him and he was happy. He still did not like being held or touched and would try to bite when he was picked up. We had wrapped him in a soft blanket to give attention so he could trust people again.


bearded dragon


We have had him for 33 months (2 years and 9 months) now and he is happy and healthy. He still have a tremor every now and then, but it is rare. His bottom healed completely and it does not bother him at all. He never turned aggressive or dominant and enjoys sitting in his basket in the window. He did not get close to any other rescues and accepts love and attention from everybody. He, furthermore, loves being held now and will not try to bite or get away (It only took 2 years to get him to trust us).


The Story of Blaze (Female)


bearded dragons


On Wednesday 20 July 2016 we received a baby bearded dragon that only weighed 24 grams. Her name was Blaze and her previous owner had troubles feeding her and as a result started force feeding. As she was so small, the force feeding only did more harm than any good. The results were a baby bearded dragon with a badly disfigured mouth which was bloody and infected. She refused food completely due to the pain her mouth was causing her and as she was so small, she needed all the nutrients otherwise she would deteriorate and eventually die. Her owner have other beardies as-well that is thriving well, but she struggled with blaze as she was a baby that refused to thrive. She could not bare to euthanize her and decided to hand her over to us as a last resort to see if we could not get her to thrive before giving her back.  


bearded dragon


We started by cleaning and treating her mouth, because the infection could kill her quite fast due the weak immune system caused by not eating. After a few days she still refused food even though the infection was gone and her mouth started forming scabs. We started running cold water on the wound to numb it so it would not bother her as much. Eventually we got her eating small turk roaches which are soft and nutrient packed. Each time before feeding I had to numb her mouth with cold water otherwise she refused eating.


bearded dragon


About 2 months after we first got her she started getting the appetite a baby should have, eating 3 to 4 times a day every day. I eventually stopped numbing her mouth since she ate either way and it was no longer needed. She started running around and basking from sun up to sun down.

8 months after we got her, she still had open wounds on her mouth, but it was getting better by the day. Her appetite was big and she had too much energy to get rid of in a cage so we started to let her wonder round in the house with supervision. We were finally able to establish that she was a female and thus we allowed her to  “socialise” with the other females, always keeping an eye out to make sure no one turns aggressive. (She really took a liking to Graze our other female rescue who unfortunately passed away due to old age.) Her previous owner decided that it would be best if we keep her instead of returning her due to her special needs. 

bearded dragon


We have had Blaze for 31 months (2 years 7 months) now and she is a fully grown, cute and energetic dragon. She loves her attention time and can still not sit still for long. Unfortunately, when she reached sexual maturity, she turned aggressive towards our other females and we had to completely separate her from the others. Her mouth, I am glad to say healed completely and although it is a bit malformed, she enjoys her food and lives on with no struggles and no worries. She is happy as long as she is fed, can run around and gets her attention.


The Story of Bugsy (Male)


Male bearded dragon


On Wednesday 22 March 2017 we received a rather small bearded dragon of which we did not know his age. The previous owners  got him for breeding not knowing, they were putting a male with a male. Unfortunately, the adult male severely injured the rather small male and the previous owners did not take the dragon to the vet, but instead took matters into the own hands. They cut the remaining pieces of his tail and front foot of with a nail clipper. The wounds did heal, but as the dragon did not mate with the other, they got rid of him and that is when we received him. 


male bearded dragon


His tail and front leg started healing nicely and we just had to keep it clean since there was nothing we could do for him otherwise. He was very scared and did not want to be left alone and as a result he always slept beside the bed on a pillow so we were always close. Although the wounds did heal, he always kept tugging his hurt leg under his chest so no one could see or touch it. Fortunately, his appetite was not affected by the ordeal and he would eat anything put in front of him. At the beginning he only got a few crickets a day and baby food the rest of the time as he was very skinny and we did not want to damage his liver. He furthermore needed extra calcium as he was in the early stages of MBD and had already started developing floating ribs.


bearded dragon


About 6 months after we got him, he was eating everything in sight and started picking up weight. He also figured out how to walk on the amputated leg, and once he did, we could not keep him still. We were moreover able to stop the MBD from progressing and he healed completely from all of his wounds. He loved his attention, but still hid his leg whenever he was touched.

About a year after we got him, he was running, basking and growing. This is when we realised that he was only a young juvenile when we got him. He got very attached to attention and can always be found receiving love. He was no longer hiding his leg when picked up. Even though he reached sexual maturity, he never turned dominant or aggressive.


bearded dragon


We have had him for 23 months now, almost two years and he is a very loving, attention seeking and full grown boy. Although his limbs were permanently lost, he learned to live without it and it seems as if it does not bother him at all. He still does sleep in the bed in order to be close to his attention giver and will stress quickly without being held. 


Side Note:  Apart from bearded dragons, we also rescued an Iguana and a few gecko's. All healthy and doing well. 


Thank you for taking the time to read our bearded dragon rescue stories, hope this has inspire you to rescue when possible. There is ALWAYS an animal in an abusive situation, that is in need of a loving and caring home.



Thank You!     



4 comments:

  1. This got me all teared up. Such wonderful work you are doing!

    ReplyDelete
  2. So good to see that some people still care for animals. Really made my day.

    ReplyDelete