Operating as a partnership between The Pet Charity and Hadlow College, in association with the Reptile and Exotic Pet Trade (REPTA), the Centre is located on the Faulkners Farm site of Hadlow College, near Tonbridge in Kent. Its aim is to be a centre of excellence and improve the lives of pet reptiles and amphibians in the UK.
The facility, the first of its type in the United Kingdom, provides refuge and care for up to 600 unwanted and vulnerable reptiles and amphibians. Its aim is to re-home them through a national network of retailers and wholesalers, as well as improve the body of knowledge around the care and needs of these animals.
Linked closely with the College's Animal Management faculty, it provides the degree-level students with practical husbandry, care and non-invasive behavioural and husbandry research opportunities on a wide range of captive species. The students work on all aspects of rehabilitating and re-homing amphibians and reptiles.
The centre comprises full veterinary triage and initial quarantine facilities, holding facilities for venomous species, and housing for everything from small reptiles, such as Geckos, to large constrictors and Iguanas while awaiting rehousing.