MI, OH, IL, IN Adopters

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MI, OH, IL, IN Adopters

Post by HCA Adoptions » Sun Jun 13, 2004 11:44 pm

Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois Adoptions
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Re: MI, OH IL, IN Adopters

Post by wodesorel » Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:44 am


We are no longer available to permanently adopt.

However, I am always available for hermit crab emergencies between Salem, OH and Boardman, OH and can meet on short notice. Even if we are not able to adopt permanently, I can help with finding a local adopter and offer temporary housing.

We can also provide short or long term fostering/boarding so long as you can supply a complete enclosure. Having managed an animal shelter in the past, I know that sometimes we're forced into making the choice to rehome our pets when really all we need is a short-term solution until the situation changes. Please note that for fostering/boarding there is a basic contract that will need signed so that everyone involved knows what to do in case of problems.

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Re: MI, OH, IL, IN Adopters

Post by rainbow_crab » Sun May 12, 2013 11:26 pm


How Far Can You Travel?: prefer no more then an hour .
Size of Tanks, Number of Crabs, and Species: 75 gallon, & 165 gallon. Total of crabs: 28 I have 8 Es the rest are pps. My tanks are kept around 80 to 90 degrees and the humidity around the same with some fluctuation on misting days . Plenty of deep substrate, a mix of coco fiber and sand. Fresh and salt water pools. I have a complete second level built in both tanks to maximize climbing space Theres moss pits, shell shacks. , mineral dishes. There is lots of cholla wood and antlers for climbing, coco huts for hiding. I keep two different food dishes in each tank, one with dry foods, the other for fresh fruits, veggies, and meats.
How Long Have You Been Crabbing?: 8 years
What You Are Able to Adopt?: Emergency take ins- no permanent homes currently. No experience with exotic crabs but would love to have some! (I have many spare tanks I can set up if needed for new crabs. ).

Extra- each tank is check for temp and hum daily, lots of fresh fruits, veggies and meats offered. also use food from the hermit crab patch.

I Would Like to Be Contacted By - Email - or - PM - . either is fine. But I will see my email first since I'm not often on the site. email is rainbowcatco at gmail.com
if you have any questions about my tank set up please feel free to message me

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Re: MI, OH, IL, IN Adopters

Post by Hollym2247 » Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:44 pm


I'm in NE OH. I've had crabs for 6 years, 4 PPs, a jumbo I've had 6 years and 2 large-jumbo I got 5 years ago and a now medium I adopted in 2017. I have a 40 gallon breeder tank with plenty of room and hides and a 10 gallon ISO.

I have nursed a jumbo that dropped its big claw and most of its legs back to health in the ISO over many months, and reintroduced it successfully into my little colony.

I'm available to adopt one lonely crab of any size, or a couple small crabs. Must be able to bring them to the I-480 & 91 or I-271 area.

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Re: MI, OH, IL, IN Adopters

Post by Schenk » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:48 pm


I am located in Chicago, IL and have plenty of space to adopt hermies. I have a large bow tank just waiting for move ins along with a 75 gallon tank that has 7 PPs waiting for company.

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Re: MI, OH, IL, IN Adopters

Post by nene » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:43 pm


Experienced Crabby Mommy for about 13 years Willing to adopt in Ohio ( Columbiana county area, but willing to meet if not too far away) ! I have six crabs currently in a 40 gallon terrarium. I would love to add more! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to send me a message!

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Re: MI, OH, IL, IN Adopters

Post by STACYSMOM » Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:23 pm


I have 2 tanks - one 75 gal, one 40 gal - have been rescuing hermits for 11 years, closed 2 walmart live pet depts and work with pet stores to improve their handling of hermits since they have such little knowledge - and if I can't convince them to close it, I work with them - education is everything - have pics of my tanks at petco and petsmart to show what they SHOULD look like - I am willing to drive to get them, and will make more tanks as needed - - here to help whenever needed!

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Re: MI, OH, IL, IN Adopters

Post by Emollie » Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:10 pm


How Far Can You Travel?: Within the nearest couple of cities (Ravenna, Stow, Willoughby, Eastlake, Mentor, etc.)
Size of Tanks: A 20 gal, and a spare 10 gal
Number of Crabs, and Species: one purple pinscher, another on the way. Current purple pinscher is a jumbo size.
How Long Have You Been Crabbing?: A little over two ears.
What You Are Able to Adopt?: 2-3 purple pinschers, any size.
I Would Like to Be Contacted By - Email: emollie97 at gmail.com

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Re: MI, OH, IL, IN Adopters

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Re: MI, OH, IL, IN Adopters

Post by Theworldisgonna » Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:23 am


Looking to permantley adopt around 3-5 hermit crabs. Preferably smaller ones as I currently have two small crabs.

Distance: ~45 minutes, more if need be
Habitat: 10gal isolation tank and a 20gal long tank with plenty of room and substrate (sand, EE 5:1). Eventually 10gal tank will be added to the 20gal as a second level (silicone sealed extension to allow more room for climbing.
Contact: either Alex.solon@icloud(dot)com or text at (Number removed by Moderator

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Post by nicolebaginski4 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:40 pm


Hi! I'm Nicole and I run a hermit crab rescue, nwihermitcrabs.net! We can travel within 80 miles of 46321.

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Re: MI, OH, IL, IN Adopters

Post by Buggzter » Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:35 pm


I'm willing to travel about an hour if needed to meet to help out! :D I've had crabbies (PPs) for a few years, currently 7 small to mediums in my 6' long tank. Fresh and salt water pools, deep eco earth/sand mix to dig in, various woods and fakes to climb on and hide under. No issues lately, I lost two small guys at their first molts after the pet store, but the rest are all going strong.

I know life can throw curveballs on occasion and you can't manage to care for things the way you wanted (been there before). Or, if you just have a single hermit left and you don't want to leave him alone? Yep, that's why I'm willing to help out. I have plenty of room for any who need a "bed" here.

Best contact is my email, no spaces: ksedlmay @ med . umich. edu during the week/business hours or (NUMBER REMOVED BY ADMIN). I'm only on the board mostly to look up info and see how people have changed things up in crabitats - PM's are unreliable to reach me. :wink:

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Re: MI, OH, IL, IN Adopters

Post by baileeleo » Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:29 pm


Looking to adopt 3 little guys for my fully equipped 29 gal tank! Willing to drive an hour to pick them up and also willing to pay for shipping if needed. Really hoping to give a good home to some crabbies in need. Tank is currently empty but I have had hermit crabs in the past!

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Re: MI, OH, IL, IN Adopters

Post by Stephjan51015 » Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:10 am


I am in Aurora Il, been caring for my current crabs in a 40 gal (2 medium size and two small and I can re-home one more small (but I am keeping my eyes open for bigger tanks ! :cheer:

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Re: MI, OH, IL, IN Adopters

Post by chess_1 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:11 pm


How Far Can You Travel?: 30 minutes-1 hour(for emergencies)
Size of Tanks, Number of Crabs, and Species: 10 gallon(iso tank), 29 gallon. 2 medium purple Pinchers at the moment.
How Long Have You Been Crabbing?: 6 years
What You Are Able to Adopt?: Pretty much anything that is species friendly.
I Would Like to Be Contacted By Email or PM. Both are fine.

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