What is the Spider Rescue Center?
The Spider Rescue Center is a non-profit organization that is working to save spiders from unnecessary deaths. When something like the selling of spiders online happens, we take action and try to stop it.
What We Do
We work to rescue spiders in habitats that they may be in danger (such as a high school or public bathroom). When captured, we relocate these spiders to natural habitats away from humans. If we encounter an injured spider, we take it into our care and keep it healthy. Spiderlings and egg sacs are also relocated. Our “spider rescuees” (rescued spiders) have all been placed in proper environments and given the right amount of food, water, and care. Not a single spider has died of negligence.
What is Our Goal?
The goal of the SRC is to provide a safe, caring environment for our rescued spiders. We personally select suitable habitats for the spiders we relocate in order to assure their safety.
Meet the Spider Rescuees
Over the course of our operation, we’ve had a total of five black widows and four false black widows (aka cupboard spiders). Here’s a little bit about each of our spiders:
- Aragog (Western Black Widow – Latrodectus Hesperus) – Aragog (named for the giant spider in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) is a male black widow. He has since passed away of old age.
- Shelob (Western Black Widow – Latrodectus Hesperus) – Found on July 3rd, 2013, Shelob was named for the giant spider from The Lord of the Rings. She is currently alive.
- Lucy Ricardo (Western Black Widow – Latrodectus Hesperus) – Found on August 6th, 2012, Lucy was named for Lucy Ricardo from I Love Lucy due to the fact that it was Lucille Ball’s birthday. She has since passed away to old age.
- Ethel Mertz (Western Black Widow – Latrodectus Hesperus) – Ethel (also named for a character from I Love Lucy) was found in a garden. She has since passed away to old age.
- Inga Spankenwhomper (False Black Widow – Steatoda Grossa) – Inga was one of our longest living residents. She laid to several egg sacs (all of which were released nearby when they hatched). We currently have one of her daughters, Frau Blucher Spankenwhomper. Inga has since passed away to old age.
- Roberta Deeterding (False Black Widow – Steatoda Grossa) – Roberta was rescued from a charter school office. She is in good health currently.
- Mildred Grobblespit (False Black Widow – Steatoda Grossa) – Mildred (who was later discovered to be male and renamed Maurice) was a hatchling when we inquired him. However, he didn’t make it past seven months of age, when he died mysteriously.
- Caroline Appleby (Western Black Widow – Latrodectus Hesperus) – Another spider with an I Love Lucy name origin, Caroline was rescued from a local high school. She has passed away to old age.
- Sally Joe-Hunkas (Western Black Widow – Latrodectus Hesperus) – Sally Joe-Hunkas, though only a baby, died to a health condition she was born with. She lived a happy but short life.
A lot of people, after seeing of spider, mindlessly squash it just because of an instinctual fear of these eight-legged animals. Is that morally right? Just killing an animal because you are afraid of it? No! That’s why the Spider Rescue Center (SRC) has been rescuing spiders from this deadly fate. So far, we’ve rescued over one hundred spiders, each living long and succesful lives in the wild. Currently, we’re working on caring for four dangerous captive spiders (two western black widows and two false black widows) that cannot be relocated due to safety reasons regarding nearby humans. We encourage you to spread the word about saving spiders, as you can even be apart of the eight-legged movement. If you’d like to help support the Spider Rescue Center, we’re currently offering a t-shirt to help raise awareness and funds for the care of new spiders arriving at the rescue center. You can check that out here.