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About us

Mother of Frogs Rescue has been a home for disabled and neglected frogs since 2018. Located in Washington, DC, we have rescued and rehabilitated almost 20 different species. We pride ourselves on offering a safe place for amphibians to feel better and find their forever homes. ​We work with a wonderful local exotics clinic to ensure the best veterinary care possible. On top of that, Tay, our owner, has seven years of experience working with frogs. From administering medication to CPR, Tay can do it all. 

On our website, you'll find our available friends ready to find their forever homes! You can click the "available friends" tab to read their bios. If you find a friend who seems to be a great fit for your family, click the documents tab to fill out our adoption application via Jot Form. Please note that there is an adoption fee for each friend based on species or how much care they require for rehabilitation. If shipping is needed, you must also be ready to pay for that. We do not ship outside of the US. 

If you decide to rehome your pet, we also have an intake form you may fill out. You can also reach us on the "contact" page for questions, possible leads for a friend needing help, and business inquiries. 

We run entirely on donations, so if you're interested in helping us, please consider donating, joining our Patreon, or purchasing some of our merchandise.


Sweet Pea, our mascot


Tay & Sweet Pea


Tay Shoemaker


Hi!  I'm Tay, Mother of Frogs Rescue's owner and founder! I am 23 years old and originally from Ontario, Canada. I moved to the US at 14 and previously lived in Corpus Christi and Austin, TX. 

Over the years, I have had many opportunities to do amazing things. My work has been featured in podcasts such as Breaching Extinction and Pet Owner Diary Show, which I eventually became a co-host of in 2021. You can find the episodes hosted by my mentor, Janel Young, along with my episodes here.


Beginning in 2020 I assisted the amazing Dr Jonathan Kolby and Dr Anna Fagre's  "frungus" team at Colorado State University on a research paper for the rare fungal disease newly discovered in frogs, Veronaea Botryosa. The paper was published in the summer of this 2022 and can be found here.


 I had the honor of hosting a panel at Frog Con 2022. I gave a talk on my work with rescuing disabled frogs. I then hosted another panel for Amphibian Week 2023 titled "Finding A Best Friend: A Talk on Pet Amphibians" about the choices one must make before adopting an amphibious pet. We were also a feature Frog Cam during Frog Con 2023. We are looking forward to being a part of Animal Con 2024.

I moved to Washington, DC, in 2022 with my partner so he could attend Georgetown Law Center. We live with our two cats, Rosie and Muneca, and our frogs! Our life can be a bit crazy, but it's always exciting. What's a better conversation starter than telling people we live with 20+ frogs at a time?

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