Arizona Gives Day starts Tuesday

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The Phoenix Herpetological Society is participating in Arizona Gives Day (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The Phoenix Herpetological Society is participating in Arizona Gives Day (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
The Phoenix Herpetological Society went through 130,000 pounds of food last year (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The Phoenix Herpetological Society went through 130,000 pounds of food last year (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
The Phoenix Herpetological Society is hoping people will donate during Tuesday's Arizona Gives Day (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The Phoenix Herpetological Society is hoping people will donate during Tuesday's Arizona Gives Day (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Nonprofits across Arizona are teaming up for Arizona Gives Day which starts at midnight Tuesday.

One of those is the Phoenix Herpetological Society, an animal rescue nestled in the desert just north of Scottsdale.

"We are their life," said Crystie Baker of the Phoenix Herpetological Society. "They are going to live here the rest of their lives."

The cost to take care of the alligators, crocodiles, turtles, lizards and more isn't cheap.

"Each year we spend over $500,000," said Baker.

That money goes to utilities and food.

"Last year we went through about 130,000 pounds of fruits and veggies" said Baker.

The Herpetological Society has 1,700 animals in their care and they are still alive thanks to the public’s donations and support.

"We believe in the community supporting nonprofits and nonprofits supporting the community and Arizona Gives Day is a great way to do that," said Baker.

Arizona Gives Day is a single day where donors can find their favorite cause on one website and give or schedule a time to give. Last year, the one-day raised $2 million dollars thanks to 17,000 donors.

More than 900 nonprofits around Arizona are taking part this year.

"They are literally saving animals lives by donating and supporting us" said Baker.

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