& ITS CREATOR
Hello! My name is Madison Brass. I have loved and owned amphibians since I was three years old. I began with one small American Toad. I now have 9 different species of frogs, 20 frogs in total, 5 Geckos, 1 Chuckwalla, 1 Uromastyx, 1 Veiled Chameleon, 15 enclosures, and a room dedicated to it all. Through years of research, personal experience, and experts’ advice; I have decided to share my knowledge with all of you to help new and experienced amphibian owners.
2021 was a very big year for my personal life, my academics, and Hopp’in Help. In May, I graduated from high school at the top of my class. At 17 years old, I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, The National Honor Society of Leadership and Success, and the National Society of High School Scholars for the academic excellence I have shown in both college and high school courses. In August I began attending my dream school, The University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL to begin my journey to achieving a Ph.D in Exotic Veterinary Medicine. This also meant all of my animals and Hopp’in Help made the great journey from Ohio to Florida with me! It has been a lifelong dream of mine to work with and around animals. My biggest inspiration is Steve Irwin and his family. I want to follow in his footsteps while fighting for ocean conservation and the clean-up of our Earth.
Hopp’in Help began as an Instagram page full of pictures of my animals and a blog talking about my experiences in 2014. I knew I wanted to do something revolving around helping animals but I was unsure where to begin. In November of that year the website was launched. Entering 2015, the Instagram had only 200 followers, and the website contained only 4 frog species care sheets.
In February of 2016, Hopp’in Help’s instagram hit 1,000 followers. The first YouTube video was posted on August 10th, 2016. What makes Hopp’in Help’s care sheets and tutorials special is that each one is created with years of research and experience. Each and everything that is presented on Hopp’in Help is a reflection of my own personal work to provide the best and most accurate, up to date care and advice.
In October of 2017, the YouTube channel hit 1,000 subscribers. By August 20th, 2019 3,000 frog lovers had subscribed to the channel and our most viewed video at the time was titled “January Frog Room Tour 2017” with over 40,000 views. Not only do we share how to care for herptiles but how to preserve wild amphibians’ homes and cute videos showing how these creatures are not creepy like how society has deemed them to be! There is truly something for everyone and just by you watching our videos, you enabled Hopp’in Help to begin rescuing animals!
While 2020 has certainly been full of surprises for us all, Hopp’in Help experienced some amazing milestones. We became an official LLC in the state of Ohio and saved our first 5 rescues. Our Instagram had grown to nearly 3,000 followers and Youtube ahead with 4,000 subs with our most view video, “How to Care for Whites Tree Frogs” with 54,000 views. However, late January a new platform was brought to my attention. On January 20th, 2020 I posted Hopp’in Help’s first Tik Tok. My reptiles and amphibians exploded into internet sensations. By July, 2020, our Tik Tok page has over 100,000 followers, and 3.7 million likes. Our most viewed video sits at 2.4 million views, and our second most with 1.8 million views.
And in 2021, Hopp’in Help is only reaching for the stars. Thanks to the overwhelming support our rescues have made full recoveries, our protected American Toad Garden is booming, a year long study is being preformed to help American Toads across North America, and our care sheets are stretching to more herptile owners thank ever before. Our Youtube channel with 5,000 froggy friends, Instagram with 13,000 herptile lovers, and Tik Tok with over 200,000 amazing supporters.
I truly never imagined Hopp’in Help to have such a following and impact on the frog community. Thank you all who has supported us, smiled at my frogs, learned from our care sheets, and enjoyed watching our videos. Your love fuels me to continue helping the wild and pet amphibian and reptile communities. Thank you all so much for making this possible!