Chicagoland Exotic Animal Rescue





CLEAR’s mission is to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and stray bird, reptile, and fish species that are commonly found in the pet trade, and rehome them to a household that will be the very best fit for their needs. CLEAR also strives to educate the community about the unique care needs of these uncommon pets.


Our History

CLEAR was first conceptualized by Jessica Katz during her graduate program at Regis University. After procuring a Bachelor’s Degree in animal science and wildlife biology, Jessica received a Master’s Degree in nonprofit management in 2012. Beginning with her first job in pet care at age 16, Jessica saw that there was a gap in the culture of how people cared for birds, reptiles, and fish: dogs and cats have multitudes of local and nationally-based rescue organizations, while exotic animals were often abandoned, illegally released, or relinquished to the few exotic animal organizations that were already at or beyond capacity. After rescuing her first parakeet from the woods in Michigan in 2015, an opportunity to facilitate change and promote a different kind of pet care culture presented itself. Several like-minded individuals came together in August of 2021 to form CLEAR’s founding board.

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    Adoptable alert! Meet Carpas! (Also I hope you like Barry Manilow because I worked hard on this parody...) His name


      Oh, Honey! When our friends at Chicago Exotics call us to tell us that there's a bird who needs


      Oh Geordi, you came, you took meds without biting... and then you ate all your chop, OH GEORDIIIIII.  Meet


    Lapis - Adult - Female - Blue-Tongued Skink Have you ever wanted to make friends with a sassy potato? Wonder no

    Gimli & Morwen

    Gimli and Morwen are a pair of parakeets who arrived at CLEAR right before the new year with their friends Eggolas

    Taylor & Swift

    CLEAR, in partnership with The Selfhelp Home, welcomes Taylor (male, green) and Swift (blue, female) to their new retirement community!

    Lily & Daisy

    New CLEAR fosters Lily and Daisy are a busy pair of sisters. Though they are still shy of people they

    Our Board

    Jessica Katz
    Founder and Executive Director
    Krysten Baretto
    Board President
    Laura Koch
    Lynn Hill
    Frieden Johnson
    Member at Large
    Anne Franco
    Member at Large