Chicagoland Exotic Animal Rescue
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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Adult - Male - Cockatiel Cinnamon is the sweetest boy ever. He came to CLEAR as a fearful, nearly feral


Adult - Female - Cockatiel Horton came to CLEAR very recently as a lost stray bird. She was super dusty


Adult - Male - Indian Ringneck Raja is a sweet and distinguished older gentleman who enjoys life more leisurely. His


Adult - Male - Senegal Tweety, our Senegal Parrot, is a gentle soul who creeps quietly from place to place,


Adult - Male - Cockatiel Sage is a beautiful cockatiel boy who just isn’t quite sure about people yet. He


Adult - Male - Parakeet Vincent arrived in April 2023 with his lady friend, Snowy, after they were dumped at


Adult - Female - Parakeet Nix came up to a Good Samaritan on the Lakeshore Path by Oak Street Beach


Adult - Male - Cockatiel Lavender is a blind, lutino male cockatiel. He likes to sing and can mimic songs

SPICE Birds (Transport)

10 Male – Cockatiels These 10 male cockatiels were rescued from a horrific hoarding situation by a partner organization. They

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Our Board

Jessica Katz

Founder and Executive Director

Laura Sparks

Board President

Dave Ciepluch

Board Member

Jeffery Schott


Krysten Baretto


Anne Franco

Member at Large