Upcoming Event!

Eat at UVAE to benefit CLEAR!

Date: Wednesday, October 26th

Time: 5-10pm

Wine and dine for a good cause! Stop by Andersonville’s premier wine bar, Uvae, on Wednesday, October 26th to support Chicagoland Exotic Animal Rescue (CLEAR)’s mission of rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming exotic pets in need. A portion of the evening’s sales will be donated directly to the organization. Reservations recommended, call (773) 654-1432 OR click here to make your reservation now!

Our Mission

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.

Our Board

Laura Sparks, President

Krysten Baretto, Treasurer

Jeffery Schott, Secretary

Anne Franco, Member at Large

Dave Ciepluch, Board Member

Jessica Katz, Founder & Executive Director

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