Giving reptiles a fresh start in life...

Fresh Start Rescue Inc is a registered 501c3 animal rescue located in coastal North Carolina. We consist of a group of volunteers who are passionate about saving the lives of homeless, unwanted, or injured reptiles. We foster, rehab, and rehome every type of reptile out there, from snakes to lizards and everything in between.

Meet our team

Our Pender County Team

Passion and Dedication

Nicole Spencer

President
Nicole Spencer is our President and Iguana Specialist. She lives on a farm in Pender County where she spends much of her time spoiling all of our foster iguanas. She is dedicated to the preservation of this amazing species and is constantly researching and learning the newest science behind iguana care. She even spends a considerable amount of time organic gardening in order to cut down on feeding expenses and be able to offer only the best to her fosters.

Mike Spencer

Vice President
Mike Spencer is our Vice President. As a retired LEO, he has become the liaison between the rescue and many of the local animal control agencies. He spends much of his free time working the farm, which in turn helps support our rescue. He is also in charge of spreading the word about our rescue and finding new businesses to partner with us.

Our Brunswick County Team

Knowledge and Compassion

Bruce Felker

Snake and Monitor Expert
Bruce Felker is our Snake and Monitor Expert and runs our Brunswick County Division. He has an amazing team of volunteers helping him care for the animals he gets in on a daily basis. He does snake removals all over the surrounding counties and works closely with state and local law enforcement on reptile related cases.

Kyle Wolf

Exotic Animal Specialist
Kyle Wolf is our Exotic Animal Specialist. He works closely with Bruce and helps care for a large number of both reptiles and exotic pets. Kyle has been unofficially volunteering with our rescue for years and we've decided it's time he became a full member. He is invaluable to our team.

Our Volunteers

Fresh Start Rescue Inc also has a number of volunteers who tirelessly work behind the scenes and help us with educational shows. Our rescue cannot do any of the work we do without the help of these generous and passionate volunteers. We greatly appreciate each and every one of them.

If you'd like to become one of our dedicated volunteers, please give us a call or send us a message. We are always in need of more help.

If you want to learn more about adopting one of our reptiles, or if you have a reptile to turn in, please give us a call at the numbers below or use the contact form to send us an email.

Iguanas (Nicole)
910-470-6299

Snakes and lizards (Bruce)
910-599-1418


Exotics (Kyle)
910-712-2098

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