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

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

Kyle Wolf

Snake and Exotic Animal Expert
Kyle Wolf runs our Brunswick Team of volunteers. He is our large snake and exotic animal specialist. Kyle has been working with venomous and non-venomous snakes for many years, and is our go-to person for all snake questions.  We definitely could not do this without him.

Felisha Dawn

 Small Lizard Expert
Felisha Dawn takes care of all the small lizards for our rescue. She is an expert in geckos, chameleons, uromastyx, and many others. These small lizards are delicate and require special care, which Felisha does with great passion. She has been doing rescue for over 5 years and is a great asset to Fresh Start Rescue Inc.

Our Onslow County Team

Devotion and Love

Christina LaVigne

Lizard Expert
Christina LaVigne is the head of our Onslow County Team of volunteers. She started out with just one Certified Support Iguana named Bruce. Since joining the rescue, she has developed a passion for all types of lizards, large and small. We are proud to call her a member of our rescue.


Amazing People
Fresh Start Rescue Inc 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 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)

Snakes and Exotics (Kyle)

Small Lizards (Felisha)

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Saturday, Apr 28 at 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday, May 5 All Day
Saturday, May 5 at 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, May 12 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, May 13 6:00 PM
If you'd like to help us at educational shows, with taking care of the animals, or with fostering some of the reptiles, please give us a call or visit our facebook page. We could use all the help we can get!