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

Rescue Board Members


Nicole Spencer

Large Lizard Specialist
Nicole Spencer is our President and Large Lizard Specialist. 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. 

Mike Spencer

Vice President
Marketing and Events
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 is also in charge of spreading the word about our rescue and finding new businesses to partner with us.



Alex Gillen

Board Secretary
Small Lizards
Alex has been with a us a while and has gotten more involved as her schedule allows. She is our Board Secretary and has the daunting job of keeping us organized! She is now also a big time realtor so if you need a house with a reptile room, we have you covered! :-)

Raven Kingrey

Social Media Specialist
Snakes and Invertebrates
Raven has a natural love and compassion for our scaly friends. She went from one adopted snake to taking in several of our fosters! Raven takes care of many of our social media accounts.



Braeden Kelley

Snakes and Invertebrates
Braeden comes to us as a firefighter and EMT with a love of snakes. He took Herpetology classes in college and has a passion for venomous species.  

Ryan Carter

Snakes and Geckos
Ryan comes to us with a ton of reptile experience. He jumped right in with the rescue and is now fostering, attending events and helping with projects at the farm.




Amanda and Bruce are our Jacksonville team. Together they have a love of all animals, and we're making sure their house slowly fills up with reptiles!

Hunter Spencer

Hunter is the son of Mike and Nicole. He has literally grown up around iguanas and enormous snakes! While still too young to be on the board officially, it's hard to exclude him when he literally lives at the rescue! 


Our Team of Volunteers

Bridgit Thomas

Bridgit has been volunteering with us for a while. She comes out to the farm often to help with cleaning cages. She also helps out at events when her work schedule allows.

Kaitlin and James

Kaitlin and James are a couple who didn't have any reptiles when they started. But don't worry we've already gotten them to adopt and foster a few snakes for us!

Hope and Donna

This mother/daughter team came to us recently. They love all animals and help out with different rescues as much as they can. Hope is working on becoming a vet tech in the future.

Our Team

Masters of converting coffee into customer satisfaction

Angelique Seitz

Angelique is invaluable to our group. Not only is she a licensed vet tech but she also takes in all the scorpions and tarantulas, among other species.

Andi Reese

Andi brings with her an entire family of reptile lovers! They have jumped right in with helping with events, fostering, and even adopting new reptile family members!

And Many More!

We have so many other volunteers who help out when they can. From cleaning cages to educating kids to working community events, we couldn't do any of this without our volunteers!

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.



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Saturday, Oct 24 All Day
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!