Grace's Rest was founded by Clare in 2013 back in her native Lincolnshire with assistance from The Prince's Trust in response to the exotic pet crisis sweeping the UK. Since then this strictly non-profit enterprise has evolved into a purely rescue-oriented organisation with strong campaign goals for positive change within the exotic pet sector.
Almost 20 years of experience along with academic achievement, training and enthusiasm goes into the care of our animals and the provision of our services. Clare, the owner, holds multiple qualifications including BSc. (Hons.) Conservation Biology (with Animal Behaviour), specialising in reptile/amphibian genetics along with professional memberships to specialist organisations. In February 2017 Clare accepted an unconditional offer from the University of Lincoln and was admitted onto the PhD Programme in the Life Sciences Department where she will study wildlife conservation and the direct impact of the exotic pet trade on wild animal populations.
UPDATE: As of February 9th 2017 Clare is now a PhD candidate and researcher at the Laboratory of Evolutionary Ecology of Adaptations at the University of Lincoln Life Sciences Department! She will be studying the direct impact of the exotic pet trade on wild animal populations.
We offer advice to prospective, new and existing pet owners on the care and welfare of exotic pets. Advice is freely given via telephone and email communication. A consultation service is available for complex cases which is chargeable on an individually quoted basis.
Our educational outreach services run alongside our fundraising activities. Inspirational speaking and guest lecturing provide vital income for the rescue which is strictly non-profit. Please see our Guest Speaking page for further details.
The main bulk of our work is offering rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming to exotic pets in crisis. With the interest in exotic pet keeping some animals will inevitably become homeless for a variety of reasons. Admissions are based on individual need and the availability of suitable accommodation on-site with all animals having access to a specialist exotics vet. Our growing network of fellow professionals include specialists in multiple disciplines who can be consulted for rare, unusual and licensable species. As already mentioned the rescue service is strictly non-profit and relies on public donations and fundraising to survive and receives no government funding.
As well as rescuing and rehabilitating as many exotic pets in crisis as possible Grace's Rest has a number of campaign goals to help combat the root of the exotic pet crisis:
Grace's Rest is committed to protecting the environment and to the end makes the following promises:
Grace's Rest staff and volunteers have the right to work without fear of intimidation or violence from clients, their associates and members of the public.
Such undesirable behaviour is deemed to be any personal, abusive and/or aggressive comments, swearing, unwanted physical contact and/or aggressive gestures.
Any of the above behaviours directed to our staff, volunteers, associates or supporters is not acceptible in any circumstance.
Grace's Rest operates a zero tolerance policy towards such incidents and will report them to the police.
Working in animal rescue can be very emotive for all concerned but Grace's Rest staff and volunteers will always conduct themselves politely, with respect and in a professional manner. We expect no less from our clients, their associates and members of the public at all times. This policy also applies to telephone, email and online/social media communications.
Supported by Ladbrook Insurance, a specialist animal charity insurance provider.
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Office hours: 10am - 5pm
Emergency calls accepted 24/7
Open every day
Meet the Owner-Operator, Clare Barnard BSc.(Hons)
Clare is a research scientist and PhD candidate at the University of Lincoln where she is studying wildlife conservation and the direct impact of the exotic pet trade on wild animal populations. She will be working from the Laboratory of Evolutionary Ecology of Adaptations. Clare has also been honoured to become part of the Global Amphibian Biodiversity research team.
Clare has almost 20 years professional experience in the husbandry of exotic animals a specialism in the genetics of British herpetofauna. She has worked with wild Adders (Vipera berus) and endangered Natterjack Toads (Epidalea calamita) under Natural England license conditions. Clare has worked as a zookeeper and within private collections including her own. She lives in rural North Warwickshire, on-site at Grace's Rest, with a whole host of animals!