Exotic Pet Wonderland

We try to make a small difference in the world, and a huge difference for our animals

Knoxville, TN   |  http://exoticpetwonderland.org

Mission

We want to make a difference in the world for the animals that have been given up on, abused, and thrown away. We want to heal them and show them and others that they matter, and serve a purpose. We want to teach people to respect and understand wildlife and nature, because the earth depends on it. We want to share our knowledge and passion in hopes that it will change the way others think, and help these animals not to suffer for no good reason.

Ruling year info

2020

president

linsey hembree

Main address

1519 Bays Mountain Rd

Knoxville, TN 37920 USA

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EIN

84-3164834

NTEE code info

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Environmental Beautification (C50)

Other Services (D60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are here to help people to see that our native species serve a very important purpose in our ecosystem, and teach them ways to protect their homes while coexisting with our native animals. We also want to show people that littering and polluting is killing our world, and to teach them about recycling and being more eco friendly. We also educate exotic animal enthusiasts about the difficulty of certain animals and help people learn to care for them properly and responsibly when needed. And lastly, we offer a permanent home to captive bred animals that are otherwise euthanized, so that they can safely and happily live out their lives with us.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Wild animals in Tennessee

We help others understand how foxes, raccoons, and other native species serve a purpose in the environment, how they are not vermin, and why we need them in the wild.

Population(s) Served
Age groups

We organize trash pick ups, along with planting trees and wildflowers to help the local birds and bees. We also talk to people about what they can do daily to help the enviroment.

Population(s) Served
Age groups

We do educational programs focusing on individuals who plan to add a fox, raccoon, or other wild or exotic animal to their home. We talk about the good, bad, and the smelly. We aren't about sugar coating anything, and only give our most honest, real life experiences with these animals. For those interested in owning a captive born wild or exotic pet, we want to prepare them for what it's like, and help them make the decision at times. Also, when we start adopting out some of our residents, this program will be mandatory before the adoption can take place.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are the animals that we help either by bringing here to live or helping them find placement with another sanctuary or individual to improve their quality of life.

Number of animals in collection

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are the animals who are either permanent or temporary residents here. The more funding we receive, the more animals we can help.

Number of wildlife care situations resolved without animal intake

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

What's life like, living with wild and exotic animals?

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This measures the number of animals we help to stay with their current caregiver, through education and advice.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We hope to help prevent exotic animals from having to be euthanized or abandoned due to the lack of research on their care before purchase, We hope to cut down on the trash in our cities and towns, and to plant more trees to help the pollution problem
We hope to prevent unnecessary deaths to our native species due to the ignorance and fear of them

We are going to host clean up events locally to pick up trash along heavily littered roadways or parks.
We are going to have tree planting events.
We are going to start having classes for those truly interested in owning certain animals to help them decide and prepare them.
We are going to speak to people about our native species, teaching them the benefits of having them around and reasons not to fear them, along with ways to keep their homes and animals safe from them.

We have lots of experience with caring for certain species,and can offer advice and education on their care to those interested. We specialize in several native species and have ambassador animals who love to help us show people that they are to be respected and not feared. Because we own and care for these ambassadors, we are better equipped to show people ways to live in harmony with them while keeping their homes and animals safe. We are able to pick up trash and organize events so that others in the community can help. We can plant trees in local parks to help beautify and combat pollution. And we are building enclosures to be able to house difficult animals that would otherwise be euthanized.

So far, we are home to several species of non releasable animals, and with the help of our ambassadors, we've shown many people that native species belong and aren't a nuisance. We also give advice daily to exotic owners, helping them to become more successful and give their pets the best life possible.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Exotic Pet Wonderland

Board of directors
as of 9/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

linsey hembree

exotic pet wonderland

Term: 2019 -


Board co-chair

taylor faircloth

exotic pet wonderland

Term: 2019 -

tim hembree

exotic pet wonderland

ariel ritter

exotic pet wonderland

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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