Michelle Manker was the founder of A Critter's Chance. She worked as a vet assistant for the Avian Exotic Animal Clinic for approximately ten years and worked with exotics and wildlife her entire life. She had been a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator and was on the Hamilton County Task Force Committee for Wildlife. Michelle also trained others, including local police and fire agencies on how to help animals or who to call in certain situations. She especially loved doing programs for children. Michelle had such a huge impact on animal rescue here in Indiana not only for wildlife but exotic and farm animals as well. Michelle passed away on April 13, 2013. She will be missed by her loving husband Pat, her son Jason, her animal rescue family, and the animals will miss her too. She was their "voice" for several years. There wasn't any animal she would not help. We will miss our friend, but we will continue the wonderful work she started.
Amanda grew up in Indianapolis with a wide variety of pets, including a female iguana named Jose. She would also rescue wild birds and baby bunnies, mostly from the jaws of a neighborhood cat. Amanda has her M.S. in molecular biology and is especially interested in reptile nutrition and metabolism. She also enjoys creating and maintaining terrariums, which provide a more natural habitat for her pets.
Adria is a vet tech with a long history of working with the recue community to promote spay/neuter. She has a small farm and fosters most of the farm animals that come to ACC. She refers to her home as "The Derp Farm" and is very experienced with special needs farm animals and babies who need bottle-fed. In her spare time, she races motorbikes.
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Alex never saw herself as an animal rescuer until she got her first hamster, named Pipsqueak. She now heads The Pipsqueakery, a large sanctuary for special needs rodents located in Bloomington, IN. In addition to providing a home for unadoptable fuzzies, she has years of expertise in feeding, enrichment, and medical treatment for rodents and rabbits.
DeAnna did not have exotic pets as a child but grew up fascinated by all things animal. She had pet frogs in college and a dwarf rabbit during and after law school. DeAnna initially provided pro bono legal work and made the quick transition from pencil to pitchfork, volunteering with farm animals and fostering various critters. She is passionate about education and partners with her elementary-aged daughter to give informative talks on animal care.
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