Kuddles and Scales was founded by Kelsey and Sara. Operating out of Bonney Lake, WA, this rescue organization is devoted to the health, happiness, and overall well-being of all creatures great and small.
Kelsey grew up wanting to open a shelter for dogs and cats. Growing up, she was a huge animal lover and always had multiple cats and dogs in the home. She also had a rabbit, fish, and a hermit crab. It wasn’t until a few years ago that Kelsey had her first pet rats: Astrid (pictured), Dagny, and Eira. She immediately fell in love, and that opened the door to the whole wide world of “pocket pets”, a type of pet that never really crossed her mind until she met Sara. It didn’t take long for Kelsey to realize that these amazing animals are often treated more comparably to products than pets by most people and that they are frequently rehomed, mistreated, or not viewed as worthy of medical care. Upon further involvement in the “exotic pet” community, Kelsey also discovered how much misinformation there is about rat care and other small animal care. One day, Kelsey was brainstorming rescue name ideas and pitched Kuddles and Scales to Sara since Kelsey was much more partial to the cuddly pets and Sara was all about the reptiles. In no time at all, Kuddles and Scales was under way.
Sara grew up loving all animals. She decided she wanted to work with animals at age 3 and never changed her mind. When she was older, she decided she wanted to be a zookeeper, and eventually open her own wildlife sanctuary and educational center. She always had lots of pets from cats to reptiles to birds. At age 16 she began volunteering at a zoo in her home town. She worked there for years, eventually working her way up to caring for large cats and primates. After meeting Kelsey, and hearing her dream of a shelter, Sara decided it would be great to start an exotics rescue that would care for all types of pets, and teach people about them. Sara began working at an exotic vet, and taking in animals that needed care but were unable to get it due to financial issues. Someday, they plan on expanding the rescue to be a wildlife sanctuary and educational center.