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About Us

We are a 501c3 organization specializing in exotic/domestic pet rescue. In addition to caring for the animals we receive, we also offer the following:

  • Exotic/Domestic pet adoption
  • Educational programs throughout central Indiana to both the private and public sectors
  • Working with local animal shelters and rescues (both government and private) to retrieve exotic animals relinquished to their care.
  • Information on care of exotic/domestic pets

We truly strive to carry out our mission statement:
To be a voice for the animals; to educate the public about animal responsibility and ensure that animals are treated humanely and given a “chance.”  To make certain that every available resource is used to find adoptive homes for domestic animals.

A Critter's Chance does not receive any government funding. We depend on the kindness of animal lovers and their contributions in order to care for the animals and cover our operational costs. If you would like to make a donation, you may mail a check to the address listed on our Contact page. If you are interested in other ways of helping, such as donating items, volunteering, or fostering, please click the "How to Help" button. We very much appreciate all help and donations! Without the kindness of fellow animal lovers we could not operate!

Board Members

  • Michelle Manker, Founder
  • Amanda Nosie, President
  • Lisa Sbai, Treasurer
  • Kim Krull, Secretary
  • Kelly Thomas, Farm Animal Rescue Coordinator
  • Thomas Moore, Events Coordinator and Cage Builder

Meet the Group

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. In order to continue her education and stay up-to-date with the latest information, she attended as many training seminars and classes as she was able to. In May of 2010, Michelle, along with Amy and Tracy, attended Noah's Wish Animal Disaster Training. She also earned the IS-00100.a and the IS-00700.a certificates from FEMA. In April 2011, she completed a course in CPR and first aid for cats and dogs. She had been a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator for several years and was on the Hamilton County Task Force Committee for Wildlife. Michelle also trained others through her own education programs for over 10 years. She provided training to local police and fire agencies on how to help animals or who to call in certain situations. She especially loved doing programs for children. She always said, "They are our future." In 2005, she received the Channel 6 Leadership Award for her efforts in saving local wildlife and for the education classes she taught at local shelters and schools.

Michelle had such a huge impact on animal rescue here in Indiana not only for wildlife but exotic and farm animals as well. She organized a few large animal rescues and worked with prosecutors in prosecuting people for animal abuse and neglect. 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 Nosie is our acting President. She 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.










Lisa Sbai grew up in the countryside of southern Indiana, spending her childhood on her grandparents’ farms. After earning a degree in Biology, she moved to Arizona where she volunteered for Liberty Wildlife in Scottsdale, working with raptors and other wildlife in rehabilitation and education. With moves to Illinois, North Carolina, and finally back to Indiana, she continued to volunteer in pet shelters, particularly with cats, and has rescued wild birds, squirrels, and a possum. She was thrilled to find A Critter’s Chance and have the opportunity to get involved with farm animals and exotics. Lisa lives with four cats she rescued from shelters or as strays and a husband she rescued from the dating pool. She enjoys hiking, birdwatching, and working with the animals on Kelly’s rescue farm.

Kim Krull - Between her grandparents' farm and camping since the first grade, Kim has always had a love for the outdoors and the wonderfully diverse creatures God has created to inhabit and enhance our world. She is a Master Gardener, a Backyard Habitat Steward, a member of the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society, and a former Black Belt. She is an avid gardener and loves to kayak, hike, and take pictures of her garden and its visitors. Kim worked over 30 years as an Optometric Technician for a private optometrist. She now works as an Optometric Technician for Ossip Optometry in Irvington. She took a Master Naturalist class with our President, Amy, who introduced her to Michelle. That led to her being involved with A Critter's Chance! Her backyard habitat has multiple small ponds with fish, frogs, toads, dragon and damsil flies, and other critters attracted to the water and flowers. She currently lives with a rescued dog, cat, bearded dragon, ball python, a variety of fish, and whatever fosters happen to be at her residence!

Kelly Thomas is an Indiana native. Since early childhood, she has had a great love and respect for both animals and nature. Kelly has cared for animals her entire life. In addition to her personal childhood pets, she showed animals in 4H and worked in a veterinary office in junior high. Kelly has been a volunteer with A Critter’s Chance for several years. Her dream is to convert her farm into a sanctuary for exotic and farm rescues, complete with natural habitats, gardens and a wildlife clinic. When Kelly is not on the farm taking care of foster animals or at A Critter’s Chance events, she can be found hiking the trails and enjoying nature’s beauty.