Hope in Action

This page is dedicated to the founder of TRSAR, Kim Ellis

 Kim, having retired from TRSAR, started a rescue like no other over 30 years ago. Having appeared on television segments such as Animal Cops Houston and NatGeo Wild, it's without question that her kind spirit, nurturing attitude, and strong will to save all things scaley to feathery, makes her an incredibly special woman, indeed. I, appointed director, have the flattering privilege of calling her a dear friend. Our mission is simply this: If we as rescurers for the often feared and mistreated can embrace the same charismatic philosophy as Kim's, we will have made an influential difference, a dramatic impact, and paved the way for the misunderstood animals we rescue to have a fighting chance at a fulfilled life. Just as Kim Ellis has done. Xoxo, Nikki

Our Mission


Director | Tegu, monitor, iguana lizard, and parrot enthusiast

Find your inner power by helping others without a voice


Our urgent needs are monetary donations to aid in the rescue building's recent $560 electric bill and a the purchase of a mass quantity of feeders. Please consider donating. Every little bit helps! You may do so by clicking on 'Make a Donation'. Thank you for your endless support!


  • Fun, hands-on educational meetups
  • Community outreach events 
  • Assisting in overcoming fear of reptiles
  • Animal husbandry advice 

Donations aid us in everything we do for these animals. Your generosity literally helps save lives. Please consider donating to our cause today. All donations are tax deductible. From our rescue animals to you, thank you for your continued support.

TRSAR is a female directed 501(c)3 nonprofit rescue that services the state of Texas. We are one of the few 501(c)3 rescues in the Houston area and the first dedicated to reptiles. Directed by Nikki Pesek, we have worked with reptiles and exotics for over 30 years. TRSAR intakes unwanted pets and rescues. We rehabilitate, provide a wellness check, temperament test, socialize, and then adopt out our animals to qualified forever homes. We are committed to captive animal husbandry and are proud to diligently partner with local shelters to ensure seized animals are given a second chance. 

"Valentine" is a gorgeous hypo boa constrictor with beautiful human-like eyes! Boas do get large in size but make wonderful pet snakes in the right household. Won't you be Valentine's Valentine?

Meet Our Team

in the news

We are so proud to announce that we just launched Patreon - Our monthly reoccurring donation system. We are so grateful this platform is available to us. Your generosity keeps this rescue running. There is even a one dollar a month donation commitment option. Please consider signing up today! www.patreon.com/texasreptilerescue 

  • Reptile socializing
  • Rehabilitation of non-native species
  • Large lizard behavioral understanding
  • Supporting Facebook group 

our current needs

animal of the month


Volunteer | Reticulated python, anaconda, and small exotic mammal enthusiast