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

Although not a positive, anticipated event, the southeast regions of Texas are experiencing disastrous weather conditions due to Hurricane Harvey. As we do our best to hold down the fort, please keep us in your thoughts as we are right in the middle of Harvey's path of destruction. 

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.



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

animal of the month

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

Find your inner power by helping others without a voice


Volunteer | Ball python, boa, and guinea pig enthusiast   

Hope in Action

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. 

upcoming EVENTS

our current needs


Volunteer | Ball python, tegu, iguana lizard, and bearded dragon enthusiast   


"April" is a beautiful bearded dragon that is suffering from an eye infection, respitory infection, and impaction. Despite her lethargy, she is taking to force feedings. April is being treated with antibiotics, regular hydrating soaks, and receives endless TLC. Please considering making a donation to aid in Lucy's aid in April's care!

Meet Our Team

We are in need of your help! We have begun a Disaster Relief Fund to aid those that have lost their beloved pets, supplies, enclosures, and feeders. Please consider making a donation to assist our fellow pet owners during these tragic times.



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


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