Animal & Exotic Collective

Animals of all sizes and types are important. They each play a crucial role in nature and in their ecosystem. Animals live in cycles, they help with population control, and are gifts to be treasured. As the human population grows, it’s becoming more difficult for animals to find their proper place in the ecosystem. Their homes are destroyed, food supplies are low to extinction, in turn forcing animals to be displaced or sadly go extinct themselves.   

Our small mammal and exotic pet sanctuary strives to educate people on some of these animals and encourage them to do their part to support these and all animal lives, ecosystems, and food supplies. There can and must be a balance between humans, animals, and nature.

Our sanctuary offers various classes, events, and programming to connect communities, educate them on animal wildlife and their environments, encourage them to do their part to keep nature, parks, and the outdoors clean, and have fun while learning. Some of the programming is as follows:

Care 101 - Classes that teach proper care techniques for new pet owners of domestics (cats and dogs) and exotics (reptiles, guinea pigs, rabbits, spiders, amphibians, and more).

Paddle With Pups - Teaching people about local park and waters wildlife. They’ll also have the chance to explore on kayaks and stand up paddle boards (with or without our volunteer dogs). This puts people right in nature. It’s an educational experience that allows people to really appreciate nature and connect to it. 

Hands On - These programs and classes will have featured animals that will be at classes and programs while teaching attendees on what makes these animals special and how to care for them and support their environments. 

Special Edition Yoga - Stretch, breathe, and sync to the song of nature. These aren’t your ordinary yoga classes. Each class has a theme that supports healthy living and the connection between human, animal, and nature. *Classes are animal friendly. 

Hikes On The Trails - These hikes aren’t just for clients of our pet care services. These hikes encourage people to take a step in nature and learn about the local parks, rivers, and animals. All the while taking a step to a healthier life by getting active. 

There is a HUGE need for a sanctuary like ours in Central Ohio. Many exotic and small mammal road shows pass through Central Ohio. Attendees purchase live animals from some of these shows. Then they either have a complication with the animal, abandon or mistreat  it or lose it to death from lack of knowledge and proper care. People just do  not know and/or understand how much time, patience, and care these animals need.


As our sanctuary is able to grow,  we can inform prospective, new, current, and previous pet owners. The better it is for these pet owners, nature, and the animals and fish in captivity and the wild.  

In conjunction with our classes and programs we do accept surrenders. Whether it be due to money, time, or any other reason we accept small animals and exotics from those who can’t offer them a happy healthy life. These animals can find comfort and acceptance in our sanctuary. Some of them also become our animal volunteers for programs and classes! 

Some of the various small mammals and exotics we accept as surrenders are as follows: 

Fancy Mice
Guinea Pigs
Flying Squirrels
And more

If you have questions about us or a certain type of animal you’re interested in keeping as a pet please contact us at 

We teach programs and classes in-house, at summer camps, community centers, community events, schools, and more. Don’t hesitate to have us connect, visit, and educate your interested party.

*The small mammal and exotic animal sanctuary is a part of Just Fur Them. We are a pet care business based in Columbus, Ohio. Offering personalized services for people and their pets. We also educate communities on the proper care of domestics and other animals.  To learn more about Just Fur Them please visit

Thank you,

Carmen Pomales of Just Fur Them 


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Carmen Pomales 
Columbus, OH
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