Meet the amazing staff at Hands on Exotics!


Seth (Owner)

Seth started Hands on Exotics in 2011 with his dog Opie, Zoe the macaw, and Peanut the lizard. In an effort to enrich the lives of his animals and socialize them on a regular basis he volunteered his time by bringing them to the residents of local senior’s homes. This turned out to not only be a positive experience for the animals, but also for the residents of these homes. The care providers of these seniors have never seen their residents light up as much as they did during these animal visits!

Along the way Seth met many people and families who had animals that needed a new home. He realized that while there are many animal shelters and facilities that take in dogs and cats there are very few who can take in exotic animals like parrots, reptiles, and exotic mammals. Hands on Exotics is now home to roughly 150 adopted animals and continues to take in animals in need of a home whenever possible.


Natalie first developed an interest in science education when she was working as a volunteer educator while completing her undergrad degree in Biology and Psychology at McMaster University. While at McMaster, she worked with a bat research lab, studying silver-haired bats and helping to care for a colony of big brown bats.

She has since developed a passion for wildlife; completing a Master’s Degree studying song birds at the University of Western Ontario. She also gained experience working at a wildlife rehabilitation center, specializing in wildlife education.