Animal lovers flock to final exotic pet refuge open day

Darren Mansfield shows Jessica Allan a bearded dragon
Darren Mansfield shows Jessica Allan a bearded dragon
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AN exotic pet refuge opened its doors for the last time this year on Sunday.

The refuge in Station Road, Deeping St James, is only open for six days a year to raise money to keep more than 350 animals and birds housed there.

The animals which range from bearded dragons to big cats are rescue animals that have been seized or donated by people that have had them as pets and cannot keep them.

On Friday last week, before the final open day of the year, a pair of hybrid wolves were rehomed in a new enclosure which was given a Canadian feel with a log cabin to make them feel at home.

Pam Mansfield, who runs the pet refuge, said: “They run about all day and night.

“They are fantastic. I can go in with them and give them a stroke.

“They do howl at night, especially on a full moon, so that’s no myth.”

For information on the refuge, visit