Shirley Cannan has been a tireless volunteer in animal rescue for a number of years. It was during this time that she became aware of a need in the community. There was no organization in Central Florida willing to care for unwanted exotic animals. Shirley decided to remedy this situation and formed Fallin' Pines Critter Rescue in 1990 to give a second chance to a variety of surrendered or abandoned exotic animals. Fallin' Pines received non-profit status in 2003. Fallin' Pines assists Orange and Seminole county animal services by accepting exotics, domestics and farm animals. The rescue also takes animals surrendered by their owners. The amazing thing about Fallin' Pines is that most of the work is done by Shirley alone. She has no staff and only a handful of volunteers. Her days are spent feeding, cleaning and caring for her animals. Although she gets discouraged at times, the rewards of giving so many animals a second chance at life are worth it. Fallin' Pines could not exist without the continued donations of the public. Please consider making a donation or contributing items from our wish list.
Fallin' Pines Critter Rescue's mission is to rescue unwanted or displaced exotic, domestic and farm animals, reptiles and birds and to place them in loving homes or to give the handicapped or unadoptable animals a permanent home. Did you know that Fallin' Pines is the home to more than 20 permanent residents. The animals include wallaroos, wallabies, exotic squirrels and chipmunks, parrots and tortoises. These animals were sold through the exotic pet trade, found to make unsuitable pets and were surrendered or abandoned by their owners. Learn more about the permanent animals on the Permanent Residents page.