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Exotic animal educator given pass by Gravenhurst council

Amanda Foley has been given a thumbs up by Gravenhurst council to bring her education program to town. 

Council agreed to exempt her from the Keeping of Native and Non-Native Animals by-law. 

Melissa Halford, Director of Development Services, explained in a Nov. 21 report to council Foley operates Amanda’s Exotic Animals and “teaches fun facts, conservation information, disease and illness prevention for animals, reptiles and amphibians, the importance of proper pet care and more.” 

Halford wrote that Foley will keep all animals in a secure place until show time and personal protective equipment will be given to all attendees.  

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“Ms. Foley has completed her animal care program at Sheridan College and is a passionate advocate for reptiles and exotic type animals,” continued Halford. “Ms. Foley has volunteered with other educational groups including Reptile Kingston run through the [Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals] and Emily Little, the owner and operator of Little Reptile Queen out of Kelowna, British Columbia.” 

Foley told council that she ensures all events are safe for people watching and the animals.  

“We strive to help both animals in captivity and in the wild,” writes Foley on her website. “We decided to begin with education, teaching about the importance of conservation, respecting wildlife and ending fear/stigma.” 

She told council during most events she brings 5 to 7 animals that can be held and fed by attendees. Foley added all the animals used during the events are friendly and handled daily.  

Previously, Foley asked for and was granted a similar exemption by Bracebridge council in May 2023. 

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