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Glider Girl Rescue

About Us

Glider Girl Rescue is a non-profit rescue, rehabilitation and education mission focused on sugar glider safety and wellbeing. We have a thriving sanctuary program, a thorough adoption program, and we are partnered with a phenomenal vet! 

Meet Ali Larson


Ali is the founder and foundation of Glider Girl Rescue. She has dedicated her home and resources to ensure that no glider in need goes without help. From delving into marsupial nutrition sciences, to learning to build her own cages, to using her skills in graphic design and marketing to procure fundraising for the vetting needs and care of the gliders, the rescue is always on her mind. 

Meet Kristi Barnes


Kristi is a sewing superhero and has outfitted the entire rescue with cage sets, pouches and bonding bags. Kristi runs Suggie Snuggle Shop, a resource for all things fleece and sugar glider. It is incredible what she can engineer, and she wont stop pushing herself to learn new patterns and come up with new solutions to glider needs.

Meet Brett Larson


Brett is Ali's right hand man, the giver of treats, and also her husband. The rescue would be nothing without his constant support. 

Our rescue partners and volunteers are also a vital part of helping us care for these amazing critters. Whether it be cleaning cages, running rescues to the vet, organizing a large surrender group or watching the rescue when Ali and Brett are away, we are so very grateful to them!


No glider is too far for us to help. Glider Girl Rescue has been from Northern Minnesota, to East Indiana, through Kentucky,  down to Missouri, and much further on our mission to help sugar gliders in need. We have also assisted in connecting gliders in need of rehoming and rescue to those across our vast rescue network through the Glider Guardians Association. 

We have a comprehensive intake process, and structured rehabilitation program for our most difficult cases. Each glider is loved unconditionally and provided a safe and loving place to rest and recuperate, or heal if needed. Our rescue is judgement free and education based. We believe that those owners who are faced with the difficult decision to rehome their babies are the most self-less people out there, as they choose their animal's well being over themselves.

Our rescue would be incomplete without the fabulous Dr. Jen and her team at Spartan Animal Hospital in McFarland, WI. Their care and compassion is palpable when walking through their doors. 

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We also owe so much to Madison VAC Emergency Veterinary Services. Whether it be 7pm or 3am, they are always ready and supportive in our emergency situations. And also Yorkville Animal Hospital of Yorkville IL, who does al of our neutered on our male rescues.  

And also Yorkville Animal Hospital of Yorkville IL, who does all of our neuters on our male rescues.  

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Our hope is that every sugar glider that comes to us finds their forever home, even if that home is with us as a part of our sanctuary program.


Some sugar gliders that come to the rescue have suffered serious medical diagnosis, life changing injuries, or may be advanced in age. These babies are truly special, and enter into our Sanctuary Program to live out their lives here at Glider Girl Rescue. 

We choose not to adopt out these gliders as they require specialized care. Some require consistent medical care that can be expensive, others have special needs, many come with behavior quirks, and our elder members come with specific issues of their own. Many have been bounced around to home after home and deserve to finally have a place to settle in. 

It is for these reasons that these babies stay here with us. Not only is it unfair to the prospective owners to expect them to take on these detailed care regiments, but it is also unfair to the gliders.

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Guardian Angel Sponsorship Program

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Our rescue also has a thriving sanctuary program for our gliders that have disabilities or handicaps, life long illnesses and are advanced in age. These animals do not qualify for our adoption program, and thus live out their lives with us at the rescue. Our Guardian Angel sponsorship program assists with the everyday costs and care of our very special sanctuary members. 

How does it work? 
To be a Guardian Angel for one of our sanctuary members means that you have chosen to donate a few dollars a month to help support the care and needs of the sugar glider you choose to sponsor. In addition to the joy of supporting a good cause, you will also receive personalized video messages addressed to you from your chosen glider. These messages could be to wish you a happy birthday, a happy holiday, or just a smile to brighten your day. The messages can be requested for any reason. Random messages will also be included from your chosen glider monthly to thank you for your generous support. 

How do I choose a sugar glider to sponsor?
Look for the 'Sanctuary Squad' album on our rescue's facebook page. There you will find all our our gliders that are currently in our sanctuary program. Simply comment "I want to be (name)'s guardian angel!" and then choose your support tier back here on the patreon page. We will list your chosen glider in the notes of your patreon subscription, and then patreon will handle your monthly donations automatically at the beginning of each month.

Can I sponsor more than one glider?
Yes!! We have the option to be a guardian angel for a pair, trio, or even a whole colony. 

Can a sugar glider have more than one sponsor?
Yes they can! We know that some of our sanctuary members are quite popular. Theres more than enough love to go around for these sweet furry babies.

Thank you to all of our amazing guardian angel sponsors. Your support helps us provide much needed on-going care and support for our sugar gliders in our sanctuary program.

Thank you <3

Our Sanctuary Squad


Head over to our adoption page for more information about our adoption process.

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