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Phone: 940-683-8115
245 County Road 3422
% Heidi Krahn

Bridgeport
Texas 76426
USA
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Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Assist with cleaning enclosures, facility maintenance, office work, leading tours, fund-raising, special events, and much more.

Programs: Lacy's Hope, Internships, Adoption and Sponsorship, The Hope for Humanity, Tours

Mission:
The Center for Animal Research and Education's mission is to provide for a safe, permanent and loving home to exotic animals in need. CARE focuses on excellence in physical and emotional care, advocating animal welfare through education, and conducting minimally-invasive research that will improve living conditions for captive animal populations world-wide.
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Operation Cool Cats, CARE’s ongoing summer project for building in-ground swimming pools for all of the tigers, is in full swing. So far, Chompers, Consuela, and Bonnie, Clyde and Levi have had pools built in their enclosures – and they love them! The summer heat can be very hard on the cats (especially our older cats) so providing cats with swimming pools as a means of cooling themselves off is essential. While the cats are provided with above ground pools every summer, we felt as if permanent, cemented, in-ground pools were a more viable alternative. Our volunteers and interns have been hard at work digging holes for the pools and then securing the pools in the holes with cement. While the building can be labor intensive, it is entirely worth it to see the cats enjoying the cool water and being able to stay cool in the Texas heat. By the end of this summer, we are hoping to have a completed in-ground swimming pool in each tiger enclosure.

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10/06/13
We have visited the Bridgeport CARE center 3 times. We have always been wowed by the organized and gentle care that is evident at this facility for the rescued lions, tigers, leopards and other wild animals. The cleanliness, the serenity reflected in the cats and overall atmosphere at this center ... more »
10/03/13
I interned for CARE in the fall of 2012. I am a biology major who longs to work with big cats, and this internship changed my life forever. Not only did I fulfill a dream I've had since I was a child, I got to meet the many other people who share this same passion and shed blood, sweat, and tears to... more »
09/29/13
I didn't really think of myself as a tiger-guy. My wife always had a passion for these great beasts but me ... I just thought they were pretty. It was her thing, not mine. A couple years ago now my wife found herself in a bit of serendipity. A monk, curious about her bucket list, asked for further ... more »
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