Center for Animal Research and Education Inc
Rating: 4.98 stars 133 133 reviews 7,814
245 County Road 3422 Bridgeport TX 76426 USA
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.
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.
exotic animals in need
Geographic areas served:
Lacy's Hope, Internships, Adoption and Sponsorship, Educational Tours, Husbandry and Veterinary Professional Development, Research
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My name is Jennifer Van Tassel and my husband and I visited the Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE Texas) on 10 July 2016. I am an active duty soldier with several medical conditions. From the very start, the staff was warm, caring and accommodating. Their intern Andrew was friendly and very knowledgeable, not just about each of the cats, but about the cats as individuals. He answered all questions clearly and concisely, and made the tour very enjoyable! I've planned this visit for a long time and Heidi Krahn and her staff exceeded all expectations. You can totally tell the love that is given to each of the animals that call CARE home. This was one of the best experiences I have had and I highly recommend visiting!
I'll put this as simply as I can without seeming gushy: The amazing people of CARE are true representatives of everything good in the world. (and that's not gushing!)
Aptly named, the folks at CARE are truly committed to the well-being of the animals who live on their premises and the humans who support them.
These people sincerely want what is best for all species: To nurture and to enrich through the best possible care and education they can provide.
This is a top-notch facility that I strive to visit at least twice per year, and fully support in any manner possible, and will continue to do so for the rest of my days.
*pictured is Jamie Reed on our first tour at CARE in Spring, 2015.
2 people found this review helpful
Where to begin with my appreciation & love for this organization...
I found "Big Cat Derek" on Vine before he had even 100 followers. Not only did he strike me as someone who loved and respected the animals in his rescue, but he very genuinely pulled all of us into an intimate relationship with each animal there.
Since that time I've supported them in every way that I possibly can, even taking special trips with my friends to learn more and meet most of the wonderful people who volunteer their time at CARE, specifially Heidi Krahn, Founder and Jamie Reed, who live their lives working for the care of these animals along with Derek, who has honed his skill at delivering CARE to us, the supporters, which has been invaluable. I've found that they're not only preciously compassionate toward the animals, they do the same for each human who enters the property of CARE.
APTLY NAMED, these people DO CARE. It has and will always be my honor to call them friends and to continue to support & spread the word about how truly wonderful these humans are. They deserve all the support they can possibly get.
5 people found this review helpful
Not only do the staff and volunteers at CARE go above and beyond in their dedication to care and health of the animals in their care; they also are an outstanding example of a refuge providing education and advocacy for everything related to the safe and healthy care of big cats, llamas, lemurs, coatis, etc. It is so well shared that I can use it as a reference tool for educating my preschoolers on what animal sanctuaries are, as well as conservation and advocacy. Love CARE!!
I've never actually been here but I watch BigCatDerek, and I've grown so incredibly attached to the animals there. They do so much at Care for the animals who call it home, and you can see how much effort and love is put into taking care of all the cats. I just hope that more people can see how beautiful and great this place really is and how important it is to donate and help them however we can.
Everything I have read and seen on this Center for Animal Research and Education is amazing. They love their animals, they know their animals, and they take very good care of them. I have not seen very many Research centers that do as much good as C.A.R.E does.
As a newer Pride member it didn't take long for me to see how much this organization embodies the deepest dedication and compassion to each other and to the animals in their CARE. Thanks to the witty, intimate and respectful clips , videos and Vines, I'm addicted to these daily treats, a true fan and financial supporter of this wonderful organization. 10 Stars!
1 person found this review helpful
I have been following CARE for almost 2 years on many social media outlets. I have donated to their wonderful organization. They do so many great things and I feel they use their money very very wise. That can be hard to find anymore sadface. I have a dream of visiting them one day. If I lived closer I would visit and volunteer. If you can take a look at them on social media or their webpage and give them even just a little bit that would be wonderful OR go visit them for me happyface that would be so awesome too.
3 people found this review helpful
Absolutely love Care! They are amazing and take amazing care of their animals! I have personally donated to them multiples times and will continue to support them for many years to come!
3 people found this review helpful
I have been following this organization for years now,due to life events I have not had a chance to go there for there lovely tours or festivals but I have shown videos to my family and friends and my husband and I are definitely going to be visiting there in the next few years. We are major animal lovers and we love everything they do and the sacrifices they make to give these big cats the best life possible! I admire all the hard work they put into the passion they have for these cats and try and get involved as much as I can. Beautiful souls with a beautiful cause. Thank you C.A.R.E for being the facility these cats need and call home, you go above and beyond and I wish their were more people in the world like you.
2 people found this review helpful
I absolutely love everything they have done for the animals at care. All of the staff & volunteers are truly dedicated to making sure that all the animals needs are met and they are happy & healthy. They go above and beyond as an organization and it truly shows. Any time I have the opportunity to donate, this is definitely the organization I'll always contribute to. They take great pride in everything they do and that's an organization I'm proud of.