CENTER FOR ANIMAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION INC

Rating: 4.96 stars   79 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 245 County Road 3422 Bridgeport TX 76426 USA

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.
Results: 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.
Target demographics: exotic animals in need
Geographic areas served: Bridgeport
Programs: Lacy's Hope, Internships, Adoption and Sponsorship, Educational Tours, Husbandry and Veterinary Professional Development, Research

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been fortunate and proud to have been involved with CARE for the last 6 years. What started out as a volunteer opportunity in a field I always wanted to be a part of, has turned into a critical part of my life. As, first and foremost, an animal lover and advocate, my main concern has always been the respectful care and welfare of animal in captivity. Through the years I have never once felt that the animals at CARE have received anything less than above-and-beyond emotional and physical care. I am honored to work with such dedicated and caring individuals who put the animals' welfare at the top of their priority list. Not only am I a part of this organization, I am a supporter of CARE's mission and work. My heart is full seeing the animals thrive and knowing that they are in the best hands possible.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I HAVE BEEN VISITING C.A.R.E. SINCE 2002 AND POSTED A REVIEW IN JAN. 2012. I VISITED AGAIN NOV. 2013 AND AM STILL IN AWE OF THESE CATS AND THEIR CARETAKERS.
WHAT BEAUTIFUL, MAJESTIC ANIMALS THEY ALL ARE. AND NOW, THERE ARE SOME LITTLE CUBS THAT LAYLA AND SAMPSON ARE THE GRANDPARENTS OF. I'VE KNOW LAYLA SINCE SHE WAS A WEE CUB; SAMMY DIDN'T HAVE A MANE WHEN I MET HIM AND WAS LIVING WITH A TIGER, SELENA.
THEIR LITTLE GIRL, NOEL, AND MWALI, NOW HAVE BLESSED C.A.R.E. WITH THREE LITTLE BOYS THAT I CAN'T WAIT TO TAKE PICTURES OF AND GRUFF AT.
I THINK OF THE CATS ALL THE TIME, ESPECIALLY LEVI, PAWLI, CASSIE, ARTIC AND OF COURSE, MY LITTLE FIRE BUG WHO I CARRY WITH ME ALL THE TIME IN THE FORM OF A TATTOO. BUT ALL OF THEM HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART, EVEN THOSE THAT ARE GONE. I COUNT THE DAYS TIL I GET DOWN THERE TO SEE THEM.

AND THE PEOPLE, THE FAMILY AND VOLUNTEERS--NO WORDS CAN DESCRIBE THEIR SACRIFICES, DEDICATION AND PURE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FOR THESE ANIMALS. THERE IS A SPECIAL PLACE IN HEAVEN FOR ALL OF THEM.

I MISS YOU ALL AND HOPE TO SEE YOU REAL SOON

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

IN THE FUTURE PERHAPS HAVE OVERNIGHT FACILITIES AND MORE HANDS ON WITH THE CATS.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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C.A.R.E. IS THE MOST LIFE-CHANGING, NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION WITH WHICH I HAVE EVER DEALT. MY FIRST VISIT IN 2001 WAS THE MOST WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE. IN FACT, MY MOM HAD DIED JUST 8 MONTHS PRIOR TO MY VISIT AND I WAS SUFFERING FROM SEVERE DEPRESSION. BUT THAT CHANGED AFTER I GOT THERE--ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT WAS HOW MUCH SHE WOULD HAVE ENJOYED SEEING ME DO THIS, AND HOW MUCH SHE WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE DONE IT HERSELF. DURING THAT FIRST VISIT I WAS ABLE TO INTERACT WITH EVERYTHING FROM PRE-MATURE BORN WHITE TIGER CUBS THAT WEIGNED ABOUT 4 OUNCES TO A 600 LB TIGER. AS A VOLUNTEER, I HELD, FED AND BASICALLY ACTED AS A "MOM" TO A BABY COUGAR, A LION CUB AND SEVEN WHITE AND ORANGE TIGER CUBS. I ALSO WAS ABLE TO INTERACT WITH 57 OTHER MAJESTIC BIG CATS INCLUDING: TWO EXTREMELY RARE SNOW LEOPARDS, BLACK AND SPOTTED LEOPARDS, WHITE AND ORANGE TIGERS, COUGARS AND LIONS. HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN SAY THEY GOT UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH SO MANY WONDERFUL "WILD" ANIMALS. I CAME AWAY FROM THAT WEEK-LONG VISIT COMPLETELY HOOKED AND HAVE TRIED TO VISIT AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR SINCE THEN. AND, I TRULY BELIEVE SOME OF THESE ENORMOUS CATS REMEMBER ME AND OTHER VOLUNTEERS. MY ONLY WISH IS THAT I WERE CLOSER SO I COULD HELP OUT MORE AND VISIT MORE OFTEN. LEAVING IS VERY HARD AND I CRY MOST OF THE WAY BACK TO LONG ISLAND, NY. HEIDI, DERRICK AND THE KIDS HAVE DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO THESE CATS. HEIDI, ESPECIALLY, KNOWS EACH ONE OF THEM INTIMATELY. AND YES, THEY EACH HAVE A DIFFERENT PERSONALITY. THEY EXTEND UNCONDITIONAL LOVE TO PEOPLE WHO INTERACT WITH THEM. THERE IS NO WAY A COMPASSIONATE, FEELING PERSON COULD LEAVE C.A.R.E. WITHOUT BEING DEEPLY CHANGED BY THE EXPERIENCE. DUE TO BEING 100% VOLUNTEER AND DONATION RUN, C.A.R.E. DESERVES ALL THE HELP IT CAN GET TO CONTINUE TO GIVE THESE ABUSED, NEGLECTED AND UNWANTED CATS A SAFE, CLEAN, AND NON-STRESSFUL ENVIRONMENT TO LIVE OUT THEIR LIVED. C.A.R.E. PROVIDES THIS TO THE ANIMALS AND MUCH MORE TO THEIR HUMAN CARETAKERS!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

IMPROVEMENTS ARE BEING MADE DAILY BY PROVIDING BETTER HOUSING AND LIVING CONDITIONS FOR EACH CAT. MEDICAL CARE IS ALWAYS IMPROVING. BEING ABLE TO HAVE INTERNS THAT LIVE ON THE PREMISES IS ALSO A BIG HELP.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

OH MOVE IT CLOSER TO ME! :) NOTHING-IT IS ONE OF THE CLEANEST MOST EFFICIENTLY RUN ORGANIZATIONS I HAVE EVER SEEN. AND, ALL THE MONETARY DONATIONS GO RIGHT TO THE CARE OF THE CATS.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL TO HAVE HOUSING FOR OUT-OF-TOWN VOLUNTEERS ON THE PROPERTY. THAT WAY ALL COULD EXPERIENCE HEARING THE ROAR OF THE LIONS IN THE MORNING AND EVENING WHICH IS GREAT. AND, VOLUNTEERS WOULD BE CLOSER IN CASE HELP WAS NEEDED AT THE CENTER

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

OH, MY GOSH, YES!! IT CHANGED MY LIFE AND OPENED MY EYES TO THE LIVES OF THESE WONDERFUL CATS. I ALSO LEARNED MUCH ABOUT THE CARE OF BIG CATS INCLUDING THEIR FEEDING, MATING AND DAILY LIVING HABITS. AND I MADE FRIENDS FROM ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES AND SOME FOREIGN COUNTRIES WHO I STILL KEEP IN TOUCH WITH.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY! ALL MY FRIENDS SAY THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN ME SMILE SO MUCH AS WHEN I'M WITH THE BIG CATS. I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR THEM. AND LOSING ONE OF THEM IS LIKE LOSING A MEMBER OF MY EXTENDED FAMILY.

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Thank you so much for the great review! I love that you mentioned the out-of-town visitor housing, that is actually a project that we have on our list. We know people would love to be able to stay fr the weekend instead of just the day. Hopefully that will come to fruition in the next year or two. We so appreciate your support!

Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered there a while ago, and absolutely loved it!! They are an amazing organization that is devoted to educating people on these big cats, and other animals that call CARE home. They are all dedicated to providing excellent care of each individual that calls CARE home! I cannot wait to volunteer again as soon as I can devote more time to it!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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Rating: 5 stars  

I visted CARE in January 2014 and it was a great start to the year. The people here are so passionate and loving toward the animals. I found out about CARE on the Vine App and had to visit. I highly recommend anyone wanting to get some information or family's to go and love this organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter wanted to visit care for her birthday. Although it was July 12 and 102 degrees, we really enjoyed ourselves. It is amazing the dedication and love these people exhibited for the animals. We got alot of interesting and useful information regarding the animal by our tour guide Ellie, you can tell that she really has a passion for the animals. My daughters loved, Dahlia, the 3 legged Lama that had been brought to the center as food and was saved by the kindness of the staff. We have alot of pictures of kisses given by Dahlia. We were able to see 3 lion cubs that were staying in the directors house, what an amazing opportunity. This foundation deserves anything that we can do to help them care for these beautiful animals.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is the most amazing place! They love the animals dearly and appreciate all volunteers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change nothing

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

They were very enthusiastic and supportive. Those who donate to gofundme.com/BigCatAdvocate becausethe love watching the staff interact with the animals. care family is wwhat CAREis.
Icant wait to reach my goal to send them. Im praying for SolAno and sammy

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Start a way to rauise funds around the world a care person would selrct people in diff zones around the U.S. who would recruit others to establish a donation group, leader educates about care, what CArE expwcts abd tthe group discuss ways to make it happen , its abiut getting the word out!

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned about CARE through a friend. After exploring their website, my husband and I decided to adopt one of the tigers. We visited soon afterwards and received information, training, and an experience beyond belief. Heidi is an amazing woman who loves and cares for these animals like no one else could. I can't tell you how important this cause and these animals have become to me and my husband. I share my story with anyone who will listen.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add Webcams!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found out about CARE from a friend that I worked with at the time. I went to visit her and we went to Bridgeport to visit the center twice that weekend. This was in 2007-08 I believe. It was such a wonderful experience then and I've loved watching them grow over the years via web/FB. Like most people, I've never been that close to these huge, beautiful creatures. I still keep an old flip phone w/pix-I just can't get rid of them! I donate when I can. I would like to go back as soon as I can get a break from my new job.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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Rating: 5 stars  

After becoming a sponsor of one of the big cats, I decided to take a trip from Georgia to Texas (we visited family too) just to be sure C.A.R.E was who they said they were and mostly because I wanted to meet Sampson. CARE not only met my expectations, they exceeded them. This was the cleanest sanctuary I had ever seen. It did not smell and the enclosures were huge and clean. The animals are VERY much loved and taken care of which shows by how they interact with vistors. It was the highlight of my trip and a memorable experience. Daily I look forward to winding down to videos, pictures, and FB interaction on the many CARE social media sites. The dedication and devotion the volunteers and board give these animals should not go unnoticed. Them, the animals, and the organization in a whole is very much deserving. If you are looking for a nonprofit to support, I highly recommend C.A.R.E.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It is perfect just how it is.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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