Center for Animal Research and Education Inc
Rating: 4.98 stars 130 130 reviews 7,493
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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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!
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.
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.
5 people found this review helpful
I hope evertone will understand my review. I life in the Netherlands so typing in English is a bit hard. (sorry for the mistakes)
I always loved tigers, and always am looking for nice picture's and video's of these awesome animals.
i think it's 2 years, maybe more that i saw a vine of Derek and it got me interested in the tigers at CARE.
The vines and video's and picture's are great, but to see how they love and care for these animals is so great. All the cats are "home". And everyone needs a home. Heidi gave them a home and if you see her with the cats, words are not necessary. The cats love her.
To see the joy and the heartache. I also cried like a little baby when a lion cub died. (Jelani, golden boy) How to feel such love for animals at the other side of the world and maybe never get to see them (i hope i will)
That is what Derek is doing, connecting people with the same love (pride) and teaching about wild animals and let us get to know the animals.
With everybody's love and donations they are building new enclosures for the little boys, all donations are welcome, for medical bills (not cheap) the new encolsures and everything the animals need to live a happy life.
I will stay and follow al of the social media things, i love it.
Just watch the vines and youtube "walk around the compound" you will see for yourself.
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4 people found this review helpful
The people who serve the animals at the Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE) are some of the most hard-working and kind-hearted people you'll find anywhere. It's a rare thing indeed to find anyone who is so devoted to the backbreaking work of loving and humane care of big cats (and, at current count, numerous lemurs, two llamas, and a coati). It's also easy to see that services, items, and money donated to this facility all go into keeping the high standard of care for all the residents.
On a personal note, my family and I (me, my spouse, and our two teenagers) made the 5 hour trip to visit CARE. To meet all these amazing animals (and some terrific staff!) in a safe and suitable environment. learning more about them and their lives, was an experience we will *always* remember... and one we hope to repeat later this year! I hope CARE's efforts towards animal rescue and conservation become even more recognized.