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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The CENTRAL FLORIDA ANIMAL RESERVE (CFAR) is a big cat & wildlife sanctuary focused on effective stewardship and meaningful relationships with our animal residents and educating the public at large.

Results: Improved financial stability by lowering expenses and increasing operating capital. Partnered with meat recycling vendors to lower one of our largest variable expenses. Collaborated with educational institutions of higher learning to provide on-site experiences for students.

Target demographics: Anyone who has looked at a big cat with awe and wonder.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 48 animal residents (lions, tigers, leopards, cougars)

Geographic areas served: Florida Region (on-site) Nationwide (education/consulting)

Programs: Animal Husbandry Education (multiple levels) Volunteer Program

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Firefighter Mike

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My two boys loved this place. Thank you for running a legit charity and making a real difference!

1 Lori16

Donor

Rating: 5

To me CFAR (Central Florida Animal Reserve) is an organization that exists to provide homes for animals (primarily big cats) which selfish people have taken on as babies and then once they tire of the responsibility or the cat (per se) becomes too big for them to adequately maintain, then they decide they don't want it any longer (thereby shirking the responsibility they originally signed up for). These CFAR folks work their tails off and do what they can for these abandoned and / abused animals with donation money they receive from folks like you and me. Many thanks to the affiliates of CFAR for all that they do for the animals.

WillingSpirit H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of CFAR years ago when my dear friend The late Johnny Gammone volunteered there.
I lived the experience through his eyes as he was there almost daily.
My son grew up on the photos of the animals and the stories about them. This made a difference in our life. Since his passing I donate what little I can.
While encouraging others to donate also.

When it comes to things in life that matter,
CFAR is one of them.

Jeanmarie B Willingspirit

Deborah A J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CFLAR is a wonderful organization. You can see it in everyone that volunteers there how much they love what they are doing. The animals are happy, healthy, and kept clean. The rewards that you get in return from these animals far exceeds anything that you can experience. Keep up the good work CFLAR. I hope you raise the money to move to Forever Florida and teach the public more about the good work that you do every day! Thank you

Jeanine T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CFLAR is a wonderful organization. You can see they are very well taken care of and loved even more by everyone that volunteers there. Standing in front of these mmagnificant creatures, you can feel the love they have for the volunteers there, and even see it in their eyes. The animals are happy, healthy, and kept clean. The love between everyone just overflows and can be felt by anyone who visits there. I volunteered with them for many years before moving too far to help. If you have the chance to volunteer - I HIGHLY recommend you do so. The rewards that you get in return from these animals far exceeds anything that you can experience. Keep up the good work CFLAR. I hope you raise the money to move to Forever Florida and teach the public more about the good work that you do every day! Thank you

Frances R.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Central Florida Animal Reserve (CFAR) is dedicated to helping and caring for big cats. This non-profit facility helps big cats from life-threatening situations, exploitation, and inappropriate living conditions.
These cats are in need of donations to move to a new facility before time runs out on their current location. Their care givers are awesome and very helpful. I am a current member and went to their appreciation day in January and loved seeing and hearing about the big cats. They are truely magnificent creatures and could use our help. Visit them at http://www.cflar.org/ and see how you can help. No donation or help is too small or too big. Hugs and love to all

Donor

Rating: 5

CFAR is great. I so hope they can move to Forever Florida, I think it would be a great location. I love being a member and the open-houses are superb.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with CFAR for two years. This is one of the most dedicated-nonstop-all for the animals groups I've ever worked with -- these 48 lions, tigers, cougars, and other big cats were rescued from a bad situation with their previous owner. All involved are volunteers faced with a huge challenge -- securing funding and moving the cats to a new location because the current location was rezoned residential. This group is on call 24/7.

Donor

Rating: 5

CFAR is a great non profit group taking care of rescued Big Cats. The animals are very well cared for and loved. The volunteers donate their time and money to see that everything is done for the great cats. They are needing to move the Big Cats to a new location in September 2012 and need money to build the cages the Cats will live in. Please endorse CFAR in this endeavor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with the previous organization and the "New and Improved" version, we have become for over 13 years. Working with these cats and my fellow volunteers has allowed me to see the world in a different light. This is a very dedicated group, which has the best interest of these cats and their "cousins" in the wild at heart. Getting to know the cats individually is an experience that can not be compared. Each species is unique. And within that each cat is unique. I find myself saying "this one is my favorite... and this one is my favorite..." How do you chose between your children. They are ALL my favorite. The cats, and the staff are "my family. I can't imagine life without CFAR.