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PrideRock Wildlife Refuge

Rating: 4.8 stars   49 reviews 2,407

Address:

17194 CR 329 Terrell TX 75161 USA

Mission:

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge's mission is to provide a safe haven for as many big cats and other abused, abandoned, neglected, or confiscated as it is financially able to support. PrideRock is providing quality healthcare, nutrition, and a stimulating environment for the life of any animal it has taken in.

Target demographics:

the big cats

Geographic areas served:

Terrell, TX

Programs:

promoting awareness of the importance of having facilities such as ours to provide housing, space, enrichment, species specific diets, a comfortable and safe environment and the peace of knowing that these magnificent big cats will have a place to live out the rest of their lives after being abused, neglected or dispaced by previous owners or breeders.

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Reviews for PrideRock Wildlife Refuge

Rating: 5 stars  

The only way for me to describe PrideRock is complete serenity and peace...It is breath taking from the moment I pull onto the property. Truly, good for my soul and hands down one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. One of my longest best friends (with permission from Carol) gave me the opportunity to volunteer and clean enclosures (aka scoop poop) and join her for enrichment. I have been back to volunteer every week since. I was told there will be my "favorites" and "they will choose you"; all true and Diego (Baby D-Lion) and Toro (the "shy" black bear) have stolen my heart. I love them all in their mighty greatness and will continue too, as often as possible and allowed. Grateful, honored and humble.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Carol and Gary have dedicated their lives to these magnificent animals. My wife and I have been supporting their refuge for over 20 years and plan on continuing to do so. Anyone passing by this area should plan on visiting the animals. It will be an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. Bring a Camera as there will be photo opportunities every where you look. If I could, I'd give it a ten star rating.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

My wife and I first went to Priderock some 20 years ago. It was such a pleasant experience that we returned as often as possible,bringing family members and friends over the years.One friend even became a volunteer. The animals are healthy and beautiful to see.The photography opportunities for cat lovers are so abundant, that it's hard to keep from running out of film. We've been assisting financially as often as we can,as it's a big expense to feed so many hungry animals. Anyone who might read this note,don't pass up an opportunity to go see the cats. You'll never forget the the day you were there.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

PrideRock is an important refuge for big cats that need a permanent home. Carol's and Gary's commitment to these wonderful animals is unwavering and they are very fortunate to have found PrideRock as their home. It is hard to image a more worthwhile cause to support.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I highly endorse PrideRock as it is one of the best nonprofits I have ever supported. The work they do with their animals is very important. They care for each PrideRock resident as if they were their children and love them all very much. It is hard to find two more devoted people than Carol and Gary. as they

 
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3 people found this review helpful

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge is one of those rare nonprofits where 100% of their focus ( and funds received) is dedicated to its stated mission. Gary and Carol's commitment to these wonder big cats is inspiring as they put them first over all else.

Long before they received hardly any donations they were working full time jobs to support the animals and then coming home to work another full time job to care for them. I have be a friend of Pride Rock's for over 15 years both as a volunteer and donor and can say it is one of the most worthy nonprofits I have come across.

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

find more opportunities to raise more money so they could do more good.

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?

2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

PrideRock is an amazing sanctuary for the animals to live in. Gary and Carol have given so much to these animals, and they continue to be their passion. I have had the privilege of volunteering there, and know the animals are treated with the utmost care and love. Although I do not go out there anymore, the animals will always have a special place in my heart.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Priderock Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place doing wonderful things. The animals are beautiful and everyone is so nice. They are an outstanding organization.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

To give these animals a safe and enriched atmosphere to call home since they can't be in the wild

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

PrideRock remains the one big cat rescue in which I have total confidence every dollar I donate, goes for the care of the animals. Gary & Carol Holliman continue to work at this labor of love - building more & bigger enclosures. They've invested in intern housing which allows more people to learn to care for and respect these wild & wonderful creatures. May God continue to bless all those involved in PrideRock Wildlife Refuge.

 
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6 people found this review helpful

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge is the standard by which all sanctuaries should be measured. Gary & Carol have dedicated their lives to the care of these beautiful creatures. They work tirelessly to ensure they have the best food, vet care, environment and enrichment the cats need to thrive. And these cats do thrive. I consider any animal that finds their way to PrideRock very blessed. And in turn, I feel very blessed to be a lifelong supporter of PRWR.

 
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15 people found this review helpful

I have been a supporter of PrideRock Wildlife Refuge for over ten years. I can, without a doubt, say that all donations go directly to the care of these beautiful creatures. Gary & Carol have and continue to provide a safe, beautiful and loving home for all the inhabitants. Over the years, they have continued to make improvements in the sanctuary by building more & bigger enclosures, providing enrichment, and ensuring they provide the appropriate nutrition and veterinary care. Not only are Gary & Carol wonderful caregivers for PrideRock, they also do whatever they are able to help other creatures in need. PrideRock Wildlife Refuge is truly a labor of love.

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

knowing that there is a safe place for these beautiful abandoned creatures. It has given me so much joy to be a part of this wonderful sanctuary and given me back faith in this world where so often it seems people don't care.

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

I can't think of any at this time.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing how happy and healthy the animals are.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, caring & devoted.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide a home to more animals and provide the current inhabitants even larger enclosures.

Ways to make it better...

the weather would have been cooler :)

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

People are wary of non-profits due to the misuse of funds by some organizations. Also, people generally have less money to donate at this time.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The creatures that are fortunate enough to find their way to PrideRock will have a forever, loving home.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

PrideRock wildlife refuge performs a very needed service for the animal kingdom, especially large cats. PrideRock is truly a labor of love especially for its' owners and caretakers. PrideRock is not open to the public which affords the animal residents a much more relaxed atmosphere and contributes greatly to their quality of life. Once an animal comes to PrideRock it has a forever home with loving care. It is a privilege to be associated with PrideRock.

 
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6 people found this review helpful

I am honored to be a Board member of PrideRock Wildlife Sanctuary. Long before I became involved, Gary and Carol Holliman had already dedicated their lives to the rescue and care of these magnificent large cats and other guests of PrideRock. The care and love that each of these cats experience is the result of the dedication and love of Carol and Gary. When you see the cats of PrideRock the content and wellbeing of each guest is evident. Everyone who donates to PrideRock will have a feeling of satisfaction knowing that every dollar is used to ensure the best possible life for these cats.
Peter Esposito

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer at PrideRock since August of 2014 and it has been an amazing experience and I love the animals and people of PrideRock a great deal. I have learned a lot about the care of exotics and in turn educate the public as to why they are not pets and should not be. I also help with the newsletter, emails, fundraising and cleaning enclosures on site at the sanctuary. Working with animals is my passion and being able to volunteer my time for their well-being is incredibly rewarding. It is hard work and cleaning enclosures is some of the dirtiest work but it's one of my favorite things to do! Serving big cats and all the animals at PrideRock is a privileged and a pleasure!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered with PrideRock for about a year now. This is my first experience with big cats. What strikes me every time I am there with the cats, is the peace and serenity that the cats experience everyday. We are closed to the public and that is such a blessing for the cats. These guys are territorial and it is stressful for them when strangers come into their territory. At PrideRock, the cats don't worry about that. It would be so much easier to open the sanctuary to the public and charge for tours because that would make it so much easier to pay the bills. But we know that is not what is best for the cats.

 
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