PrideRock Wildlife Refuge

Rating: 4.74 stars   34 reviews 1,958

Issues: Animals

Location: 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
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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https://www.priderock.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Hello
My name is Tasha VanAusdall and I am writing this review so it can get the recognition that it deserves.
I have know Gary and Carol for 8 years and have volunteered with the big cats.

I have personally seen Gary and Carol sacrifice their own lives for the sake of abused, neglected and abandoned cats. These are not just pets but become family. my volunteer work with them has made a huge impact on my life and has been rewarding. It is therapeutic. Its not everyday that you can get tiger kisses and chuffs when they greet you. You leave with a sense of accomplishment.

The work that is done at PrideRock is challenging but yet rewarding.

Please consider this organization

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This organization is one of the best for the animals that it takes in and gives a forever home to be happy and well taken care of. If it weren't for these incredible people, so many of our creatures would not be alive today. I thoroughly enjoy visiting with them on a daily basis.

They need the financial assistance to continue their great work. I look forward to seeing them everyday and it would be a tragedy for all concerned if they could not continue this fine work.

Thank you for allowing me to review this wonderful organization and believe me when I say that many others would also like to see this venue continue its great work.

Thank you,

Jeanne L Zimmerman

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I have volunteered at PrideRock Wildlife Refuge for almost two years and all I can say is this place is my home away from home. The owners, staff and most importantly the residents (the cats) are all a total joy. PrideRock is a very special and loving place for all of those that are in need of rescue and finding permanent living, a forever home. I do the photo's for the FB page and find so much joy in doing this to share the cats beauty and maintain a closed to the public facility. Closed to the public is sooo beneficial to the cats. Their beauty is to be shared and the public gains knowledge of how these big cats can be exploited and basically tossed away when they no longer make money in the entertainment industry or individuals can no longer care for their Big fluffy pet. That's why PrideRock is here, they provide a place, a life and safety for all of those in need of rescue. I hope to Volunteer for PrideRock for many, many years to come. It's absolutely a little piece of heaven. I LOVE THOSE BIG CATS!

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I have been a volunteer for several months at PrideRock and all I can say is this is the most incredible refuge for all the residents. It is a quite location set back in tree filled beauty. All the residents are happy, very well cared for and very much loved. I look forward every week to make my drive out to PrideRock, I only wish I'd started volunteering here years ago, these cats mean the world to me, it's an honor to be at PrideRock. Gary and Carol have truly put their heart and soul into creating a little piece of heaven for the lives of all the Lions, Tigers, Cougars, it's a forever home filled with love and care.

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

Make sure there is greater awareness about PrideRock's mission. Excellence in rescue and refuge.

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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Pride Rock has done an exceptional job with the rescue animals they have adopted. They are kind enough to share the pictures of the beautiful cats and the adorable wolves they have given a safe and loving home. I have seen the love they have for all of the animals there through the laughter and tears of the posts made and hopefully one day soon I will be able to go do my part to volunteer with these exceptional animals and their extraordinary caregivers. They open their hearts to those others have cast away on a daily basis.

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I follow on Facebook faithfully. I am an animal lover who expects great things and hold sanctuaries to very high standards. Really got interested as I would see them try, and suceed, in raising funds for various cats health issues. They are tireless and so committed to providing needed medical care and compassionate everyday care. No little day to day need is too trivial when it comes to food, cleanup, medical care. The time spent providing mental and physical stimulation is so gratifying. Wonderful caregivers! They take such pains to provide my Leo, love him dearly, with such constant care. They deserve so much more than they receive to keep things going.. Anything they could receive is so well deserved. I am asking you to please give the sanctuary every consideration. Thank you in advance. Joanne Wickham

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I have been volunteering at Pride Rock for a long time and truely enjoy the time I spend out there with the cats.

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I have been volunteering at PrideRock for the last 8 years and it is something that I truly enjoy. I love seeing the cats and working around them. I also enjoy spending time with the staff and the owners, Carol and Gary.

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?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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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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I have served on the Board for Priderock Wildlife Refuge for over 4 years. This pristine sanctuary for these big cats is an amazing facility. It is beautiful, perfectly landscaped and maintained, spotless freezers and refrigerators for the animal's food and a place that any animal would find happiness. I guess that most of all, I love the fact that Carol and Gary Holliman have devoted their lives to creating a forever habitat for these animals that might not be with us except for the Holliman's. I live about a mile away as the crow flies and I love the peaceful sound of the lions roaring in the still of the evening. They could be enjoying their beautiful grassy play areas, their spotlessly clean cages or even a splash in their own special swimming pools. I am honored to be associated with Priderock Wildlife Refuge.

Tricia Smith

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I live about a mile from the Priderock Wildlife Refuge. I love the sounds of the lions and tigers eating about 7:00 each night. The roar of the animals crosses my lake and pierces the quiet of the night with magical sounds. Priderock performs a service that is unbelievable! The owners, Gary and Carol Holliman display a committment to the care and love of these abandoned and abused animals and have dedicated their lives to the Wildlife Refuge. The 11 acre facility is pristine and the animals enjoy pools to splash around in and the best of food. This wonderful facility deserves every dollar that is donated to them! Tricia Smith

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

the number of animals that Priderock has taken in. With unselfish dedication to each and every animal, the owners of Priderock display their committement to the animals every single day.

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

I've enjoyed seeing the animals, being around the animals and watching the refuge evolve.

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

Every member of the staff and the volunteers that I've met have been exceptional in their committments. They work so hard and they never complain.

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

save every wild animal that suffers in our society. Animals who were taken as pets but then abused. There is no one to care and love for the animals and Priderock does a fantastic job.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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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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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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I have been volunteering my communications services at PrideRock since June 2014. During that time I have had a chance to visit the facility and meet the PrideRock team. The animals are wonderful and it is so awesome to watch them interact - almost like humans - with the staff. Carol and Gary are terrific folks for doing what they do to care for these gorgeous, amazing creatures. It really is difficult to imagine the conditions many of these animals would be living in had they not found their way to PrideRock Wildlife Refuge.

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