Central Florida Animal Reserve

Rating: 5 stars   10 reviews

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Location: PO Box 184 Sharpes FL 32959 USA

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
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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?

A lot

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

In 13+ years, I have see the cats grow from babies to adults. I have been a part of rescue missions. I have seen the organization grow from a few inexperienced individuals to a group of experienced, knowledgeable professionals I can be proud to be a part of.

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

I would like to see us continue to grow and increase our staff, and their professionalism. It would be wonderful to see us increase our budget and stability to allow more rescues.

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?

2012

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

The only thing I see that would improve my volunteer experience, is to be a part of the continued growth of the organization.

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

Being a volunteer has given me the opportunity to work with big cats, that I could have only dreamed of working with. In doing this I also gained a confidence in myself.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

You frequently hear people mention what they were "meant to do". I have no doubt, this is what I was meant to do.

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