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Center for Animal Research and Education Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: 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.

Results: 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.

Target demographics: Exotic Animals in Need

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50+ animals

Geographic areas served: Bridgeport

Programs: Internships, Adoption and Sponsorship, Educational Tours, Husbandry and Veterinary Professional Development, Research, and Animal Care.

Community Stories

207 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Haifa Dakhail

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a follower and a donor only, but they sure make us (followers) feel like a member of their wonderful family. Kindly showing us every moment of the animals' life on the social media and explaining every matter, Sharing with us all the details they decide to do to the rescued animals' health and well being, and even taking our advices seriously :)

1 Amy Christoph Weirs S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic facility, we have been supporters of this facility for the past several years. Wonderful people doing wonderful work caring for these big cats and other animals. Teaching people about the species while also giving them a loving forever home

1 Mary Elizabeth C.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE) is an outstanding facility which provides permanent homes to big cats rescued from zoos, owners, and other facilities who can no longer take care of them. At CARE these cats thrive and live long and happy lives. I am continually impressed by the amount of attention and love each individual cat is given so that their every need: medical, social, emotional, physical is promptly addressed. This is done almost entirely by loving volunteers and interns. CARE is one nonprofit I donate to regularly because I believe in their mission and can see how they accomplish their goals of providing the best home possible for the animals put in their care.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been following CARE for several years now and am constantly impressed by the way each animal is treated as an individual with special attention to their personality and needs. No action that involves the animals is taken without research and preparation. All the animals are so well cared for that they live very full and long lives. It is especially a great pleasure to follow their progress when they arrive as babies and watch them grow into happy adults. I cannot recommend the staff and volunteers at the Center for Animal Research and Education enough for their professional and loving treatment of the animals under their charge.

kroegerfamily4

Donor

Rating: 5

I love C.A.R.E. and if you go visit the sanctuary....I'm sure you will love C.A.R.E. too. My favorite part is the sights, sounds and smells. When you see the C.A.R.E. enclosures, they are so open, so spacious and so clean with special items for their entertainment and each animal shows you just how much they love living at C.A.R.E. When the smell of C.A.R.E. gets in your nose, you just breathe it in and soak it up and gets into your soul...you never forget it. When you hear the animals talk, their purrs, squeaks, chuffs, snuffles, moos, roars, and mews puts a smile on your face and you just want more. The people, staff and volunteers are pretty amazing too. I live in Alabama and when I visit I always feel at home. I love being a part the C.A.R.E. family.

1 Jan Czarina Domingo O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having the chance to volunteer at such a wonderful place is such a great experience. I initially found CARE through BigCatDerek's Youtube channel. Once I found out it was close enough, I just had to volunteer after two visits, the first toured by an amazing intern and the second by Derek himself at their Fall Festival. The people I've worked with at CARE are all extraordinary and hearing about how long they've been with the cats is astonishing. The kitties are so well taken care of and are so happy to be where they're at. I couldn't think of a better place for them to live the rest of their lives in their forever home known as CARE.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and i have been comming here for about 8 years. We have been to several other facilities and this is the best. Have met allot of great people and the animals are awesome.

1 Kyle B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great facility! I love to take my family there, this place is educational and fun!

1 Cameron D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to discover this incredible facility thru my fiance who happened to intern and volunteer here. CARE is a wonderful nonprofit who emphasizes and prioritizes the safety and well being of their furry 4 legged (and 3 legged) residents! Just by coming to CARE for a weekend tour, you will not only learn about each of the unique species that call CARE their furever home, you will realize how each resident has their own special personality! 11/10 would recommend!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter Nicolina interned at CARE in 2018 and continues to volunteer. I had the opportunity to enjoy this unique experience when I visited and toured CARE in January 2019. There are no words to describe the beauty of these magnificent animals. They are cared for with such love and respect. I cannot wait to go for another visit!

1 AnitaCastillo

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Care through Big Cat Derek and it was clear from the beginning I wanted to be involved. From the day I came out to Care I saw the amount of time, love and dedication all staff and volunteers sacrificed for these amazing animals. I’m so glad I chose to be a part of this organization and can confidently say it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. The animals who live there are extremely well cared for and the abundance of love they receive daily makes me proud! I suggest all my family and friends take a weekend to go up and meet the cats it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.

1 zudnic1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CARE has been pretty much a life save for me. I got started back in 2007 from hearing a radio ad and followed the given website. Once I had taken the initial tour of the facility, I was hooked and have been going back ever since. I came for the cats, but stayed for the people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Shawn Barr and began to volunteer at C.A.R.E in 2007. I try to get out there as many weekends as I can. Since I have started volunteering, I have learned and gained more knowlege about This facility and the animal in there of, than just simply watching about them on t.v. If there was one wish I could be granted, is for C.A.R.E to have more time and materials, to house more abondoned, abused and injured big cats. Maybe even smaller ones, Like Cervals, Lynx and bobcats. I guess in my own opinion, C.A.R.E is simply the best place for a big cat to live its life to the fullest, next to being out in the wild.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CARE is an amazing place. Every time I go, it's a joy to be be around the animals, helping them live a better life and caring for their needs no matter how great.

1 Mallory_Pfeifer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering on and off at this facility since I was 18, and without a doubt it is the best place in the entire world. There is truly nothing like CARE and the CARE family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for Animal Research and Education is like no other big cat sanctuary. A staff and board that care so strongly and work so hard. An executive director and curator that do anything and everything to provide the absolute best care they can to our cats and lemurs. CARE is just truly one-of-a-kind!

Jamie_R

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of this organization for 11 years and it has been such a remarkable experience. Not only do the animals have my heart unconditionally, but the mission and the people are truly amazing. I believe in the ethics of CARE so completely. I could not imagine dedicating my time, energy, and love to a more deserving place.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate and proud to have been involved with CARE for the last 6 years. What started out as a volunteer opportunity in a field I always wanted to be a part of, has turned into a critical part of my life. As, first and foremost, an animal lover and advocate, my main concern has always been the respectful care and welfare of animal in captivity. Through the years I have never once felt that the animals at CARE have received anything less than above-and-beyond emotional and physical care. I am honored to work with such dedicated and caring individuals who put the animals' welfare at the top of their priority list. Not only am I a part of this organization, I am a supporter of CARE's mission and work. My heart is full seeing the animals thrive and knowing that they are in the best hands possible.

2 Drew G.

Donor

Rating: 5

After finding BigCatDerek on YouTube and realizing I didn't live too far, I just had to visit. The moment I stepped out of my car, I knew there was something special about this place. All of the animals just radiate love and you can tell that the staff and volunteers take extremely good care of these animals. Now I sponsor one of the cats and have introduced several more people to the facility. We all love it and visit whenever we can.

1 MizzTV

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In 2017, I lost my 12 year old cat to oral cancer. I was devastated. I happened to discover CARE on Youtube via Derek "BigCatDerek" Krahn's videos. I've watched all the CARE people do so much for the animals as they have such a passion for them. I fell in love with all the animals at CARE & admire the people who devote their entire lives to the well being of all. And on top of it all, watching it all helped me heal from the loss of my cat.

2 Abby18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This facility has my heart for the way they treat their animals. CARE treats their staff and volunteers with care, love, and respect the same as with the animals in their charge. Safety for the animals, staff, and visitors are top of the line.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for a little over a year and have learned many things from the intelligent people who are a part of this organization. They give exemplary care to all the animals. Their pedagogy for educating the public on their animals is inspiring. I am proud to call myself a servant to their cause!

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3 Heidi B.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CARE is the most amazing place on earth. Not only do the world's most unique creatures live here but the most incredible volunteers, interns and donors dedicate their resources to make CARE the perfect sanctuary for all.

2 Julie Fair M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never been to CARE and yet I love all the kitties just the same. Donating so hot cats could get pools and when Ms Noey lost Wali... the stuffie sent I know made her feel a little better. #PrideStrong

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have now been a volunteer and donor for at least 6 years now. Every second spent volunteering, every penny spent for donations could not have been spent any better. This place is Heaven on earth. The care for each animal, the safety for both animals and humans are impeccable. Never could find a better place. Highly recommended for all