CARE is definitely more than meets the eye.
Besides being located in the beautiful, wide open spaces of the Texas countryside, CARE's purpose as a facility –providing for the welfare, health, and quality of life for the animals IN their care– is amazing. All those associated with it (Founders, Supervisors, Volunteers, Interns, Donors, etc.) are incredibly diligent in their work and some of the funnest people you'll meet :) The animals are happy, healthy, and loved. Who could ask for more?
Interning at CARE has been a soul-stirring and life changing experience; the compassion everyone has for the animals and their fellow person is awe inspiring. I can't express how grateful I am this facility exists and that I can be a part of that to improve the cat's lives every day :-)
Absolutely amazing place! Love everyone that you get to work with! The animals always come first at CARE and there is always something new that needs to be done to help improve the lives of those that call this plot of land home!
Animals that live at CARE get highly individualized, holistic care based on their needs and they absolutely thrive. The care given comes with an abundance of love and devotion from the human caregivers (heroes that go above and beyond every single day). An exotic animal in need could hardly find a better place to go.
My wife and I have been fans and volunteers at CARE for almost eight years. We love the facility, the staff and of course the animals
I would drive by weekly to just see these magnificent animals. I wanted to know more and see how these guys were cared for. I’ve been in Veterinary Medicine for 35 years and have a great love for all animals. I decided to volunteer. Wow! What amazing people. They truly care and know what they are doing. I’m so proud to be a part of the volunteer care team.
I take great pride being a volunteer at The Center of Animal Research and Education. The devotion and love they have for the animals is phenomenal. It definitely shows with how relaxed all the animals are.
The staff are passionate, helpful, and knowledgeable when it comes to educating new interns, volunteers, and the public. With careful consideration of current events, they've still been able to share with the world their love for the animals on social media.
Even with public tours on pause, the CAREtakers have made sure the animals have enriching days. Like for William the cougar, he loves his pool and fuzzy round stuffies, target training for many of the cats to help them for possible treatments they may need in the future, or enriching the lemurs lives in entertaining ways for both the lemurs and CAREtakers.
CARE truly is a magical place for both the animals and humans.
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.
I first started donating to CARE on Patreon a few years ago, I have followed CARE since 2013 when Derek became popular on Vine, and although I've never been able to visit CARE I still feel apart of the pride, they have live events like fall festival last year, they have a Q&A section every week on Patreon, Derek does Walk Around the Compounds on YouTube twice a week and he has a Patreon also where he does Fancy casts., they also give away exclusive items such as paw paintings during their fundraising events. They're always making their sanctuary better, they're constantly upgrading their animals living conditions to make them feel as comfortable as possible. They truly make you feel like you're part of their non profit organization through all that they do, they're by far the best sanctuary retirement home for big cats.
CARE is truly a magical place where many different types of people come together to care for the animals that call it home. The exotic animals that are housed at care get top notch care from everyone that runs the organization down to the volunteers. When you volunteer here you are family. Many of the animals would not have had a good future if a future at all.
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.
CARE is an incredible facility that cares for it's animals like no other! Grateful to be a part of this nonprofit :) not only that, but my experience as an intern this far has been the most rewarding experience of my life. I'll be sad when I have to leave, but I'm glad knowing that everything I learn here will help me in everything I do from now on!
This is my favorite place!! It is my home away from home!! These amazing animals are loved by some of the most amazing people I have ever met! I’m so grateful that I was given the opportunity to experience this magical place. CARE is a wonderful nonprofit and I encourage everyone to visit!
I interned at CARE last summer and since then I have gone back several times to volunteer. CARE is an amazing facility thats provides the BEST care for the animals that live there! You will not find a more dedicated group than the staff and volunteers of CARE!
Here at CARE you can tell that everybody truly cares for the well being of each and every animal. They are always going the extra step and doing everything they can to make sure that the animals are comfortable and living their best lives! This is a wonderful non-profit!
This year has been challenging but I know how hard working those who are able to be there especially those who are there full time can be. They always put the well-being of the animals first. The wonderful forever home they make for the animals makes it an excellent sanctuary.
CARE still continues to provide wonderful content through their YouTube and Patreon so all can have a view and have some insight to what all happens there. I can not emphasize enough how much hard work they put in to keep up with their daily tasks, keep the animals happy and healthy, and still have their social media up to date.
I have been a fan and supporter of the Center for Animal Research and Education for years, and have been able to visit and tour the facility twice. I am so impressed with how much the staff truly cares about the animals and their welfare.
I've been following CARE for as long as I can remember and I adore everything about them. The kindness and love they show for the animals under their care, the level of education they share with the public and the excellent quality of life the animals have under CARE is absolutely phenomenal. I honestly can't say enough good things about them.
CARE is an amazing organization, they have a wonderful facility, and it's clear that everyone who works and volunteers there truly loves the animals. The Youtube videos are a great outreach, and my family and I have really enjoyed watching the tiger cubs' progress this past year! We had the opportunity to visit CARE in January, and it was awesome actually being able to be there in person! We had a great time and learned a lot on the tour!
I view and research several big cat sanctuaries around the world but C.A.R.E. is in a class of its own. They love the animals and care for them above and beyond what is required. You can tell by the way the cats respond to the caregivers. I can't wait to visit and volunteer here!! Look up big cat Derek on youtube. You won't regret it.
They take care of their animal's really well. They treat their animal's like they are family. It is a great place to visit if you love big cats.
I discovered CARE a couple of years ago on You Tube. I was instantly enthralled with the animals in their facility. It is obvious that the animals are the PRIORITY, their health, safety, diet, comfort, everything! What a wonderful, loving forever home for these majestic creatures.
I have been watching Derek and the Care Center on every platform that is available at least for the last 5 years. What we viewers see are responsible and immensely hard working care givers for exotic animals. They are a voice for these animals that didn't choose to be purchased as a pet or otherwise. They not only entertain with videos, but they educate as to why these beautiful creatures are not pets. There is a reason the animals in their care often live past projected life times for captive and wild animals alike. The people at care are heroes that deserve recognition and praise. I will continue to give anything I can and tell my friends to do the same.
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 :)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a great facility! I love to take my family there, this place is educational and fun!
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!!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
These people are so passionate and kind when it comes to all their animals and it absolutely shows in the work they do! I’m so happy to have found them and have learned so much about all these big kitties since I began following.
Visited CARE in July. It was an awesome, informative, extremely friendly environment. Can’t wait to visit again! The animals were so happy!
I have followed CARE for years on social media and YouTube--I visited them last summer on a chance trip to Texas, and I'll never forget it. Their devotion to giving their animals the best life possible is clear to see, as is their dedication to educating others. The facility is cleverly constructed, and each enclosure is perfectly tailored to its resident. The waterfall in Boomer and Slade's enclosure is a personal favorite, along with the massive pylon climbing/resting structures in many tiger and lion enclosures that allow them to sit up high and observe their domain. Hearing a lion roar, for the first time in my life, was an incredible experience that I won't ever forget. I'm so thankful a place like this exists, and so happy for the many beautiful creatures that have called CARE home.
This place is the bees knees (or should I say the cats knees) the cats are not only the snuffliest and down right cutest in the whole entire world, but the love, kindness and devotion that the people at CARE show every day melts my heart. I am an avid subscriber and fan of the BigCatDerek content which highlights some of the amazing work they do at CARE... so anyone who likes cute kitties/snuffles/meows of any size has to check this out!
I can’t say enough good things about CARE. A wonderful group of people that truly care for and love the animals they rescue. We had the chance to visit and stay in their Safari suite and got to see first hand how they care for their animals . All their animals live in spacious comfortable clean enclosures and are spoiled rotten. What a great place!
This is one of the best nonprofits I have ever worked at. They really love their animals! Tours are a great way to see the animals and learn all about them!
They really care about what they are doing and they focus on what is best for the animals. They are a great group of people do amazing things!
Amazing people and an amazing facility. These folks are 100% dedicated to these animals. And they are by far one of the most transparent organizations out there. No secrets, nothing shady. They are completely devoted to the care and wellbeing of all their animals.
The Center for Animal Research and Education is one of the best big cat sanctuary. When I lived in Texas I would go there all the time and help anyway I could. The executive director and curator work tirelessly to do anything and everything to provide the absolute best care they can for the cats, lemurs and domestic animals. CARE is just truly one-of-a-kind!
I live in Norway and have seen tigers and lions in Zoos around Europe. I knew little about the animals before I started looking at CARE's/BigCatDerek's videos on YouTube.
WOW I have cried so much the last few weeks, I have laughed, listened to Derek, learned a lot about cats in all sizes (included new stuff about my own house cats)
I think CARE does amazing work. The cats and other animals in the facility looks like they are in good shape and sound mind
My only (?!!) wish now, is to travel to Texas to see this place :)
I've been following CARE through a virtual experience for less than a year now, but it didn't take me long to fall in love with the big cats. I can tell that the animals are very well taken care of. I sense the bond that they have with the people that are caring for them, and that they are truly loved. I always look forward to watching the videos and sharing that same bond with them. I hope to someday visit the sanctuary in person, and meet all of my favourite cats and the people there who are responsible for such a great cause. CARE is a very special place and deserves to be recognized.
My hubby and I have been following CARE for years, a month ago my hubby's heart stopped at home and I had to do cpr. It stopped again at the hospital and so he required emergency surgery.
We realized we'd never been away from our children for 24 hours together since our oldest was born 11 years ago. When the doctor cleared my hubby to travel short distances I told him we were taking A mom and dad trip, just us. I told him we could go anywhere, he chose CARE.
When we arrived Heidi and her team made my husband feel like he was the most special person and when we took the tour they allowed us to donate toys to my hubby's favorite cat, Solano. The trip made his year. After all of the scary and stress, it was great to see him really smile and to feel like he was really special. I will remember this trip for the rest of my life.
I have been a part of the CARE family for over ten years now. Having lived all over the world and visiting many other places, CARE stands out in caring for all of their residents. Best proof is in the old ages of the cats, and people from all over returning for visits. What a blessing for animals and people alike.
After watching webcasts of the C.A.R.E. facility, you can see just how well cared for and loved these animals are. I hope to someday get the privilege of visiting.
CARE is such a wonderful place for these animals. It is unique and you can tell that the animals are very happy and healthy. I have never been on site, but plan to honeymoon at the Safari Suites as I have fallen in love with the animals just from the virtual experience. The whole CARE staff have their hearts and heads in the right place and have consistently proven that with their investments. The cats enclosures, care, and enrichment out reach that of many well funded zoos that I have visited. A big hand for these folks! They deserve the best!
These animals have a wonderful home at this amazing facility!
C.A.R.E has such a special place in my heart. Not only is it an amazing facility but the education is the real winner. With funny and down to earth social media behind them, they are unstoppable. I always feel fulfilled not only for the cats and animals but all the humans who benefit from this amazing organization.
I had the amazing opportunity to visit CARE during their Fall Fest 2016. I have followed them on social media for a few years now and their dedication to the animals is absolutely outstanding. The facility is clean, they take great care to give the cats enrichment activities and toys, they obviously love what they do. The animals are very obviously well taken care of and happy, they all have bright eyes and big personalities. The photo attached here is from Fall Fest where I was lucky enough to get to feed Selena the tiger a chicken drumstick (with tongs of course) through her enclosure fence. Definitely the experience of a lifetime! I donate as often as I have the means.
I have visited CARE several times over the past few years. This truly is a sanctuary for the animals in their care. The animals are given as much room, enrichment activities, and attention as is possible. They are fed close to their natural manners (many zoos feed their big cats ground mush whereas CARE gives them real animal parts like they would eat in the wild). They are treated with the respect they deserve; not as attractions. I'm proud to have CARE in our county!
The Center for Animal Research and Education (C.A.R.E.) is not just a non profit organization. C.A.R.E. is a sanctuary full of peace and love and comfort for the rescued animals. When you visit C.A.R.E., you will see how well the animals are treated and how much they are loved and cared for based on their personality, their appearance and the sound of happiness in their voice. Once you visit C.A.R.E. the staff and the animals become embedded into your heart and soul. You become a part of their family. C.A.R.E is not just cages and workers, this sanctuary is my home away from home.
The staff at C.A.R.E. go above and beyond to make sure each and every animal at C.A.R.E. is healthy, happy, loved and FREE. Yes, I said free because the environment that most of these animals were rescued from made it possible for them to call C.A.R.E. their forever home. The staff also takes great care of all the visiting humans too. I love C.A.R.E. and if you go visit...you will fall in love too.
I LOVE CARE! They are my favorite charity and I always give when I can! The staff there is exceptional and dedicate their lives to their animals. They are truly an amazing organization!
Absolutely love Care! They are amazing and take amazing care of their animals! I have personally donated to them multiples times and will continue to support them for many years to come!
My wife Diane and I stayed two weeks ago and we are both still talking to each other and others about our time. What an absolutely amazing getaway and so close to home. The tours with the animals was great but I think the best part was that we were treated more like family than guest. It was almost tough saying goodbye on Sunday. Our room was beautiful and comfortable. We will definitely be back for day visits and weekends, we have to keep up with all our new human and animal friends at C.A.R.E. love ya Heidi and Rachael, big
I have had the pleasure of visiting CARE and seeing the services they provide large cats and other exotic animals on a firsthand basis. Safety is emphasized and underscored - you are not visiting a petting zoo or touch tank. The volunteers and workers are all on the same page on what to do and how to do it and it shows in the animals faces and spaces they live in.
The people at C.A.R.E are by far the greatest people I have ever been so lucky to meet in my lifetime. If I could I would move so I could live close to them and be apart of their exordinary way -daily. I never felt more whole and complete in my life as the times I spent volunteering at The Center with the people and animals.
CARE is a most Precious place providing for such awesome exotic animals! The exotics are all so special as are all the exotics in the world! Thank you Lyddia, the most awesome Tigress I have ever met who stole my heart. Not understanding how I can bond with another, and then came Mwali! My best animal friend in the world that I would be honored to give my life up for him if it was necessary! Thank you Roscoe, Zeus, Spotty, Tawney, Levi, Noel, Dahlia, Milo, Araali, Jelani, Zuberi, Boomer, Slade and all the others for giving me and the other humans at CARE so much love! Truly, God's Anointing embraces CARE!