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Center for Animal Research and Education Inc

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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

186 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Mary Elizabeth C.

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Visited CARE in July. It was an awesome, informative, extremely friendly environment. Can’t wait to visit again! The animals were so happy!

Donor

Rating: 5

They give the big cats the absolute best life possible!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

2 Nicolina S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Marlene M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Helene Sunny J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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 :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These animals have a wonderful home at this amazing facility!

1 Abby18

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered there a while ago, and absolutely loved it!! They are an amazing organization that is devoted to educating people on these big cats, and other animals that call CARE home. They are all dedicated to providing excellent care of each individual that calls CARE home! I cannot wait to volunteer again as soon as I can devote more time to it!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.