Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Volunteering Oportunities

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Environment, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

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: big cats, north American bears, African spotted hyena, wolf hybrids

Geographic areas served: Terrell, TX

Programs: promote 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 the rest of their lives after being abused, neglected or displaced by previous owners or breeders.

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love PrideRock Wildlife Refuge. They took me in and allowed me to interview them and film the animals for my YouTube show. Corey and Robyn were so gracious. Everyone on staff at PrideRock is informed, compassionate and committed. The animals they care for would have never had a chance without this amazing facility. The programs they offer for the community and for individuals are highly educational and accessible. I'm so fortunate to have found such a worthy place I can support. I will always support PrideRock!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent facility with super sweet people that REALLY care for the animals and their wellbeing. They are very careful with the donations and provide forever homes for these rescues.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5


Closed to the public, the PrideRock Wildlife Refuge provides a uniquely wonderful home for abused and rescued big cats, bears, and other animals in East Texas. Most of these animals are rescues from circuses and private owner seizures, lovingly brought back to optimum health by the owners and staff through long hours of hard work and dedication.

Immaculately clean enclosures with enrichment features surround the property, and you simply cannot imagine a more loving, competent, and attentive staff.

Large animals require a great deal of funding to provide for them properly.

Please, please consider donating to this worthwhile endeavor. I did. You will find that the owners and staff are wonderful stewards of your donation funds, using them wisely and efficiently. You just simply cannot find a facility more worthy of your funding than PrideRock Animal Rescue.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of being able to help at PrideRock and it is a memory I will always hold dear. The volunteers and workers that are there every day are committed to the health, love and well being of all of the animals at the sanctuary. I learned allot from being around the workers and Corey told us the stories for all of the residents there. The work they do is nothing short of a miracle. They have taken in these beautiful animals that have often been abused and neglected and shown them love and respect and given them a furrever home. While Leo will always hold a very special place in my heart I have become attached to all of the magnificent animals that reside there.

Previous Stories
3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It takes a very special kind of person to devote their lives to caring for those others are willing to throw away. Carol and her crew go above and beyond to provide for the magnificent creatures. They are not just a mission to them they are a life choice. Carol treats all of them like they are her children and insists the same from her helpers. I have a respect for the people there that words can not express. Bless Carol and everyone involved with this wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is awesome!! My mom has been volunteering there for over a year. I love to hear stories and one day I want to work at PrideRock.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first heard about PrideRock in 2016, and have followed them very closely since. I am amazed at how such a wonderful organization was in my midst and I had no clue! I have had the opportunity to meet the founders, the keepers, volunteers and interns from PrideRock. All have hearts as big as the state of Texas and nothing but love and respect for those they care for.

I am amazed by the number of people who still think that these incredible predators should be pets, and the things they do to them before throwing in the towel and leaving them incapable of self sufficiency in the wild but with a need for space and care that is not widely available.

Without PrideRock - where would their magnificent residents end up - this is not a pleasant thought.

Donor

Rating: 5

PrideRock is a wonderful organization that rescues big cats and 3 bears to live out their lives in a peaceful happy place. I have been a supporter and donor since 1998 when I first heard about them and I also help volunteer at some of the events to help raise awareness for the animals and to raise money for items needed for the continued betterment of their lives.
The volunteers and staff are wonderful caring people - so happy to support PrideRock!

Donor

Rating: 5

Pride Rock Wildlife Refuge provides a critical and much-needed sanctuary for all types of large cats, bears, wolves and even a hyena! They are community-minded, responsible and active. The life-long care they provide for these abused and neglected animals that cannot survive in the wild is essential. I am proud to support their efforts and applaud their dedication to this cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned at this facility a few years ago. They take amazing care of the animals, and the staff truly do love each and every animal. This facility is an amazing refuge for exotics (mainly cats), many of which have been mistreated or come from sad situations. They are dedicated to giving their animals the best lives possible, and are not open to the public, and do not breed-so the owners are clearly not out for any sort of profit or personal gain! Every penny counts, if you can, please give!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I went to PrideRock but it FAR exceeded any expectation I could have ever imagined. The animals are beautiful, the facility and grounds are spectacular and the staff is awesome. It is a totally peaceful, wonderful place and I was so honored to be able to visit. It is quite obvious how much the staff LOVES all of the animals and how being part of PrideRock is the center of their lives. I have the utmost respect for them and I'm so thankful they do all they do to give those beautiful animals such wonderful forever homes.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently attended a class at Pride Rock. I was so impressed with how well the grounds are taken care of. The owners, employees and volunteers work really hard to make the place look beautiful even though it's a closed to the public facility. You can tell the animals are well taken care of as well. They are all so very happy and relaxed. They are in a very loving environment. I've visited other facilities and none of them are as beautiful and peaceful as Pride rock. Looking forward to the next class.

1 kathyjcarmody

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the honor to attend a class at Priderock.
I was amazed and in awe over the beautiful and peaceful surroundings.
The dedication, commitment and love that i observed is a true labor of love by Carol and Gary and Corey they pour their hearts & souls into this facility and it shows.
PRIDEROCK is a forever home sanctuary for exotic animals. They are strictly funded by donations, Please support them!
Bless the exotics animals and Gary & Carol, Corey, its truly a amazing place, filled with love & a true safe haven.
The animals are truly at peace and well cared for.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was hired by PrideRock Wildlife Refuge in May 2016. I loved big cats and knew I would love being around them but never imagined the impact they have on my life. I never thought I would see a white tiger taking a bubble bath or a black bear playing in a pool. The animals receive the best of care and are given many enrichment activities to stimulate their mind and body. Without Carol and Gary Holliman creating PrideRock more than 20 years ago, many of these animals, if not all, would have been euthanized. PrideRock is a great place to work, volunteer and intern with. Long live PrideRock.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge is one of the best sanctuaries I have seen. The grounds are clean and well-landscaped, the animals are well taken care of and the staff is dedicated and hard-working. PrideRock provides unwanted big cats and other wildlife with a forever home in a peaceful and quiet environment for the rest of their lives. The sanctuary began with one wolf and one large cat by a couple who found a need to rescue abused lions, tigers and cougars. Today, it is still a labor of love demanding much sacrifice and dedication.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Priderock is truly a sanctuary for animals that need to be rescued and given a forever home. Gary and Carol along with volunteers and staff make this a wonderful place for animals in need. Great place and truly a safe haven for animals.

1 Jody T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PrideRock serves such a special need and purpose. They provide a forever home to over two dozen lions, tigers and cougars as well as other animals in need. In many cases, had PrideRock not been available these animals would have would have met an untimely demise.

Carol and Gary have dedicated the better part of their lives making sure PrideRock provides a safe, loving home to all animals they take in. It takes very special people to fulfill the massive commitment these very special animals deserve and I wholly support their efforts.

Previous Stories
4

Donor

Rating: 5

PrideRock is an important refuge for big cats that need a permanent home. Carol's and Gary's commitment to these wonderful animals is unwavering and they are very fortunate to have found PrideRock as their home. It is hard to image a more worthwhile cause to support.

Read more
1

Donor

Rating: 5

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge is such a beautiful and peaceful facility. Carol, Gary and the wonderful caregivers and volunteers pour their heart and soul into the property and caring for the animals they rescue and protect – they are all wonderful guardians for these beautiful animals. They have given old, unwanted, abused, confiscated and retired large cats, bears, hyena, wolf-hybrids and dogs a loving and caring forever home where their every need is met. They are not open to the public and operate solely on funding through private donations. Please consider adding them to your philanthropic endeavors. PrideRock is a definite labor of love that can be felt from the moment you enter the property. Please support these folks and their wonderful efforts to give a forever home to some of our planet's most beautiful critters. They have my complete admiration and respect. 

Previous Stories
8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is truly the most amazing place! The folks here are such wonderful guardians for these beautiful animals. They have given old, unwanted, abused and retired large cats, wolves, wolf-hybrids and dogs a loving and caring forever home where their every need is met. They operate solely on funding through private donations. Please consider adding them to your philanthropic endeavors. They accept donations through PayPal on their website - Priderock.org, and also have a wish list of items needed which is located under the "How to Donate" tab on their homepage. They have my complete admiration and respect.

Read more
2 Becca J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered here from 2009-2010, I had to move away for awhile am now back and WOW! Every donation to these animals went to such great use. We always try to keep the animals happy. Gary and Carol really are just trying to give these gorgeous animals a better life, and believe me, they are.
(pictures below are of other places I volunteered, or personal pets. I do love animals, and Gary and Carol treat their beloved animals in the best way possible)

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great location with knowledgeable and caring staff.

3 Cindy97

Donor

Rating: 5

Gary and Carol Holliman have the biggest hearts to take in these beautiful creatures. The lions, tigers, cougars, bears, wolves and even the many dogs they have adopted that make up this refuge are loved and well taken care of.

Previous Stories
4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Carol, Gary and all the other workers and volunteers have made this facility and the animals they care for a wonderful place. There is so much love and dedication to their animals.