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PrideRock Wildlife Refuge

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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.

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96 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5


PrideRock Wildlife Refuge is 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. The animals in their care will never be rehomed. They will live out their days on this earth being loved and cared for by the amazing owners and caregivers. Then, after they have drawn their last breath, they will be lovingly (and with many tears) laid to rest on the property they called their forever home. 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.

Tom P.4

Board Member

Rating: 5

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge is an amazing place for wild animals in need. It is a secure location not open to the public and is perfect for wild animals in need. The love and care they receive daily is really something special. Any donation is appreciated and funds are well managed. . Gary and Carol started PrideRock 20 years ago and continue their compassionate commitment to their life-time residents. Just an awesome place where the animal always comes first!

Melissa N.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was FORTUNATE enough to find PrideRock when I expanded my search on VolunteerMatch, back in 2005 when I had plenty of time to spare. I volunteered my time to help clean, and gained SO much in return. Carol and Gary are amazing to have set up this sanctuary for big cats and wolves to live out their lives in peace and love. I was lucky to have some time to come back and volunteer for a day a few years ago and met Corey, their now full-time keeper. He's amazing with the residents. I'm so glad that I still get to follow their story on social media. All love, and I wish for them continued peace and success

Donor

Rating: 5

I have learned so much from PrideRock Wildlife Refuge. I follow their facebook page daily, and have come to know the animals they care for, their personalities and all of the special things that PrideRock does to make their lives as comfortable as possible. I feel like they are part of my family and they have really opened my eyes and heart to the protection of different animal species. And I have a crush on one of their cats...Kumal xoxoxox

Mickey N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love what they are doing for all the animals in their care. All the big animals that have been rescued or just taken in, are very well taken care of and always look very happy. I really enjoy being able to see all the wonderful pictures that they post. Love this place!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love all the big cats, hybrid wolves, bears and hyenas at PrideRock Wildlife Refuge! The staff and volunteers do an amazing job caring for these animals!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PrideRock is a wonderful facility for our furry friends. It makes my heart so happy to see the enrichment programs they have in place. These animals are loved & cared for and they seem happy. Bless this place for providing a safe home for these animals to live out their lives.

Kayla M.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started working with PrideRock Wildlife Refuge at the beginning of September and have never enjoyed a job so much. It's so obvious how much Carol, Gary, and Corey care about these animals and how passionate they are about giving them the best lives possible. They take their jobs very seriously and it shows with not only how clean and safe the refuge is, but how comfortable the animals seem to be. Those animals truly are living their best lives at PrideRock.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to meet Corey at the Terrell Jubilee and learn about this wonderful mission happening right in my hometown! I love the work PrideRock does and that their mission isn't to make money, but just to save and improve the lives of animals that had no choice about being born in captivity. Truly wonderful folks doing the Lords work

Donor

Rating: 5

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge is on a great mission to save and rehabilitate abused and neglected big cats, bears, wolves, etc.... Their facilities look well taken care of and you can really see the love and affection they have for the animals they take in.

Great Job!!!

Timothy Oshima
Honolulu, Hawaii

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pride rock is amazing. They work so hard to provide for animals born in captivity and educate the public about them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A Refuge with a true mission to keep the animals best interests in mind and serve their needs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic refuge for a variety of exotic wild life animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit came to my attention through a friend of mine and you can imagine my shock, as a dfw native, having never heard of it. The more information I sought about the refuge, the more impressed I was by their staff, sources, goals, and overall mission. They devote countless hours to create, maintain, and provide a home for a niche group of animals and they’re doing so out of pure love and care. It’s so obvious that this refuge is in it for the well-being of their residents and that’s what matter most!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PrideRock is a great place! They take amazing care of the animals. The employees LOVE their jobs and it shows! These precious, beautiful animals need all of the love, help and support they can get!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came across this wonderful site on Fb..I have enjoyed all the stories and pictures of the furbabies that you have so graciously helped and given forever homes..The dedication and love especially...I live in Indiana but distance shouldn't matter when it comes to supporting such a worthy cause!!! I will donate for sure as I am able!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had a heart for nonprofit work all of my life. Finding PrideRock and learning what they do to ease the plight of big cats born into captivity has been life changing for me. The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to provide a beautiful forever home for every creature on their land.

alwayschuffin1

Donor

Rating: 5

PrideRock is a true sanctuary. The residents are provided with kindness, appropriate nutrition, enrichment, and ensured a safe home for all of their lives. Every dollar donated goes directly to the care of the residents. Gary & Carol Holliman have dedicated their lives to the care of these animals. Cory Allison ensures only the very best care is provided and knows the animals, their personalities, and their needs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

PrideRock remains the one big cat rescue in which I have total confidence every dollar I donate, goes for the care of the animals. Gary & Carol Holliman continue to work at this labor of love - building more & bigger enclosures. They've invested in intern housing which allows more people to learn to care for and respect these wild & wonderful creatures. May God continue to bless all those involved in PrideRock Wildlife Refuge.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern at Pride Rock for the summer of 2017, and I LOVED it!!! The people there really care about the animals in their care and go out of their way to give them the best life possible. My experience there lead me to focus my major on conservation biology, and to make a life choice to stand up for all animals in need.

Debbie Johnson C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The owners of Pride Rock have always put the welfare and needs of their animals above their own. They are great people with huge hearts. You can feel confident that your donations absolutely go where they should. Wonderful sanctuary where animals are cared for and loved dearly.