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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

175 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Charlotte41

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome place. Heidi and her staff do a great job caring for these beautiful animals. The grounds are so clean and the animals loom so happy.

1 Annie48

Donor

Rating: 5

An AMAZING facility to LEARN THE RIGHT WAY to CARE and for and value our beloved exotic animal friends! The people who operate and volunteer at CARE are always so polite, professional, and personable when you visit.
This is my ongoing vacation destination and primary non-profit organization to support, and it will remain so. I KNOW that my donations and time are well-spent to support these animals and the people who dedicate their lives to care for them in the most beautiful way.
THANK YOU for your CARE. See you soon!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'll put this as simply as I can without seeming gushy: The amazing people of CARE are true representatives of everything good in the world. (and that's not gushing!)
Aptly named, the folks at CARE are truly committed to the well-being of the animals who live on their premises and the humans who support them.
These people sincerely want what is best for all species: To nurture and to enrich through the best possible care and education they can provide.
This is a top-notch facility that I strive to visit at least twice per year, and fully support in any manner possible, and will continue to do so for the rest of my days.
BRAVO, CARE!
*pictured is Jamie Reed on our first tour at CARE in Spring, 2015.

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Mallory4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for Animal Research and Education is truly the greatest place in the world. These animals are loved and taken care of, and you can see it in their eyes how full their souls are. Not only are the animals spectacular, but the people are everything! They are my family, and there is truly no place like it!

Natalie82

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing place. The animals could not be in better hands. If you have the chance to go, dont pass it up. It is an experience of a lifetime!

Amy_309

Donor

Rating: 5

Everyday I see the wonderful work and love put forth by the staff at C.A.R.E. They are committed to giving all of the animals in their care the best life possible, and I happily donate whenever I am able so that they may continue to do so.

Frances19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the years that I have been involved with this organization so many things have impressed me. The care and love they give each animal, but at the same time giving the respect that these big cats demand. I have nothing but praise for the owners, interns and volunteers at CARE.

Lori184

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having the opportunity to observe these majestic animals in this superb facility was truly a privilege. Such an amazing organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

"Big Cat Derek" with the help of social media, brought this organization and it's mission to provide a safe haven for rescued big cats, to the attention of millions across America. "Pride Strong"

Michelle398

Client Served

Rating: 5

I visited CARE in the summer of 2016. I was extremely impressed by the amount of love and compassion the volunteers have for all of the animals. The compound and animals are well cared for and maintained. Although I didn't get to meet Heidi, I did meet Derek and he was wonderful, just like in his videos and vines. I've never been to a place like this before and can only hope everyone has the opportunity to visit!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found out about CARE through BigCatDerek's vines and videos on Youtube. It's so awesome to be able to see these big cats and see people interact with them in a safe way. CARE is doing great things for those cats and I think they're amazing!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazed at the love and care these beautiful animals receive at the at the hands of their care givers! In touch through social media, but looking forward to seeing them all in person someday!

Beth186

Donor

Rating: 5

I am truly amazed at the love and care these beautiful animals receive at the at the hands of their care givers! Looking forward to seeing them all in person someday!

Polly A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the love they have for all animals especially the older ones . They deserve the best there for all the work they do :)

Tonya27

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I look forward to being able to visit here one day. The love and compassion these people have for the animals is amazing.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was initially introduced to CARE, Care Jamie, and Big Cat Derek via Vine, an app that my teenage daughter talked me in to downloading. What started out as an enjoyment of animal Vines quickly developed into a love and devoted following of this organization, the people that dedicate so much of themselves to the care of these amazing animals, and of course, the animals themselves. I've always had a great love and respect for all animals, big cats in particular, and CARE kicked that great love up several notches and turned it into a great passion. I've had the opportunity to be both a sponsor and an adoptive parent to animals that reside at CARE and can't state enough what a rewarding experience that has been.

Because of CARE and the education that they provide to their followers, I have been personally inspired to be another voice for these animals and the challenges that they face. In fact, once I'm finished with my degree, I am hoping to volunteer at my local zoo and help big cats on a local level. Thank you CARE for awakening a passion in me that has remained dormant since childhood.

Rachel193

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After interning here for 4 months and then working full time for almost 9 I can absolutely say that this place is amazing. The respect for the employees, interns, volunteers, and visitors is incredible. It's obvious everyone apart of CARE works hard to make sure that the animals have the best home possible and it is apparent when you come for a visit.

Becca O.

Donor

Rating: 5

In 2013 I got a new phone update and had a Vine. I was looking for animal related posts when I stumbled across Big Cat Derek and his amazing facility. The last 3 years I have seen how loved, and well taken care of these animals are, Heidi and Derek don't just see the animal, they see an individual. Their over the top love and care for animals has lead to new enclosures being built for special need kitties. I've also witnessed the pain stakingly hard amount of work and effort gone into special diets when an animal is sick and how far Heidi and Derek go for one of their animals. This place is absolutely inspiring to how all sanctuaries should be run.

Cindy227

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You walk in and immediately feel at home. The way the crew interacts and speaks about the cats lets you know how loved every animal is. This place is amazing and you walk away appreciating the cats ten times more.

Andrea27

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to C. A. R. E. many times and my brother and sister in law even adopted Pawi for years. The love and devotion that the volunteers and C.A.R.E.takers all have for these lions, tigers, cougars, llamas, coati and raccoon monkey things (lemurs) is astounding. When they lose an animal due to disease or age it hits them as hard as losing a child, for the love they have for them is that of a parent and child. They know the personality of each and every animal there and take time with them to truly understand their hearts. The pictures are from BigCatDerek.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I have always been in love with large cats. When my brother in law found this place and raved about it we had to go. Seeing how much the people there care about the cats and the cats feel the same way, shows how much they have invested in them and truly care for them. They need all the help they can get for building bigger and better enclosures, repairs, food, and stimulus items for the cats. They care not only about their physical well being, but their mental as well. I do wish they were closer so I could go more often and volunteer, but it is also good they are where they are at because it gives them the ability to expand and not overwhelm the cats with sounds of the city.

Comments ( 1 )

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CARE Admin 01/19/2012

Thank you so much for the great review! You are absolutely right that we need to advertise more. I really like the idea about sending information to schools, we love being able to work with school age children since they are the ones that will continue our work and protect these animals when we are gone. We so appreciate your support!

Charlotte40

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Brilliant organisation that really cares for its animals!