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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

Geographic areas served: Bridgeport

Programs: Lacy's Hope, Internships, Adoption and Sponsorship, Educational Tours, Husbandry and Veterinary Professional Development, Research

Community Stories

161 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!