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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

174 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jennifer564

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Jennifer Van Tassel and my husband and I visited the Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE Texas) on 10 July 2016. I am an active duty soldier with several medical conditions. From the very start, the staff was warm, caring and accommodating. Their intern Andrew was friendly and very knowledgeable, not just about each of the cats, but about the cats as individuals. He answered all questions clearly and concisely, and made the tour very enjoyable! I've planned this visit for a long time and Heidi Krahn and her staff exceeded all expectations. You can totally tell the love that is given to each of the animals that call CARE home. This was one of the best experiences I have had and I highly recommend visiting!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not only do the staff and volunteers at CARE go above and beyond in their dedication to care and health of the animals in their care; they also are an outstanding example of a refuge providing education and advocacy for everything related to the safe and healthy care of big cats, llamas, lemurs, coatis, etc. It is so well shared that I can use it as a reference tool for educating my preschoolers on what animal sanctuaries are, as well as conservation and advocacy. Love CARE!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've never actually been here but I watch BigCatDerek, and I've grown so incredibly attached to the animals there. They do so much at Care for the animals who call it home, and you can see how much effort and love is put into taking care of all the cats. I just hope that more people can see how beautiful and great this place really is and how important it is to donate and help them however we can.

Kim_215

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Everything I have read and seen on this Center for Animal Research and Education is amazing. They love their animals, they know their animals, and they take very good care of them. I have not seen very many Research centers that do as much good as C.A.R.E does.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a newer Pride member it didn't take long for me to see how much this organization embodies the deepest dedication and compassion to each other and to the animals in their CARE. Thanks to the witty, intimate and respectful clips , videos and Vines, I'm addicted to these daily treats, a true fan and financial supporter of this wonderful organization. 10 Stars!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following CARE for almost 2 years on many social media outlets. I have donated to their wonderful organization. They do so many great things and I feel they use their money very very wise. That can be hard to find anymore sadface. I have a dream of visiting them one day. If I lived closer I would visit and volunteer. If you can take a look at them on social media or their webpage and give them even just a little bit that would be wonderful OR go visit them for me happyface that would be so awesome too.

3 Shannon117

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following this organization for years now,due to life events I have not had a chance to go there for there lovely tours or festivals but I have shown videos to my family and friends and my husband and I are definitely going to be visiting there in the next few years. We are major animal lovers and we love everything they do and the sacrifices they make to give these big cats the best life possible! I admire all the hard work they put into the passion they have for these cats and try and get involved as much as I can. Beautiful souls with a beautiful cause. Thank you C.A.R.E for being the facility these cats need and call home, you go above and beyond and I wish their were more people in the world like you.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I absolutely love everything they have done for the animals at care. All of the staff & volunteers are truly dedicated to making sure that all the animals needs are met and they are happy & healthy. They go above and beyond as an organization and it truly shows. Any time I have the opportunity to donate, this is definitely the organization I'll always contribute to. They take great pride in everything they do and that's an organization I'm proud of.

5 Saskia S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I hope evertone will understand my review. I life in the Netherlands so typing in English is a bit hard. (sorry for the mistakes)
I always loved tigers, and always am looking for nice picture's and video's of these awesome animals.
i think it's 2 years, maybe more that i saw a vine of Derek and it got me interested in the tigers at CARE.
The vines and video's and picture's are great, but to see how they love and care for these animals is so great. All the cats are "home". And everyone needs a home. Heidi gave them a home and if you see her with the cats, words are not necessary. The cats love her.
To see the joy and the heartache. I also cried like a little baby when a lion cub died. (Jelani, golden boy) How to feel such love for animals at the other side of the world and maybe never get to see them (i hope i will)
That is what Derek is doing, connecting people with the same love (pride) and teaching about wild animals and let us get to know the animals.
With everybody's love and donations they are building new enclosures for the little boys, all donations are welcome, for medical bills (not cheap) the new encolsures and everything the animals need to live a happy life.
I will stay and follow al of the social media things, i love it.
Just watch the vines and youtube "walk around the compound" you will see for yourself.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The people who serve the animals at the Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE) are some of the most hard-working and kind-hearted people you'll find anywhere. It's a rare thing indeed to find anyone who is so devoted to the backbreaking work of loving and humane care of big cats (and, at current count, numerous lemurs, two llamas, and a coati). It's also easy to see that services, items, and money donated to this facility all go into keeping the high standard of care for all the residents.

On a personal note, my family and I (me, my spouse, and our two teenagers) made the 5 hour trip to visit CARE. To meet all these amazing animals (and some terrific staff!) in a safe and suitable environment. learning more about them and their lives, was an experience we will *always* remember... and one we hope to repeat later this year! I hope CARE's efforts towards animal rescue and conservation become even more recognized.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organisation, have not had the chance to visit yet (other side of the world) but look forward to meeting the cats when I eventually make it there!

3 Christina I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nothing makes me happier than logging on to my computer/smart phone and seeing the friendly CARE workers working hard towards giving these wonderful animals everything they need to keep them safe and happy. I've been a follower of CARE for a while now, mainly through the BigCatDerek youtube channel, and seeing how well the cats are cared for in an entertaining manner is genius. I've fallen in love with the cats and the CARE family, and I would love nothing more than to be able to give more to the facility than a 'like' here or a 'comment' there. So if anyone is thinking about putting money and an extra bit of love into a worthy organisation then CARE is definitely that place. The quirky and entertaining videos have created it's own pride of thousands of people and the fact that having this spotlight is being used to spread messages of positivity and animal awareness is truly wonderful.

3 Bridget19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Big Cat Derek on You Tube for a year now and it always brings a smile to my face, especially seeing how much care and compassion the center gives to each of their precious animals. You can tell the animals love being at CARE just the way they brush up against their cage, purr, squeak or snuffle!!! Each one of them has their own personality which Derek always brings to light in his videos! Derek also gets video clips of the interns interacting with the animals and they are always so kind and friendly to them. Heidi has also been on video and the animals just love her very much....she has so much love for them as well!!! I have never visited this facility personally, but I hope to one day !!!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow Big Cat Derek and CARE on Twitter and am amazed at the dedication shown by Heidi and Derek along with the Interns and volunteers. They manage so much with so little. The close relationship they have with the animals without stifling their instinctive behaviour is inspiring. The care, compassion and respect shown to the older cats as they come to the end of their lives demonstrates the genuine love they have for the residents of the facility. If you are reading this while trying to decide who to make a donation to please choose CARE. They will put every penny to good use to make the lives of the beautiful big cats better.

2 Lina A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! Their people truly cares for their animals.

1 Ngarei G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If only there were more nonprofit organisations like this one! To see the amount of commitment, time and compassion CARE puts into its animals is nothing less than amazing.

1 Brianna16

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a full supporter of CARE and what they do, Although I live a few states away Ive watched from afar, and fell in love with the animals that they have provided homes for, this rescue center deserve so much.

The people at CARE are up front and honest about every desicion theve made, they do things as legaly, safely, and as caring as possible. They truly care for not just their animals, but all animals, and thats how a rescue center should be.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for Animal Research and Education or CARE is an organization that not only changes the lives of the animals that call it home... It changes the lives of the people who encounter it.
I started out as just a supporter over the Internet about 3 years ago, then I started volunteering in October 2015.
My life is changed. My morals, my plans, my goals, who I am; is changed.
I truly believe that CARE changed my life, I truly believe that the lives of the people and animals in the organization saved me. Not from dying or suicide.
I was saved from simply existing in my simple world. CARE has given me the opportunity to LIVE... Really live, while affecting the lives of others - even if it's in a small way.
The animals that I've come to know at CARE have taught me so much about life and about myself. The people who built CARE into what it is today inspire me to work hard, to persevere, to allow myself to feel, to educate myself and other people, and to always give what I can.

I know I'm rambling, but that's okay. You can't convey the blessing that is CARE with just words...

You can't just read about CARE to even begin to understand what an amazing organization it is. You have to expirience it.

Come out for a tour. (Tour info is at carerescuetexas.com)

Come expirience The Center for Animal Research and Education.
Come expirience what it means to CARE. ❤️

1 Elizabeth205

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited CARE back in October, and seeing how content, happy, and well-cared for these animals were was just amazing. It is so obvious that everyone that works with this facility is truly passionate about these animals, and loves them very much.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donated a small amount to an Indigogo campaign for new enclosures. The campaign turned out to be a success and the baby tiger and lions will be getting specialized enclosures. The reason I donated is I trust the Center for animal research and education to continue its stellar care of large cats and rescue animals.