CENTER FOR ANIMAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION INC

A safe, loving home for animals in need

aka CARE   |   Bridgeport, TX   |  www.carerescuetexas.com

Mission

Provide a safe, permanent, and loving home to big cats and other animals in need with a focus on excellence in physical and emotional care; education; and research that will improve living conditions for captive animal populations world-wide.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Heidi Krahn

Main address

245 County Road 3422

Bridgeport, TX 76426 USA

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EIN

03-0520301

NTEE code info

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Internship Program

CARE offers an intensive internship program for individuals who are interested in learning more about working with exotic animals. There are 2-4 intern positions per term, including a new administrative intern position, available. CARE provides housing for all accepted applicants for the entire 4 months.

Interns will gain practical experience in exotic animals husbandry and will be involved with our educational and research programs. Experiences at CARE will include feeding, cleaning, animal health, animal management, behavioral studies, chemical immobilization, record keeping, assisting in construction and habitat modification, public speaking, fundraising and related activities. Interns will also be involved with the volunteer and tour programs.

More information at https://www.carerescuetexas.com/what-we-do/internships.html

Population(s) Served
Adults

We value education and research that will positively impact the lives of animals around the world, whether they are in captivity or the wild. We partner with the largest research organizations and some of the most respected big cat experts in the country to search for causes and cures to common diseases and ailments and to gather a bank of information that will help us understand these animals better.

Our research methods are minimally invasive, meaning that they are observational, or we collect genetic material and data while animals are sedated for routine veterinary procedures, from shed whiskers, or post-mortem examination at the end of an animals' life. Sometimes the research is even fun for the animals, like getting to play with and bite on hard plastic bite-plates hidden in fire-hose to better understand how big cats kill prey. It is all meant to improve the health and care of big cats in the future. You can read more about our collaborations at https://www.carerescuetexas.com/what-we-do/research/

Population(s) Served
Adults

CARE provides a limited number of educational tours to the public. Tours are a great way to see the facility and learn all about the animals that have found a home at CARE. The tours are educational in nature, and provide details on different animal species, animal husbandry and best practices in exotic animal care, as well as the background and stories of each animal here at the facility. Our hope is that these tours provide visitors with an intimate look at the importance of these animals to the world, and the challenges that they face, inspiring them to become protectors and advocates for their well-being.

**CARE does not allow any direct physical interaction between the the public and the animals.

Population(s) Served
Adolescent parents
Adolescents
Adults
Non-adult children

Where we work

Awards

Top-Rated Nonprofit 2015

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Top-Rated Nonprofit 2014

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Top-Rated Nonprofit 2016

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Top-Rated Nonprofit 2013

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Top-Rated Nonprofit 2016

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Top-Rated Nonprofit 2017

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Top-Rated Nonprofit 2018

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Top-Rated Nonprofit 2019

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Top-Rated Nonprofit 2020

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Oldest living leopard in captivity 2021

Guinness World Records

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CARE strives 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.

CARE continues to evolve in order to best serve our mission of providing 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 with the aims of improving living conditions for captive animal populations world-wide.

CARE provides a resource to the animal medical and scientific community for collaboration with study and research programs where the objective is to learn from the animals' natural behaviors, instincts, and habitats, and to learn and practice techniques to enhance the quality of life in captivity.

The center also provides public awareness through public tours and events that focus on the issues faced when caring for exotics in captivity. CARE provides a safe educational and recreational venue where people of all ages can observe and learn from the animals.

CARE relies entirely on support from the public, no funding is received from any government agency. The tireless devotion of our largely volunteer staff to the welfare of these animals is the foundation on which the center was built. It is the organization's volunteers and donors who hold the hope and promise for the future of the magnificent creatures that depend on CARE for their survival.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    While we primarily serve the animals that we care for, we also believe that we serve our donors, volunteers, interns, and supporters.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Social media, informal internal feedback,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand what information we can provide those that support us. ,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We emphasize transparency in our organization. We often ask for feedback from our supporters and donors via social media. We ask them on a regular basis what information they would like to see - from more about how the animals are doing, to behind the scenes looks at the work we do, to major projects that we are undertaking. We provide frequent updates based on that feedback. Additionally, we have taken feedback from our volunteers that they would like to own certain responsibilities so they know exactly what they are expected to do when they arrive on site. So, we are completely revamping our volunteer training and program to include certifications, levels of responsibilities, trainers, and more.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We always try and communicate to those that donate their time, money, support, or energy to our organization that they have a say in how we do things when it comes to how, why, and when we share information or how we include them in our organization. Asking for feedback helps us make sure that they are included, and that they are informed. It also makes sure that our internal audience (like interns and volunteers) feel supported and fulfilled by what they are doing and that they matter.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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CENTER FOR ANIMAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION INC

Board of directors
as of 04/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Andrew Rottner

First State Bank

Term: 2018 -


Board co-chair

Jamie Reed

UWorld LLC

Term: 2018 -

Derek Krahn

No Affliliation

Melanie Klein

No Affliliation

Gary Valdata

Derek Blakley

Kelsey Cooley

Mark Moran

Kelli Rottner

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/10/2022

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.