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I've worked with CARE for over 15 years. Heidi Berry is the Director of CARE and one of the hardest working women I know. Together we've traveled to do educational shows and fundraisers, built new homes for the cats, cleaned enclosures and fed over 50 big cats and so much more,
you name it we've done it. I've worked with many of these cats from birth,they always remember the love you gave them. This is not an easy job to volunteer for, you work out doors in the rain, heat, and snow but it has been a gift for me in so many ways. Some of my best memories are "Papa lion" sitting at the fence with me at the end of the day, seeing the sunset behind him and thinking " there must be a power much greater than me to create him".Every time I go to "Spotty the leopard" he gives me kisses my heart melts. "Samson the lion" still runs up to me as soon as he see's my car. Wow, a lion happy to see me.How many people can say that? Jake, an old tiger from CARE, has passed away but when he was alive his love was unconditional. CARE taught me how much you really do get back every time you give. I've watched these big cats be forgiving of the past bad treatment they received before CARE. They are trusting of us and have truly become part of our family. Heidi is the momma cat to all of these babies and worries everyday if she will have the money , volunteers and health to provide a safe home for them . Although I work with other big cat centers, CARE holds the special place in my heart.
Here are some of the cats at CARE.
As promised here are some things from my list to consider.
Did I make good contacts?
Too many to ever list.
Did I overcome my fear?
Working with big cats, I think so.
Did I learn and try something new?
15 years ago I knew very little about them. I can now train people to work with them. Lots of hard work!
Can I network to get the word out about CARE?
I'm also a Realtor, CARE's information is on everything I give to my clients.I'm also getting to tell all of you about CARE.
So the answer is yes!
Does this experience give me something remarkable
to talk about?
I'd say you will not meet many big cat trainers, so Yes!
At the end of the day, how do I feel after helping out at CARE?
Words cannot describe how happy I am to be a part of this center.The gift has been returned a thousand times.
As you can see I would do this everyday of my life if I could. The best thing I can do for CARE is invite you to become a part of our family. Please go to www.bigcatcare.org for more information.
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