BRIDGEPORT, Texas, Oct. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE), a nonprofit caring for big cats and other animals, plans to provide residents with a COVID-19 vaccine this fall Made especially for animals and donated by the animal health company Zoetis. Every animal – including lions, tigers, leopards, bobcats, lemurs, and llamas – is given two doses about three weeks apart to protect against disease due to SARS-CoV-2. Experimental use of the Zoetis COVID-19 vaccine is approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state veterinary.
To ensure animal safety, CARE closed to the public for educational travel in March 2020, resulting in a monthly loss of thousands of dollars in donations. Once the animals are vaccinated, there is hope for a limited reopening so that both animal care funding and public awareness of the animals can continue.
“The past year and a half have drained us emotionally and financially at CARE,” said managing director Heidi Krahn. “Although we have seen a donation loss, we have chosen to put the health of our animals first. We are grateful to Zoetis for donating these vaccines that allow us to safely reopen and calm our minds . “
While the animals are being vaccinated at CARE, precautions are still being taken to protect the most endangered CARE animals, such as the 24-year-old black leopard Raven. Raven was recently named the oldest living leopard in captivity by Guinness World Records. Although Raven is in excellent health for her age, more than 10 years above the normal life expectancy of wild leopards, she is still very fragile. The vaccine will help protect them from exposure to their primary carers, but visitors are likely to be no more than 10 feet from their enclosure to ensure that it is safe.
The Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization devoted to the rescue and long-term care of exotic animals, as well as education and research to improve the quality of life in captive populations.
The facility currently provides permanent homes for over 60 animals, including lions, tigers, leopards, pumas, bobcats, servals, lynxes, ring-tailed lemurs, llamas and a turtle. Most of the animals came to CARE from private owners who could not look after them, or were withdrawn from zoos or relocated from other facilities. Regardless of where they are from, they are all provided with tremendous love and top notch attitude. To learn more, visit carerescuetexas.com.
Image 1: Selena Tiger at CARE
Selena the Tigress at the Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE)
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