Featured Volunteer - Gary Valdata
Gary started volunteering with CARE in 2011. At first, Gary's commitment to CARE was as an Adoptive Parent to Lyddia, the most vocal tigress CARE has ever had. By 2012, Gary was a fully trained volunteer, dedicating much of his free time helping around the facility and bonding with many of the resident cats. In early 2013, after Lyddia passed away, Gary adopted Mwali (pictured). Gary and Mwali share a very special bond with one another. Mwali absolutely adores his adoptive dad!
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Gary graduated as a Nuclear Engineer from the Merchant Marine Academy of New York in 1980. He was commissioned in the US Air Force and married Debbie, his childhood sweetheart, later that year. He and Debbie have 2 wonderful children and they are active church members in Wichita Falls, TX.
Gary also became CARE's Board Secretary in 2013. As the newest Board Member, and with everything Gary does, he is anxious to be an effective member of CARE's team. Just recently, Gary has once again expanded his role here at CARE and has agreed to take on the role of Volunteer Coordinator!
We have a very small team here at CARE, and each member of our little family is incredibly special and so very important. Please join us in thanking Gary for his hard work and dedication to the animals!