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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!

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Many of our long-time adoptive parents are grandfathered in to be the sole honorary parent of their animal. Of course, as the animals get older, they need more in terms of care. So, Cassie’s adoptive dad of 8 years (and Volunteer/Board Member) Derek Blakley has said that he is happy to share his baby with anyone else who would like to adopt her. If you want to join Derek in providing monthly support to help provide Cassie with what she needs, please visit our website and go to the Help CARE > Adopt or Sponsor page.

You can sign up for the monthly subscription on PayPal from that page and then just send us an email letting us know you began your donation and that it is Cassie that you would like to support. You can also see who else is available for adoption on the same page. 📷: Derek Blakley
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The month of February marks Max’s first birthday!! He is such a beautiful boy and so content here with Mia.

And, Max is also the ONLY animal here at CARE without an honorary adoptive parent. What would make a better birthday gift for him than to contribute to his care every month?

If you are interested in adopting Max, please visit the Adopt or Sponsor page on our website at!

#bobcat #bday #rescue

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