DONATE | WISH LIST | ADOPT OR SPONSOR | VOLUNTEER | TOUR | CONTACT |

Welcome to C.A.R.E.

Donate to CARE
Icon descriptionIcon descriptionFlickrFlickrYouTubeYouTubeTumblrTumblrPinterestPinterestTwitterTwitterFacebookFacebook
You are here: Arctic

Arctic

Arctic

July 10, 2002 – February 10, 2015

Loving Adoptive Parent: Sandy Blakley
Loving Sponsor – Karen Helms
Lifetime Guardian: George Thompson

This has been the hardest letter I have ever written. I had started it in my head, in my phone, and on the computer what seems like a hundred times in the past week. I think about how many people love the animals of CARE. I think about how much I owe to the animals. I also think about how much I owe to you, to convey in words a life from start to finish with integrity and respect. Most of all I want to honor Arctic.

It is hard to see the screen through the tears right now because I know the realization is setting in for you, that sinking feeling in your heart is becoming overwhelming, that feeling we have all become too accustomed to in recent months. Another magnificent creature is no longer with us.

I don’t want this story to be one of tears, but of joy. Arctic first came to me as a wee little cub. His smell was as sweet as a field of flowers. His eyes were as blue as the summer sky. His heart was as big as Texas. Immediately my heart grew twice its normal size just to accommodate this little bundle of joy, as did the heart every person who came in contact with him from that day on.

Arctic was the most beautiful blessing I think I had ever seen. His fur so soft and sleek, and that tail! His tail was indescribable. He was the most athletic of the cats. He could jump from a standing position straight up to the 11 foot perch in his early years. His eyes were as deep and soulful as the sea. A person could get lost gazing into his eyes. I could talk about his beauty all day but there was so much more to him.

BabyArctic4

Arctic was the highest maintenance cat at CARE. Although CARE had built him a wonderful 20 ft. tall enclosure with waterfalls and air-conditioning, it was really no life for a snow leopard. Arctic was loved by so many. We offered him all we could in captivity but he deserved so much more. He deserved the mountains without thaw. The hardened land where bacteria cannot live. Of all the animals that have lived at CARE, Arctic was the one whom we all wished to be free the most, free up high in the mountains where the air was cold, where he was meant to be. We all fantasized about a giant snowy world for him. This is where I envision him to be now.

I think Arctic was most known for his ability to fight for his life. He was always fighting one antibiotic resistant strain of bacteria or another. When he got too tired to fight, I would fight for him. I can’t tell you how many days and nights I spent bringing him back from the brink again and again. He would recover, yes, but every illness took its toll. The last couple of years have been considerably harder than the past. I always knew that we were going to have to let him go someday, but I was always happy when we made it through these storms. I was always happy to give him more good days. Those good days still significantly outnumbered the bad up until two weeks ago.

It was different this time. I knew this time was different, but after fighting all these years, how do you give up? His sickness had returned, and it eroded the very last bits of his body’s ability to live a quality life. A decision has never been so hard. Several tearful, sleepless nights I held his paw. The realization set in, he was not coming back to us this time. The fight was gone from his eyes. It was clear that it was time to end his stay with us.

There is so much to be appreciated and learned from Arctic: beauty, patience, respect, tenacity, spirit, and love just to name a few. Even in death, Arctic will teach us. In the following months, we will be explaining how Arctic’s existence will be significant to the future of all snow leopards. He still has a role to play. Just as rare and exceptional as he was in life, his legacy will continue in a rare and exceptional journey.

For now, let’s simply remember Arctic and the amazing amounts of joy he gave to so many with.

Sincerely,

Heidi Krahn
CARE Founder/Executive Director

arcticscrapbook

Sign Up For Our Newsletter Here:

Newsletter Sign-Up
Share CARE:

The Latest From Our Facebook Page:

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
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Miss Stewart wanted to thank @collectible_sized for sending the boxes of tamarind! All the lemurs love tamarind, it's a staple of their diet in Madagascar! It looks funny, but you can tell by Stewart's enthusiasm, it tastes pretty good!! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Make sure you are receiving the most important information and latest updates from CARE on Facebook. This is the platform where we post EVERYTHING, however, FB algorithms work to where not everyone who follows us sees our posts in their feed.

When you “like” us, click on the arrow next to the like button and make sure that you have chosen to see or posts in your newsfeed. You can also set it up so that you are notified every time we make a post – that way you don’t miss anything!
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

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 carerescuetexas.com!

#bobcat #bday #rescue

📷 by Melanie Klein
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook
Follow us on eBay