Rescuing Animals from the Exotic Pet Trade
And Giving Them Peace of the Wild

Rescuing Animals from Exotic Pet Trade 

How safe would you feel to learn a bear or other large animal is living next door to you, in your neighbor’s back yard. As outrageous as it sounds, it happens thousands of times throughout the United States because the simple fact is a cub can be purchased for as little as $300. Because it is legal, it is estimated that there are over 20,000 of these animals living in these conditions throughout the United States. Because private ownership of these animals is not viable in the long term and the animal can not be placed back in the wild or zoo, the need for rescue organizations with sanctuary spaces is needed more than ever.

Upcoming Events 

B.E.A.R.S Etc hosts a wide variety of community events which help with education as well as raise funds to help provide sanctuary or placement to as many of these animals as possible.


Get Involved

B.E.A.R.S Etc has multiple ways for you to get involved. There is much work to be done and we are always looking for volunteers to help.

About B.E.A.R.S Etc

B.E.A.R.S Etc has a long track record of rescuing a wide variety of animals throughout South East Texas. Learn more about us and how we serve our community.

The Changes Starts Here

The Big Cat Public Safety Act (HR 3546) will ensure big cats only live in secure facilities that can provide for them and not diminish public safety.

  • There are as many as 20,000 big cats that are privately maintained.
  • Private owners cannot control or manage dangerous cats
  • The solution requires Federal Intervention so the laws are uniform across the country

Our Mission

To provide a permanent, community-based, self-sustainable refuge for displaced exotic and wild animals and educate others about the natural world.



Education is how we start to make a change. Carnivores are not pets and the public at large needs to understand they are not safe to have as pets. B.E.A.R.S Etc has an extensive education program that teaches this basic principle. Our topics cover:

  • Why Carnivores are Not Pets
  • What Can Individuals Do to Change the Laws
  • How You can help the Thousands of Animals
  • Why B.E.A.R.S Etc is the place to call to help with placement


Need Help With Exotic Animal Rescue?

B.E.A.R.S Etc is the South Texas leader in animal rescue and placement. Whether it’s a private owner, who no longer can care for the animal or animal control needing assistance, our organization has a long history of facilitating solutions for these animals. Our network is large and our ability to help. We also aid in aviary and aquatic rescues, with on-premise facilities.

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