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Second Chance Gets First Hand Look at Big Cats

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Jared Padgett and James Broaddus share common ground.

"Well in college I played baseball and was in a car accident," said Padgett.

"That makes them special to me I'm a survivor of such an incident myself," said Broaddus.

A second chance at life. Both men have endured traumatic brain injuries.

"I was in a coma for three months and I obtained a traumatic brain injury myself," said Padgett.

"All of these people are kind of kindred spirits," said Broaddus.

And now they both have a few more things in common.

"Something just told me, 'hey, you can help these people,'" said Padgett. "So, that's what I want to do and I'm doing it."

Padgett is part of the Second Chance group that helps people with trauma similar to his. Broaddus provides a place of sanctuary.

"It's not everyday you get to sit with an African Serval," said Broaddus.

Broaddus is the founder of the Bear Creek Feline Center.

"We find that sometimes people with human conditions actually do better with cats than mainstream people do," said Broaddus.

As a part of their regular Friday outings Second Chance is giving their clients a chance to have a first hand look at big cats. Which, Padgett says takes a vote of confidence.

"It really helps for the members to be able to have that confidence and that about themselves," he said.

Providing victory for both in their quest to better the lives of others.

"It's enrichment for the cat its good for the human beings kind of relaxes us," said Broaddus.

"I hope they have a blast and I know they are because I can already see it and hear it," said Padgett. "I want them to remember coming out here and look forward to coming back."