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This bill called the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act is the most important piece of legislation to ever be introduced to protect lions, tigers and other exotic wild cats from being kept as pets and in miserable roadside zoos. IF YOU ONLY DO ONE THING TO SAVE BIG CATS; THIS IS THE ACTION TO TAKE TODAY!!!
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Big Cat Rescue, one of the world’s largest accredited sanctuaries for exotic cats, is a leading advocate in ending the abuse of captive big cats and saving wild cats from extinction. We are the most hated, feared and lied about by circuses, back yard breeders, roadside zoos, cub petting pimps and pseudo sanctuaries because we are the most effective at ending the abuse of big cats. We wear that as a badge of honor.
- The sanctuary began rescuing exotic cats in Nov. 4, 1992.
- The non profit 501 c 3 sanctuary is home to about 70 exotic big cats
- The cats at Big Cat Rescue are here for a variety of reasons, including:
- Abandoned by owners who wrongly thought they would make good pets
- Abused by owners in order to force them to perform
- Retired from performing acts
- Saved from being slaughtered to make fur coats
- Rescued as babies after hunters killed their mothers. See our Bobcat Rehab and Release work
- Big Cat Rescue has many species of cats, many of whom are threatened, endangered or extinct now in the wild, including:
- Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars, Bobcats, Lynx, Servals, Ocelots & Caracals
- The non-profit organization is:
- Accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries
- Certified by Independent Charities of America as a “Best in America Charity”
- Member of the World Society for Protection of Animals and Species Survival Network
- Rated 4 Stars by Charity Navigator (their highest rating) and has one of the highest scores of any animal based charity
- Part of a global coalition including HSUS, IFAW, WWF, GFAS, Born Free and other animal protection groups who are working together to end big cat abuse.
- The sanctuary is situated on 67 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.
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8/26/16 Big Cat Updates
Today is Vernon Stairs’ 75th birthday. He is the person who built nearly every Cat-a-Tat at Big Cat Rescue from 1996-2016. We have been gathered around his bed for the past several days and know he will be going on ahead of us to prepare the next great adventure. Hospice is here to make him comfortable. We know heaven is full of animals who owe their earthly comfort to the man who make Big Cat Rescue a magical place for them during their time here as captives. You can see a video tribute to his life, while he yet lives here: http://bigcatrescue.org/vernon-stairs/
We are going to shift Zimba Serval closer to Zouletta Serval and see if that helps turn her around. She’s been depressed since Santino died and didn’t care much for Zimba before, but it’s worth a try.
TJ Tiger at about 5 lbs yesterday, so that’s pretty good for him.
Ginger Serval caught a bird and some other critters, so she’s being dewormed for the parasites they carry.
Last night’s lecture on communication by HSUS’ Corey Roscoe was a huge success. The live Facebook post reached over a quarter of a million people. It’s worth watching today if you care about animals because we are the only voice they have and should be as articulate and purr-suasive as possible on their behalf.
Katie Nikic, our Database Diva, is pregnant and the Texas Tigers are going to do a reveal party. You will want to be sure and see that, so subscribe to our YouTube.com/BigCatRescue channel now.
Chuck and Trundy worked on filling the potholes on Easy Street yesterday. Scott Haller is putting a roof over on the Cool Cat Cave to give it a longer life. PWC came to help our volunteers and interns sod the Bobcat Rehab cages.
8/25/16 Big Cat Updates
Keisha Tiger leaves vacation after breakfast today. The Texas Tigers went to the Vacation Rotation enclosure for a few days. Watch for some cool camping enrichment today and a video to come soon to the YouTube channels above. Zeus Tiger is the next in line for vacay but his observation chart said: Notes: seemed stiff and uncomfortable, came to lockout for drops but took a while.
Sheena Serval comes home to a spruced up cage today. I don’t know which small cat will get the next turn in the FunCation, so it will be a surprise for all of us.
Kricket Serval went on vacation in the FunCation.
Zouletta Serval was brought into the West Boensch recovery hospital and given 200 cc of sub q fluids.
Tiger Lilly was caught eating by Afton, so we are happy that she’s happy enough to be back outside, after her dental work, that she’s eating again.
For our lecture series tonight we brought in a communications expert; Corey Roscoe who says, “I plan on talking about personal skills, people skills and public speaking skills as ways to improve communications. I briefly touch on working with kids. I’ll offer some additional resources for folks to continue their learning.”
|Big Cat Rescue Cats:||Total 2016|
|55 are over the age of 12|
|49 of those are over the age of 15|
|38 of those are over 18 (BCR av age)|
|24 of those are over the age of 20|
Today Karma is taking 3 kittens back to the Humane Society of Tampabay and then she will be teaching a class on lab work.
8/24/16 Big Cat Updates
Spirit Feather Rehab Bobcat will probably be able to leave the West Boensch Cat Hospital on Monday and go to the Bobcat Rehab area where you can see her on the live webcam via explore.org/bigcatrescue She arrived with ringworm and now all signs of it are gone, but she will have to continue medication for many more weeks. It can live for years in the soil, so we have to bleach her bedding daily and finish her first rounds of meds on Monday before she goes outside.
TJ Tiger is eating better at about 5-7 lbs a day. He’s eating more than Joseph and Cameron the lions now anyway. They are being closely monitored by keepers who report exactly how much they are consuming each day to the vets. It’s hot and the cats always cut back on their activity and food consumption in the summer. Hoover Tiger is up to eating 10-12 lbs a day which is normal for a young tiger.
JoJo is doing great after his exam. Turns out he’s just getting a little fat and it wasn’t a mass. His liver is a little small, so we will keep an eye on him, but his teeth were good and he’s been moved to Reise‘s old cage, which is the first one you see on the tour route.
Tiger Lilly Bobcat is 21 and had never been sick a day in her life. She was wincing when she bit into bones, and it turned out to be 3 bad molars that Dr Justin removed on Monday. She’s still not eating and not drinking well, so she’s getting antibiotics, pain meds and sub q fluids. She’s on soft foods from now on.
Foster Kittens Tonight after midnight: Olaf, Rosie, Woody are ready to go back to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to be fixed and adopted.
Zouletta Serval did not eat anything, would not get up to come to lockout. turned away from being stick fed./ PM ate 1.2 oz grd turkey mixed with pieces of red. Trying her on cat food, since she’s not liking any of the usual meats. When our cats get old and senile, they often will eat canned cat food when they won’t eat anything else. It’s not good for them, but it’s better than starving.