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Happy Valentine’s Day

We have so much happy news to share with you!

First there was the successful release of the rehab bobcats Rain and Dancer!

Last month we were happy to report that Phoenix and Captiva had been successfully rehabbed and released in the January AdvoCat.  See the great release footage of Rain and Dancer here: http://bigcatrescue.org/release-of-rain-and-dancer-bobcats/

Second there was the successful introduction of Mr. and Mrs. Claws!

The photo at the top of the page is from day 1 of their introduction.  That just about says it all for this cute little couple, but you can stay up to date with them on their page here: http://bigcatrescue.org/the-claws  Be sure to go to the LIVE explore webcam feed for them too.

Third, we rescued Thor the bobcat, who had been hit by a car!

Thor is on the mend and you can read all about his rescue, emergency medical care to save his life and keep up on his progress at https://bigcatrescue.org/thor

So, How Do We Do It?

Only With YOUR Help

Valentines Day GiftWe need to raise $500 to purchase camouflage ghillie suits for our rehabbers.  These suits will help us disguise our human form so Mr. and Mrs. Claws (our two current rehab bobcats) do not get accustomed to being around people.

Help us raise these funds. For $5 receive a super cute photo download of one of the recently released bobcats; Phoenix, Captiva, Rain, or Dancer or one of the bobcats currently in rehab; Mr. Claws and Mrs. Claws.  For $25 receive all 6 downloads!

The images of Captiva, Phoenix, Rain and Dancer are from the day of their release. Each image and has the bobcat’s name on it.

This photo is a download.  You will not receive a printed photo in the mail.  After check out you will receive a link.  Click on the link to download and print your rehab bobcat photo.  Get yours here:   http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/products/fundraiser-bobcat-rehab-program?variant=16167431235

Our Federal Bill to Protect Big Cats Gains Momentum

We now have 50 co sponsors on this important legislation to protect big cats from being bred for life in backyards and basements.  Find out more here:  http://bigcatrescue.org/federal-bill-to-ban-big-cats-in-backyards/

See Some of our Videos Since Last Mewsletter

This play list of videos will take you back in time for the last month to see some of the great work that YOU make possible.

The Battle for Big Cats

Joseph Lion RoarsGood news!  The bill to trap mountain lions in Wyoming was killed thanks to all of you who wrote in to protest such cruelty!

Wisconsin is one of the few states that has no laws to protect big cats.  No one should be breeding lions, tigers and other big cats for backyard menageries.  Please help protect big cats in Wisconsin, with this important bill:  http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51389/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17046  We make it easy with a sample letter.  Everyone is invited to weigh in on this important measure.

NH Residents: You can help end bobcat trapping in your state by making a call to the NH Fish & Game Department to let them know that you oppose bobcat hunting and trapping.  The NH Fish & Game Department only wants to hear from people who live in their state.  Find the numbers to call here: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51389/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17080

Does Chris Latvala Support Animal Abuse

Let Rep Chris Latvala Know It’s Animal Abuse: People who make a living breeding and exploiting cubs and primates often use the draw of that once in a lifetime desire to touch the wild. They mislead lawmakers and their staff into posing with cubs and tell them blatant lies about this helping conservation and the life the cubs will lead once they are too old and dangerous to exploit by charging to hold them. That makes your and our job of educating these legislators more difficult because their heads are filled with these lies, and they are on record with a photo holding a cub or chimp. Florida State Representative Chris Latvala has been a friend of animals on some issues, but recently posted photos with young exotic animals and needs to know there is another side to this story. Please POLITELY and professionally let him know that you and many others feel it is never OK to have baby wild animals trotted into the capital for such photo ops and that you and many others hope he will make the effort to learn what really happens to these unfortunate animals. It is even more egregious that this woman, with a criminal record, and who is being sued by USDA, would be in his office and using his good name to promote her activities. Here is the link to the post: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206839265673783&set=pcb.10206839265993791&type=3&theater and here is his main page where he’s using a photo of himself holding a pet monkey as his profile photo https://www.facebook.com/chris.latvala

Give Day is Coming

On May 3 the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay will hold its third annual Give Day contest where nonprofits compete to see who can have the most donors and donations that day. There are also prizes for the most donations in a particular hour of the day.

Thanks to so many of our supporters who participated, last year Big Cat Rescue won $30,000, more than any other nonprofit! Find out how to leverage your donation this year at http://bigcatrescue.org/give-day-2016/

 

New Tees and Hoodies to Show Your Pride

Big Cat Rescue is hosting some custom designs on Sunfrog.com/BigCat where your purchase helps save exotic cats.  The shirts are printed on demand so we don’t have to stock them or handle the shipping and the profit margin is the same as those we sell in our online and onsite gift shops.  Check out some of the cool new designs, like these:

I Just Want to Drink Wine and Rescue TigersMy Bobcat is in Rehab TEE Black

We Have a Winner!

Robin Frye won the photo contest, by random drawing from all of the great entries, to win a fabulous cat tree.  Be sure that you are set to get notifications from us on Facebook and Explore.org/bigcatrescue for future contests.

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Tonight!  Leopards at the Door

When NatGeo photographers go on an assignment, it’s not just a job; it’s a mission.  Watch tonight

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/mission-critical/

Big Cat Vets

We are fortunate to have such wonderful veterinarians who donate their time to saving big cats.  Over the last two years many of you helped us outfit our onsite Windsong Memorial Hospital so that our cats don’t have to travel for critical medical care.  There is one last, major piece of equipment and we have a matching grant to help, but we need you too.  More about Big Cat Ultrasound.

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International Big Cat News

China

Exploitation of Endangered Species Feared as China Revisits Wildlife Law

India

India schools shut in Bangalore over leopard fears

Ethiopia

Once Thought Extinct, ‘Lost Group of Lions Discovered in Africa

US

The Lonely Jaguar of the United States

Dubai

3 charged after lioness escapes in Dubai neighborhood; Keeping wildlife pets illegal in UAE 

Eric Lynn Visits Big Cat Rescue

In early February we were honored to be visited by Congressional candidate Eric Lynn. Mr. Lynn is running for the Pinellas County 13th Congressional seat left open when Rep. David Jolly decided to run for the Senate seat that has been left open by Marco Rubio. Mr. Lynn spent 8 years in Washington as a policy advisor to President Obama and then moved back to St. Petersburg where he and his wife Tracy plan to raise their two young children Hazel and Jaron.

Eric LynnHe is pictured here with Andre the tiger.

We are always appreciative when legislators and candidates for office show interest in the plight of the big cats in captivity and in legislation to end their suffering. After his visit, Mr. Lynn sent us the following wonderful email:

“I was truly moved during my visit to Big Cat Rescue.  After learning about the conditions thousands of animals are kept in around the country, it’s clear to me that we need people in Congress who will advocate for these amazing animals.  I will support the Big Cat Public Safety Act and will seek other ways to help.

The people at Big Cat Rescue are working hard every day to care for these animals and raise awareness.  I’m proud to stand with them, and I hope you’ll join us.”

On behalf of the cats, we thank Mr. Lynn to make time to visit us during this busy campaign season!

Goodbye to Narla Cougar

NarlaCougarAngelThe saddest part of our work is saying good bye to cats when their end has come.  We will miss Narla Cougar, but don’t want her story to be forgotten. Read more about Narla here:  https://bigcatrescue.org/narla/

 

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Hope You Are Having a Happy New Year!

We are very happy for two recent graduates of our bobcat rehab program.  Check out the release of Phoenix and Captiva in this video:

Phoenix and Captiva are starting a new life journey as free and wild bobcats. Watch as we release them in their natural habitat. It was sad to see them go, but exciting to know that they are in the wild where they belong.  Help support our bobcat rehab work by donating here:

https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51389/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=9489

Win a Cat Tree

Win it for your own cats, or tell us your favorite cat shelter in the U.S. and we will send it there.  Email your snapshots of our Explore.org/BigCatRescue cats to Win@BigCatRescue.org  The winner will be chosen by random drawing on February 10, 2016. Hopefully we can then get it ordered for you by Valentine’s Day to make it one for your cat to remember forever.

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Valentine’s Day

It’s the heart warming-ist time of the year!

We have more than 14 pages of free Valentine’s Day goodies for you here:  http://chatbigcats.com/?s=valentine

 

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WILDHEART16
15% off entire order. Offer valid 1/27/16 – 2/7/16

BIGCATART
30% off artwork (canvas prints, limited edition signed prints, and original paintings). Offer valid 1/27/16 – 2/7/16

Use it now at http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/

Get downloadable Valentine photos at http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/downloadable-sponsor-a-cat

 

Watch the Elephant in the Living Room for FREE on Hulu

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Watch Online for FREE!

Now available on Hulu, the runaway hit documentary The Elephant in the Living Room is streaming online for FREE! http://www.hulu.com/watch/337242

The film won FIVE “best documentary” awards as is wonderful to watch.

AND, you can help change the mindset of our culture about private ownership of dangerous animals by rating the film, leaving a comment, and encouraging others to watch.

On behalf of the cats, thanks for helping encourage others to watch it!

Also get the book written by Tim Harrison here:  http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/products/book-wildlife-warrior

 

Check Out Fun Cat Videos Since Last Month

Mountain Lions in Wyoming need your voice NOW!!

 

Wyoming lawmakers have proposed a bill (HB 0012) that would legalize the cruel trapping and snaring of mountain lions.

Please take action here: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51389/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16920

 

Outrageous Acts of Science

For those of you who missed the episode of Outrageous Acts Of Science, here is the link to our portion of the show. We were the first to be featured on this episode.

http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/outrageous-acts-of-science/why-do-big-cats-like-boxes/

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Help Us Defeat Animal Abusers

Big Cat Rescue is THE most hated sanctuary by animal abusers.  Since there is no way for them to stop us from exposing their misdeeds and no way for them to justify their exploitation of exotic cats, they resort to posting false reviews about us in an effort to trash our good name.  Most review sites won’t remove fake reviews, even when it obviously not from a real visitor.  If you are a real visitor to our sanctuary, and love the work that you have helped us do for big cats, please help us recover from a recent attack by blind followers of Black Jaguar White Tiger who have been posting false 1 star reviews on these sites:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bigcatrescue/reviews/

TripAdvisor http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34678-d117501-Reviews-Big_Cat_Rescue-Tampa_Florida.html#REVIEWS

Yelp https://www.yelp.com/writeareview/biz/7pDoY-1hdJLdUDreEs-azg?return_url=%2Fbiz%2F7pDoY-1hdJLdUDreEs-azg

Great Non Profits http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/big-cat-rescue-corp

Google Plus https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=google%20maps%20big%20cat%20rescue

 

Ask China to Stop Farming Tigers

China is in the process of revising its Wildlife Protection Law of 1989. It’s the first time the law has been amended thoroughly in 26 years and its unlikely there will be another opportunity to amend the law in the near future. The 1989 law provides the basis for China’s policy of wildlife “utilisation” and trade and breeding for commercial purposes.

The new draft law was published last month and unfortunately, continues to encourage commercial breeding and utilization as its founding principle. Public consultation over the draft law is ongoing and the deadline for comments is January 29th, 2016.  If you would like to submit comments in English, you can mail your comments to:

The Legal Committee of National People’s Congress
No. 1 West Avenue, Xicheng District,
Beijing, China  100805

Sample statement:

Please stop the captive breeding of tigers and stop using their parts and derivatives.

 

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Happy Holidays from Big Cat Rescue

 

We have so much to be thankful for; wonderful people like you who help ensure that our big cats stay fed, our AdvoCats all around the world who work for laws to end the abuse of big cats, our Big Cat Rescuers who donate their time to caring for the cats, running the sanctuary and educating our guests, and to live in paradise.  This issue is our gift to you!

 

Holiday Goody Gifts for YOU!

Big Cat Rescue has teamed up with Explore.org who is hosting LIVE STREAMING video of the cats. See tigers playing, swimming, sleeping, and eating.  Watch Nikita lioness as she plays and sleeps.  Watch adorable funny kittens playing.

FIRST: Go to http://Explore.org/BigCatRescue to see the live streaming videos and use the “Snapshot” feature there to take your own photos of the lions, tigers, and kittens.

EVERY photo submission gets YOUR NAME placed in a drawing for a free t-shirt.

SECOND: Submit your photos to us before midnight on Christmas Eve.  The T-Shirt Winner will be announced on Christmas Day.  We will pick 30 photos to include in a special edition screensaver that we will give away Christmas Day.  Find out how to submit your photos here, where it says, Win A FREE Big Cat Rescue T-Shirt http://chatbigcats.com/newsletter-gifts-december-2015/

Video Updates Since the Last Mews Letter

Bobcat Release Site Needed in Highlands County FL

State law requires that bobcats be released back to the same county where they were picked up for rehab.  Rain and Dancer came from Highlands County, so we need a release site that is in excess of 40 acres (the more land the better) where the owner will give us written permission to release them.  If you have land, or know a land baron, please email Cat@BigCatRescue.org and let us know.

 

Can’t Get Enough of the Big Cats?

Now you can watch them LIVE on explore.org/bigcatrescue  Check out each of the webcams below:

Nikita Lioness

Vacation Rotation

Feeding Station

Kitten Cabana

Windsong Memorial Cat Hospital

Bobcat Rehab

AdvoCats Come in All Sizes

Our AdvoCats come in all ages, from all over the US and the world. Eleven year-old Alexander P. proves that anyone who cares about big cats can make a difference. For the past two years Alexander has supported Big Cat Rescue through our Buy a Brick program by collecting donations rather than gifts for his birthday. This school year, he and his fellow classmate are organizing a school fundraiser to sponsor one of our very own bobcats in honor of their school mascot.

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Just this week, Alexander’s family surprised him with an early Christmas gift – a trip from Maryland to our sanctuary in Tampa, FL! During his visit Alexander learned more about the issues of private ownership and about our federal bill, the Big Cat Public Safety Act. Wanting to voice his support for big cats, Alexander plans on visiting the Capital next year to meet with legislators and tell them just how important this bill is to him.  Thank you for all that you do for the cats, Alexander!

Jennifer Leon, MPA Director of Outreach

 

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Happy Thanksgiving from Big Cat Rescue

Our hearts are full of thankfulness for all of you who have helped us in our rescue and advocacy efforts.  We are truly blessed to have friends who care enough to provide the food, housing and vet care for our resident cats.  We are even more grateful for those who see the big picture and are helping us end the trade in exotic cats as pets, props and for their parts.  For all of you who have contacted your member of congress, a HUGE THANK YOU but please don’t stop there. Make sure they know that you want them to push the bill through by getting their colleagues to sign on as cosponsors as well.  I send them a post card EVERY week, so don’t be shy about being the squeaky wheel.  Your efforts can give big cats everywhere something for which to truly be thankful.  Here is the link again:  BigCatAct.com

Click to feed a big cat a turkey

 

Two More Bobcat Kittens Rescued

The Claws VideoYes, that makes SIX!!!

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Claws:  http://bigcatrescue.org/the-claws/  There is just too much cuteness overload for this page.

 

Worried about Alex the Tiger

 

On Oct. 19, 2015 Alex Tiger had three bad canines removed. Because of significant periodontal disease they had to be extracted instead of a root canal.  TJ Tiger had root canals done the same day.  Dr. Wade Gingerich and technicians, Jennifer Dupre-Welsh and Denise Rollings, of the Pet Dental Center joined our own vets, Dr. Liz Wynn and Dr. Justin Boorstein to do the surgeries back to back.  TJ recovered, and rebounded immediately and now has new spring in his step. Alex began to recover, but then seemed to relapse this past week. He stopped eating, so we knew we had to do something.

On Nov. 17, 2015 Dr. Wynn and Dr. Boorstein examined him again.  The sites where his teeth were removed was mostly healed. They were flushed out and sutured closed. The draining tract in his chin was also cleaned up and sutured mostly closed leaving a small hole for drainage.  His blood work was rechecked and his kidney values have increased significantly which could be the cause of him not being interested in food.  His meds were changed and we rolled him back out to his enclosure at about 10PM.

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The next day Big Cat Rescuers spent all day trying to wake him up.  He was still in the transport because he couldn’t stand up yet.  He was virtually non responsive and we feared the worst.  At least we knew that we had done everything for him, that we possibly could have done for a 19 year old tiger.  If we had to euthanize him now, it would be with a clear conscience that there was nothing more we could do.  And then a miracle happened…

As I was walking out to check on him, one more time at the close of day, I thought to myself that at least his nearby companions had something to sing about.  In a duet, that I’ve never heard before, Amanda Tiger and Joseph Lion, who live near Alex, were roaring back and forth.  It was haunting and yet exhilarating to hear the power in their calls.  My heart was so heavy over Alex, but their song was comforting.  Amanda was in the cage closest to Alex and when I arrived she saw me and stopped her song.  I looked to Alex and saw him struggle to upright himself, for the first time since being sedated the day before.  It was as if he had been enjoying the melody and wanted to see why it had stopped.

Alex Tiger Wakes Up

Overjoyed I ran to him to help rock him into a sternal (upright) position.  I texted the photo of him sitting up to our vet team who were equally elated. They gave him more fluids, to help flush out his kidneys.  As of this morning, he’s eating again. Hopefully he will have many more good years with us.  Our oldest tiger lived to be 25.

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Videos Since the Last AdvoCat Mews-letter

See 8 new videos since last month including our big cats getting enrichment, rescue videos, birthday vids and kittens.  Big Cat Rescue’s foster program, in partnership with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay just surpassed 275 cats and kittens who have been rescued, fostered and found their forever homes.

 

Top Shocking Incidents of Big Cat Exploitation

 

We hope by sharing a new list with you each month that you will join us in speaking out for the big cats and cubs that are exploited across this country every day. We encourage you to take one small action today and contact one or more of the offenders below to politely express your concern. Together we can be the voice for the voiceless…together we can make a difference. If you learn of exotic cats or cubs being exploited in your area, please contact Susan Bass at Susan.Bass@BigCatRescue.org.

 

Tiger Cub Russian Night ClubNo. 1 Tiger Cub Abuse at Casino in Russia

The Tigre de Crystal Hotel and Casino in Russia had a lavish grand opening earlier this month that included parading a heavily drugged tiger cub on the casino floor as the “star” of the opening. Amazingly, the casino’s representatives freely admitted that the 5-month-old cub was drugged! Media reports state that the bleary-eyed cub was purchased for $6800 from a zoo located thousands of miles away and forced to participate in the casino’s grand opening. She is now residing at a local private zoo and will reportedly be “available for the casino to parade out on demand for future themed parties.”

A local animal-loving blogger summed it up best when she said it was disappointing that “the casino began with a crime…animal abuse.”

Please urge Tigre de Crystal Casino to NOT continue to use and exploit this tiger cub as entertainment for their casino. Ask them to place the cub in a proper sanctuary where she can live in peace.

Post comments on the casino’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/tigredecristal/?fref=ts

 

Louis Hamilton Behaving Badly With JaguarNo. 2  Formula One driver Louis Hamilton

Formula One driver Louis Hamilton recently visited the pseudo-sanctuary called Black Jaguar White Tiger in Mexico and interacted with a large jaguar cub, even putting his arm in the cat’s mouth. This photo is from Hamilton’s Facebook page on November 4th. He also posted pictures of him that week posing with lion and tiger cubs and an ocelot. Please help us educate Hamilton that REAL rescues do not allow visitors to have direct contact with big cats and that it sends the wrong message to his millions of fans when he posts pictures of himself holding cubs. The pictures can easily make his fans think petting and holding cubs is cool and cute when in reality it is abusive and exploitative.

Learn more about why Big Cat Rescue has serious issues with Black Jaguar White Tiger here: http://911animalabuse.com/black-jaguar-white-tiger/

Post polite comments on Hamilton’s Facebook page under any of the many pictures of him with cubs here: https://www.facebook.com/LewisHamilton/?fref=ts

 

No. 3 White Tigers at Houston Downtown Aquarium

This picture is just one of the white tigers kept at the Houston Downtown Aquarium in Texas. Yes, an AQUARIUM is exploiting tigers! A supporter tells us they live inside these tiny cement-floored cages and NEVER see the light of day. We believe this is absolutely abuse of these tigers! A supporter who is trying to right this wrong contacted Texas House of Representatives member Carol Alvarado about the tigers. Her aide responded that there was nothing they could do because “they would be interfering with someone (the aquarium) that is doing business legally.”

Houston Downtown Aquarium White Tiger Abuse

It’s tragic that it is legal to keep white tigers in tiny cages for the public’s amusement just because it is legal. It certainly is not right! It’s even more tragic that Alvarado won’t interfere just because it’s legal. Please politely call and email Rep. Alvarado’s office and let her know animal lovers want her to take action for these poor cats!

The Houston Downtown Aquarium is owned and operated by the Landry’s restaurant conglomerate, which is run by President and CEO Tilman J. Fertitta. In 2005 Fertitta applied for an exotic animal ordinance with the Houston City Council to bring the tigers to the aquarium. Fertitta also owns and keeps tigers at the Denver Aquarium.

Keep that in mind the next time you are thinking about dining at a Landry’s Inc. restaurant or visiting one of their casinos. Here is a list of Landry’s Inc. restaurants to avoid:  http://www.landrysinc.com/concepts/default.asp

Contact Rep. Carol Alvarado at 713-861-2244 and repalvarado145@hotmail.com.

Contact Landry’s Inc. at 713-850-1010 and ask for President and CEO Tilman J. Fertitta.

 

TatianaFANTASTIC NEWS!!!!

Last month we told you about the Tatiana Restaurant and Nightclub in Hallandale, Florida, which was exploiting live tigers as entertainment in their nightclub shows.

We are thrilled to report that the nightclub has agreed to never again use big cats in their shows!

THANK YOU to everyone who emailed the nightclub and USDA about these big cats!  

 

 

 

 

Savings to be Thankful For

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Gifts for all of the cat lovers in your life and a fabulous savings, just for our readers.  Shop at BigCatRescue.biz

 

Ways We Want to Thank YOU

Thanksgiving CatEach month we bring you free things to use, download and share.  This month is full of Thanksgiving and holiday themed goodies.  Check them out at:  http://chatbigcats.com/newsletter-gifts-november-2015/

 

 

Tigers 4 Tigers Success

We just got this exciting news from our friends at Tigers 4 Tigers:

Hi Carole,

I hope you’re well! Thank you so much for your support during Tiger Awareness Week. We thought it was a huge success! Here are a few highlights:

– our hash-tag #saveourmascot reached 360,000 people last week
– we partnered with athletic departments at Towson, RIT, Clemson, LSU and Auburn
– Judy Mills gave a presentation at Clemson University in which 300 people attended
– Towson T4T raised their first $1,000
– Clemson T4T produced a video asset with the university showcasing their efforts

Thank you and Go tigers,

Sean Carnell
National Spirit Campaign Manager
Tigers for Tigers Coalition
www.t4tcoalition.org
@T4T_Coalition
facebook.com/t4tcoalition

There is so much happening that we can’t possibly contain it all in these newsletters, so be sure join us on our social channels.  We have been involved in helping jaguars, fishing cats, and rusty spotted cats in the wild.  We’ve been assisting others with rehab and release.  Big Cat Rescuers have been assisting other sanctuaries, around the world, to ensure the best care possible for exotic cats.  We have been greatly blessed and want to share that good fortune with cats everywhere.

 

Please share this newsletter with your friends!  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Halloween from Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescuers Have Rescued a 13-Year-Old Tiger Named Teisha from Ohio

DONATE HERE TO HELP US CONTINUE TO RESCUE CATS LIKE TEISHA
On Monday, October 5, 2015, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office took possession of 5 tigers from Mike Stapleton, owner of Paws & Claws Animal Sanctuary near Columbus.

Teisha TigerStapleton has been battling state officials to keep his tigers ever since Ohio legislators enacted an exotic animal law that went into effect almost two years ago. Authorities arrived prepared to seize Stapleton’s cats after he had vowed to never give up his cats, but in the end Stapleton peacefully surrendered his cats. All 5 cats will be placed in approved sanctuaries outside of Ohio.

When we learned that Teisha – a 13-year-old tiger, in such bad shape that she was unable to walk, and didn’t move even during the chaos and darting when authorities took possession of her two weeks ago – we immediately offered to bring Teisha to Big Cat Rescue where we can provide her with the best possible medical and dental care and nutrition.

It is our understanding that Stapleton told people on the scene Teisha had been injured by the other tigers in the cage, who constantly picked on her. It’s doubtful that a vet ever examined Teisha before ODA rescued her.

Four Big Cat Rescuers left Tampa on Wednesday, October 21, for the 15-hour drive up to Ohio with our transport carrier. They drove straight through and met with Ohio authorities and took possession of Teisha.

For the first week after Teisha was rescued by ODA, she did not stand and just peed and defecated while laying down. The ODA vets put her on pain medication and she has begun getting up and walking a little bit. It’s heartbreaking to speculate how long Teisha has been in pain but not receiving any medication while owned by Stapleton.

Although Teisha had a hard time standing when she first arrived, she is doing better every day.  Walking more, chuffing more and coming to enjoy life more, thanks to you, and proper vet care.

We will post updates about Teisha and her prognosis as we can. It is only because of our amazing donors like YOU that Big Cat Rescue can save these cats!

THANK YOU for your continuing support of our work and our sanctuary!

Rescue Photos as They Roll In

Teisha Tiger Walking

See all of the photos of Teisha the tiger as we get them here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153390842851919.1073741904.595786918&type=1&l=33a4b86167

 

Video of Teisha’s Rescue

Coming soon!

 

Video update on Teisha

 

WHY Change Name from Keisha to Teisha?

We always try to keep a cat’s name, but at Big Cat Rescue we have protocols that demand every Keeper post observations to a database that shares the info with the CEO, President, Ops Mgr, maintenance crew and the Vets if it is a medical related post. Each cat has to have a unique name in the database.

We have had cats with the same name before, like Cleo Cougar, Cleo Serval and Cleo Bobcat, but we already had a Keisha Tiger. Calling the new cat Teisha Tiger makes sure that her observations records are unique to her and sounds similar enough to her that we hope she will just pass it off as a regional accent.

Cats are masters at hiding symptoms when they are ill. Daily observations are crucially important to managing health. That observations database is vital part of the daily care so a unique name is a must.

Teisha is an Arabic name that means Alive and Well, which is our goal for her.
October 25, 2015 Teisha got her first perfume tube and she certainly enjoyed sinking her claws and teeth into it.

 

Top Shocking Incidents of Big Cat Exploitation

 

We hope by sharing a new list with you each month that you will join us in speaking out for the big cats and cubs that are exploited across this country every day. We encourage you to take one small action today and contact one or more of the offenders below to politely express your concern. Together we can be the voice for the voiceless…together we can make a difference. If you learn of exotic cats or cubs being exploited in your area, please contact Susan Bass at Susan.Bass@BigCatRescue.org.

 

 

No. 1  The Tatiana Restaurant and Nightclub in Hallandale, Florida

Tatianahas featured live tigers in their nightclub shows. This photo from Tatiana’s Facebook page shows a woman performing last month with an adult tiger that does not appear to even be restrained. This is a public safety issue as well as animal exploitation.

Other photos taken by guests show a tiger in a tiny transport cage on stage at the nightclub. Imagine the noise the tiger must endure and the fear he must be experiencing! A loud nightclub is no place for a magnificent wild cat. Please ask Tatiana to STOP exploiting tigers and ask USDA to inspect the facility.

Ask USDA to inspect this nightclub: aceast@aphis.usda.gov

Contact Tatiana Nightclub at Tatiana_restaurant@yahoo.com and at 954-454-1222.

Comment on posts on Tatiana’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TatianaLounge?fref=ts

Sign a petition here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/489/824/799/?z00m=27029688&redirectID=1847553235

 

No. 2 The Alachua County Fair in Gainesville, Florida

Alachuathis week features the notorious Amazing Rainforest Experience circus show with big cats. You may recall seeing photos of emaciated tigers in August at the Missouri State Fair (one photo at right).

Those cats are also owned by Amazing Rainforest Experience, so it is very likely these same cats are now being forced to perform at the Alachua County Fair. Please email the fair and let them know animal lovers do NOT want to see big cats exploited as entertainment. Also ask the FWC to inspect the cats at the fair.

Contact the fair at alachuafair@gmail.com

Ask the Florida Wildlife Commission to inspect the Amazing Rainforest Experience cats at the fair: http://myfwc.com/contact/fwc-staff/senior-staff/commissioners/

 

No. 3 Ustad, a wild tiger in India, needs your voice!

UstadTigerPlease add your ROAR to the global effort to return Ustad (T24) to the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve where he belongs!

Big Cat Rescue was contacted by a group of big cat advocates requesting our help to increase international awareness regarding the false accusation that a tiger named Ustad killed a local forest guide in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in May 2015.

Witnesses said it was a different tiger that attacked the forest guide, yet Ustad was subsequently seized and illegally moved to a zoo more than 250 miles away from the only home he has ever known. Secretly capturing a wild tiger and moving him to a glorified zoo is against all of India’s standard operating procedures. Locals believe the move was orchestrated for purely political reasons.

Even more concerning is that the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), which is responsible for wild animal conservation in India, was not informed of the capture and move, against all of the country’s normal protocols. NTCA sent a team to the tiger reserve following the death of the forest guide and determined that Ustad was not guilty, acted as a normal tiger, and should be returned to the wild instead of locked up and exhibited at a glorified zoo for the rest of his life.

Please let India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NTCA know that the world is watching and wants Ustad to be returned to the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve where he belongs.

Suggested Wording for your Email:

I wish to add my voice to the global ROAR that T24 Ustad be freed from captivity and immediately returned to the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve where he belongs!

NTCA has already determined that Ustad is not guilty of the attack and death of the forest guide in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in May 2015. NTCA found that Ustad acted as a normal tiger and should be returned to the wild. Please do not sentence Ustad to a life locked up and on exhibit for the rest of his life. He is a wild tiger and should be allowed the dignity to live out the rest of his life in the wild. The world is watching.

Please send your email to each of these email addresses. THANK YOU FOR ROARING FOR USTAD!!

bonalbishan@gmail.com

ms-ntca@nic.in

dirpt-r@nic.in

singlag12@yahoo.co.in

dgfindia@nic.in

motgov2119@gmail.com

secy-moef@nic.in

pjavadekar@gmail.com

ig-ntca@nic.in

 

October’s Featured FREE Treats

It’s no trick!

Featured Cat’s Story (Alex Tiger)
Short video of Alex playing with his Spice bag
Keeper Comments about Alex
How to Sponsor Alex Tiger
Tiger Fun Facts
NEW Magazine Style format unveiled for the Big Cat Times Fall Edition
World Animal Day Screensaver featuring 32 close-up photos of various cats at Big Cat Rescue
Big Cats and Pumpkins screensaver featuring 19 photos of big cats playing with pumpkins
Big Cat Wallpaper for your computer, tablet and phone
World Animal Day Video
FREE Big Cat Books
Halloween Jokes
Social Media Fun Shares

Get them all here:  http://chatbigcats.com/newsletter-gifts-october-2015/

 

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SpookTacular Savings!

Take advantage of this hauntingly good deal in our online gift shop www.bigcatrescue.biz All purr-chases help the cats like Andre and Arthur here!

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Small Cat Fun Area Gets a Roof

Our Small Cat Fun area has been under construction for about a year now.  It has been complicated by the fact that it is so huge and yet will require a roof.  Vernon Stairs and his son, Vern Stairs (his sister calls him Chuck) and Scott Haller have been working, in between record rain storms, to get this play area done.  More than 50 of the 5 x 15 foot roof panels are in place now…just 100’s to go.  This turned out to be a much more expensive and difficult project than we had planned, but the cats are going to love it!

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Halloween Haunted House

 

hauntedtrailcatpumpkin2014Murder House will be offering terrifying experiences for those who love the thrill of haunted houses, and they are doing it to benefit Big Cat Rescue!

Right now they are having a contest here:  http://www.murderhousetampa.com/contests/

Big Cat Rescue will NOT be hosting a haunted trail this year, but instead is asking all of our supporters to go to the Murder House in Tampa to get your chills and thrills, as they will be donating proceeds to our cats.

Be sure to sign up for our mews-letter so that you get all the latest details about this scary event.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween and be sure to keep your pets safe too.  Bring them inside!

 

 

 

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Share YOUR Pet Photos With Our Fans!

 

The Internet was just made for sharing cat photos (and other animals).  Please help us fill our grid (and our cats’ bellies) by posting your beautiful photos for all the world to see.  Find out more at https://www.givinggrid.com/bigcatrescue/

 

Three Tigers and a Black Leopard Find Shelter

 

The news posted this story about the Kenny Hetrick / Tiger Ridge Cats being sent to sanctuaries pending the conclusion of the State of Ohio’s lawsuit against the owner for refusal to comply with state law.

The “cat is out of the bag” and everyone knows the three tigers (1 white and 2 golden) and one black leopard are living at Big Cat Rescue due to the court filings by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Our contract with law enforcement usually prohibits us from talking about the cats in specifics, or posting any photos or videos of them during the litigation.  We can’t say much yet, but they are doing great.

Find out more about how we assist law enforcement here:  http://bigcatrescue.org/law-enforcement/

Be sure to wear blue this week to celebrate law enforcement!

 

Great News for Circus Cats!

 

Thanks to people like you, who take action to protect big cats, the largest supplier of wild animal acts calls it quits.  Shriner and head of “Fun Time Shows” Bill Cunningham joined forces with PETA to stop using wild animals at the Shrine Circus. http://cw33.com/2015/09/01/shriners-peta-heated-battle-over-animals-in-shrine-circus/ Cunningham said the trailers that had been used to haul wild animals to shows will now emptied and covered in banners to advocate against the use of wild animals in performances.

More great news in September:  The Netherlands became the tenth country to officially ban the use of wild animals in the circus! The ban, which was drafted back in 2014, went into effect this week and includes big cats, elephants, giraffes, zebras, sea lions and primates.

Please help us put an end to big cats being held (and abused) in private possession here.  The Big Cat Public Safety Act has been reintroduced and needs your voice now:  http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51389/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16017

 

Top Shocking Incidents of Big Cat Exploitation – September 2015

We hope by sharing a new list with you each month that you will join us in speaking out for the big cats and cubs that are exploited across this country every day. We encourage you to take one small action today and contact one or more of the offenders below to politely express your concern. Together we can be the voice for the voiceless…together we can make a difference. If you learn of exotic cats or cubs being exploited in your area, please contact Susan Bass at Susan.Bass@BigCatRescue.org.

UstadTigerNo. 1 Ustad, a wild tiger in India, needs your voice! Please add your ROAR to the global effort to return Ustad (T24) to the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve where he belongs!

Big Cat Rescue was contacted by a group of big cat advocates requesting our help to increase international awareness regarding the seemingly false accusation that a tiger named Ustad killed a local forest guide in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in May 2015.

Witnesses said it was a different tiger that attacked the forest guide, yet Ustad was subsequently seized and illegally moved to a zoo more than 250 miles away from the only home he has ever known. Secretly capturing a wild tiger and moving him to a glorified zoo is against all of India’s standard operating procedures. Locals believe the move was orchestrated for purely political reasons.

Even more concerning is that the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), which is responsible for wild animal conservation in India, was not informed of the capture and move, against all of the country’s normal protocols. NTCA sent a team to the tiger reserve following the death of the forest guide and determined that Ustad was not guilty, acted as a normal tiger, and should be returned to the wild instead of locked up and exhibited at a glorified zoo for the rest of his life.

Please let India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NTCA know that the world is watching and wants Ustad to be returned to the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve where he belongs.

Suggested Wording for your Email:

I wish to add my voice to the global ROAR that T24 Ustad be freed from captivity and immediately returned to the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve where he belongs!

NTCA has already determined that Ustad is not guilty of the attack and death of the forest guide in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in May 2015. NTCA found that Ustad acted as a normal tiger and should be returned to the wild. Please do not sentence Ustad to a life locked up and on exhibit for the rest of his life. He is a wild tiger and should be allowed the dignity to live out the rest of his life in the wild. The world is watching.

Please send your email to each of these email addresses. THANK YOU FOR ROARING FOR USTAD!!

 

Please send your email to each of these email addresses. THANK YOU FOR ROARING FOR USTAD!!

 

bonalbishan@gmail.com

ms-ntca@nic.in

dirpt-r@nic.in

singlag12@yahoo.co.in

dgfindia@nic.in

motgov2119@gmail.com

secy-moef@nic.in

pjavadekar@gmail.com

ig-ntca@nic.in

#FreeT24  
Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) | Twitter

PMO India (@PMOIndia) | Twitter

 

SigfriedRoyTabbyTiger

 

No. 2 We are disgusted and heartbroken that Siegfried and Roy — longtime exploiters of big cats in Las Vegas — are exploiting and displaying 4 baby tiger cubs at the Mirage Hotel. The cubs are about 6 weeks old and were taken away from their mother at just 3 weeks old! The Mirage says the cubs will spend their entire lives on display there. How incredibly sad.

Please join us in politely letting the Mirage Hotel and its owner MGM Resorts International know animal lovers do NOT want to see captive big cats bred and used as entertainment in hotels! Please speak up for these cubs and do not patronize the Mirage Hotel or other MGM International properties. Send polite emails to:

Mirage VP of Operations Franz Kallao at fkallao@mirage.com

Mirage President and COO Trevor Scherrer at tscherrer@mirage.com

Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts Intl James Murren at jmurren@mgmresorts.com

Read The Dodo article here: https://www.thedodo.com/siegfried-roy-tiger-cubs-1351747175.html

 

WhiteTigerDiscovery

No. 3 The Genesee County Fair in Michigan hosted the White Tiger Discovery exhibit last month. The exhibit also had tiny white tiger cubs that people could pay to hold. Please join us in educating the fair’s management about white tigers and cub petting schemes. Ask them to NOT have the tiger exhibit and cubs back again next year. Let them know animal lovers don’t want to see white tigers –which are not a species and not endangered but are the result of severe inbreeding — or any big cats at fairs. Learn more about these issues here:

White Tigers   http://bigcatrescue.org/abuse-issues/issues/white-tigers/

Cub Handling   bigcatrescue.org/cubs

Contact the Genesee County Fair:  http://www.gcf.org/contact.html

 

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Facebook Suggestions

 

We love Facebook because it enables us to connect with you quickly whenever their is a big cat emergency that needs your voice.  We are also frustrated that Facebook keeps changing things, and usually that means that you see fewer brands or companies in your feeds and more of other people’s baby pics.  If you want to be sure and see us when you log in, be sure to do the following:  Like our page and then click See First.  Note that you might not want to click Get Notifications because thousands of people comment on our posts each day and that might be more cat news than you want.  Just click See First so our posts show up in your news feed.

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Big Cat Rescue Speaks Out to Protect Florida Panthers

 

It is frustrating to deal with government agencies that are more interested in killing wild animals than protecting them, but we won’t stand down.  As more of you add your voices we expect to change the status quo.  Read more about what we are doing to protect the Florida Panther here:  http://bigcatrescue.org/speaking-out-for-the-florida-panther-against-fwc-panther-policy/

 

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The offer will be good towards 10% off entire purchase and will be valid today thru 10/4/2015.

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How Many Tigers are in the U.S.?

 

That’s a tough question, but you can take a look at the intelligence we have gathered at this link and maybe add to it yourself.  http://bigcatrescue.org/how-many-tigers-are-in-the-us/

 

Halloween Haunted House

 

hauntedtrailcatpumpkin2014Murder House will be offering terrifying experiences for those who love the thrill of haunted houses, and they are doing it to benefit Big Cat Rescue!

Right now they are having a contest here:  http://www.murderhousetampa.com/contests/

Big Cat Rescue will NOT be hosting a haunted trail this year, but instead is asking all of our supporters to go to the Murder House in Tampa to get your chills and thrills, as they will be donating proceeds to our cats.

Be sure to sign up for our mews-letter so that you get all the latest details about this scary event.

 

Federal Employees Combined Federal Campaign

 

Our thanks to the hundreds of Federal Employees and Military Personnel who donated to the cats through the CFC.  Our CFC Number is 10766  Please consider the cats as you are making your donation decisions.

Free Goodies For You

 

Each month LaWanna tries to make sure you get NEW goodies on our Chat Big Cats site.  Ready for you now are:

New Screen Savers

New Wallpapers Two wallpapers each in four different sizes

Cambu the digital book

http://chatbigcats.com/newsletter-gifts-september-2015/

 

Thank You for Helping Us Win 2015 Top Rated Non Profit by Great NonProfits

 

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