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How to Rescue a Big Cat

Maybe the best way to start out is to talk about   How NOT to Rescue a Big Cat   About once a month some film producer calls me and makes some variation on this pitch:   "We want to find cases where we can bust down the door, like Dog The Bounty Hunter, and save these animals from their current situations. We'd like to find enough cases to sustain several episodes."   It just doesn't work that way.   Our response is typically, "The only time animals can be seized by USDA is usually at the end of a Read More

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Today at Big Cat Rescue Oct 12 2013

Precious Bobcat Stands Up!   This photo was from circa 2009 when Precious could get up in her tree.  She's had a stroke, at the age of 21, but has been working hard to get back on her feet and managed to do so recently.  The photo below is Levi bobcat during a recent vet check up.   Food Prep Photos The building was built by friends of Big Cat Rescue in 2003-2004 for $40,000.  The lion's share of the money raised to build it came from Jamie Veronica's college fund, supplied by Read More

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Litter Box Training Domestic cats win hands down when it comes to house manners and exotic cats are more easily influenced by what other cats show them than what we try to teach them. For this reason, we employ domestic cat mothers, strays with kittens of their own for the most part, to help us guide these impressionable little ones. Our Veterinarian, Dr. Stacie Wadsworth D.V.M., specializes in cat care with her own clinic called Carrollwood Cats and takes in all of the felines brought to her doors. She screens them for every known disease, worms Read More

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Hygiene and Pest Control

Big Cat Rescue's Hygiene and Pest Control   INTRODUCTION Hygiene serves as a most important tool keeping sanctuary functioning property. There are several reasons why hygiene must be effective in the sanctuary. (a) Health Needs: to help prevent the spread of disease among animals and zoonosis between staff and visitors and the animals. (b) Husbandry needs: to provide clean safe conditions for the maintenance and housing of animals (biological needs). (c) Aesthetic needs: to provide a clean environment Read More

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Animal Husbandry

BIG CAT RESCUE’S BASIC HUSBANDRY INTRODUCTION   Much of the Keeper's time is spent in basic husbandry routines such as cleaning and feeding. Unless efficient procedures are mastered the Keeper can waste much time in unnecessary movement and labour, especially where large areas must be covered. Proper routines are efficient, effective and flexible; they have been developed over a period of time into the best way to cope with a particular job. Routines are always subjected to change as they deal with living, changing animals; routines Read More

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Critical Incident Hurricane and Disaster Plan

Big Cat Rescue Captive Wildlife Critical Incident/Disaster Plan   Contact info:  Big Cat Rescue 12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625 813.920.4130 fax 866.571.4523 USDA 58-C-0814 FL ESB 578 ID# 402067429 Lat 28.061125 Long. -82.571387 Hurricane Evacuation Zone Category? NO  Flood Zone? NO   Emergency Contacts: Veterinarian: Dr. Liz Wynn, DVM Ehrlich Animal Hospital 8009 Gunn Hwy. Tampa, FL 33625 813.920.0566 also Dr. Justin Boorstein, DVM Animal Coalition of Tampa. Sanctuary Operations  Read More

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Animal Health

BIG CAT RESCUE’S ANIMAL HEALTH PROTOCOL   INTRODUCTION The Keeper is the first line of defense in caring for the animals in the Refuge. Big Cat Rescue maintains a close relationship with two full-time Veterinarians, and their Lab Technicians. However, the Keeper, being responsible for the daily care of the Refuge's animals, plays an important part in the Big Cat Rescue’s animal health program. The effectiveness of the Keeper's role depends on several factors.   Attitude:The Keeper's attitude and the attitude of the Refuge's Read More

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ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION & HEART MASSAGE   If the cat has stopped breathing and the heart has stopped beating there are two methods of resuscitation. Chest compression stimulates the heart to beat and if done correctly, can force air in and out of the lungs. If you cannot hear the intake and exhale of air, you should add mouth to nose forced respiration. 1. Feel for the heartbeat and watch closely to see if the chest is moving. 2. Open the mouth, wipe away fluids and check for something stuck in the mouth. If there is something Read More

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Accidents and Animal Injury place animal in carrying case as quickly and gently as possible notify  Director keep the animal warm, quiet, and isolated give water if dehydrated ANIMAL HANDLING The animals that you will be caring for at Big Cat Rescue will be cared for in a HANDS OFF fashion because they are wild animals. All of the animals possess effective means for defending themselves when they feel it is necessary, including teeth, claws, odor, etc. Remember, any animal can and will bite if sufficiently provoked or frightened Read More

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Kittens and Cubs

KITTENS AND CUBS   Big Cat Rescue has evolved since its inception in 1992. By 1997 we had seen enough of the abuse and abandonment caused by the pet trade that we had previously engaged in to know that there was no reason to breed exotic animals for lives in cages. As a result we increased our efforts through spaying, neutering and cage building to ensure that we would no longer be a part of the problem. As we have continued to learn about the causes of so much suffering we have become active in stopping the exotic pet trade through education Read More