Rule # 1 : STAY CALM . Detach yourself from the drama and become the hired professional brought in to remedy the situation. Your mind is more complex (and more easily accessible) than any computer. Everything you have ever learned is right there and available to you, but you must be in a clear state of mind to recall the needed information. Running in circles and causing a big commotion won’t help the animal in need. Because this is an Emergency, you need to think fast, but
CLIPPING THE NAILS
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
WORKPLACE SAFETY PROGRAM
Table of Contents
Section I - Management Commitment and Involvement
Section II - Safety and Health Training
Section III - Safety Meetings
Section IV - Safety Committee
Section V - Safety Inspections
Section VI - First Aid Procedures
Section VII - Accident Investigations
Section VIII - Workplace Safety Rules
Section IX - On Property Safety
You have to start with the end in mind...
...and then start taking steps, no matter how small, each and every day toward that goal.
Big Cat Rescue has enjoyed spectacular success in every aspect of the sanctuary world. From the most well trained and dedicated staff and volunteers to having several years worth of reserves set aside incaseof a global market crash; this 20 year old sanctuary has been a working model for other animal rescue groups. Big Cat Rescue freely shares our resources and lessons learned by providing:
Code of Honor
1. I will focus on what works best to achieve our mission of caring for cats & ending the trade.
2. I will speak my truth to the best of my ability & listen attentively as others speak theirs, with an end goal of finding solutions that work for all.
3. I will support my fellow Rescuers early, often & unconditionally.
4. I will be truthful & responsible for my actions, accepting my role with grace and performing to the best of my ability.
5. I will deal with complete transparency
Handling and Disposal of Toxic Materials
Leaded and Unleaded Gasoline: (clear colored liquid; gasoline hydrocarbon odor)
flush with clear water for 15 minutes or until irritation subsides. If irritation persists, call a physician.
remove any contaminated clothing and wash skin with soap and water.
if overcome from exposure, remove from exposure and call a physician immediately. If breathing is irregular or has stopped, start resuscitation, administer oxygen if available.
BIG CAT RESCUE'S ANIMAL RESTRAINT
AND HANDLING INTRODUCTION
Restraint is the restriction of movement of any Sanctuary animal and may vary from simply confining the animal in an enclosure, small space, box, or crate, to completely restricting its muscular activity (immobilization). Where at all possible handling should be avoided by using shifts.
Restraint and handling may be used interchangeably but better refer to specific situations. Most mammals require restraining, holding them immobile so that they can't injure the Keeper.
Minimum Qualifications Or Standards Required To Perform Essential Job Functions For All Paid Positions at Big Cat Rescue.
Must be physically able to operate a variety of machines and equipment including a tractor, lawn mower, weed eater, edger, tiller, chain saw, battery charger, two-way radio, bobcat, gas powered blower, copy machine, computer, engraving equipment, etc. Must be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, 25 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount of force constantly
Animal Escape Protocol
In the event of a dangerous animal escape, the immediate goals are 1.) Insure public safety, 2.) Insure staff safety, 3.) Insure animal safety and 4.) Recapture the animal. All four goals should be accomplished simultaneously. It is of utmost importance that everyone involved in the recapture remain calm and not try to be a hero.
In the event of an animal escape;
1. If an animal escapes within the walkway or the perimeter of the security fence, secure all perimeter gates.
2. Leave cage
Big Cat Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, FEID 59-3330495. Florida law requires that all charities soliciting donations disclose their registration number and the percentage of your donation that goes to the cause and the amount that goes to the solicitor. We do not utilize professional solicitors, so 0% of your donation goes to a professional solicitor, 100% goes to Big Cat Rescue. Non-program expenses are funded from tour income, so 100% of your donations go to supporting the cats and stopping the abuse.
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR BIG CAT RESCUE, A FL-BASED NONPROFIT CORPORATION (REGISTRATION NO. CH 11409), MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE OR BY VISITING www.800helpfla.com. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.