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Saving More Than 9 Lives

Saving More Than 9 Lives   The minute you see them, you know they're just too lazy for words.   They sit there in the hot Florida sun, barely acknowledging you, content to aspire to nothing more than relaxing and waiting for dinnertime.   But then there are others that are natural performers. As soon as they glance your way, well - that's it, they have to start behaving in an almost theatrical way, doing something designed to catch your eye. And they know you're there to watch them, to observe their every move, so Read More

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Ted Mashima and Rowena Watson

Ted Mashima and Rowena Watson   Big Cat Rescuers of Another Stripe   In July Big Cat Rescue hosted Drs. Ted Mashima and Rowena Watson from Washington, DC for a VIP tour led by Barbara Frank. Ted Mashima is a zoological medicine veterinarian who currently serves as the Associate Executive Director for Research and Academic Affairs for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, which coordinates the affairs of all North American veterinary colleges.   He is on the faculty of Envirovet Summer Institute in White Oak, FL, Read More

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Meet Our Married Volunteers 2009

Volunteer "Spot" Light   Volunteer- to do charitable or helpful work without receiving pay for it.   This is the definition of volunteer. What the definition does not include is passion, commitment, loyalty and an absolute love for what you do. This is the definition of a Big Cat Rescue Volunteer.   We have over 100 people who volunteer in different capacities. They clean enclosures, rake, landscape, paint, give tours, help in our gift shop, write letters to help change laws, educate the public about animals in the Read More

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Lifelock and Big Cat Rescue

Lifelock and Big Cat Rescue     Did you know that it takes an average of 30 hours to correct an identity theft? Last year alone identity theft was a $58 billion industry! Why be a statistic when you can have the nations leading identity protection service at as little as $9 a month? Here are just a few of the great benefits Lifelock has to offer.   1. Upon enrollment you are immediately covered by our $1 Million Total Service Guarantee if you become an identity theft victim because of a failure in our service. The details Read More

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Keeper Walkabout at Big Cat Rescue Feb 2009

Keeper Walkabout at Big Cat Rescue Feb 2009   Paws to Reflect   Sometimes, we're lucky enough to catch one of those rare days when our lake level is low, the ground is wet, and our tigers have decided to go for a leisurely walk along the shore. It's the perfect recipe for capturing a beautiful paw print impression. It's not always easy but, when it happens, it's so exciting to cast those big, powerful paw prints they've left behind. We have to quickly mix up a batch of plaster, cast it, and make sure the tiger is entertained safely Read More

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Keeper Walkabout at Big Cat Rescue Jan 2009

Keeper Walkabout at Big Cat Rescue Jan 2009   January 2009   Jarred and a new intern were smiling and talking in an animated fashion as they exited the Volunteer Check Point.  It made me smile to see these people, who give up all their free time for the cats,  doing so with such a cheerful attitude.  I usually start my rounds by checking the Observation books there to see if there are any reports of cats who are off their food, or exhibiting any signs that all is not right in their world.  It is the combined effort of dozens Read More

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Independent Day School’s Cool Cats 2009

Independent Day School’s “Cool Cats”     BCR was privileged to again host the Independent Day School’s “Cool Cats” on tour on Friday May 22nd. The first and second grade students came out to present Big Cat Rescue with a remarkable donation they raised of over $1,000 dollars! This is probably the 8th to 10th year that IDS has donated to Big Cat Rescue. It used to be Wildlife on Easy Street when they started. Back then $350.00 was a lot of money to donate - now they routinely raise over $1,000.00!   This project Read More

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GABLES DAY 2009 IS HUGE HELP TO THE CATS!

GABLES DAY 2009 IS HUGE HELP TO THE CATS!   http://youtu.be/SZWcI7foNbU   Gables Residential is an incredible company that owns and manages commercial and residential real estate across the country.  Each year their regions select a non profit to help for a day on a massive scale.  Big Cat Rescue was fortunate to be chosen this year as one of the beneficiaries of this tremendous generosity.   Employees Robert Taylor and Melanie Maughan did a masterful job of organizing the efforts of over 100 employees and vendors Read More

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My First Day in the Capitol by Nikki Benoit

My First Day in the Capitol   Hi, my name is Nikki Benoit and while I have been involved in the Obama campaign (as an individual and not on behalf of any organization) I had never gone to our state's capitol to be a voice for the animals in person.  The Humane Society of the United States sponsored a Lobby Day in Tallahassee, FL to help others like me understand how the process works and what I could do to make a difference for the animals.  This is my summary of the experience:   I had a fantastic experience and received an Read More

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Big Cat Rescue Expands 2009

Big Cat Rescue Expands   Word of mouth advertising has always been our most valuable resource. From donations, to our fabulous volunteer force, to the good will in the community it has been the power of social networking that has enabled us to save so many great cats and to make their plight known around the world.  Every year we have been able to make the world an incrementally better place for exotic cats and for the rest of us who share similar needs for a more compassionate and sustainable environment.   As word about the Read More