Mother Foster Kittens

Mother Foster Kittens

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To Celebrate Mother’s Day,

Will You Help Us “Mother” Our Foster Kittens?

Did you know that Big Cat Rescue fosters domestic kittens until they are old enough to be adopted? In the last 3 years our interns and volunteers have mothered literally hundreds of foster kittens!

 

This includes mommy cats with babies, bottle feeder kittens without mommies, kittens under 2 lbs. (the legal weight to spay & neuter them), and feral kittens that need to be socialized. Big Cat Rescue’s amazing interns – who live on property and ADORE kittens!! – care for the kittens from the time they arrive to the time they are brought back to the Humane Society for adoption. That’s a lot of love, nurturing, care and socializing!

When the kittens are old enough to have their first vaccines and have been SNAP tested (for Feline Aids and Feline Leukemia), they can spend their days in our Kitten Cabana while the interns are working at the sanctuary. Volunteers who have taken our Kitten Playtime Class can go into the Kitten Cabana to play with and socialize them. Playing with kittens! Yippee. Friendly kittens have a much better chance of being adopted. WATCH OUR KITTENS LIVE DURING THE DAY in the Kitten Cabana at http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-kitten-cabana

Big Cat Rescue provides the kittens with food, formula, litter, crates, carriers, bottles, toys, cat trees, catnip, heating pads, scales, nebulizers, intern housing, Internet for webcams and emergency care. If YOU would like to help support our Foster Kitten Program and “mother” our tiny charges, DONATE HERE

Or we can always use these supplies for our kittens: Purina Kitten Chow, plain clay litter (no clumping), wet food, soft blankets, towels, toys, beds, heating pads and kitten nursing supplies. Easy to order from our Amazon Wishlist.

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SPAY AND PLAY – One more really cool thing…we put our mouth where are paws are! If you bring us an original receipt from your vet showing that you spayed or neutered a pet, or a receipt from an animal shelter showing that you adopted a spayed or neutered pet within the past year, Big Cat Rescue will give you a FREE PASS for our Day Tour. That’s a $36.00 value!  If you are the kind of person who cares enough to protect your pet or feral cats from over population and all the horrors that go with it, then you are the kind of person we want to meet!  See Day Tours for times and tell the Ticket agent you have a Free Pass to redeem.

Kittens

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LIVE kitten cam

Live Kitten Cams

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These web cams are usually on domestic cat kittens that we are fostering for adoption, but are sometimes on the exotic cats in our on site Cat Hospital so that we can monitor their progress when they are recovering.  We do not breed exotic cats.  Find out why no legitimate sanctuary breeds animals.

Sample Video from 24/7 Live Kitten Cam

How old is that kitten?

Download this great pictorial chart to determine the age of your kitten.

Want to link to this page with a cute kitten button?  Use the one below and link to http://bigcatrescue.org/kittens/

 

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300 Kittens

300 Kittens

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Meet Tiny Timmy! We got Foster kitten # 300 today

We took in our first foster kittens on 4/5/2013. We take in kittens that the Humane Society cannot yet put on the floor for adoption. This is usually moms with babies, bottle feeder kittens, kittens under 2 lbs (the legal weight to spay & neuter them), and feral kittens that need socialized. Interns keep and care for them at their housing.

When the kittens are old enough to have their first vaccines and have been SNAP tested (for Feline Aids and Feline Leukemia), they can spend their days in the Kitten Cabana while the interns are working at the sanctuary. While there, volunteers who have had the Kitten Playtime Class can go in to play with, and socialize them.

Friendly kittens have a much better chance of being adopted. The Kitten Cabana can also be viewed on http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-kitten-cabana

People can help by donating to the foster program. It can be in the form of money, Purina Kitten Chow, plain clay litter (no clumping), wet food, soft blankets, towels, toys, beds, heating pads and kitten nursing supplies.

If people are interested in adopting, they can adopt through the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

You can also help by spreading the word to adopt, not buy, and please spay and neuter pets.

You can help support our foster program by feeding all of our big cats.

 

Give to Big Cat Rescue
One of the best ways to help is through general donations that can be used however it is most needed at the time.To make a general donation just click the Donate Now button below.  This is the best way to give as it has the lowest credit card processing fees and is immediate help for the cats.

Big Cat Rescue will not share or sell a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.
If you prefer to donate via Pay Pal, please use this link: Pay Pal This link will take you through our Salsa portal so we can properly track and thank you for your donations.

Selfie

Selfie

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Take the Tiger Selfie Challenge!

You remember the Ice Bucket Challenge, don’t you?  It was a crazy, popular way to raise awareness about  Lou Gherig’s Disease, that started in 2014 and has already raised more than 100,000 million dollars for ALS research.  Just yesterday Boston Mayor Marty Walsh took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge—and challenged Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to do the same. A full year later this form of public activism is still grabbing headlines.

Tiger Selfie Ad PhoneWhat if the cats had such a successful campaign to raise awareness about the suffering they endure for tiger selfies, lion selfies and liger selfies?

You KNOW we could end the pay to play schemes, once and for all, if everyone knew that posing with tiger cubs was Cruel NOT Cool!

The Tiger Selfie Challenge is a lot easier than the Ice Bucket Challenge.  (Cats wouldn’t want any part of dumping ice water on anyone)  All you have to do is buy the .99 cent Tiger Selfie App, snap some selfies, pick from an array of tiger photos in the app and post it to social sites.  The image you post tells your viewers why posing with real cubs is so cruel.  You aren’t asking your friends to donate huge sums of money; just to buy the app and share their own tiger selfie images to raise awareness.

The app developer has committed to donating half of the money to tiger sanctuaries to make sure the tigers have safe places to go once the world figures out that they should never support any organization that allows cub handling.

Cecil LionThe big cats need YOUR help in promoting the Tiger Selfie Challenge.  If Cecil the Lion touched your heart, then the Tiger Selfie Challenge is something you can do, right now, to end the abuse.  LionAid reports that 99% of the lions shot as trophies in S. Africa were born in cages.  The cubs are pimped out there, just like is done at tiger breeding mills in the U.S., and then when they get too big to use for the pay to play schemes they are turned out into a fenced area to be shot by trophy hunters.

The lions, tigers and ligers that are born in the U.S. tiger mills just disappear off the radar each year.  It is suspected that they end up being killed for their skins, bones, and teeth as well, but it is a network of criminals who operate with very little over sight.

YOU can end the abuse by taking the Tiger Selfie Challenge today and sharing it with everyone you know.  People love to share photos of themselves and the tiger overlays in the app make an image that they will want to share.

Think how easy it will be to pass the Big Cats and Public Safety Act this year if everyone in Congress has heard of, and maybe even taken, the Tiger Selfie Challenge!  This is an easy and fun action that you can take, right now, to make a difference!

Buy Tiger Selfie App

 

Be sure to use the hashtag #TigerSelfie so we can see your power in reaching the masses with this educational app.

Sorry, this is only available on iPhone, but visit TigerSelfieApp.com to let the developer know that you want it for Android.

Below is an example of how your tiger selfie can look.  In social streams, such as Facebook and Instagram the graphic changes from your image to the tiger cub handling message automatically, but on a web page you would have to click the play symbol.

 

 

 

Now at Big Cat Rescue Aug 08 2015

Now at Big Cat Rescue Aug 08 2015

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Big Cat Walkabout Video

This is a compilation of videos between June 30 and August 8 2015 at Big Cat Rescue.  It includes freshening up dens, a wedding staffed by volunteers, Kali Tiger, Sabre Leopard, Anasazi Bobcat, Cameron and Zabu the Lion and White Tiger, Little Feather Bobcat in slo-mo, Reise Cougar talking, JoJo the CaraVel, Joseph Lion ending his vacation, Jumanji Leopard getting a shot, Foster Kittens and ends with Amanda Tiger calling for her brothers.

Now at Big Cat Rescue Feb 13 2015

Now at Big Cat Rescue Feb 13 2015

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Fun Photos on Friday the 13th

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Andi Bobcat up in her tree at Big Cat Rescue

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Vernon Stairs posts new tour sign at Big Cat Rescue

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Little Dove Bobcat peeks out of her den at Big Cat Rescue

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Natasha Lynx enjoys a spice bag a few weeks ago at Big Cat w

Aspen Echo Cougar strikes a pose at Big Cat Rescue

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Aspen Echo looks so regal in front of her cave den at Big Cat Rescue

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Do you look at your cat, with half closed eye, to show your love?

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Tonga the White Serval still doing well, years after cancer was removed from his nose.

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Tonga the White Serval gets ready for his role as the Easter Bunny

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Mickey the cougar, who had torn ACLs in both back legs will get second surgery soon.

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Mickey the cougar has improved in his ability to use the knee repaired by Dr. Callum Hay.

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A big shout out from Mickey Cougar to everyone who helped him get the first surgery.

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…and a plea, from Mickey Cougar to help fund the second ACL surgery.

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Angelica Bobcat caught just before breaking into a huge yawn.

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Thurston and Lovey napping in their tree house at Big Cat Rescue.

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Genie Sandcat sees no reason to leave her heated Skippy Bed for the photographer.

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Narla Cougar regrets the cat nip binge from last night at Big Cat Rescue.

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Gale Ingham shows a painting of Windsong Bobcat by Intern Julia Doane.

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Canvas prints of our cats were donated by Vanessa Fernandez & family for sale in our gift shop.

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The gorgeous canvas prints hang in the office as they sell one at a time in the gift shop.

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The eyes over the door are not for sale, but the beautiful leopard on the right is.

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See which ones are still available at www.BigCatRescue.biz

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This is the staff meeting room at Big Cat Rescue.

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Our Keepers all wear radios while on property and these radio speakers are in & on the buildings.

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Jennifer Leon and our Legislative Interns keep this area looking nice where guests are able to speak out for the cats.

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Ariel Bobcat has been moved from rehab to her permanent cage, but is still a little shy.

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Moms and kittens enjoy the expert care by our Interns in the FosteringIsCool.com program.

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Vern uses a drill, found by Dr. Justin and Jamie, to tie on the 9 gauge wires.

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Doing that by hand would just wring your wrists off!

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Vern attaches the sign to the front of the Windsong Memorial Hospital.

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Andi Bobcat does her best hoot owl im-purr-sonation.