Now at Big Cat Rescue Oct 3 2014

Now at Big Cat Rescue Oct 3 2014

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Genie the Sandcat is rushed to the vet when her keepers note that she is acting weird.

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Genie Sandcat was sedated in a glass box used for domestic cats.

 

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This was to make sedation easier on her since she is only 3.3 pounds and 14 years old.

 

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Dr. Wynn keeps a close eye on her vitals.

 

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The monitors are just all over the place, so she has to rely on feel, sound and instincts.

 

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For such an old and tiny cat, Genie Sandcat has some fearsome teeth!

 

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The tiniest mask straps are too big, so Carole holds the gas mask in place.

 

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Sandcats are the softest of the exotic cat species.

 

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No spinal issues and her lungs don’t look terrible, but she has a case of bronchitis.

 

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This is good news, because Genie Sandcat is given a long lasting antibiotic shot and has a good chance at recovery.

 

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Dr. Wynn gives her fluids, steroids and antibiotics to help tiny little Genie fight off her symptoms.

 

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Genie Sandcat’s paw is the size of the tip of Jamie Veronica’s finger.

 

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Sandcat paws are fully furred on the bottom for running on desert sands.

 

Violations at Big Cat Facilities 2011-2014

 

The USDA site doesn’t work most of the time and when it does it is so slow that most browsers will time out and quit before you can download the information you are looking for.  This information is current as of Oct. 3, 2014.

USDA Facilities with big cats who have had citations

USDA Facilities with big cats who have had repeat violations

USDA Facilities with repeat violations for all animal species

 

 

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Big Cat Rescue Honored as 2014 Top-Rated NonProfit

by GreatNonprofits.org Award is based on Positive Online Reviews

 

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Keisha Tiger on her first “Vacation” in the Vacation Rotation enclosure

 

Thanks to YOU!

Last month, after some animal exploiters posted some fake reviews to try and bring our scores down, we asked you to post reviews about Big Cat Rescue if you had been here to several sites and today it was announced that we won the prestigious 2014 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.  Way to go, you guys!

2014GreatNonProfitAwardThe Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Big Cat Rescue received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted their personal experience with BCR. For example, one person wrote, “Big Cat Rescue is the most wonderful place you can ever visit! I was there last year and GOSH, the animals and their enclosures are gorgeous! The tour guide was friendly and knew her thing. The animals were playful and happy and anyone who says otherwise has not been there! I recommend BCR for anyone who loves, or even LIKES animals.”

While the Top-Rated Awards run through the end of October, Big Cat Rescue was one of the first groups to qualify for the 2014. In addition, we’ll be added to Great Nonprofits #GivingTuesday Guide—an interactive guide to top nonprofits throughout the years. Look for this near the holidays.

“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with Big Cat Rescue have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”

Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization. The reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-the-ground results of this nonprofit. This award is a form of recognition by the community.

 

Sad Goodbye to Shere Khan the Tiger

 

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Shere Khan and China Doll were the first tigers to reign over Big Cat Rescue.  We had been keeping a watchful eye over Shere Khan since the first of the year as old age began taking its toll on him, but were shocked and saddened when his mate of 19 years, China Doll, had a sudden stroke and had to be euthanized in April.

Shere Khan always tried to please, and dutifully took his meds (after much coaxing every day) and ate, but would eat just enough to survive.  It was clear that he pined for his life long cage mate and we did all we could to keep him company, but his health declined rapidly and by August we knew that it would only be humane to let him pass peacefully.  It is still hard to write this, because I just can’t imagine the sanctuary without these two wonderful tigers.

 

T.I.G.E.R.S. Exposed

 

This is the best article I’ve seen exposing what really happens when you pay to play with baby wild animals.  I believe that two of the worst exploiters of big cats and their cubs are T.I.G.E.R.S. and GW Zoo due to the vast number of cubs that must be produced each year to satisfy the demand they create for pay to play sessions with baby lion, tiger and liger cubs.  This article has great photos and even better reporting:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/exposed-t-i-g-e-r-s-a-tourist-attraction-above-wildlife-conservation/

 

Some New Videos Since Last AdvoCat

We have a new Media Producer, T.O. Lawrence, and he has some new ideas.  We will continue to post one great video a week at BigCatTV.com but every day or every other day will be short, updates on the cats you know and love.  To never miss a video, be sure to subscribe at BigCatTV.com

Kali the Tiger’s Rescue

Aspen Cougar Celebrates 500K Facebook Followers

Kali Tiger Update

Mickey the Cougar Gets Rescued

Help Us Build the Windsong Memorial Hospital

 

Update on Mickey the Cougar

 

Mickey’s surgery was successful and he has spent the last few weeks recovering very well.  An artificial ligament was installed in his left rear knee to help stabilize the joint. He still only has access to one half of his enclosure.  Dr. Hay will come out to visit Mickey in the coming week to see how he is progressing.  In the meantime we have started physical therapy sessions with him which include slow walking laps around his enclosure to encourage proper utilization of his repaired joint.  If everything goes well over the next few months he will have the same procedure performed on his other knee.

 

Wild About 30

is a benefit for Big Cat Rescue, but it’s a purrrrrrfect time to take a walk on the wild side and celebrate Centre Club Tampa’s 30th anniversary Charity Classic event! Dance the night away to live music, sip handcrafted cocktails and enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres benefiting Big Cat Rescue, E.P.C.F., and Augie’s Quest.

Rrrrrrreservations required so RSVP today! 813-286-4040
https://classic.als.net/Register/?id=1201

 

Rock to the Rescue Gives $10,000 Grant

 

Big Cat Rescue was truly delighted to learn that the sanctuary has been selected as recipient of a $10,000 Rock to the Rescue grant.

Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by classic rock band Styx, whose mission is to build strong communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. Rock to the Rescue has a special interest in supporting sanctuaries that provide humane and non exploitative care to wildlife.

Ms. Hannah Shaw, Director of Rock to the Rescue notified Jeff Kremer, the sanctuary’s Director of Donor Appreciation that Rock to the Rescue’s band and board had voted to award Big Cat Rescue a $10,000 gift to help fund construction of the sanctuary’s new “Small Cat Vacation Rotation” habitat!

“Rock to the Rescue is impressed with the sanctuary’s education and advocacy efforts on behalf of wild cats, and could not be happier to support this important mission” said Ms. Shaw.

Styx’s Rock to the Rescue has provided over $2 million in support of grassroots animal organizations, music education programs, and disaster relief efforts. The nonprofit is an important component of the band’s national tours, with fundraisers supporting the local community in every city the band performs.

For more information, visit: http://rocktotherescue.net and be sure to “Like” them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockToTheRescue

 

Petition to Rebut False Claims

 

Whenever someone does something nice for Big Cat Rescue, the animal abusers come out attacking them and often set up hateful petitions to either try and discredit us or to bully the donor into hiding their support for our cause.  Change.org seems to be one of their favorite places to create these hate campaigns, so we set up a quick and easy petition that we will be able to show donors, when the bad guys strike.

Would you take a moment to add your name as a supporter of big cat rescue to our Change.org petition so that we can show that there are far more people who love animals and Big Cat Rescue than those who seek to harm?  https://www.change.org/p/supporters-help-stop-big-cat-abuse

 

Big Cat Bingo

A huge thanks to the supporters, volunteers and interns who helped make our latest bingo night at Hamburger Mary’s in Clearwater and in Tampa both roaring successes.

 

Stop Tiger Abuse at Georgia State Fair

 

The Georgia State Fair is planning to host a tiger exhibit by All Things Wild on September 26, even after being informed that handler Marcus Cook has been charged with almost 100 VIOLATIONS of the federal Animal Welfare Act.

Some of his violations include using a cattle prod on a tiger during an exhibition, keeping five tiger cubs in a trailer and allowing urine to saturate the subflooring, and keeping tigers in metal enclosures in 100-degree heat!

Take action here:  Sign PeTA Petition

 

Amazon Smile Shout Out!

 

lynxAmazonSmileA huge shout out to everyone who has donated items from our Amazon wishlist and who has chosen Big Cat Rescue as their charity of choice in  https://smile.amazon.com/  We just got a check for close to $900.00 thanks to people like you choosing us when they shop at Amazon.  It costs you nothing more and is an easy way to donate to the cats.

Please note that when you donate through Amazon we don’t get your name or address to send a thank you note, but please know that your help is GRRrrrreatly appreciated!

Thank you for taking the time to catch up with us.  Please share this September AdvoCat newsletter with your friends and family on all of your social sites.

 

 

Now at Big Cat Rescue Sept 22 2014

Now at Big Cat Rescue Sept 22 2014

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Daily Big Cat 2014 09 22

Simba Leopard gets treats on a stick from Angie, Ginger Serval catches something in the ferns, Gale, Cody and Meredith remove a rotten limb and ants from Narla Cougar’s cage, check in on Mickey Cougar, and Vern talks about room addition for Jumanji Leopard.

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Angie Gabor and Simba Leopard

Now at Big Cat Rescue Sept 15 2014

Now at Big Cat Rescue Sept 15 2014

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500,000 Facebook Fans Today!

 

How to get more Facebook fans

People ask us all the time, “How do you get more Facebook fans?”

How to get more Facebook fans

It isn’t easy to build a social network.  It takes a lot of work.

How to get more Facebook fans

We post about every 3 hours and use big, beautiful photographs of our exotic cats.

How to get more Facebook fans

We respond, in real time, to our fans and answer their questions, like their comments and share their stuff.

How to get more Facebook fans

We are always looking for what is trending and how we can apply that to our posts.

How to get more Facebook fans

We read books & articles, listen to podcasts, and take training courses on how to improve our SEO.

How to get more Facebook fans

We remember to have fun!

How to get more Facebook fans

Make your prediction of the date and time that we will reach 1,000,000 Facebook Fans.

 

Pretender Bobcat Moves to New Cat-a-Tat

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Pretender falls for the old lure of going into his feeding lockout

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Volunteers cover the carry crate and Pretender Bobcat goes into the dark, hiding spot

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Reversing the capture procedure, Pretender Bobcat is released into his new space

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Pretender was sure relieved to know he wasn’t going to the vet, but rather to a brand new enclosure

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New plants, new grass, new neighbors and a whole new aspect on things is great enrichment for the cats

 

Now at Big Cat Rescue Sept 13 2014

Now at Big Cat Rescue Sept 13 2014

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Mickey Goes Home

Daily Big Cat 9-12-14

Master keeper Gale discusses Mickey the cougar’s release and rehabilitation on this episode of #DailyBigCat.

 

Toronto Jays and Wall Street Journal

At least the Jays had the good sense to take down the photos, once they found out that people who love animals think this is nothing more than animal abuse. Big cat cubs belong with their mothers. They aren’t ego props. Shame on the WSJ for not doing a simple Internet search on the subject of pay to play cubs before condoning this cruelty.

Now the Wall Street Journal needs you to educate them about why cub handling is cruel. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2014/09/11/toronto-blue-jays-bring-a-baby-lion-and-tiger-into-the-clubhouse-and-the-pictures-are-great/

 

Moving Gilligan

Back in the 90’s we were home to three snow leopards, but Florida is no place for a cat who was designed to live above the permafrost line, so we built air conditioned caves for them.  They were zoo surplus to the Species Survival Plan, but we do not believe in breeding cats for lives in cages, so we kept them separate.  Vern converted a big freezer box; the kind you see on semi tractors, into a 3 compartment den with air conditioning that ran 24/7.  He covered the trailer body with concrete work, made to look like rocks.  The a/c blowing in the dens also made the rocks cool to the touch, so the snow leopards could be outside, but stay cool, as well.

The last of our snow leopards passed away in 2011 and when we shut off the air conditioner it was with the belief that it would never be used again.  Snow leopards almost never end up in the exotic cat trade and the only other cat that might require such cooling would be Canada Lynx, but they too, are so rare and so fragile, that they rarely end up in backyards and basements.  When we received a call in 2013 that there were two Canada Lynx who had been abandoned in Kansas, we just figured they had been misidentified and would turn out to be bobcats.

If you followed us during that rescue then you know that Skipper and Gilligan did turn out to be Canada Lynx and came home with us, along with their companions, Lovey, Thurston, Mary Ann the bobcats and Ginger the serval.  During quarantine we discovered that Skipper and Gilligan had hook worms and they were treated, but their cages were now contaminated and would have to undergo extensive treatment with salt to kill any of the worms in the soil.  Once we were sure that Skipper and Gilligan were no longer hosting the parasites we began to prepare the old snow leopard enclosures for them, so that they could have access to the air conditioned dens.

Skipper moved first and now Gilligan is joining him.

Gale had to use a LOOOOONG rope on the door to Gilligan’s feeding lockout because he would spook and run at the slightest hint that she may shut the door. Once she trapped him in the feeding lockout, the volunteers and interns brought the transport cage and lined it up to the guillotine door.

Usually we can cover the cage we want the cats to go in with a sheet and they will seek refuge in the dark.  That allows us to drop the door and secure them in the carrying case.  It worked with Gilligan, but a tree had grown in the worst possible spot and we couldn’t line the door up to be flush.  Gale used the sheet to trick Gilligan into thinking it was a wall, but when push comes to shove, and we have to get the door in place there were a few tense moments when we thought he might bolt out toward her.

There isn’t any footage of that because we had to drop the camera to help secure the door of the crate.

Gilligan was then driven to the West – Boensch (pronounce bench) Cat Hospital where he was weighed for future reference and taken to his new enclosure.  He weighs 33 pounds.  Once released into his new cat-a-tat, Gilligan was a little nervous.  Skipper got up on his high platform next door so he could watch all the action.  Within a few minutes though Gilligan was checking out his new air conditioned den, his platforms and all the fun, new stuff to do and explore.

It costs close to 2 million dollars a year to support the cats at Big Cat Rescue and the best kind of donations are the ones we know we can count on regularly.  We have a number of ways that you can pledge a monthly or annual gift to the cats, so that we can continue to rescue and provide top notch care.  Check out the many ways you can help at BigCatRescue.org slash donate.

 

 

 

 

 

Now at Big Cat Rescue Sept 12 2014

Now at Big Cat Rescue Sept 12 2014

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Keisha Tiger Goes on Vacation

 

 

To find out more about Keisha the tiger, go to www.BigCatRescue.org/keisha The Vacation Rotation enclosure is 2.5 ac where each of our big cats gets a two week vacation, without ever leaving the sanctuary.