Today at Big Cat Rescue Sept 3 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue Sept 3 2013

The Lion Ark movie is opening at the film festivals and this is your chance to be one of the first to see the “feel good movie of the year”!

More action adventure style than traditional documentary, Lion Ark tells the story of the undercover investigations, the lobbying, the law and enforcement of the ban on animal circuses in Bolivia. Circuses that defy the new law are tracked down, animals saved and a joyous finale sees 25 lions airlifted to freedom.

This is a hugely important film for raising awareness about the suffering of animals in traveling circuses and it shows how laws can be enforced. And for a change, the animals win!

Early reviews say: “Lion Ark is the feel-good movie of the year!”  (Reel Talk); “one of your must-see films of 2013”  (The Independent Critic); “A consciousness-raising milestone of a documentary”  (The Ecologist); “will restore some faith in humanity.”  (“A deeply important film about bravely taking a stand against animal cruelty.”  (FatFreefilm).  Read more Lion Ark reviews

See the Lion Ark Trailer here:


October 5th (Saturday) 2pm: 
US Premiere Mill Valley Film Festival: at CinéArts Sequoia, Mill Valley, (Bay Area), CA.
With special introduction from actress Jorja Fox.  
Tickets $14 plus applicable fees. Book online or by phone at 877 874 6833

October 6th (Sunday) 3.30pm: 
San Diego Film Festival  at Reading Theater, 701 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Tickets $14 plus applicable fees. Book online.

October 8th (Tuesday) 3pm:
Mill Valley Film Festival (2nd screening) at CinéArts Sequoia in Mill Valley, CA.
Tickets $14 plus applicable fees. Book online or by phone at 877 874 6833

October 12th (Saturday) 5pm: 
Hawaii International Film Festival, Honolulu.

October 13th (Sunday) 11am:
Hawaii International Film Festival, Honolulu.

Further screenings are to planned for Los AngelesNew YorkColorado and Florida before the end of the year, details will be announced here


To make sure that film festival visitors come to see Lion Ark and to get the attention of industry representatives to consider Lion Ark for general release, WE NEED HELP with –

  • Handing out leaflets to festival visitors
  • Helping with the Lion Ark information table and screening
  • Taking our leaflets to local restaurants and other business near the festival venue

It’s fun and easy! You get to see Lion Ark for free! AND do something great for the animals!

To sign up, please email Amanda Hudson:

All Lion Ark screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with the rescue team and filmmakers – so I look forward to seeing you there!

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Jan Creamer


Lions and Tigers in Lebanon Need Homes



We are looking for possible placement with you of two adult lions and two adult tigers that we are in the process of removing form a private zoo.


A wildlife vet from France has seen these animals about two years ago to vaccinate and provide care advice. This zoo had a cheetah and third tiger which have since died.


The leader of the political group from that area helped in convincing the owner to give up a chimpanzee in 2012, and we were informed a couple days ago that he is ready to give up the lions and tigers and be done with exotic animals.


Previously we sent lions to the Drakenstein sanctuary near Capetown but they do not have available space at this time. I have contacted the European Association of Rescue Centers and Born Free Foundation but still no definite ‘yes’ for any sanctuary.


You posted earlier about these lions we rescued some years ago –


I was hoping you might have some possibilities even if not all animals go to the same sanctuary.


We will cover all costs to get them to the nearest international airport, and have no problem arranging the necessary permits and vet procedures. I am attaching a picture of the two lions and am trying to go on the weekend to get pictures of the tigers and check the health.


There is no real rush as the animals are there and secure enough, but it does start raining in October and November which makes it more difficult as it is at the bottom of a deep valley with gravel and dirt path. We will need to move each animal up this path separately in the back of a pickup truck.


Thank you for your consideration and please let me know if I can provide any other information that would help.



Jason Mier

Executive Director

+961 1 751 678


Note:  We referred him to our friends in Spain and Africa from AAP but they are full as well.  Right now there are 3 cougars and 5 lynx looking for a home and more calls every day as the bad guys try to unload their breeders before new laws ban them from breeding for pay to play schemes.


Howard Tries Film Making



Vern, Chuck and Scott using a lift to place the roof on our safety entrance and lock out areas of the Vacation Rotation cage.  Nice job Howie.  Note: Turn your camera on its side to get the right screen fill.


We are delighted to announce that the world premiere of Lion Ark – the film about how Bolivia’s circus industry was closed down, all the animals saved and 29 lions were airlifted to sanctuaries in the United States – is in London on 1st October.

Lion Ark has been officially selected to screen at Raindance, Europe’s largest independent film festival.  Tickets go on sale today and numbers will be limited.


Lion Ark – World Premiere

Tuesday, 1 October 4pm

With special introduction by actor Brian Blessed

Vue Piccadilly (Apollo), 19 Lower Regent Street, London SW1Y 4LR


Buy tickets now on 08712 240242


Lion Ark has been made in more of an action adventure style to appeal to a wide audience. But in this documentary, the animals win. It will leave you smiling.  It is also a huge opportunity to raise awareness about the suffering of animals in circuses, but the audience will be kept interested in the story, while they learn the reasons not to visit the animal circus.  We need your help for this important launch to get Lion Ark out to the public.


What reviewers have been saying about Lion Ark:

“one of your must-see films of 2013..”

The Independent Critic


“Lion Ark is the feel-good movie of the year!”

Reel Talk


“A consciousness-raising milestone of a documentary”

The Ecologist


“will restore some faith in humanity.”


“Lion Ark will grab your attention and your heart”

CMR Movie Reviews & News

“… heartwarming, beautiful and inspirational.   It reminds you of the majestic power of documentary filmmaking and its ability to stir true emotion.”

Shock Cinema Magazine


“A deeply important film about bravely taking a stand against animal cruelty.”




Eye for Film


“ AMAZING! Viewers will be crying tears of joy throughout….”

International Animal Welfare Examiner


This is your chance to be there as the Lion Ark takes off for the first time.  Book your tickets right now.

Watch the Lion Ark trailer here

Read the reviews here

Follow Lion Ark on Facebook here


See you on October 1st!

Jan Creamer

Chief Executive

Nikki McQueen To Discuss The Passing Of A Pet, The Grief, Impact on The Family, More In Advance of Forum Tied to National Pet Memorial Day

My guest Sept. 4 on “Talking Animals”–airing 9am to 10am ET on Tampa NPR affiliate WMNF (88.5 FM)–will be Nikki McQueen, vice-president of Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes And Cremation Tribute Center, based in St. Petersburg, FL.

Her work for Anderson-McQueen encompasses serving as a pet funeral director. In that capacity, McQueen will be a featured speaker on a forumSept. 7 at Stetson College of Law Center in Gulfport, FL.

The forum is pegged to National Pet Memorial Day, Sept. 8, and second in a series on end-of-life issues from the Emerson Forum.

In her presentation, McQueen will describe the common grief shared by pet owners and families in dealing with the death of loved ones–both human and animal.

Another speaker will be veterinarian Dr. Dani McVety, the founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospital–and a guest on “Talking Animals” in January of 2012–who will deliver a talk entitled “What We Can Learn About Life From The Death Of A Pet.”

Nikki McQueen speaks with us live, in studio, on Sept. 4

Please tune in 88.5 FM in Tampa, or online here 9am ET…6am PT

And to join the conversation, you can call:813.239.9663–or e-mail

Thank you!

Kind Regards,
Duncan Strauss
Talking Animals

Silly Tiger Auroara takes a quick dip in the lake

Auroara the Tiniest Tiger at Big Cat Rescue



Auroara was one of the first tigers at Big Cat Rescue, she was one of the favorites with everybody who volunteered and visited the sanctuary. She lived in a one acre enclosure with access to the lake at the back, loved to swim and was really good at making you smile whenever you walked by, she will be dearly missed.

Watch along as Big Cat Rescue’s silly Tiger Auroara takes a quick dip in the lake. Tigers love water and Aurora proves that cats are actually awake and active when they are in a stimulating environment.

Big Cat Rescue is a non profit, permanent retirement home to more than 100 tigers, lions, leopards, bobcats and more species of exotic cat. We rely entirely on donations to provide them with the lives you see in these videos. Please help support the big cats at: or by mailing a check to Big Cat Rescue 12802 Easy Street, Tampa, FL 33625 813.920.4130

Thank you!


Watch all of our exotic cats videos in the faster loading YouTube Big Cat Rescue site.





Today at Big Cat Rescue Aug 29 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue Aug 29 2013

Big Cat Rescuers Meet w/ Rep Janet Cruz Rifkin


Howard Baskin talked with her about decoupling grey hound racing and the plight of captive big cats.


Rep Janet Cruz Rifkin

Representative Janet Cruz Rifken posted a nice comment about Big Cat Rescue to her Facebook page.



In this hour long walk about you will see Flavio Tiger in the Vacation Rotation cage and being loaded into a wagon for diagnostics.  You will see Bella Tiger making the long walk to the Vacation Rotation cage and enjoying it.  You will see the new Kitten Cabana construction, Tommie Girl Bobcat, Tobi Cougar, Gilligan Canada Lynx, Lovey, Thurston, Mary Ann, Moses, Bailey, Anazasie, Windstar,Max and Levi the bobcats.  Also rare glimpses at Genie Sandcat, Nico Geoffroy Cat, Pharaoh and Tonga the white servals, Mr E the Leopard cat, Jade and Armani the leopards, Joseph and Sasha the lions and Cameron and Zabu the white tiger.  Lots of cats, lots of rain, lots of interesting behavior.

Today at Big Cat Rescue Aug 29 2013

Cat Chat Show Notes Aug 28 2013

Cat Chat Show Notes Aug 28 2013

Honey Wayton the Gift Shop Manager


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Today we spoke with Honey Wayton the Gift Shop Manager at Big Cat Rescue.


Sold Like Purebred Cats and Shot Dead for Being Exotic Looking Cats


Savannah Cat(DETROIT FREE PRESS) – The big cat roaming Detroit’s northeast side is dead, according to a feral cat rescue group that has been trying to find it for days.


The body of the 25-pound, 3-year-old Savannah cat named Chum was found in a trash can on Detroit’s east side Monday evening, said Laura Wilhelm-Bruzek, founder of Paws for the Cause, the feral cat rescue group based in Chesterfield Township.


A neighbor near Joann and Bringard, just south of 8 Mile, shot the cat days ago, Wilhelm-Bruzek said. The all-volunteer nonprofit rescue group and advocates for feral cats had been searching for the cat since Saturday.


“I think people can’t just go around shooting things they don’t understand,” Wilhelm-Bruzek said today. “I think we need to be a little bit more respectful of the animals and human beings around us. I’d love to see someone look into it and investigate it. But I’m not holding out a lot of hope. This whole thing from the beginning has just been a mess.”


Neighbors said they had contacted the Michigan Humane Society and Detroit Police when the cat – called a Savannah – was seen roaming the neighborhood, but both declined to investigate.


Paws for a Cause got involved last week, and the cat’s owners called the group Monday, Wilhelm-Bruzek said. They said the cat, which did not have a microchip, had gotten out of their home about a month ago through a window.


The rescue group heard that the cat had been shot. But they weren’t able to find the cat’s body until Monday, Wilhelm-Bruzek said, when the group was shown where the cat had been thrown away.


“I simply asked them for the cat’s body and they said it was across the street in a garbage can,” she said. She was walked to the garbage can, “and the cat – whose name is Chum – was there,” she said.


Chum’s owners, who live near 9 Mile and Gratiot and had raised the cat since it was 4 months old, were devastated.


“They were hysterical,” Wilhelm-Bruzek said, adding that they are having the cat cremated today.


According to the International Cat Association, a Savannah is a hybrid between a domesticated housecat and an African serval cat. Wilhelm-Bruzek said Chum, about 2 feet tall from floor to head when sitting, was an F2 Savannah, or a second-generation hybrid.


“I don’t think it was the size as much as the coloration that scared people,” Wilhelm-Bruzek said. Savannah cats have long legs and exotic spots like a small leopard or wildcat, according to the association. They were first introduced to the public in 1997 and are sold for thousands of dollars.


Michigan Humane Society spokesman Ryan McTigue said this morning that the agency was unaware of the cat’s status.


“That’s pretty terrible,” McTigue said when told about the cat’s fate. He said the agency would have a statement later today.


Read about more tragic ending for hybrid cats and why it is always abusive to pay for hybrid cats like Savannah Cats, Bengal Cats, Safari Cats and others.


Cat Chat Show Notes Aug 28 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue Aug 26 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue Aug 26 2013

Tiger Message from Sean Connery




Enjoy the artistic talents of these two people; a sketch artist drawing tigers and their cubs and a Sean Connery Im-Purr-sonator. Please share and ask your friends to take action at to save tigers.

Artists on are tonydemarco and enissay14


Today at Big Cat Rescue Aug 26 2013

Sean Connery


by Jill Korfist, D.V.M.

The life of a veterinarian is not without stress which is why my husband, Chris, a High School  teacher and coach, and I were looking for a good quality multi-vitamin about two  years ago.  We needed a boost to our health.

A friend, client and fellow animal lover, Terrilee Jenks, introduced us to  Melaleuca and their Vitality Pak at a good time. I became one of her customers (now she has 400 +).  We enrolled without a full presentation. We took the vitamins and loved  them.

Four months later, I attended a product workshop in the Jenks’ home and  became aware of Melaleuca’s  other incredible products. I started using them and was very impressed.  Our home and my veterinary practice have not been the same since!

I use Melaleuca products whenever possible because I’ve found them to work  better and safer than the products we get through medical supply companies.

Here are some of the applications I’ve most often used on the animals in my  practice:

a.. MelaGel for “hot spots” (areas of moist bacteria dermatitis)

b.. Triple Antibacterial Ointment for burns and open wounds that can’t be  stitched closed

c.. Melaleuca Oil (T-C36-C5) for incision lines of contaminated wounds  (post surgery)

d.. Replenex for arthritis, post joint injury and for growing puppies  prone to Hip Dysphasia

e.. Provex Plus for animals with degenerative nerve diseases, allergies  and cardiovascular diseases

f.. Antibacterial Liquid Soap for my hands

g.. CellWise for animals on chemotherapy

Recently I treated Benny, a cat that had been mauled by a wild animal and had a very large wound that  could not be closed without expensive skin graft surgery. The clients could  not afford the surgery so I showed them how to clean the wound and had them apply Triple Antibiotic Ointment three times  a day. It never became infected and healed completely on its own within  four weeks.

I am a shy person by nature, never having sold anything and with no business  training. Now after my  firsthand experience with the products and observing the ethics of the  company, I have decided to  pursue Melaleuca as a business. I enroll about 2 customers per month and am  working towards becoming a Director III.

This is a business that helps people, with products that are kind to all  living things … and I like that. It also has become a vehicle for talking to people about  other topics which are important to me such as animal welfare, preventive medicine and
environmental concerns.