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  1. Erika Towle
    June 24, 2014 @ 1:58 am

    I am in absolute tears reading this.. I am so sorry for those who took care of Kimba, how awful & sad,.. I never got to meet these 2 precious kitties you just had to put down, it is never easy, being in the Veterinary field I know.. I am so sad but happy that you gave her a brief time to be happy and to be actually CARED FOR! I hope her spirit is at peace … and the MANY years you gave to Grace, you folks are such a blessing, thank you so much for the work you do, no matter how sucky days like these are..

  2. Jaime Nugent
    June 23, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

    🙁

  3. Elizabeth Gardner
    June 23, 2014 @ 6:44 am

    Poor big kitties. At least you aren't suffering anymore and you were safe and cared for in the end.

  4. Nicholas Ross
    June 22, 2014 @ 7:35 pm

    And what is going to become of her revolting former owner?

  5. Pauline Anderson
    June 22, 2014 @ 9:36 am

    hope his in a cage the bastard.

  6. Philip Waters
    June 22, 2014 @ 9:32 am

    What happened to the mongrel bastard of an owner?

  7. Rebekah Paul
    June 22, 2014 @ 6:21 am

    I hope her former ” owner” sees this and how much she suffered. May she suffer as much knowing what she did to this beauty.

  8. Barbara Thropp
    June 22, 2014 @ 4:08 am

    having to euthanize an animal is always a very hard and painful decision whether a human owner or a rescue. I applaud the fact that you did everything you could do to make them comfortable and well but sometimes the best thing you can do is to let them go with dignity and grace. You made the best decision you can for them. It is a hard but it is the last loving thing you can do for them. Thank you for all you do for all these beautiful cats. My condolences to the staff and volunteers at Big Cat Rescue

  9. Kimberly Hauck Cunningham
    June 22, 2014 @ 3:37 am

    I had just started to follow BCR right before you rescued Zues, Kimba and Keisha so I kinda felt an attachment to them as well. I am so sorry Kimba has passed over the rainbow, however, am grateful for your kind care and treatment of her in her final days. No one (person or animal) should have to endure those dreadful conditions. I was in tears while reading about Grace and Kimba so I wanted to give my sincere condolences.

  10. Jan Dickinson Mullaly
    June 22, 2014 @ 1:45 am

    So sorry about Kimba . It just wasn't meant to be. You did all you could. RIP Kimba and Grace.

  11. Tammy Dolcini
    June 22, 2014 @ 1:09 am

    Thank you for all that you did for Kimba! At least she got to experience, if but for only a short time, what it was like to have human caregivers that truly loved her and cared about her. Unfortunately, cats like children do not understand that often when you are so very sick that there is pain associated in getting better. It does not sound as if that was likely to happen for Kimba though. I hope that her previous owner is facing significant punishment for having done what he did to Kimba and her family members.

  12. Valerie Huey
    June 22, 2014 @ 12:11 am

    I was sorry to hear about Grace. I had been waiting for word on Kimba's progress, though this wasn't what I had hoped to hear. Even though one loves all the cats, I am prone to tigers and some come along that just resonate with you. Flavio was one and Kimba became another. I am so very glad that Kimba got to spend her last days with you. I shudder to think that her death could have come inside that cage and her owner would not have cared. My tears tonight have not finished so I will close with a heart felt thank you for all you do, which is a massive undertaking. Blessings, Light and Love to you all <3

  13. Samantha Wysocki
    June 21, 2014 @ 11:06 pm

    Last year when I saw that cat before fall she was fine.. we had a very hard cold winter this year temp lower than the last 50 years..

  14. Donna Vandergriff Garber
    June 21, 2014 @ 10:23 pm

    This absolutely breaks my heart. What a difference in circumstances though. Gracy had the most incredible life with the Rescue, while Kimba suffered a life that no animal should have to. Especially one that that should never be in captivity in the first place. Thank you so much for what you do.

  15. Christopher James Scanlan
    June 21, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

    Thank you for all the wonderful work you do with all the heart you put into it.

  16. Tiena Marie Harvey Ellis
    June 20, 2014 @ 8:58 pm

    It saddens me to know that we have lost two wonderful cats. Amazing Grace was a wonderful ocelot with such personality she will be missed. And for Kimba at least she knew love for her final days. Thank You BCR for what you do for these cats.

  17. Theresa Coviello
    June 20, 2014 @ 7:11 pm

    these stories break my heart. All of you do such amazing work…a big THANK YOU TO YOU ALL, but we cannot undo what neglectful individuals have chosen to. At least in the final days that poor Kimba had some freedom and peace…however brief. Having been on tiger safaris in the wild, I know how important it is for these beautiful cats to be left in the Wild where they ultimately belong, but thanks to all of you, at least the ones who find their way into our civilized world have a place like this to call home.

    THANK YOU

    Theresa

  18. Patri Caines
    June 20, 2014 @ 5:33 pm

    Sad

  19. Terri Brittingham McGoldrick
    June 20, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

    We are in tears. Thank you for doing so much for these guys <3

  20. Suzanne Barnes
    June 20, 2014 @ 4:05 pm

    Peace to them and a green world where they can forget the bad things and look forward to a return in better circumstances. You did your best.

  21. Consuella Cobb
    June 20, 2014 @ 11:06 am

    Have you tested the other two tigers, to see if that's why they are so undernourished? Being fed roadkill, and dealing with the same conditions as Kimba, that could very well be in all of their kidney's. The keeper did say that Zues always lost weight and regained it, infections could very well be the culprit rather than age. Their body fights it until it lies dormant, he regains weight, then it takes over again, it's a deadly cycle.

  22. Els VandenDungen
    June 20, 2014 @ 8:06 am

    I'm so sorry for her, after being rescued having the profit of a better life only so shortly.
    Even though I'm rather used to make decisions like this as a vet for pet animals, this sad story almost made me cry. How can people be so careless about just any animal??
    But offcoure the good news is that the other two tigers enjoy there new environment and are being taken care for very well at your place as I good see when I visited it.

  23. Jesse Brown
    June 20, 2014 @ 5:21 am

    AMAzing grace so sweet the sound that saved a WRETCH LIKE MEEEE!!!!!!! I'm so sorry for your loss and I am so glad that i was able to meet Grace a year ago……….she is amazing.

  24. Dianne Danielson
    June 20, 2014 @ 4:52 am

    I am so sorry for your losses. I had to put my Fluffy down way back in the early 90's & it broke my heart, even though I knew it was the thing to do for her. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do, so I know how hard it was for you! I know how much you loved your cats. I was praying for Kimba to recover, even though I've never been to BCR. I know she felt your love for her in her last hours on earth. Sending love, prayers, for all of you. God Bless you for all you do!

  25. Ande Wilkes Parnett
    June 20, 2014 @ 3:55 am

    a difficult choice

  26. Suzanne Tate
    June 20, 2014 @ 3:36 am

    I'm so sorry that you've lost two such beautiful girls. Rest in Peace precious ones.

  27. Shirlee Rankin
    June 20, 2014 @ 3:08 am

    I'm so sorry for both Grace and Kimba. At least they both had the opportunity to know love and to be cared for to the end of their days.

  28. Khara Tina Hamilton
    June 20, 2014 @ 3:05 am

    Sad and such a difficult decision to make. Glad you had confirmation that the right decision was made for both cats. Best that they went peacefully than to prolong their suffering. Thank you to all of you who work so hard for the big cats.

  29. Alane Ernst- Pickerill
    June 20, 2014 @ 2:56 am

    U did ur best u should be proud of that i think exotic cats ars the mkst gorgouse animals on this earth and with ur hard work hopefully we all can continue. To enjoy them

  30. Onenonly Megan
    June 20, 2014 @ 2:29 am

    I'm so sorry. That had to be awful having just rescued her. Again, you guys do such a great job, it's just a very hard one. Thank you for everything that you did for Kimba. Thank you for giving her a great place to live out her final days. *HUGS*

  31. Roxanne McSheehy Bruzas
    June 20, 2014 @ 1:52 am

    Poor Kimba… I'm hoping she realized that all humans weren't so cruel and her last days gave her some comfort…

  32. Cristina Plimpton
    June 20, 2014 @ 1:49 am

    Rest in peace beautiful Kimba….we will see you on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. We all were rooting for you, but you were tired, worn out from mistreatment and ready to go home. Same thing for Amazing Grace…what a lovely cat. Both will be sorely missed here….but our Lord will take good care of them now. Thank you BCR for all you do for these magnificent gifts from God…

  33. Olivia Zaktigger
    June 20, 2014 @ 1:36 am

    It's so sad to have to say good-bye to beloved friends, but you should all take solace in the fact that you all did the absolute best you could to make the lives of these cats the best they could be given they couldn't live in the wild. My deepest sympathies to All at BCR. Grace was one of the most beautiful cats I've ever seen and I thank you for all you did for her. I also thank you all for traveling to NY in an attempt to save the Tigers. Kimba's life was better, albeit for too short a time, but it was because of the wonderful people connected to The BCR. I'm certain both these beauties knew how much you all care for them.

  34. Pat Nunez
    June 20, 2014 @ 1:04 am

    Thank YOU ALL for Your Care and Your LOVE! May these beautiful souls Rest In Peace!

  35. Judy Boyko
    June 20, 2014 @ 12:59 am

    I hope her previous captures get some kind of jail time. Who ever it was should be punished for letting them live in filthy conditions.

  36. Lesley Schultz
    June 20, 2014 @ 12:41 am

    You're so right Audrey! No one could have fought harder to give Kimba a chance, but the Great Cat Spirit was waiting and now she has gone over to the wonderful green land over the rainbow bridge.

  37. Lori Johnson
    June 19, 2014 @ 11:53 pm

    I couldn't have said it better. 🙁

  38. Catherine Failla
    June 19, 2014 @ 11:32 pm

    Tears running down my cheeks… She's with Sasha now playing with one another

  39. Pamela Fazio
    June 19, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. You gave Amazing Grace & Kimba such a wonderful place to live, even if it was just a short time for Kimba, I'm sure she was happy with the change in her environment. She must've felt like she was in heaven compared to where she was living before. Cats will never, never ever ever show their illness or weakness. Thank you for sharing their stories with us. The amount of love that you put into their care is very apparent. My hearts goes out to y'all. <3

  40. Sarah Watson
    June 19, 2014 @ 10:38 pm

    Bitter sweet story

  41. Donna Wilson
    June 19, 2014 @ 10:31 pm

    So sad. Poor Kimba. Thank you for taking such good care of her and trying to save her. She never would have received the medical care up here. At least she got to enjoy a better life, however briefly.

  42. Tracy Nugent Kerr
    June 19, 2014 @ 10:13 pm

    Poor beautiful Kimba, I am so glad you rescued her so that her last weeks of life could be spent in her beautiful new home, in clean conditions, and with enrichment instead of filth and boredom. I am also sorry to see that Grace also passed

  43. Sally Haight
    June 19, 2014 @ 9:45 pm

    Thank you for doing what was necessary for these two beautiful cats. It is so sad, but they are no longer suffering.

  44. Cheryl Hopper
    June 19, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

    Sad, difficult choices, for both cats, but the best thing to do under the circumstances. It infuriates me how poorly Kimba was treated in New York.

  45. Jonathan Diedrich
    June 19, 2014 @ 9:16 pm

    So sorry to hear this. But so glad that they got to live out their last days being so well taken care of and loved. I admire everything you do for these cats, and thank you for helping them.

  46. Jenn Hilton
    June 19, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

    So very sorry, thank you for all you do!

  47. Hue Simpson
    June 19, 2014 @ 8:51 pm

    Me too, got the magnet. Such a sweetie, RIP Amazing Grace.

  48. Gennie Fasanella
    June 19, 2014 @ 8:43 pm

    I'm sorry about Amazing Grace and Kimba. Amazing Grace was my favorite animal at the sanctuary and I'm sad to hear of her loss.

  49. Lauren Marie Manno
    June 19, 2014 @ 8:24 pm

    Me and my mom went to visit the BCR last year. I have photos and videos of Amazing Grace on my Facebook profile. She was my FAVORITE one to see. She was just such a character and so full of personality. I shed some tears when I saw this story in my email. I'm glad she was taken care of by everyone at the BCR. She sure was full of spunk and seemed to live a long, happy and healthy life. RIP little angel.

  50. Janice Cordeiro
    June 19, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

    As a RN I saw this coming and prayed I was wrong. Anyone involved with animals will have many heartaches and much joy. Thankfully this cat did not die in its own filth. If only for a short time it knew care and love. So, I shed tears with you and thank you for making her last days peaceful. You are special. Janice

  51. Gina Gallo
    June 19, 2014 @ 7:51 pm

    Thank-you so much for being there to help these wonderful animals humans are so dreadful to.
    God bless you all for everything you do.

  52. Karen Newcombe
    June 19, 2014 @ 6:53 pm

    So sorry, we were really rooting for her to make it.

  53. Kaytlynn Nixon
    June 19, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

    :'( I'm so sorry for the losses!!!! This makes me sad! I'm glad tho that the two other tigers are better! Atleast you made the right decisions

  54. Audrey Yow
    June 19, 2014 @ 5:29 pm

    Thank-you for taking such good care of both Amazing Grace and Kimba. You gave Kimba love and happiness that she had not received in years. She passed with the knowledge of love and compassion surrounded by people that cared for her. Both of these lovely girls will be waiting to greet others at the end of the Rainbow Bridge in the Summerlands.

    Thank-you so much. Much love, light and hugs for all the good work you do for those entrusted in your care.

    Audrey

  55. Judy Meagley
    June 19, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

    We just visited the Big Cat Rescue 2 weeks ago and heard the stories of these 2 cats as well as the other many cats in their care. I can not fathom why humans feel the need to have these wild animals as pets. Their stories are very sad.

  56. Candi Ausman
    June 19, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

    So heartbreaking…I'm sorry for this loss of a precious rescue.

  57. Tom Fortier
    June 19, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

    🙁

  58. Guin Van Dyke
    June 19, 2014 @ 4:52 pm

    So very sad.

  59. Karen Swain
    June 19, 2014 @ 4:38 pm

    I am simply heartbroken at Kimba 's passing. I was so hopeful she would be okay. I'm so sorry for her loss, but know everyone at BCR did everything they could to save her. My thoughts are with you. Rest in peace Kimba. You've earned that after the life you were forced to live.

  60. Sherry Morgenweck
    June 19, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

    I am happy that Kimba had some joy in her last days. Thank you BCR for all you do!! Prayers to you all at BCR, Kimba and Amazing Grace!

  61. Lynda Burdette Schneider
    June 19, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

    So sad!! I hope the former owner is being charged!!

  62. Dan Wetmore
    June 19, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

    I remember Grace from my time in Tampa in 2011-2012, how she would pace along the front of her enclosure and grumble and chuff. I enjoyed seeing all the cats, but she was the one I always wanted to see the most. I still have a magnet with her picture on my refrigerator. Thank you so much for giving her such a good life.

  63. Angela Chouinard
    June 19, 2014 @ 4:05 pm

    I am so sorry about Amazing Grace and especially Kimba. At least in her final days she knew some comfort and caring. Thank you for giving her that.

  64. Aeron Farmer
    June 19, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

    FB friends, I'm not sure why my comment to BCR's story posted on my timeline as well as BCR's site. But since it's here, those of you who wrestle with the question of "when" will find Kimba's story comforting to read. By the way, Big Cat Rescue does amazing, amazing work. If you aren't familiar with them, their website provides the best education on exotic animals out there, and they work tirelessly to get legal protections passed.

  65. Ruth Childers
    June 19, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

    So very sad for the loss of Amazing Grace but consoled in the mere fact that she had been cared for and loved at BCR; she had a very comfortable life and she couldn't have been in a better home. My heart breaks that Kimba had decided to let go and I'm angry as hell at the former owners for ever letting her get in that deplorable condition. I know BCR made the right decision to let her go on her terms and made her as comfortable as possible for her short time with you all. Overwhelming happy that Zeus and Keisha are eating heartily and taking in fluids. God Bless All at BCR and thank you for taking care of these wonderful cats.

  66. Shirley Hudleson
    June 19, 2014 @ 3:49 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Kimba & Gracie are now sitting on the lap of our Lord.

  67. Shannon Heitt
    June 19, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

    just heartbroken 🙁 she isnt in pain anymore. thank you for trying

  68. Aeron Farmer
    June 19, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

    So sorry, guys. I had a similar situation this week when I lost my special needs feral cat. The only consolation is absolutely knowing you did what was best for them, but that knowledge still doesn't stop you from missing them. Big hugs to everybody there.

  69. Terri Barrow
    June 19, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

    RIP to these beautiful cats and thank you all so much for your tireless efforts <3

  70. Melissa Minotti
    June 19, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

    Poor Amazing Grace and Kimba. I've been keeping up on the story of Kimba and kept hoping she would get better. I'm SO sorry for the loss of those two beautiful cats! Thank YOU BCR for taking in Kimba and giving her Some good, comforting last days on earth. RIP Amazing Grace and Kimba!! Forever in our hearts!

  71. Lynn Marie
    June 19, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

    It is so hard to make that decision, but at the end of her life she knew love and care and that is more than way too many never know. They both are looking down on you from The Bridge and are grateful for your love and care

  72. No Regrets
    June 19, 2014 @ 3:22 pm

    Heartbreaking…God bless you all for taking care of these amazing creatures and for humanely ending their suffering

  73. Christopher O'Brien
    June 19, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

    Poor Kimba. Sometimes People make me sick, but then there are people like BCR.

  74. Giorgio Aristo
    June 19, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

    This is written with such heart – thank you for all that you do for God's creatures. Blessings on your work and lives.

  75. Leuenberger Carol
    June 19, 2014 @ 3:20 pm

    So So sad….Thank you for giving her a chance and taking such good care of her. At least she had that before going to heaven. I wish people would learn and not treat animals like they are nothing. People should not own exotic animals!!!! RIP little Kimba. I love you.

  76. Arlia Hoffman
    June 19, 2014 @ 3:18 pm

    so sad. Rest, dear Kimba. Thank you for doing the very best you could for her.

  77. Linda Rochelle
    June 19, 2014 @ 3:10 pm

    So sad. I know you all there made the best decisions, however difficult they must have been. Rest in peace, beautiful creatures.

  78. Miriam Friedel Leiseroff
    June 19, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

    I am very sad for you that you had to say 'goodbye' to your two beautiful cats. You gave them a good life and they were happy in your care. Thank you for all your good work.

  79. Natalie Jarnstedt
    June 19, 2014 @ 2:56 pm

    I am so sorry about the two beautiful cats; thank you for giving them some pleasure and happiness at the end of their lives! There's not much difference in making those hard decisions, no matter what animals are involved. In "small cat rescue", it IS so much easier to handle sick ones than big sick cats. I also found that when truly truly feral cats are sick, they will allow a certain amount of handling, sometimes even "asking for help". It seems that all cats, big and small, know how to hide their illnesses really well, to the point when it can be almost too late.

  80. Bobbie Abern
    June 19, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

    Thank you for trying.Sometimes life is not fair.Remenber.you did save 2 and Kimba will live though them.

  81. Michelle Jimmo
    June 19, 2014 @ 2:46 pm

    Wow – That was hard to read and harder to experience I'm sure. Thanks for all you do guys – just wish she could have gotten out of there sooner. But thats why we have to get the legislation in place for these places and people that neglect and abuse these beautiful animals. Thanks for all you do.

  82. Denise Brooke
    June 19, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

    So how was the euthanasia then done? Still outside in her cage? So sorry…poor baby……RIP..she is now happy & healthy again…or maybe for the first time in her life 🙂

  83. Cathy Curley
    June 19, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

    RIP, sweet Amazing Grace and Kimba. BCR is heaven on earth for these magnificent creatures (and people like me) so I know they spent their final days in the happiest place on earth for rescued big cats. I'm so relieved that Kimba's last days were surrounded by people who loved and cared for her. When we let them go to the rainbow bridge, it's the greatest give we can give them because they can't make that decision for themselves. <3

  84. Diana Curtis MacRae
    June 19, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

    Thank you for taking her in and giving her love and peace in her last days.

  85. Gina Tullo-Williams
    June 19, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

    Thank you for caring for these animals.

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