In this wild cat walkabout you will see the drama of a transformer catching fire, the responding firemen, the day after clean up, tigers in love and some sappy music, newborn kittens in foster care and musings about how great life is, thanks to YOU.
The Pill Game – Book Signing Mar 22
I’ve only started to read The Pill Game by Darryl Bollinger, the author of The Medicine Game and A Case of Revenge, but I can already tell that Big Cat Rescue fans are going to love the way he was able to weave in their favorite sanctuary and some of their favorite cats by name. I first heard from Darryl last summer and then he followed up last month with this letter:
My name is Darryl Bollinger, and I am a Florida author with two published novels. I am currently President of the Tallahassee Writers Association and have been named a finalist for the 2013 Royal Palm Literary Award, Suspense/Thriller category.
My next novel is set in the Tampa Bay area and prominently mentions Big Cat Rescue, which is portrayed in a clearly positive way and based on publicly available information. In March of this year, while in the area doing research for the book, I visited Big Cat Rescue and had a lovely, private tour with Phyl. Your mission is impressive, and I would like to do what I can to help.
I plan to acknowledge Big Cat Rescue in conjunction with the book release this fall. If you are interested, I would be willing to provide you copies of the book on a consignment basis for sale in your gift shop and do a book signing or book launch event on site.
I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you so much for what you do with these wonderful creatures, and I hope to be of service.
Darryl will be doing a book signing at the sanctuary on March 22 from 10-3 so buy your copy now and bring to the sanctuary for him to sign it.
Your Roars Were Heard
Good news! In our August 2013 Advocat e-newsletter, we asked you to let government officials in Ventura County, California know they should not approve a permit request by tiger merchant Irena Hauser, who owns 5 white tigers, to house them in a residential area of Malibu. Hauser exploits the tigers in the movie industry and transports them for filming purposes. Last night the Ventura County Planning Commissioners rejected Hauser’s request for a permit!! Thanks for speaking out against this abuse!
It’s National Poison Prevention Week! This is a great time to take stock of potential pet poisons in your home. (You’ll never believe what poisons our pets the most.) Check out our list of the 10 most common poisons for the latest scoop on what’s hurting our furry friends. Read More…
There is a playlist of famous people in India speaking out for tigers at this link that will give you goosebumps. Very nicely done. http://www.kidsfortigers.org/
Recent House Votes
Budget Agreement passage – Vote Passed (332-94)
Before leaving for the rest of the year, the House passed legislation based on talks between House and Senate conferees that establishes a budget for fiscal 2014 and increases discretionary spending caps for fiscal 2014 and 2015 that would be offset by increases in passenger air travel fees and federal employee pension contributions and a two-year extension of sequester cuts to Medicare. The agreement raises the spending cap for this year to $1.012 trillion from the sequester level of $967 billion established in 2011. The bill modifies oil and gas programs to reduce spending by $4.5 billion over a decade and federal student loan debt collection that would save $5 billion. The compromise passed the House with 169 Republicans and 163 Democrats in support. The Senate is expected to vote on it this week.
In one of its final acts of the year, the House passed the defense bill (HR 3304) by a vote of 350-69, authorizing $625.1 billion, which would account for more than half of the federal governments discretionary spending in fiscal 2014. Including mandatory spending, the defense bill authorizes $632.8 billion. To save time in the waning days of the session, the defense authorization agreement was simply loaded onto a small House bill the Senate already had passed. The authorization bills is roughly $3.1 billion less than the fiscal 2013 enacted level. Of that, it would authorize $526.8 billion for the Defense Departments base budget, $80.7 billion for overseas contingency operations mainly the war in Afghanistan and $17.6 billion for national security programs within the Energy Department. In addition, the measure would make several statutory changes aimed at reducing sexual assaults in the military. It also would continue the existing ban on transferring detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba to the United States.
Congress Failed to Take a Vote to Protect Big Cats
But this is only the first half of a two year session and we will hit the ground running in January 2014 to end the private possession and public contact with big cats. Be sure to CALL your Senator and Representatives, or VISIT them in purr-son at their district offices, while they are home for the holidays, to ask them to support HR 1998 and S 1381 the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. We just found out today that one of the lobbyist who has been hired to try and defeat our bill is working for this criminal. When bills like this one do get to the floor for a vote, they usually pass pretty much unanimously, but to get to the floor, the members of congress need to know that their voters think it is important. They need to hear from YOU.
New GreatNonprofits.org Award is Based on Positive Online Reviews
Great Non Profit Award Badge 2012
TAMPA, FL DEC 4, 2012–Big Cat Rescue announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2012 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.
“We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2012 Nonprofit,” says Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue. We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including our social media efforts such as:
1. BigCatRescue.org’s website is fully responsive on mobile and gets 1.5 million views per year.
2. BigCatTV.com, our YouTube channel surpassed 51 million views in its 6 years and is now averaging appx 750,000 views per day.
3. Along with our Big Cat Coalition partners we have implemented a 3 prong approach to ending the trade in big cats.
The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Big Cat Rescue received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and supporters. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit. For example, one person wrote, “Big Cat Rescue is an internationally recognized and respected sanctuary for abused, neglected, unwanted and otherwise at-risk big cats. Located in Tampa, Florida, USA, the dedicated members of BCR go far beyond giving sanctuary — they are also deeply committed to educating the public about the plight of big cats, and encourage all of us, through their educational materials, website, videos, and actism opportunities, to become involved in the ongoing struggle to improve the lives, safety, and future of big cats of all species.”
Being on the Top-Rated List comes at an important time of the year, as donors look for causes to support during the holiday season.
“We are gratified by Big Cat Rescue for its work,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “They deserve to be discovered by more donors and volunteers who are looking for a great nonprofit to support.”
Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization. The reviews by volunteers, supporters and donors show the on-the-ground results of this nonprofit. This award is a form of recognition by the community.
About Big Cat Rescue
Big Cat Rescue’s dual mission is to provide the best home we can for the cats in our care and educate the public about the plight of these majestic animals, both in captivity and in the wild, to end abuse and avoid extinction.
GreatNonprofits is the leading site for donors and volunteers to find reviews and ratings of nonprofits. Its mission is to inspire and inform donors and volunteers, enable nonprofits to show their impact, and promote greater feedback and transparency. www.greatnonprofits.org