BCR is trying to educate the public before they pay $3,000+ for a cat. Breeders think they might lose money if people hear another view point. In our time, we have seen a number of unwanted hybrids.
Breeding down a wild cat with a domestic ruins any chance of the wild genes to continue on and save the species.(Seen with the loss of interest in the wild Amur Leopard Cat to the hybrid Bengal cat)
Let alone, why make another desinger cat when millions of domestics are put to sleep each year.
Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Fl. provides a permanent home to over 140 exotic cats from Hybrids to Lions. WE DO realize people may love their pet hybrids (we see the videos here on You Tube), but it puts a demand on breeders getting servals and other smaller exotics to keep up with the exotic pet market, a market we are against.
‘Chatty’ Bengal cats seeking good homes Published: November 29, 2009 3:00 a.m.
Devon Haynie The Journal Gazette
Janet Saltzman runs a rescue for Bengal cats.
These are house cats, she makes clear. And though they’re not always the cuddliest felines, they’re in no way related to the much bigger Bengal tiger.
“They’re very active, very chatty cats,” she says of the brown and black animals. “But they’re not lap cats. They don’t like being held or confined.”
Saltzman started fostering Bengal cats back in 2004, after she bought her first Bengal.
“I loved the breed,” she said. “The cat was great; there wasn’t anything I didn’t like about it. I wanted more, but I couldn’t have more so I thought maybe there’s something I could do.”
Saltzman founded Great Lakes Bengal Rescue Inc. in 2007. The organization rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes Bengal and Bengal-mix cats from Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Her group works with national Bengal foster groups to adopt about 100 cats a year. She has four foster cats for adoption in Fort Wayne.
All of her cats are spayed or neutered and immunized before placement.
Bengals are related to Asian Leopard Cat, a small, forest-dwelling cat from Southeast Asia and India. They’re typically several generations removed from the wild cat.
Saltzman keeps three cats of her own and keeps two foster cats.
“They’re inside cats,” she says. “They’re great fetchers, and they like water. Some take baths or showers with their owners.”
This holiday season, Saltzman is wishing for permanent homes for her rescued cats and donations to help with veterinary costs.