hear big catsDiablo

Male Savannah Cat

DOB appx. 1/1/05

Rescued 3/4/08



Diablo is a savannah cat, which is a hybrid between a domestic cat and an African serval.



Diablo-Hybrid_7409040854620533695_oThis cross breeding is not only cruel to the animals involved, but also produces confused offspring that can not figure out how to be a house pet. Diablo is very unfriendly and has inherited every bit of a serval’s hissy personality. He is also food-aggressive and turns into a dangerous wildcat at feeding time. Diablo marks his territory including his new toys, enrichment, his trees, and dens by spraying them. All of these nasty habits, just for a pretty coat pattern, don’t seem like a wise trade-off.

Because his owners discarded him for being who he was, Diablo will live out the remainder of his life in a cage. While this is sad, at least he will be free to be the wild animal that he is.

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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 May 17 2013

Today is Endangered Species Day


Today is Endangered Species Day. Take a moment today to enjoy the spectacular endangered pandas and polar bears on live cams. Learn more about elephantstigers, and gorillas. And celebrate the triumph of the ospreys with Rachel and Steve – once endangered, the osprey has made a steady comeback.

Never stop learning,

Charlie / explore.org

BCR Today 2013 May 15 Kansas Rescue Cats



BCR Today 2013 May 15 includes footage of the Kansas Rescue Cats enjoying their new life.


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Today at Big Cat Rescue May 17 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue May 8 2013

Thurston Bobcat Hybrid Gets First Spice Bag


Thurston, AKA, Mr Howell, the bobcat hybrid that we just rescued from KS is enjoying his first spice bag. Video by Willow. at Big Cat Rescue  Tampa FL.

Thurston AKA Mr Howell the bobcat hybrid

The Plan’s Approved. Now What?

ACT Needs Your Help to Make the County’s Life-Saving Plan a Reality

commission meetingACT, The Humane Society and countless other organizations have been trying for years to persuade Hillsborough County Animal Services to reduce the euthanasia rate and develop no-kill options to save the lives of hundreds of dogs and cats every month.


On May 1, 2013, our prayers were answered when the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners passed “Be the Way Home” as our “sea of green” supporters witnessed their historic vote.  The comprehensive plan begins the process of saving animals by allowing 2,000 cats per month to be spay, neutered, vaccinated and returned to their original surroundings. Read the plan here


Because ACT will receive some of these cats (and no county funds), we need your generous support now more than ever to help offset costs.  During our May Days LifeDrive, we ask that you sponsor a cat for $35.  You can sponsor as many as you’d like, but if everyone can sponsor just one, it will go a long way to helping us see Hillsborough County’s plan through to fruition!  And as always, THANK YOU for supporting ACT!

Click here to Donate During ACT’s May Days LifeDrive!

The Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT)
502 N. Gilchrist Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33606