Phoenix and Captiva arrived at Big Cat Rescue on 6/25/2015 and Rain and Dancer arrived on 7/16/2015.
Phoenix and Captiva have been transitioned out to our huge rehab enclosure where they are learning to find shelter from the rain, where the best places are to stay cool during the day and are foraging on dead rats and chicks, using a Rube Goldberg Machine.
Rain and Dancer, named after losing our precious Raindance Bobcat at the age of 22, just got their SNAP test, first set of shots, de-fleaing, de-worming and are currently being kept in our West Boensch Cat Hospital onsite until they are big enough to go outside.
Rain and Dancer were found in the middle of a very busy, four lane highway in Lake Placid. The woman who rescued them took them to her vet. The tech on duty went out with the woman to see if they could locate the mother to no avail. The woman who found the kittens was so in love with them that she asked if she could keep them as pets. The tech told her that wasn’t possible and immediately began looking for a licensed wildlife rehabber who might be able to prepare these youngsters for life in the wild.
It’s fortunate for these kittens that she found Big Cat Rescue. There are a number of wildlife rehabbers in Florida, but none of the facilities offer the huge, natural enclosures, completely away from people with CCTV monitoring and proven methods for teaching the bobcats how to hunt and survive in the real world. Even though our facilities for rehab and release are the best in the state (and probably the world) we want to expand them so the cats have more room to build strong muscles and hunting skills.
We have the land, but just the first phase of construction will cost $80,000. If you would like to help click here or check out the way to give on Facebook just below the video.
Big Cat Rescue signed up with GoodWorld so that when we need the help of our social supporters we can just ask them to go to the comments section, in Facebook and write #donate and the dollar amount they want to give.
The first time they do it they will need to register with GoodWorld, but after that they can donate any time they want by just posting #donate $20, for example and their donation will be automatic, without the need for filling out more forms.
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Domestic cats need your help! USDA is currently accepting comments regarding a petition asking USDA to require laboratories that experiment and conduct “research” on cats and other animals to provide specific information about how they are using the animals.
Big Cat Rescue believes if more people become aware of the horrific torture cats are enduring, the public will no longer support such abuse.
The cougar “cubs”, Ares, Artemis and Orion get an armadillo and Gale has to save him. Jamie & Vern plan some big cat cages and moves. Tommie Girl is up on her new platform made by Jen & Darren Holley. The kittens escape! Nakita Lion gets enrichment made by summer campers. Joseph Lion gets a watermelon. Nikita Tiger goes on “vacation.” A rare conversation with the family matriarch, Barbara. Jamie & Carole talk about getting the newsletter done.
I love Google Glass because it can give YOU a view of what it is like to run a big cat sanctuary from my purr-spective; up close and purr-sonal. But it doesn’t record in HD, so if I try to edit video captured with Glass and video captured from my iPhone, which is high def, it produces a finished product that is not high def.
Maybe that is because I use iMovie. I need to learn Final Cut Pro, but it makes sense that you can’t record in 720 and produce 1080.
Anyway, this is 30 minutes of video from the last month that I hope you will enjoy. It includes:
Working on the new Intern housing, that is now done and called the Sandcat Sand Castle.
Vern explaining to me how the charger works for the new extended golf cart we bought to carry 6 passengers at a time.
Running through the airport to catch a plane to NY for the NY tiger rescue.
Jamie and Gale talking about how they get so worked up before a rescue that they can’t sleep the night before.
Breathing hard as I hide behind a den and try to catch a leopard.
Inside the Humane Society of Tampa Bay checking to make sure our foster kittens have all been adopted and picking up a Siamese mother cat and her cute 3 newborn kittens.
Discussing how we will fix a cage that has been warped by the growth of a huge old oak tree.
Someone donates a dozen Bear Claw Retractable Back Scratchers and I go comb the mats out of Little Feather’s fur.
Jamie and Carole discuss how the kitten class should be made into a better video class.
We pick up some donated tiger toys and learn how to tie a half hitch knot in the process.
One of the mother cats, Lucy, has arrived very ill and needs sub-Q fluids. She has since recovered and is now up for adoption at the HSTB.
Vern shows us a $239k piece of equipment that we would dearly love to own, but have to rent for now.
Dr. Justin, Jamie, Chris, Gale and I rave over Loving Friend’s (Laura and J.T.) new tiger transport wagon. It’s a beauty and SO functional. We really want one, but it’s $5,000 to have it built. We discuss how we can get 4 transports inside their vehicle for the NY tiger rescue.