AdvoCat 2016 03b

AdvoCat 2016 03b

There is so much news we had to break it into two AdvoCat newsletters this month!  Read part 1.  Here is part 2:


Hoover Tiger will arrive in April to his forever home at Big Cat Rescue!

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We are very excited to let everyone know that Big Cat Rescue will soon be the forever home for a former circus tiger named Hoover from Peru!! We can’t wait for Hoover to arrive in April!

Hoover is eleven years old and was owned by Circo Africano, a circus in northwestern Peru, where for many years he was forced to perform in circus acts and live and travel in a tiny, barren cage.

In April of 2015 Animal Defenders International (ADI) and Peruvian wildlife officials seized Hoover from the circus. ADI contacted Big Cat Rescue about becoming Hoover’s forever home and we quickly agreed. However, the process of importing a tiger into the U.S. turned out to be a year long process and we finally received the green light from USFWS just last week.

ADI had been on track to remove Hoover and another tiger from the Peruvian circus in a nationwide law enforcement operation in 2014, but the circus went underground. Hoover’s road to freedom finally began when, after months of searching, a member of the public tipped off ADI’s team to the location of the illegal wild animal circus. A dramatic rescue ensued.

Sadly, Hoover is the sole survivor of between six and 12 tigers that were kept by Circo Africano in Peru. He arrived at ADI’s rescue center frightened, sick and emaciated. But after months of intensive veterinary care, rehabilitation and exercise, Hoover has recovered and is ready to start the next chapter of his life in America at Big Cat Rescue.

Big Cat Rescue is forever grateful that ADI rescued Hoover and will be transporting him to our sanctuary. Hoover will be flown to his new home at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa and is expected to arrive in mid April.

Hoover’s days will now be spent relaxing in the sunshine, lounging up on his platforms and cooling off in Big Cat Rescue’s lake. He will reside in a huge enclosure with lots of trees, foliage and shade. He will literally be a world away from the abuse he suffered most of his life.

Can we count on you to help us fund Hoover’s ongoing care at Big Cat Rescue? It costs us about $10,000 per year for food and veterinary care for a tiger. It’s because of wonderful donors like YOU that we can continue to rescue and provide a permanent home for exotic cats like Hoover!  Thank you!

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Zabu Tiger and Thor Bobcat Get Ultrasound

Ultrasound Zabu Tiger

Oncura Partners provided a test run on their UltraSound machine during Zabu and Thor’s dental procedures.

Fantastic matching funds opportunity to help Big Cat Rescue purchase a state-of-the-art sonogram machine for our cats!

We are thrilled to finally have our on-site Windsong Memorial Hospital operational. Our vets are now able to take x-rays and perform lifesaving surgeries and procedures on our cats, most of whom are elderly or arrive at our sanctuary with significant medical needs.

But we are missing a crucial piece of diagnostic equipment: a sonogram machine.

While our x-ray machine is wonderful, there are many things our vets can’t see and diagnose with x-rays alone. Currently, if x-rays don’t tell our vets what is wrong, they have to do invasive exploratory surgery on our cats. A sonogram machine would allow us to “look inside” and see what’s going on with a cat in a much less invasive way. For example, if the sonogram showed a mass on a tiger, our vet could first do a simple needle biopsy and have it tested.

It is also critically important that the person operating the sonogram machine be trained and have extensive experience reading sonograms. The specialized machine we need has a camera mounted to it and an Internet connection to a board certified vet who will guide our vet via camera to make sure they get the best possible sonogram images and correctly read the images.

But sonogram machines are very expensive. The one we need for our cats costs $50,000. The great news is that once again the Share Foundation (formerly Reitzel Foundation) has stepped up and pledged a dollar-for-dollar match up to $25,000!

So your much needed and greatly appreciated donation toward our sonogram machine for the cats will go twice as far! Thank you for continuing to support our cats and our sanctuary. This sonogram will make a world of difference in the lives of our precious cats. Go to to donate


Big Cat Rescue Surpasses 2 Million Fans on Facebook

On March 18, 2016 Big Cat Rescue surpassed Two Million Fans on Facebook.

To celebrate we had hourly, random winners selected on Facebook all day to win $25 gift certificates to use in our store at


Solar Coin and Arcadia Power

Maybe you didn’t wear green on St. Patrick’s day, but you could go green instead. Big Cat Rescue first went green in 2012 with the installation of solar power, and then upped the game in 2015 by going completely off the grid with Arcadia Power. Now we are participating in Solar Coin to create a new world exchange where clean energy becomes the currency. Find out how you can go green too at

Big Cat Rescue is proud to choose clean energy with Arcadia Power. We encourage everyone to support an environmentally friendly lifestyle by doing the same at home, and Arcadia Power is even offering all Big Cat Rescue supporters a $20 account credit plus a donation to Big Cat Rescue’s efforts! It’s so easy to sign up. It only takes a couple minutes from start to finish, and you don’t have to switch utilities or install anything. All you have to do is link up your utility account to their clean energy platform, and they purchase clean energy on your behalf from the same renewable energy markets Google, Whole Foods, and other progressive companies have had access to for years. In 3 minutes your home or apartment’s electricity usage can be covered by 100% clean, renewable energy. Sign up here:



Then join Big Cat Rescue at Hamburger Mary’s in Tampa (Ybor City location) for Bingo to benefit the cats!! We’ve done this a few times in the past and it is always a blast and usually sells out! Several folks from Big Cat Rescue will be there too, so please say hello.

Come in costume, come in drag, come in your funniest safari gear, wear your cat ears…you name it to have a roaring good time. Seating is limited to the first 200 guests, so please RSVP at 813 241-MARY (813 241-6279) for Sunday, April 3 at 7PM.

No cover charge. All you pay for is your drinks, food and bingo cards, which are 10 cards of 3 for $10. Lots of great prizes and fun! See video from one of our past events at Hamburger Mary’s:


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Above is the energy generated at Big Cat Rescue via solar panels from 6/28/12 until 3/16/16.

On 3/17/16 Big Cat Rescue joined Solar Coin in an effort to enable a new world economy that is based on everyone adopting clean, renewable energy. The fastest way to encourage people to change their behavior is to reward them for doing the right thing.  Solar Coin makes that possible.

In addition to these planet friendly measures, Big Cat Rescue took it one step further on Fab. 8, 2015 when we partnered with Arcadia Power to make sure that ALL of the electricity used at our sanctuary and in our own homes and rental properties comes from wind and solar.

Big Cat Rescue – Solar projects were sponsored by:

The Body Shop Foundation, TECO, C1 Bank and the Little Foundation.

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Big Cat Rescue Goes Green

Big Cat Rescue Goes Green

It Doesn’t Get Any Greener Than This

web-wind_turbine_1 copyBig Cat Rescue is committed to protecting exotic cats from captivity and in the wild and some may think that we put cats ahead of people, but that’s not true. Protecting habitat where cats live free is crucial to saving the planet for all of us because our forests are our planet’s lungs.  We have tried to reduce our impact on the globe by installing two huge solar arrays, thanks to the help of some wonderful donors.  These solar panels helped us reduce our dependency on dirty fuels and are a focal point on tours to get people thinking about what they can do to walk more softly on the earth.

This week Arcadia Power made it possible for Big Cat Rescue to completely switch to clean energy!  It took about 5 minutes, and will only cost us about $20.00 a month over our typical electric bill for the entire sanctuary.  (For a regular house, it’s more like $7.50 a month over your regular bill) There was nothing to install, no hassle, no red tape; just a quick call and a simple contract that can be freely terminated at any time (if we want to go back to using the dirty stuff).

Arcadia Power is the first nationwide Clean Energy utility option. By partnering with wind and solar projects, Arcadia Power provides homes and businesses with 100% pollution-free energy via local utilities. Members support their values through their monthly electricity bills, decreasing demand for fossil fuels and helping to grow American jobs. Arcadia Power partners with sustainability-minded companies and organizations to combat climate change and secure a better future for our planet. To see if it is available to you visit and just type in your zip code to check.

Big Cat Rescue is a clean energy partner of Arcadia Power


How Big Cat Rescue Went Completely Green

It works like this:

Once power reaches the grid, the electricity is indistinguishable – just a bunch of charged particles zipping around – and no one can specifically direct an electron from a wind turbine to your home. What matters is how those electrons are produced, and that’s something you can influence.Web-Diagram_clean_energy_to_your_home copy

When you sign up for clean energy with Arcadia Power, you’ll ensure that for every kWh of electricity you use, a kWh is produced and put on the grid by a pollution-free renewable source. You get the same reliability from your local utility, and one consolidated monthly statement. It’s that simple.



We are proud to announce that Big Cat Rescue is now running on 100% clean energy! We wanted to share with you our support of an environmentally friendly lifestyle, and encourage you to do the same. We are offering a $36.00 Free Pass to anyone that signs up for clean energy at your home or business via our partner Arcadia Power! It won’t change your current utility company and is easier and more affordable than you think. Click here to read more and sign up.

Every year on average, your home will use electricity generated by burning 4,000 pounds of coal. This releases nearly 10,000 pounds of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere and furthers the devastating effects of climate change. This equates to the same as driving an extra 11,000 miles a year, or cutting down 190 trees. Arcadia power provides an option for purchasing clean and renewable energy sources that will bring your CO2 emissions down to zero.

We are in the business of protecting wild cats and their habitats, so it is important to us that we have partnerships with businesses that feel the same way. Big Cat Rescue is proud to be a Clean Energy Partner!  Running our business on clean energy seemClean Energy Partners like a small price to pay for doing the right thing today and investing in the environment of tomorrow.

The sign up takes just 5 minutes, and when you do, you’ll get a Big Cat Rescue Free Pass right in your welcome packet.

We are running on 100% Clean Energy – join us! It’s a win-win for everyone!


Learn More About Going Green


  • Big Cat Rescue is now running on 100% Clean Energy and is supporting the production and demand of renewable energy sources. We are partnering with Arcadia Power and so should you! Sign up to run your home on clean energy and get a $36.00 Free Pass to Big Cat Rescue.
  • How it works: Arcadia Power purchases clean energy equal to your usage, but your local utility continues to deliver it to your home. You still receive just one power bill every month, and the same reliability that you’re used to, but your footprint is reduced to zero.
  • In just one year, the average American home’s electricity use generates over 10,000 pounds of carbon pollution per year. With Arcadia Power, you can reduce your home’s carbon footprint to 0, and go green in under 5 minutes.
  • It’s little-known to most people that not only does fossil-fuel electricity generation add greenhouses gases to our atmosphere, but also uses 0.49 gallons of water for every kilowatt hour produced, which for the average household is around 5000 gallons of water wasted per year.
  • Choosing clean energy is a natural option for socially responsible people, just like buying local, organic or fair trade.
  • The average household uses just over 10,000 kWh of electricity per year, reducing your home’s impact to zero through clean energy with Arcadia Power would be equivalent of:
    • Biking over 11,000 miles instead of driving, or for the average American, 580 days of not driving to work.
    • Planting 190 trees.
    • 34 years of not turning on your coffee maker.
    • 55 years of not using your hair dryer.
  • Arcadia Power is a first-of-its-kind company giving homeowners access to the same energy markets where Apple, Whole Foods, and Google buy their clean energy.
  • Through Arcadia Power, you support renewable energy facilities across the country – from commercial wind farms to school solar projects – and ensure they’re putting clean energy on the grid.
  • You support job creation and the clean economy.
  • Clean energy for the average Arcadia Power customer costs about 25 cents per day for the average customer.
  • No contract or commitment, and no need to install anything.
  • You don’t need to own your home: Arcadia Power works with rentals, apartments, condos & small businesses too. If you pay an electricity bill, you can use it for good.

We are running on 100% Clean Energy – join us! It’s a win-win for everyone!


For those who will inevitably scream, “What about the birds?!?” please consider the fact that failing to embrace clean energy sources means we destroy the entire planet for us AND the birds.

Here are some numbers based on studies (coal is much harder on birds than wind):


Big Cat Rescue Adopted Solar in 2012

Just as a reminder, Big Cat Rescue has been green for a long time.  Back in June of 2012 we installed our first solar array and then added another one later.  Find out more at