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The Wall

How Would You Feel?

Wall around Big Cat Rescue

We started raising funds for a new wall back in December 2003. After the 2006 attack we redoubled our efforts. The perimeter of our 69 acres is 8600 feet.We built the first 1000 feet of wall in 2008, built another 660 feet in 2010, and in 2011 are building 3300 feet under construction as this is written. The wall system we are using, Rhino Wall,is particularly suited to our terrain because we cannot get cranes or other motorized equipment to much of the perimeter. The unique Rhino panels are made of dense foam clad in aluminum on both sides. The result is a very strong but very light weight panel that one man can lift. The aluminum H posts are set in concrete three feet in the ground. The panels are then slid between the posts and screwed in created a wall rated to resist hurricane winds up to 130 mph.In the photo here you see Malcolm LeBlanc (white shirt and glasses) and his crew working on the 2200 feet of wall along the north border. It was from this area that teenagers shot paintballs through the chain link at our leopards a few years ago. For more information about Rhino Wall visit http://www.rhinowallsystems.com/

The other photo shows a section of wall we erected in our tour waiting area. This is where the names of all the donors to the wall will be permanently on display. The sign for those who donated through the end of 2010 and another for 2011 is being printed as this page is being updated, with room to add future donors who will be hand written in as they donate, then printed at the end of 2011.

 

2300 Feet to go – can you help?

 

 

Although this might not be the most glamorous of causes – a wall; it remains one of the most important concerns for the on-going protection of our rescued cats. Furthermore, we cannot provide you with much more than our sincere gratitude for your donation; and your name permanently displayed on a large sign in our tour waiting area.  Thanks.

Please, consider how you would feel.

The pain, the panic, the fear.

Help us prevent any future attacks of our rescued Big Cats.

Donations at $100/foot to help build the wall can be made here at

http://bigcatrescue.org/products-page/donations-fundraisers/perimeter-wall-fund-551/

Or by sending checks payable to Big Cat Rescue to:

Big Cat Rescue

12802 Easy Street

Tampa, FL 33625

Attention: Build the Wall

Any donations to the wall that end up not being needed for the wall (we won’t know exact price of last sections until we negotiate the contracts) will be used for other capital projects or to feed the cats as needed.

Thanks so much to the following 500+ donors who have helped protect the cats by funding the wall:

Name or requested inscription is followed by number of feet donated.  This list will be formatted to be more readable soon.

 

2006 Fur Ball Proceeds – 65 Debra & Harry Stonecipher – 250 Reitzel Foundation – 125 Anonymous – 100 Cyrus & Joanne Spurlino – 100 Little Family Foundation – 94 In memory of Bonnie L. Tatum – 63 Eleanor Millan – 50 Ken & Mary Heilman – 36 Allen & Angela Hargest – 32 Larry & Pam Trissel For The Cats – 20 Ernest & Sally Cika – 15 Susan Wilcox – 15 Gary Keesling – 13 In memory of Edward Monroe – 13 Karla Hayes – 13 Mary Ellen Foley – 13 Oris (Big O) Voigtman – 13 In honor of Betty & Jim Gotta’s 50th wedding anniversary – 12 EnergyPet LLC (heart) Holistic Healing for you & your pet – 10 For the Kitties Michael & Andrea – 10 Friends of Stan & Sally Geda for their 50th anniversary – 10 In memory of beloved cats Buffy & Brat by Judith & Harry Newman – 10 Jay O’Conner – 10 Jonathan Woodard & Mie Nakamura – 10 Judy Watts – 10 Matt & Chris Sheen – 10 Mr. & Mrs. Bill Maytum – 10 Starfleet International Star Trek Fan Assoc., Region 2 – 8 Alan Wilde – 7 Beth Ann, Rich, Tiffany, Tylee & Sheba Bluder – 7 Debby & Gene Cantanzaro – 7 Don & Evelyn Bartram – 7 Big cats rule! – 6 Catherine Byrd – 6 Citrus Auxiliary 3992 – 6 Deborah Wlaz – 6 Love cats, Diane & John Blackmon – 6 Melanie Rak – 6 Michael Krieger – 6 Roland M. Lajoie, MD – 6 Vicki Glasgow – 6 “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” – Da Vinci – 5 Andrea & Steve Paraggio – 5 Anonymous – 5 April Durham – 5 Brown Family Fund – 5 Clay R. Smith, Jr. – 5 Derek Scott – 5 Don Thompson & Meg Andronaco in memory of Mitsuko – 5 Donna & Bill Brown – 5 Dr. & Mrs. Jordan Berlin – 5 Erin Newman – 5 In honor of Kristina & Tim – 5 In memory of Cornelia Schaal-Backus – 5 In memory of Peter B. – 5 Kathy & Lillian Osting – 5 Larry Thomas – 5 Laurie Nourse – 5 Leslie Hoge – 5 Maureen Zilles – 5 Patricia Miller – 5 Ryan Walker Buchanon – 5 Sherry Levesque – 5 The Goldblatt Family – 5 Tim and Gail Anderson – 5 Anonymous – 4 Claire Mooers – 4 Jean Hall – 4 Michael & Nancy Giacalone – 4 Pamela Whatley – 4 Patricia Stanton – 4 Teri Powell – 4 Darlene Jo Ferrantino – 3 Fred & Aleta Fisher – 3 From Lisa Forsyth in memory of Becca – 3 In memory of Mark Gould – 3 In memory of Sherri Schaefer – 3 Jeff Baker – 3 Judy Stimson – 3 Kathy Beck – 3 Mary M. Heilman – 3 Michael Daniel Levine – 3 Richard, Eileen, Andrew & Samantha Haneiko – 3 Rob Taylor & Joanne Albright & Lesa Albright – 3 Robin Jackson-Bogner – 3 Susan Abbate – 3 Thomas Rahn – 3 Wayne & Terese Borden – 3 Alan An Sagshin – 2 All creatures deserve compassion – 2 Ann & Kent Weaver – 2 BIG CATS bring joy to the Haskins Family (VA) – 2 Bob & MaryAnne Beans – 2 Bruce & Karen Trott – 2 Cale & Margo Carvell – 2 Carolyn Thompson – 2 Chuck & Susan – Littleton, CO – 2 Danielle Nicole Adkins – 2 Darla Haines – 2 David & Tammy Boston – 2 Diane Bryan – 2 Dolores Bowen – 2 Don & Ebe  Bower – 2 Dr. & Mrs. M.L. Akins – 2 EB2 and Mini – 2 Ed MacKenty – 2 Edith Parker – 2 Elfriede Maclean – 2 Evelyn Galus – 2 Evelyn West – 2 everGREEN landscape architects – 2 For loving care – 2 For the tiger in all of us – In memory of Frank Clinedinst – 2 Frank Halliwell – 2 From “Dolly” your Siamese sister cat – 2 George & Catherine Kozieradzki – 2 Gerald & Joann Lembke – 2 Glenn Edmonds – 2 Heather & Brian Woolridge – 2 Here’s to the lioness in all of us – Evelyn Clinedinst – 2 In loving memory of Ruby and Casey – 2 In memory of “TBO” – Georgia A. Eller – 2 In memory of Lola Van Brunt – 2 In memory of Marie Welsh – 2 In memory of the Barbary Lion – 2 J.L. Elliott – 2 James & Grace McKeever – 2 James Collis – 2 Jenna Waites – 2 Joan Phillips & Sheldon Metz – 2 Joey & Elena Benassi – 2 John & Michelle Lewis – 2 John Kilgore – 2 Judith Ramirez – 2 Judy & Peter Dietrich – 2 Kerry Gilbert – 2 L. Kathleen Hickman – 2 Laurie A. Tepper – 2 Lessli G. Nielsen – 2 Linda de Bottari, Ph.d – 2 Lisa Rutherford – 2 Lon & Pat Wojtowicz – 2 Lori Sechio & Dee Hartman – 2 Mark & Michelle Hocraffer – 2 Mary-Ann Calvo – 2 Maryann, Roy, Linda, Ray, John & Mary.  We always had fun. – 2 Maurlin Lowks – 2 Melissa & Dan McCance – 2 Michael & Kristin Harris – 2 Michele Marziano & George Gibbons – 2 Pat & Denise Carney – 2 Pat Garrison – 2 Peter & Jeanette Webb, for the love of cats – 2 Phil & Jen Scala – 2 Richard L. Miller – 2 Rita G. Ashton – 2 Sande Fernan – 2 Sharon Smith – 2 Spritual Goddess Gathering – 2 Susan Gotta – 2 Susanne Perla – 2 Teresa Daleske – 2 The Pacheco Family of Connecticut – 2 Thomas Stephens – 2 Tony & Michele Arnold – 2 Tony & Nancy Zito – 2 Tony Va Redden – 2 Al & Jhane Marello – 1 Alan E. Fraser – 1 Alexandra F. Merton – 1 Alexia and Randy Sherman – 1 Alli George – 1 Always in our hearts – The Fitzpatricks – 1 Angela Bunker – 1 Angela Molina – 1 Animal Lovers of Averill Park NY – 1 Ann Z. Sofia – 1 Anne Plotto – 1 Anonymous – 1 Art Jacob – 1 Ashley Caputo – 1 Auto Parts Distributors – 1 Bailey – 1 Barbara L. Edson-Jones – 1 Be free, God bless them – 1 Betty Hay – 1 Bill Hupp – 1 Bob & Jackie Lakins – 1 Bob & Marilu Baker – 1 Bonnie Bergerman – 1 Bowman Academy – 1 Brant & Christy Anderson – 1 Brenda Marie Samide – for ALL the cats! – 1 Brian Culbertson – Virginia – 1 Brian Czarnik & AAZK – 1 Brooke Harris – 1 Candace Borman – 1 Carl Engelke – 1 Carol Olson – 1 Carol Walker – 1 Carrollwood Cats – 1 Cater Family – 1 Catherine Chou & Joseph Carannante – 1 Cathy DeFelice – 1 Charles & Donna Couzelli – 1 Charlotte Berman – 1 Charlotte Centilli – 1 Chase Sabatino & Avery Gross – 1 Chistina Ellis – 1 Chris Poole – 1 Chrissy Toth – 1 Christopher D. Watkins – 1 Cindy A. Blue – 1 Clarissa Roach – 1 Cory & Libby Spino – 1 Cyd Berman – 1 D.A.K. – 1 Dance Star – 1 Daphne Butters – 1 David & Anastasia Underwood – 1 David & Kim Blasco – 1 David & Mary Greer – 1 David Valintakonis – 1 Debra Arguijo – 1 Dedicated to Colt for love of all animals – love Mom – 1 Dedicated to my beautiful daughter, Jenna Waites – 1 Dedicated to my beautiful daughter, Lynn Iseman – 1 Dedicated to my beautiful mother, Naomi Hall – 1 Dedicated to Rob Iseman – 1 Delphin Kosfeld – 1 Demilia, Sterling, MA – 1 Dennis Gunsteen – 1 Diana Tardif – 1 Diana Tardif & Tim Jablonski in loving memory of BillyJack – 1 Diane & John Uhle – 1 Dolores Bell – 1 Dolores Evensen – 1 Don and Lori Stafstrom – 1 Donald Bertram – 1 Donated by Luis & Marlene Torres – 1 Donated by Penny & Calvin Ward – 1 Donna McClellan – 1 Doris & Luca Casiraghi – 1 Doris Dorfman – 1 Dr. & Mrs. Ethan Polsky – 1 Elissa Rudolph – 1 Elizabeth Stannard – 1 Ellen Cecil – 1 Ellen Richter – 1 Elsie McMahon – 1 Erin “E” Coty – 1 Escape Velocity Enterprises loves the big cats – 1 Ethan Hart – 1 Fix and Feed Feline Feral Inc. – 1 For 50 years of marriage of Stan and Sally Geda – 1 For all our furry friends, may they rest easy! – 1 For all the cats, from Chris Jordan and Chandra Sanders – 1 For all those we should protect. – 1 For Ella McLain – 1 For Krystal Lang: Tiger Lover – 1 For our friends from Ricky to Lucy – 1 For Richard Wellhouse – 1 For the beautiful cats! – 1 For the love of all God’s creatures – Karen Jo Muschiette – 1 Fran Buhman – 1 Fran Curry – 1 Frank & Gail Stegner – 1 Frank & Jacqueline Wasniewski – 1 Fred & Pamela Hentschel – 1 G. Vinas – 1 Gail Kimball Goss – 1 Gene & Charlene Orlando – 1 Gil, Gloria, and Brian – 1 Gregg M. Jorissen – 1 Heather Hall – 1 Heather Purl – 1 Heather Siminski – 1 Hendricks – 1 Hunter Hart – 1 In honor of “Sam” Sherman – 1 In honor of Jessica Allen & Tom Stephens – 1 In honor of Lucia King Fly Perkins – 1 In honor of Mary John Fly Atwood – 1 In honor of my husband, Mohan Rao’s Birthday – 1 In loving memory of our cat Grace – 1 In loving memory of Violet & Bill Burcham – 1 In memory of Apache – 1 In memory of Aura E. Brown 2006 – 1 In memory of Beulah Smith – 1 In memory of Big Boy – 1 In memory of Carole Gail Shine Hembree – 1 In memory of Coloria Tavis – 1 In memory of Francis Cross 2008 – 1 In memory of George & Tina Creais – 1 In memory of Ginny Leon – 1 In memory of Grey Cat – 1 In memory of Henry & Dorothy Hirose – 1 In memory of Jack S. Young – 1 In memory of Lillian M. Corbett – 1 In memory of Marge Seigler – 1 In memory of Marie Tower – 1 In memory of Mary Hirschmuel – 1 In memory of Melba J. Marshall – 1 In memory of Molly Eisenberg – 1 In memory of Mom, Zoe & Pearl – 1 In memory of Nelda Maslin – 1 In memory of scardy cat – love, T bird – 1 In memory of Shadow from Teri Cooper – 1 In memory of Suzy Goss – 1 In memory of Tinkerbell – 1 In memory of Tolva Stanfield – 1 In memory of Vicki Glasgow – 1 Its all about cats – 1 Jane Pappone – 1 Janet Qualls – 1 Janet Rae Sorensen – Los Lunas, NM – 1 Jay & J Aalberg – 1 Jay, Susan & Jacob Gibson – 1 Jeanette Schinelli – 1 Jeff Baker – 1 Jeff Carpenter – 1 Jennifer Jones – 1 Jessica Ryle & Michelle Wojtasek – 1 Jihan Udall – 1 Jo Ann & Jon Frogue – 1 Joan Lynch – 1 Joe & Donna Perryman – 1 Joe & Noel Street – 1 John & Marjorie Carrithers – 1 John & Rebecca Prawlocki – 1 John and Nancy Leclerc – 1 John Isler – 1 John Morgan 1992-1998 – 1 John, Barbara & Rachel Peters – 1 Jon M. Ohman – 1 Judith Plyler – 1 Julie Crouse – 1 Karen Becker & Dennis Freigang – 1 Kathleen Charles & Ezekial Jacoby – 1 Kathleen Slaven – 1 Ken & Bobbie Jones – 1 Kim Hart – 1 Kim Themis – 1 Kris Hintz – 1 Kyra Brown & Ryan Blanco – 1 L. P. McDonald – 1 Larry Ackley & Sherry Trundy – 1 Laura Lassiter – 1 Lauren X. Topelsohn – 1 Leave my cats alone – 1 Leave them alone – keep their home – 1 Leeya Rollins – 1 Lesli Schuch – 1 Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to a human – 1 Lighthouse Credit Foundation – 1 Linda Delapenha – 1 Linda Mattos-Lind – 1 Linda Paulen – 1 Lisa Boucher – 1 Lisa Bowen – 1 Lisa Miller – 1 Lisa Rawls – 1 Lodewijk Voege – 1 Loretta Pickford – 1 Lou Callier – 1 Louise & Mitch Kanaan – 1 Love all my cats – 1 Ma & Pops – 1 Mana & Pops – 1 Maria Cingranelli – 1 Maria Toth – 1 Marie Borowski – 1 Mark & Brenda Lorenz – 1 Mary  Melcer – 1 Mary & Ken Heilman – 1 Mary Ferris – 1 Mary Horne – 1 Mary K. MacLean – 1 Mary Kay Botkins – 1 Mary Loher – 1 Mary M. Stephens – 1 Mary Maclean – 1 Mary Monnet & Mike Anderson – 1 Mary Welsh – 1 Maryann Faust – 1 Maureen & Jeremiah Hoffman – 1 Maureen Roberts – 1 McDonough Family – 1 Melissa Daley – 1 Michael Conley – 1 Michele Marziano  – 1 Michelle & John Rohan-Weaver – 1 Michelle L. Bourdeau – 1 Miranda Crossley – 1 Mizzar Bair – 1 My best to the Big Cats – Teresa – 1 Nana Bo Turner – 1 Nancy  Solek – 1 No voice, no choice.  God bless this place. – 1 Patricia O’Brien – 1 Paul An Termann – 1 Paul Do Bogar – 1 Peace from Genny, Sue & Roger Haskins – 1 Randy & Judy Byra – 1 Rebecca Ronicsan – 1 Rene Ca Braselton – 1 Renee Hondorf – 1 Renee Savino-Hondorf – 1 Richard Gray & Judy Siverstein – 1 Richard Rice – 1 Rita & Frederick Mastroni – 1 Rita Ann Reimer – 1 Robert Esser – 1 Ron & Gail Whitfield – 1 Ron Mikat – 1 Ryan Evanko – 1 S, A, J & A Hsieh – 1 S. F. Smith – 1 Sarah & Jason Bush – 1 Scott Balthazard – 1 Scott, Madison, darian, Harrison, Camryn & Maddox – 1 Shane (Smiley) Gunsteen – 1 Sharing the love of cats – 1 Sharon & Amy Seefeld – 1 Sharon & Jason Bush – 1 Shayne Schuetzner, WV – 1 Sheila Clouse – 1 Shelly Heatherly – 1 Sheri Ranson – 1 Shirley Boyce – 1 Sidney Judge Wright – 1 Speir & Pat Ramsey – 1 Stanley Carmody – 1 Stanley Sienkiewilz – 1 Steve & Samantha Walker in loving memory of Gamble – 1 Sunday Cat – 1 Susan Coleman – 1 Susan Lauder – 1 Susan M. Flynn – 1 Susan Vila – 1 Sylvia Smith – 1 Tanya Solis – 1 Terry & Mary Blizzard – Galloway, OH – 1 Terry Welker – 1 The Borden Family – 1 The Cat Loving Jordans – 1 The Drehmer Family – 1 The Feinstein Family – 1 The Goodhand Family – 1 The Kowalske Family – 1 The Kowalski Family – 1 The Kubera Family – 1 The Macmaillans – Wishaw, Scotland – 1 The Sklarski Family – 1 The Waterbury Zoo – 1 Tigers R the Best – 1 Tim & Jo Ann Frogue – 1 Tim and Sue Boyle – 1 Tim, Cherie & Natalie Lobach – 1 To all the cats we’ve loved – 1 To honor the staff and volunteers of Big Cat Rescue – 1 To the Boys’ Freedom – 1 Tom & Jennifer Hanson – 1 Tom Farner – 1 Tori & Morgan Smith in loving memory of Casper – 1 Tracey & Derek Ferre – 1 Travis & Taylor Cole – 1 Trisha Leigh Oliver – 1 Victoria Gonzalez – 1 W. Fred Peacock – 1 Walter & Lenora Siverson – 1 Walter Ratai – 1 We are sorry for what man has done to you – 1 Wendy Reid – 1 Wendy Smith – 1 William Decot – 1 With love to the cats – 1 With our help, they will survive! – 1 www.thesweetartgallery.com – Naples, FL – 1

Added 5-31-11 Lawrence & Pamela Trissel – 200 ICHC Cheezfrenz – 6 Enid Galliers – 4 David Cohn – 2 Alice & Allen Friedman – 1 Amanda Simmens – 1 Norman & Joan Oyen – 1 Jane & Evan Meredith – 1 Carol Treskon – 1 Marian B. McCaslin – 1 Irene J. Quill – 1 Ellen Richter – 1 Anonymous – 1 Robin D’Amato – 1 Michele Marziano – 1 Mary Dail – 1

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