Big Cats Wish List
Amazon Wish List and Amazon Smile
One really easy way to purchase items we need is to visit our Amazon Wish List where you can purchase right there and have the items shipped to us. Please send us an email to tell us you purchased an item though, because when the item arrives we do not know who sent it from the shipping documents.
If you do use Amazon to purchase items for yourself (who doesn’t?) the EASIEST way you can help the cats is to sign up for Amazon Smile and choose Big Cat Rescue as your charity. Then, when you go to Amazon through your Smile account, everything is the same on Amazon but a portion of each purchase you make goes to the cats. For instructions on signing up for Smile see http://bigcatrescue.org/get-involved/
Other items not on the Amazon list are shown below:
Things You May Have & Don’t Need we might – look around your garage or office or consider purchasing?
Pet carriers (medium and large).
Large, strong nets.
Lawn Tools of all kinds, especially shovels, rakes, limb loppers, weed eaters.
Garden hoses, sprayers and nozzles. Hoses need to be: New, Heavy Duty, Anti-Kink, Garden Hose in 25 ft length only. These
are available at Home Depot.
Cat books for our gift shop and educational center.
Copy paper, office supplies.
Plants, flower and grass seeds. Plants, shrubs, trees… Please check the toxic list first if you are donating plants.
New AA batteries or rechargeable with charger for radio contact.
Small T.V.s, Radios, animal videos or DVDs for intern housing.
Unused 1 cc and 3cc syringes with 18-22 Ga. needles for shots.
Gas masks for anesthesia, small to REALLY large. (Not the military type for combat)
You can ship any of the above to Big Cat Rescue at 12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL. 33625 along with an invoice estimating the value and we will mail a Donation Receipt back to you. Thank you for helping the Big Cats at Big Cat Rescue!
Want to really make a wish come true? These are some of our more expensive needs. Help us with funding these projects and get special naming rights and other recognition for your generosity.
Things You Can Buy For the Cats
Shade trees for the cats and for the paying guests $180.00
If you have ever been to Big Cat Rescue you know how wonderful it is to take a walk through our woods and meet all of the lucky cats who have been rescued and now live there in the shady peacefulness. You have probably also just about dropped from heat stroke out by the lions. As we have expanded we have had to build in areas that have no trees. While we have installed pools, misters and artificial shade, it just isn’t the same as what mother nature provides. Big trees are expensive and we need lots of them. The bigger the tree, the more shade that it will provide right away, but these require equipment that we don’t have and don’t have the expertise to rent.
After many years of experimentation we have found that the only supplier we trust for toys the cats cannot destroy (and potentially swallow or otherwise harm themselves) is Desert Plastics. We use big Boomer Balls for the tigers that are about 3 feet in diameter, weigh 90 pounds and have a 4′ side wall for tigers. These cost about $250 to purchase and have shipped. We use certain donut shaped toys and other toys depending on the size of the cat. Which toys we have enough of and which we need varies from time to time. If you are interested in knowing which toys we need now email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner for interns and volunteers on lecture series night – $200.00
Big Cat Rescue relies on more than 85 dedicated volunteers and about 50 interns from all over the world live on property for three months at a time who provide roughly 30 Full Time people in manpower hours. They work in the heat, the bugs, the rain and the cold to take care of more than 70 big cats and they do it all for free. A few times each month we have a lecture and social night where these dedicated folks increase their knowledge of both the sanctuary activities and conservation issues related to cats and other species. We provide a buffet dinner on these evenings. Donors who fund the dinner are thanked with a sign at the buffet and verbally.
Casper was a much loved Cougar resident of Big Cat Rescue who was taken from us suddenly by a lightning bolt. As a tribute to this great cat we refer to certain kinds of projects as “Casper Projects”. These projects typically involve work done directly on or in the enclosures to improve the lives of the cats. Sometimes they involve improvements that give the cats more opportunities to have fun and/or be more active. These include things like swinging platforms, tunnels, ramps or extra branches to climb. Other times the project may involve improvements to dens or the cage structure that give the cat more room, more comfort, or facilitate introducing cats we think may enjoy living together. Each project is different depending upon the needs of the cats. If you indicate that your donation is for a Casper Project, we will let you know the project that your donation helped fund.
Kill the Fleas for a Week $538.00
Flea prevention is costing us a fortune. The Revolution they need costs about $7000.00 per quarter. You can help us keep the cats free of these dangerous and itchy pests by donating to the Flea Treatment Program.
Camera Traps (often called Game cameras) $570.00
Help us track exotic cats in the wild so that we can assist in protecting much needed habitat for them. The best cameras are digital ones because the native people we have trained often do not have access to mail to send us film, but often can get to an Internet Cafe and send the images digitally. Sponsor one of these and we will copy you with the photos we get for a year.
Golf Cart $4500.00
We use electric golf carts for hauling the transport wagon across property, carrying food and medicines out to the cats, delivering toys and enrichment, hauling foster kittens from Intern housing to the Kitten Cabana for play time, crating cats to the on site hospital, and moving our people around a 67 ac campus in a quick, quiet and efficient way. Most of our carts are old and eventually they reach the end of their useful lives. Donate a cart and we’ll put your name on the cart as the donor to thank you and be a constant reminder to all of us of your generosity.