After exotic pets are rescued, what next?

After exotic pets are rescued, what next?

By Kris Axtman, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor Wed Jul 26, 4:00 AM ET

HOUSTON – Ivan is a playful, 7-year-old cat – a “sweet boy,” according to the Houston SPCA. He desperately needed a home, but he was never featured on the animal-protection agency’s “pick of the litter” Web page.

That’s because the nearly 400-pound mixed-breed tiger is too big to roam around a private house or backyard – just the situation he was rescued from this spring.

Recently, Ivan was given refuge at a Florida animal sanctuary after months of temporary shelter at the Houston Zoo. He is one of a large group of exotic animals confiscated from a ranch in Gonzales County, Texas, and one of the few so far to have found a permanent home.

The plight of these animals highlights the increasing problem of private citizens keeping wild animals as pets – and the even larger problem of what to do with them after authorities seize them.

 
For the cats,
 
Carole Baskin, Founder of Big Cat Rescue
12802 Easy Street
Tampa, FL 33625 MakeADifference@BigCatRescue.org

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