NOTE: Tigers for Tomorrow’s website says they do not breed, trade or sell animals, but it does have pictures of people bottlefeeding and nuzzling tigers:
Tiger cub to help in pet cause
By Jared Felkins
Published October 16, 2008
Annabelle was an orphan. She’s an 8-week-old cat that got lucky and found a loving home that will care for her and meet her every need.
The only difference in this adoption and the thousands of other homeless cats in Alabama waiting on a home like Annabelle’s is that she is a Siberian tiger cub.
“She came from a magic show in Madison, Wisc.,” said Sue Steffens, owner and operator of Tigers for Tomorrow in Collinsville. “I got a call that the show was coming to an end, and we said we would gladly accept her.”
Annabelle arrived at the exotic animal preserve this week to join more than 100 animals, including 17 tigers, 14 mountain lions, four African lions and two black leopards.
And while all of the animals at Tigers for Tomorrow enjoy a leisurely life, Annabelle was put right to work helping her domesticated counterparts.
Steffens is offering anyone who gets a commitment to buy a state spay-neuter license plate for their vehicle can meet Annabelle in a unique tour of Tigers for Tomorrow. The one and a half hour tour includes an up-close and personal meet and greet with several of the park’s animals, as well as a photo opportunity with Annabelle and her trainer in early November.
Those interested would have to get the license plate commitment by Oct. 30, which includes paying $50 for the tag.
“This is the public’s only chance to meet and have their picture taken with Annabelle at the preserve,” Steffens said.
Tag commitments can be bought at alvma.com or by visiting the DeKalb County revenue commissioner’s office. At least 1,000 tags must be pre-sold by Oct. 30 for the spay-neuter program to be implemented, but all commitments will be honored by Tigers for Tomorrow, Steffens said.
For more information on the program, visit tigersfortomorrow.org.
Learn more about big cats and Big Cat Rescue at http://bigcatrescue.org