“Cute and cuddly? Absolutely not,” saidBarry Frank, a Fur Ball guest viewing a video of Freckles the liger and tigersCookie and Alex filmed by Big Cat Rescue president Jamie Veronica. The Citrus Park sanctuary rescued the abandoned cats last year, said emceeCynthia Smoot of WTVT-Ch. 13, so proceeds from the Oct. 9 gala will help feed and care for them, and 132 other abused and retired cats at the 45-acre habitat. Auctioning trips such as a South African safari (sold twice at $14,500 each) helped net $100,000.
This year’s Guardian Angel award went toTim Harrison of Outreach for Animals for teaching the dangers of raising exotic pets at home, instead of “enjoying them in the wild where they belong.” Guests got a copy of his book Wildlife Warrior.
The crowd of 500-plus at A La Carte Pavilion seemed tamer this year, fewer dressed up in fur and whiskers. But they sure pounced on Jana Broder’s wild drumming circle in the lobby jungle.
By Amy Scherzer, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Friday, October 16, 200
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