April 18 2017

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Give Day Tampa 2017


Give Day Tampa Bay is an online giving event in our community taking place May 2. For the first time Give Day Tampa Bay is accepting early donations –beginning TODAY April 18!

Your much-appreciated online donation to Big Cat Rescue from April 18 to May 2 will help us reach our goal of $61,000 for our cats – AND help us win up to $12,000 in cash prizes!

PLUS this year Big Cat Rescue is thrilled to announce that, thanks to an amazing donor, we have a $39,000 match! So, every dollar you donate to our cats between April 18 and May 2 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $39,000.


We will use your generous gifts this year for two very important purposes:

  • The first is to purchase and renovate a building to be used as the recovery area for injured rehab bobcats so they can quietly recuperate after surgery. It will have four rooms and can also serve as an overflow recovery area for our other cats. This building will be located near our new state-of-the-art bobcat rehab area and will cost approximately $31,000.
  • The second purpose will be to purchase new transport cages for our biggest cats. We desperately need new cages to bring rescued tigers, lions, leopards and cougars to our sanctuary. Our old ones can no longer be repaired after years of wear and tear. We will also use the new cages to transport the big cats within the sanctuary and to/from our Windsong Memorial hospital when they need medical attention. The cost to purchase four new transports is $30,000.

Can our cats count on you again this year to reach our goal of $61,000?

Make your tax-deductible gift of $5 or more to Big Cat Rescue by credit or debit card here:  https://www.razoo.com/story/B9u50f

Thank you for supporting Big Cat Rescue so generously and for making Give Day Tampa Bay such a GRRREAT success for our cats!!

Prefer to send Big Cat Rescue a check rather than donating online? The Give Day Tampa Bay rules say we MUST receive your check at our sanctuary by April 30. Please make your check out to Big Cat Rescue, make sure to write “Give Day Tampa Bay” on the memo line, and mail your donation to Howard Baskin, Big Cat Rescue, 12802 Easy Street, Tampa, FL 33625.

Facebook Live Video Replays

Joseph Lion!  Watch more at explore.org/bigcatrescue


Watch as TJ and Seth the tigers go head to head in Tiger Lake for the ultimate splash off!! BigCatTV.com

Keeper Corner

Keeper Karma:  Lakota and Sioux just love blood cicles!  When I went over to give them cicles, Sioux came running over right away to see what I had, then started licking on it like it was the best thing ever!  When I took Lakota’s over to him, he leaped in the air and climbed the side of the enclosure to try and get to it! He couldn’t grab it fast enough.

Keeper Honey:  Priya measuring her height and marking it on her tree. She doesn’t have any door frames to use….

Keeper Rebecca Williams:   Reflecting on how beautiful this boy is ?

(I took this from one of Rebecca’s social media pages)

Zeus tiger looking over his pool

Keeper Brittany Mira:  Lovey Bobcat wondering if the Keeper tour left anything good for her and Thurston today

Lovey Bobcat wondering if the Keeper tour left anything good for her and Thurston today

Keeper Afton:  It’s like a mirror image – Texas Boys, Andre & Arthur

Keeper Afton: It's like a mirror image - Texas Boys, Andre & Arthur

Viewer Pix

Viewer Jaime T:  Seth was being an excellent photo subject, today 🙂

Viewer Beth Parent:  Joseph staying away from Dr. Justin

This photo by Viewer Susann Mesna cracks me up!!

“Oh My, this tree is HEAVY but I am SOOO amazing I can hold it up with one foot while taking a catnap and showing off for my adoring fans on Explore.org!” says Seth.

Viewer Scotti Cohn:  Goooood morning, T.J.!!! My photo of T.J. Tiger at Big Cat Rescue taken using web cam at http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-tiger-lake

Goooood morning, T.J.!!! My photo of T.J. Tiger at Big Cat Rescue taken using web cam at http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-tiger-lake

 Foster Kitten Program

The kitten photos are now all turned in and I will begin getting them ready for posting. THANK YOU to everyone who submitted kitten photos.  So hang tight for a bit then you can have a kitten cuteness day.  Watch the kitten streaming live at:  http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-kitten-cabana

Photo by Lori Hobbs

 Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue

Joseph is sleeping on the platform but look in the background to see who snuck in, probably to chase birds. Watch this cam streaming live at explore.org/bigcatrescue

Rearranging Joe’s furniture, The Texans April 17

Shrub removal day, Seth at TL April 17

Don’t disturb the tiger, Seth at TL April 17

Morning Texans! April 17

TJ and Seth enjoying their Sunday, TL April 16

Some fun with TJ and Seth and Peg, the Keg, TL April 15

A shower and some fun for Mr Seth, April 12

Sherry visiting the kittens

Just Testing

Scratching an itch and playing with ball

Here is a list of YouTube channels that feature videos of the cats here:

  WANTED – Graphic Artists

Carole is looking for a graphic artist who really gets what we are all about and would would like to help us with some graphics for shirts.  If that is you or if you know someone like that, please have them email Carole at cat@bigcatrescue.org

 Quick Links

As per viewer suggestions, Quick Links now has it’s very own page http://bigcatrescue.org/quick-links/

Bookmarking it will help you find things quickly.  That will come in handy for:

  • Helping us answer questions on social media
  • Finding answers to some of Carole’s Facebook Live questions

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