Big Cat Updates
Devin Saari’s Coordinator Notes for 4/18/2018
We had a great day, today! We had just enough volunteers to get feeding, cleaning, and morning private tours done. Food prep was finished in between lunch and 3pm tours. Interns that needed classes all completed them
The cicle cats loved their icy treats!
Lots of projects were completed.
-Karla picked up the branches and rocks around the sanctuary (including by Beacher and FunCation)
-Karla pick up the piles of branches by Himalayan House
-Bridget and Alex finished Nala Serval’s cage
-Tonga’s cage needs to be finished. The roof is done and only half of a bubble needs to still be raked. Also, limestone needs to be added to his lockout
That’s all for today!
Lauren Grant’s Coordinator Notes for 4/19/2018
Little White Dove was helped across the rainbow bridge today. It was a hard decision.
We did manage to get lots of projects done today:
-Tonga’s enclosure was finished being cleaned up.
-Smalls enclosure was started. The smaller bubble was raked, sticks taken off the roof, safety cage cleaned, and grass seeded. I tried to get her into that side originally so we could do the larger side, but she ran through the guillotine door before I could close it. She does not like being separated from her big den side!
Jenny dumped a large truck load of branches from Himalayan/Mogdlin area. There are probably some left still, but we’ve been making progress every day.
Purrfection no longer needs her diet split into two. She is ony getting AM meds (starting Friday 4/20) and needs her full diet with her meds.
Enrichment was done today, along with sign-offs. Jenny did her last small cat enrichment sign-off tonight!
That’s about it.
– Lauren Grant
Afton’s Coordinator Notes for 4/20/2018
Oh Yeah, I am back on Friday’s!! It is almost like I never left!
Our green team stepped it up and came in to help clean! We had just enough keepers to cover feeding, cleaning, and specialty tours! Alex, Brandy, and myself knocked out food prep this afternoon.
We got a water delivery today with extra bottles and jugs for the approaching hot weather.
All cougars and up, as well as Tonga and Ginger, got fly traps. It is that time of year!
Foster Kitten Program
The kittens are doing great and little Camilla is still loving her tiger stuffies and her little eye was saved. The vet believes she has some vision in it, too.
Kitten Karma does have some requests for items the foster kitten program could use.
I really need 22g x 1″ needles….doesn’t sound fun, but really necessary for vaccines and we need more washable toys for the kittens.
We kept Camilla in a wonderful, but borrowed, playpen that had a closed top so she couldn’t climb out. Here’s a couple links if any of you would want to donate to the foster kitten program. We included links to various colors below so you can pick the color.
The foster kitten program could use three of these, more would be helpful but three would be great.
Phone2Action Update - Call of the Wild
Phone2Action for April 13 thru April 20
Is YOUR STATE on this Top five list? If not, can you please make the Call of the Wild this week and ask all of your friends and family to make the Call of the Wild, too? Change cannot happen until more of you make this action a priority.
Here is a list of the twelve people who have made the most Calls of the Wild. We’d LOVE to SEE YOUR NAME appear on this list.
The following chart shows that April is way down on the number of Calls of the Wild being made. PLEASE, make this crucially important call. Offer to sit with your friends and family while they make the call, too. Any time there is a group meeting, or friends get together for coffee, take a moment for EVERYONE to make the Call of the Wild.
Again, change cannot happen until more people make this important Call of the Wild a priority in their daily life. Change cannot and will not happen WITHOUT YOU!
Saying Goodbye to Little White Dove
April 19, 2018
Despite having her leg in a cast, Dr. Wynn took her lunch break to come ease Little White Dove to the other side. A couple weeks ago, when Little White Dove stopped eating we did diagnostics that found her 20 year old kidneys to be failing, but she had some bad molars that could have stopped her from eating too. We opted to remove those and see if that was enough to get her going again.
It wasn’t. Painstakingly, her keepers begged her to eat and offered every variety of food from chopped to pureed to encourage her to eat, but she peaked at 6 oz in a day and declined from there. For a cat who can eat a couple of pounds a day, this was not enough.
Keepers kept reporting how “sad” Running Bear was and every time I went by he seemed to be as close to his long time mate as he could be. He knew she was leaving and he seemed to want every last moment to count. I know he’s going to miss her now, but letting her go peacefully today was the kindest thing we could do.
Little White Dove had been born to Little Feather and The Great Pretender on 5/19/97 back before we learned that none of these cats could ever go free or ever serve any sort of conservation purpose. Running Bear was born June 2, 1997 to Shiloh and Precious and because they were kittens at the same time, Running Bear and Little White Dove grew up together and stayed together all these 20 long years.
This came up today because while Kathryn, Dr. Wynn and I were crying over Little White Dove’s lifeless form, Kathryn asked if she had been bottle raised or momma raised. Little White Dove was probably the most fierce cat on the property…if you were to believe the little fluff ball, so that’s probably why Kathryn asked.
Little Feather had allowed us to co-raise her kittens. Little Feather did all the hard work, and we handled them every day. In our ignorance we thought it was the best of both worlds, but any exotic cat who is actually raised by their own mom, no matter how “tame” or “sweet” their mom is to people, the wild cat moms instills in the cubs that they should never trust people.
This is a big part of why it’s so sad to see wild cats who were used as pay to play or photo props, because we know that they were torn from their moms early and never allowed to go back to her for the love and care that only their own mother can give.
April 21, 2018, I added a link on Little White Dove’s page to a photo album of photos taken through the years. The precious girl is dearly missed.
You can leave a tribute for this special girl at http://bigcatrescue.org/little-white-dove/ and read the rest of her story. There are some videos there as well.
April 21 Update – Running Bear – He is doing well today and even ate most of his breakfast. He is also completely re-claimed the Coolaroo that Dr. Liz was sitting on yesterday after sedating Little White Dove.
There are some keepsakes of her at https://catrescue.myshopify.com/search?type=product&q=bear*
ROAR: Early Donations to Big Cat Rescue for Give Day Tampa Bay Has Begun and We Have a $50,000 Match!
Give Day Tampa Bay is a huge online giving event taking place on May 1. And early donations start today!
Your much-appreciated online donation to Big Cat Rescue from April 17 to May 1 will help us reach our goal of raising $120,000 to build two new enclosures to rehabilitate orphaned and injured bobcats – AND could help us win up to an additional $6,500 in cash prizes!
We currently have five beautiful bobcats in our rehab program – Shamrock, Lucky and Clover are orphaned kittens; Aphrodite was dropped off at a rehabber; and Noel was hit by a car and suffered two broken legs.
We’re thrilled to announce that, thanks to four amazing donors, we have a $50,000 match for Give Day! So every dollar you donate to our cats between April 17 and May 1 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000. Our generous matching donors are Fields Galley Private Foundation, Pilot Bank, Pam & Larry Trissel and someone who prefers to remain anonymous.
We will use your generous gifts this year for a very important purr-pose. Big Cat Rescue is licensed in Florida to rehabilitate and release native wild bobcats that find themselves in dire need of help – usually orphaned kittens and adult cats badly injured by cars. We currently have four rehab enclosures but we desperately need two more. As news of our state-of-the-art facility and success rehabilitating bobcats grows, so do the number of calls we receive from the public, authorities and other rescue groups.
Each enclosure will cost $60,000, which includes the chain-link mesh for the floor, sides and roof of the 230 x 20 foot structure, electricity, water, plumbing, irrigation, trees and bushes for the cats to climb and play under, PVC pipe for a feeding system that hones their hunting skills, cameras to observe the cats and internet connection for the cameras.
It is because of YOU, our wonderful donors, that we can continue to rescue, care for, rehabilitate and release wild bobcats across Florida. Can our current rehab bobcats Shamrock, Lucky, Clover, Aphrodite and Noel count on you to reach our goal of $120,000?
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 a check rather than donating online? The Give Day Tampa Bay rules say we MUST receive your check at our sanctuary by April 29. 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.
ACTION ALERT - Michigan Residents
New legislation would expand the breeding of big cats and bears in Michigan.
Representative Thomas Albert has introduced legislation that aims to upend the state’s Large Carnivore Act – a law that smartly banned the private breeding of big cats and bears in 2000.
If House Bill 5778 is passed, private citizens and roadside zoos would be allowed to breed lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, jaguars, panthers, cheetahs, and hybrids of these cats with little thought to public safety, animal welfare, or costs to the state.
An estimated 10,000 to 20,000 privately owned big cats are kept as pets or maintained in ill-equipped roadside zoos and travelling exhibits in the U.S. These cats are frequently housed in small and dilapidated cages. Since 1990, there have been over 740 dangerous incidents involving big cats including killings, maulings and escapes.
We know that the #1 cause of this big cat epidemic is people breeding them for exhibits, cub petting pay to play schemes, and the exotic pet trade. We also know that these cats have no conservation value because they are indiscriminately bred, often inbred or hybridized, with no consideration for genetic diversity or health.
Too many of these cats end up in abusive or neglectful situations. Most cannot be rescued.
Join Big Cat Rescue is opposing this misguided legislation. Contact your State Representative today and ask them to oppose House Bill 5778.
Geronimo All Grown Up
April 17, 2018 – A lot of people have been asking for a Geronimo update. She is doing great. Now that the weather is warmer the doors to the screen porch where her enclosure is have been opened and she has freedom to come and go. She is cautious and explores a little at a time then she heads back to her favorite spot, her hammock. She will continue to have access to her enclosure for as long as she wants. Videos coming soon.
April 19, 2018 – Geronimo all grown up and foraging this morning.
Did you miss Geronimo’s background story? Find it at http://bigcatrescue.org/geronimo/