ROAR: Early Donations to Big Cat Rescue for Give Day Tampa Bay Begin Today – 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.