July 15 2017
Big Cat Updates
Afton’s Coordinator Report for July, 14, 2017
Nikita’s open air section was mowed and cleaned up.
Also the path around the outside of her enclosure was raked and picked up as well.
Sticks were picked up in the small cat sections.
Lots of enrichment and operant sign offs were given.
Picky cats did really good.
Ana and Will are separated until w can get a poop sample for him, then they can be opened back up.
Aspen Echo would have turned 20 next month, but her advanced kidney disease has ended her life. Yesterday is the first day she refused to eat well (she ate a pound of food) and she refused her meds. Wild cats are so stoic, and there have been many times that we thought we should euthanize her because of her advanced arthritis. We didn’t because she was always purring and loved to eat. She just loved getting evening treats with her meds. I guess she wanted to pick her own time and way to leave us. We will all miss her. You can post your tributes to her at the bottom of her bio page: http://bigcatrescue.org/aspen-echo/
If you have any great photos or video clips of her you can send them to Cat@BigCatRescue.org Thank you for giving her such love and care.
Thank you Cindy Arthur for this beautiful design. You can see the items with the memorial design at: Aspen Echo Tribute
One of the cougars is up on the platform. Can you tell if it is Ares or Orion? http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-vacation-rotation
Tigers swim and play in their own lakeside habitat at Big Cat Rescue. Watch more at http://explore.org/tigerlake
REPOSTING: Jamie shows the dart guns to the interns, looking for Gale, chatting with Gale. Update on Mickey and Cheetaro.
Big Cat Rescue is excited to be at the Best Friends Animal Society National Conference in Atlantic City this weekend! #BFNC #SaveThemAll
Jen and Kathryn are visiting with attendees, attending training sessions, and spreading BCR’s message of ending big cat abuse to fellow cat lovers. After all, as we always say, a cat is a cat is a cat. And sadly, big cats are kept as pets in our country so it’s only apt that we reach out to the pet community. Visitors to the booth are getting involved by making the Call of the Wild, sharing info about our social media sites (including BigCatTV.com) and purchasing BCR merchandise that supports the cats!
Have any of you ever considered setting up a Big Cat Rescue table at your local events?
New Earth’s Founder, Harry Grammer was just named as a CNN Hero for empowering system-involved youth!
At 16, Harry Grammer was arrested and sentenced to five years on juvenile probation. After turning his life around, Grammer founded New Earth in 2004. The nonprofit helps incarcerated, foster and at-risk youth in Los Angeles transform their lives through arts-based programs. Grammer’s team brings workshops to detention centers seven days a week and offers free education, counseling, vocational training, transportation and meals at its youth center in L.A. The group works with about 500 young people every week.
More links about this:
Did You Know? New Earth is the organization that provides so many of the awesome Camera Operators for Explore.or/bigcatrescue
People Often Ask – Can I use your photos?
We love it when people share photos and videos they create from either taking photos in person, screenshots, etc. If there is an explore icon on the image, you should leave it there. Explore provides a great service to us, the cats, and you and therefore deserves to have their icon left on the photo taken with their cameras. It’s also great that you let people know who the cat is and that he’s at Big Cat Rescue.
We love it when people share our videos or those they make themselves from the web cams. Sharing by using the share features on social media sites is GREAT, that helps the cats.
What we do not want is for people to download photos or videos that we post and then re-upload them, as if they were their own.
Downloading and re-uploading does not benefit the cats, or our efforts, but instead it actually takes away from our efforts to promote the cats and cat issues.
Downloading and re-uploading is not okay and we understand that most people download our photos and re-upload them without understanding their actions are hurting our efforts. We understand that most of the time people do that they think they are helping and we appreciate their feelings. While we understand the intentions were good, it does not alter the fact that it hurts our efforts. If you see someone doing that, keep in mind they probably do not know they are harming our efforts, so please kindly and gently explain it to them and ask them to go back and use the share feature instead.
If it is a situation you cannot find the original photo post to use the share feature, ask us to find it, or at the very least, please tag us or link to us, but please don’t just swipe photo and re-upload them. That does not help the cats and it is actually, rude.
How Does it Hurt Our Efforts? In several ways. One of those ways is social media reach and traffic. That social media traffic is very important to our efforts. It is how we reach more people with our message and mission. When people share our posts and photos using the built in share features that the social media sites provide then the social site algorithms decide it must be important so they show that photo or post to more people which enables us to reach more people. Therefore, when someone downloads and re-uploads our photo instead of using the share feature they are taking away an opportunity for us to reach more people, possibly even new supporters or new people to help with the efforts getting new laws passed to save cats.. That is the same as stealing from the cats.
There are a few exceptions, with advocacy messages, but we make it clear on those that it is OK to download and re-upload.
Drawing or Painting from our photos: Sometimes, people want to draw or paint our cats’ photos and we consider that exciting and an honor. Our policy on that is, if the artwork is strictly for their purr-sonal enjoyment they can do so freely. However, if the artwork will be in any way publicly displayed, even for free, or sold then it is only fair to the cats that the photo used for the artwork be purr-chased. Our prices are extremely reasonable and it is only fair the cats get something from it is someone is displaying or selling art they inspired. https://catrescue.myshopify.com/collections/photo-downloads
WOW, L@@K what YOU DID!!!! YOUR Shares helped do this!!!
It takes a LOT of money every year to run a sanctuary and do it right. Caring for the cats, the grounds, educational efforts, websites, and all the things that go into a sanctuary means it is important to keep doing things that help us meet the budget. Our YouTube channels not only are part of our educational efforts but are also becoming a source of income for the sanctuary as well.
You all have really stepped up your efforts of using YouTube’s video sharing feature. Because of that we have been able to reach new people meaning more people are learning about the cats and big cat issues. Your efforts are also helping raise funds for us to care for the cats.
In May 2017 YOU HELPED the cats raise $8,609.80 on BigCatTV.com
Other important statistics from BigCatTV.com for May 2017:
- Watch time: 229,015 hours
- Average view duration 1:41 minutes
- Number of views 8,158,430
- Likes 58,609
- Comments 4,595 (Yes, Keeper Afton reads every comment and answers questions.)
- Shares 9,438
- Videos in playlist 11,610 (These are playlists created by viewers, LIKE YOU)
Top 10 most watched videos in May 2017 were:
If YOU want to share one of these videos:
- Click the play button to start the video
- Look in the lower right corner of the video for the YouTube icon.
- Click that YouTube icon and you will be taken to that video on YouTube
- Once you are at YouTube, look below the video and below the title to find a text “Share” link and click it.
- That opens a little menu of icons. You will see an icon for several of the more popular social media sites like Facebook, G+ Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.
- If you have already signed into your social media accounts then when you click on one of those icons it will open a little window to post the video to that social media account. All you need to do then is type some text for your post then click the blue button that says “Post To Facebook” and viola you have shared that video on your own Facebook page. The other icons, like G+, Twitter, etc will do the same thing if you have already signed into those accounts.
This link give you step by step instructions and has screenshots to show you where to click: http://bigcatrescue.org/share-youtube-video/
Also, if you want instructions on how to create a playlist of our videos let me know and I’ll make a page with screenshots for that, too.
Another way to help is by helping answer questions in the comments and giving links so viewers there can find more info about the cats and big cat issues.
Keeper Mary Lou: Beautiful Armani
Keeper Susan Reed: Gilligan snoozing on his new Coolaroo bed!
Keeper Susan Reed: Artemis enjoying the peace and quiet while her brothers are away on vacation.
Viewer Judy Willis: I love my beach blanket. It’s so soft!
Viewer Julie McCollin: Look what arrived safe and well to England!!
Get YOUR OWN International Tiger Day Gear at Tigers911.com Proceeds are being donated to save wild tigers.
REMINDER for EVERYONE, who has purr-chased International Tiger Day gear: If you post a photo of yourself wearing or holding your International Tiger Day gear on our Facebook page on July 29, 2017 you are entered into a drawing for an original tiger paw print painting!!
Learn about what Big Cat Rescue is doing in honor to International Tiger Day
See photos and learn more about this at: BigCatRescue.org/july-12-2017/
Here is a list of YouTube channels that feature videos of the cats here:
- Jamie Veronica: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsY6X3rUv8UlIUbrxNeu-Aw
- Susann https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUFOZiTvzKRvj-oVbzdByvg
- Ruxandra https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvCsjKptd1gM9BhfDkGQGNg
- Donna P: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcFbhMc8Sqr-8MreWuYr4Bg
- Shawna https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfl9S-vDPJIgjl8QpM6Aypw
- Cathy S https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6ynHBFLKj0BVnK5jo2gTnw
- Janie M https://www.youtube.com/user/donutgirl100
- Jaime T: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsY_oF0NhXc5OS8CcTaUi2A/videos
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
When you purr-ticipate in Carole’s Facebook Live contest you need to put your answers in the special form at BigCatRescue.org/win
Question: When the winds get up to __ miles per hour we close all the cats who are in open topped cages up in their roofed sections.
Answer: As soon as the winds reach 30 MPH all cats in open air enclosures are shut into their smaller, roofed areas until the winds subside. http://bigcatrescue.org/critical-incident-hurricane-and-disaster-plan/
Winner: Marlene Russell