June 2 2017

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Big Cat Updates


You may have seen Cameron and Joseph lions doing their territorial roar, but what about Nikita? BigCatTV.com


Earrings – Mini Beaded Clay Tigers $10  Be fashionably wild by accessorizing with these wild 1″ clay tiger beaded hook earrings.

Facebook Live Video Replays

Watch our big cats LIVE any time at BigCatCams.com

Live Chat with Carole who talks about the cats here, our mission, various cat issues, and answers questions from viewers.


Each month volunteers who dedicate 25% over their minimum hourly requirements are put into a pool from which one partner and one keeper is randomly selected to win a prize. The prize for this year will be a paw painting from one of the cats.

April 2017 Keeper – Honey Wayton
April 2017 Partner – Edith Parker

PLEASE CLAP YOU PAWS for all the AMAZING volunteers and inters who work tirelessly caring for the cats they love.

April 2017 = 3,680 volunteer hours contributed by 93 volunteers. That means Super Hero Volunteers collectively put in the same hours as more than 23 full time paid staff would have during that same time.

April 2017 = 1,897 intern hours contributed 9 interns. That means the “Angels In Blue” collectively put in the same hours as more than 11 full time paid staff would have during that same time.

If you look to any other animal sheltering type group you will find that they usually have dozens of paid staff if they have our level of income. Thanks to these dedicated volunteers and interns we only have to pay about 15 staff members because they are doing all of the cat care and most of the guest relations. That means more of the money earned and 100% of donated funds can go to the cats and to ending the abuses that cause so many big cats to be discarded.

Interesting Info

Here is a partial map showing where the various cats here came from.

The purpose of creating the map was to show, in a very vivid way, that the trade in big cats is a federal issue.

About the only pushback we get from congress is that some believe states should make their own rules, but given the fact that so many of these cats are moving across state lines, it is clear that we need the federal ban on private possession.

It shows exactly why we need the BigCatAct.com

Imagine if every sanctuary created their own similar map. It is just stunning that the problem is this wide spread.


Tigers Andre and Arthur Medium Shoulder Bag – It is also available without the butterfly.  You can’t see very well in this photo what nice bag this is but if you watch the end of the Facebook live video of Carole watching Andy and Nikita, she has one of the actual bags there to show you.

  • Changeable Velcoe Flap with secure snaps
  • 3 pouches with zippers, inside pouch with zipper
  • Adjustable strap
  • 12 1/4″ x 9 1/8 in

People Often Ask

How can we stop the Ringling Circus cats from going to another circus in Germany?

where will the ringling cats go

We make it VERY EASY for you to be a voice for these cats.  It is quick, easy, and free for be their voice.

Click the red button below to go to a page that briefly explains the facts of the issue and gives easy to do step by step instructions on how you can help.

We have updated the information on TigerShows.com.

WOOHOO, Exciting

twitter almost 250,000

Big Cat Rescue is getting REALLY CLOSE to 250,000 followers on Twitter.

Do YOU use Twitter?

 Foster Kitten Program

Watch the kitten playing.

The following kittens has returned to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to find their furever families.

  • Coral
  • Crimson
  • Cyan
  • Red

Keeper Corner

HEADS UP:  Tomorrow’s Big Cat Update will have a funny Keeper note and photo from Keeper Desmond that you will not want to miss.

Keeper MaryLou got a couple great shots of Pryia.

Note to Viewers:  I’d like to use the above two photos of Pryia (one at a time), on social media (Facebook etc).  What captions do YOU think would be good to post with them? Let me know either in the comments below or in email at lawanna.mitchell@bigcatrescue.org.


Keeper Afton: I shared Gabrielle’s fan with Priya since she was not using it. I think she likes it!

Keeper Afton: And people wonder why we do not pet our big cats…Look at the size of those claws!! And Ginger is only a serval! Those claws come in bigger sizes!
And people wonder why we do not pet our big cats...Look at the size of those claws!! And Ginger is only a serval! Those claws come in bigger sizes!

Keeper Afton: I took some new photos last week. Priya was happy to pose for the camera.
I took some new photos last week. Priya was happy to pose for the camera.

 Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue

There are several PAWSOME viewers who put out a LOT OF EFFORT watching the big cat cams, recording videos of the cats, and uploading them to their YouTube channels so YOU CAN ENJOY the fund things you miss of the cats.  PLEASE, when you go to their YouTube channels at the links below to watch their videos, leave them a comment thanking them for their dedicated efforts.

Viewer Donna Pickering:  I took this video Saturday morning. Seth was enjoying the cool morning air and looking out over his lake. ?

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

Where’s Waldo … Un, I Mean Nova

Viewer Robin:  I got the first shot of Nova tonight!!!

Where's Waldo

Big Cat Models

We LOVE our Big Cat Models.  They are a special bunch!!!  Their PURR-chases help support the cats, the sanctuary, and our mission to end big cat abuse and exploitation.

Lysia Gilmore looks simply stunning in her Rhinestone Jeweled Snow Leopard Shirt.

“I love my snow leopard shirt and am planning on wearing it to a convention where there will be lots of people for some good exposure.” ~Lysia


Paula Drechsler has the sweetest smile.  She is being a pro at modeling Big Cat Rescue Gear, Andi Bobcat’s Paw Prints Tee. THANK YOU, Paula!!

“Attached is the shirt with Andi bobcat’s picture and paw prints – really came out beautiful and I love where it is placed on the shirt. Also attached are a couple of potholders (one with Nirvana), which I think are so pretty. I love the moisture wicking sleeveless V-neck shirts. Definitely my favorite.” ~Paula D

Viewer Pix

Viewer Silver:  After seeing Andy released into his new enclosure and head straight for the water and take a soak the look on his face was pure happiness.

Viewer Rachael Weiss (May 30): Today it has been one year since we lost our precious Teisha; I wrote a poem for her.

Teisha Tiger

Teisha the Tiger, so sweet and so strong,
She lived a life that was hard and was long.
All of the tigers locked in beat her up,
Lying on concrete, she couldn’t stand up.
Dinner was fatty leftovers of meat,
And that was all that they gave her to eat.

Then one day, Teisha and all of the rest
Were rescued by angels, and only the best.
Teisha had never been treated so nice,
Now she was living in near paradise.
Without her strong will she’d never have lived
To see goodness and feel what it’s like to be loved.

The rescuer angels loved Teisha and nursed
Her back to her feet, though she wobbled at first,
She learned how to run to her Keepers and chuff,
And soak in her pool, she could not get enough.
Teisha the tiger enjoyed her new life
And never looked back on her previous strife.

One day, she couldn’t stand up on her feet.
Dragging was all she could do for a treat.
Everyone wondered if there was no hope,
But Teisha the strong-willed, to that thought said ‘nope’.
She knew the humans would do all they could.
If she had to be put down she knew that they would.

Although they feared giving up on her was near
Teisha would give up on nothing but fear.
She stood up again, but her body just broke.
Everyone knew that it wasn’t a joke.
Though six months of happiness was so much fun,
Her lifetime of torture could not be undone.

Teisha the tiger accepted her fate.
No one could save her now, it was too late.
Teisha the fighter, the fearless, the brave,
Now lay forever with tears round her grave.
The memory of Teisha will not soon grow old
And we will make sure that her story is told.

© Rachael Weiss 5/30/16

Teisha’s Bio:  http://bigcatrescue.org/teisha/

BCR Website Updates

Our website is well over 10,000 pages and growing all the time.  Sometimes, pages get outdated, or new info comes up, and new pages are added.  From time to time we will try to mention website updates.  Every single day, we add a Big Cat Updates page and you can always find that linked at BigCatRescue.org/updates/

Cubs:  Learn the truth about cub petting and how it is actually the root cause of so many big cats in cages suffering.

Gloves:  When there is a question that we hear frequently Carole will make a website to answer it, so that all of you can help us reply to question on social media pages.  We stream all of the procedures in our cat hospital and people often ask why we don’t wear gloves.  We do wear gloves any time a sterile field is needed.

Cages:  Have you ever wondered what the cages at Big Cat Rescue are really like?

Mickey:  Mickey’s page has been updated.

Cole & Marmalade’s Corner

  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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