June 24 2017

Big Cat Updates

Afton’s Coordinator report for Friday, June 23, 2017

Some odds and ends things were done around the sanctuary as far as picking up branches and leaves of trees that were trimmed.  They re-seeded the cougar enclosures with the seed blend.

Projects for weekend:

Rake and weed eat in tiger row and tiger island.
Trim palmettos in and out of the old cubs cage, and there are still leaves that need to be picked up there.
Clear a bigger path on the backside of Kewlona and Dryden’s enclosure closest to the servals.

Chaos ate her chicken thigh and came back for the mush a few hours later.  The thigh was not cut up, but she was able to eat it just fine.

New Cat, Cyrus, has been staying busy investigating, playing with, and marking everything in his Cat-A-Tat.

New Cat, Cyrus, has been staying busy investigating, playing with, and marking everything in his Cat-A-Tat.


Facebook Live Video Replays

Jamie and Susan on WEDU

OR, watch it on WEDU


Keeper Corner

Former Media Producer & Keeper Chris:  TJ jelly beans ❤

Keeper Desmond Fowles:  “Okay, I am posing quick take the pic,” says Gilligan.

Keeper Desmond Fowles:  “Too late, I am going back to sleep,” says Gilligan.


BigCatRescue.biz

Big Cat Rescue Visor Cap $12:  Whether you are travelling the country or just hanging out fishing this visor will keep your face from getting too much sun while showing your support for our cats. Khaki tan visor with Big Cat Rescue logo embroidered on the front in brown. Velcro strap makes this visor one size fits most.


 Foster Kitten Program

Viewer Susann Mesna created a new Kitten Cheat Sheet so everyone can learn the kittens’ names.

Keeper Candy sent in this photo of Intern Taylor caring for one of the domestic fosters.  The Angels In Blue, a.k.a. Interns foster these cats & kittens with so much love and attention that when they go to their new furever families they ready to fit right into family life.

Taylor had this to say: “We have to handle her in a gown and gloves because she might have ringworm ? once we gave her a sulfur bath and wrapped her in the towel and stayed like this for 35 minutes. She’s my little baby. If anyone wants to adopt her once she’s cleared of her ringworm test, her name is Bella and she is the BEST cat ever.”

"We have to handle her in a gown and gloves because she might have ringworm ? once we gave her a sulfur bath and wrapped her in the towel and stayed like this for 35 minutes. She's my little baby. If anyone wants to adopt her once she's cleared of her ringworm test, her name is Bella and she is the BEST cat ever."


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In Memory of TJ Tiger G200 Gildan Ultra Cotton T-Shirt

In Memory of TJ Tiger G200 Gildan Ultra Cotton T-Shirt

TJ Tiger was greatly loved and everyone has some fond memory of him splashing in the lake at Big Cat Rescue. Customize this memorial tribute to him with your own text.

You could add stats about him found here: https://bigcatrescue.org/TJ/  or maybe: I Loved TJ Tiger or: BigCatAct.com… whatever you want to say on your very own customizable product.

When you select your item, choose the size and color and then click the pink button that says CUSTOMIZE to add your text to personalize the item.

Please understand that customized items may not be returned, unless there is a flaw in the craftsmanship.

  • 6.1-ounce, 100% cotton
  • Double-needle neck, sleeves and hem; Roomy Unisex Fit
  • Ash is 99% cotton, 1% poly; Sport Grey is 90% cotton, 10% poly; Dark Heather is 50% cotton, 50% polyester
  • Decoration type: Digital Print
  • Made by Gildan
  • Design by Cindy Arthur

In Memory of TJ Tiger G200 Gildan Ultra Cotton T-Shirt


 TJ, The Aquatic Tiger Update

Keeping you updated on the progress of the book, TJ, The Aquatic Tiger.

  • The cover is done, it will be a hardback book
  • 12 of the 40 pages have been built
  • There are a LOT of photos
  • Keepers are still sending in photos and TJ Moment notes
  • Photos are being edited and dropped
  • Tributes are still be posted at BigCatRescue.org/tj/ (some of those will go in the book)
  • We are working on getting a reservation link ready
  • 46 of you have requested to be notified when it is time to reserve your copy
  • The price will be $35

Note to Viewers:  We are only going to have a small number of these printed.  If you want first chance at getting one, drop an email to lawanna.mitchell@bigcatrescue.org to let me know you want an email alerting you when the book is posted in the gift shop.  That also helps us know how many to order.  We have not yet done a formal Social Media post about this, however, we will be doing that soon at which time, the Limited Edition book may sell out.


 Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue

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


 Facebook Fundraisers

WOW, You all are BEYOND AMAZING!!

L@@K what YOU HAVE DONE!!

Those of you who have donated to and done Facebook Fundraiser raised $3,851.19 for the cats between May 16, 2017 and May 31, 2017!!!!  WOW!!!  THANK YOU!!!   We feed out about 500 pounds of meat every day, so you can imagine how big that bill is every month.  YOUR Facebook fundraisers are really helping cover the costs of caring for these precious big cats.  THANK YOU!!!!

How to create a Facebook Fundraiser:

  • Click Fundraisers in the left menu of your News Feed
  • Click + Create Fundraiser
  • Select Nonprofit
  • Search for us in that list that pops up
  • Choose a cover photo (ask us for one if you’d like)
  • Fill in the fundraiser details
  • Click Create

NOTE: If you want help setting up or need photos for your project please contact lawanna.mitchell@bigcatrescue.org

Did You Know?  Here at Big Cat Rescue, literally 100% of your donations are spent directly ON THE CATS!!! We are able to adhere to that strict policy because the other sanctuary expenses, administrative expenses, salaries etc come out of tour fees and other sources of income. We are extremely serious about donations being used JUST FOR THE CATS!

Because of adhering to that strict policy regarding donations, and all of the other ways Big Cat Rescue is transparent in their operations, we have earned Charity Navigator‘s highest 4-star rating for “sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency” EVERY YEAR since we were first evaluated by them in 2010.

Exciting:  Per their rating letter “Only 7% of the charities we rate have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations and we have done it for 6 consecutive years.


 Wild Bobcat Photos

Viewer May Saraiva shared some fun photos of bobcats in the wild. Hope you enjoy seeing them as much as we do.

Wild bobcat photos Wild bobcat photos Wild bobcat photos

Note from May Saraiva:  I also photographed and filmed a Florida Wolf, Otters, raccoons, a wide variety of birds, etc. No black bears yet…lol In that spot where the Bobcat was, I used to see rabbits very often, too. Maybe that’s what she was looking for. This has been a wonderful experience for me, and I hope wildlife continues to thrive here, and co-exist peacefully…


 Cole & Marmalade’s Corner

Thank you Chris for letting us use your cool collage.

Cole & Marmalade’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ColeandMarmalade/


 Big Cat Models

Big Cat Model Donna G:  This is my grandson at his Birthday party showing off his gorgeous new TJ Tiger beach blanket Birthday gift. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s so soft and fuzzy that he is going to use it for a blanket for a while instead of taking the wonderful ‘water tiger’ out to the pool. I bought myself one too, and I just love it. Note to Viewers:  ALL precedes from the sale of TJ’s International Day Gear, like the beach towel above, is being donated to a worthy program helping save wild tigers and wild leopards from drowning in well.  Learn more at:  https://bigcatrescue.org/international-tiger-day/

This is my grandson at his Birthday party showing off his gorgeous new TJ Tiger beach blanket Birthday gift. Not only is it beautiful, but it's so soft and fuzzy that he is going to use it for a blanket for a while instead of taking the wonderful 'water tiger' out to the pool. I bought myself one too, and I just love it. Donna G

Big Cat Model Amarylis is certain ready for a day of summer fun!  I recently purchased the pink and gray baseball cap and I’m in love with it. Thank you so much for everything you guys do for the cats. God bless!

 Hello, I'm Amarylis Aponte from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. I recently purchased the pink and gray baseball cap and I'm in love with it. Thank you so much for everything you guys do for the cats. God bless!

Big Cat Model Diana Blount loves her Mickey Cougar Word Art T-shirt and I can see why.  It looks for soft and comfy.  Oh my, I have GOT to get me one of those!


People Often Ask

We thought this service might be of interest to cat lovers.  The owner of Kitten Sittin is a former volunteer, who is now an AdvoCat, named Pat O’Shea

Here is an excerpt from their website’s home page.

We love cats as much as you do…

Truth be told, we relate to their feline ways. We cater to their unique personalities and listen to their views on the world.

We find that no two cats are alike… and that’s what makes them special. That’s why they deserve special care and attention when you are away from home. Taking care of your feline friends is what we do and we do it very well.

In today’s world we are often called upon to leave the home for periods of time. That means we need to leave our house and our cats in the care of others. It makes sense to choose a professional cat-sitting service that understands and caters specifically to cat clientele. Anything less would be unfair to your feline roommates. Their comfort directly relates to their happiness… and yours.

Maintaining your cat’s physical and mental health is a serious responsibility. One that Kitten Sittin’ happily takes. Our in-home services make your time away worry-free.

Watch more at:  http://www.kittensittin.biz/news,franchise-videos


  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 https://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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