Big Cat Updates
Hoover ate a decent breakfast and lunch so far, today. Keepers will take him dinner as well.
Zeus had two breakfasts so far today and ate well.
TJ has eaten breakfast and brunch and did well.
Joseph ate a good breakfast, as well.
Keisha was grumpy this morning, so she will be observed throughout the day to see if anything is bothering her.
Cameron wasn't very hungry at breakfast so the keepers went back later, but I don't have those numbers, yet.
From Coordinator Jen R 3/19/2017
The Hollie's came in and built the platform in Sassy's old cage.
Sassy pooped last night(18th). Today(19th) she pooped a little.
Sarah and MC worked on the patch in Ginger's old cage. They showed red shirt Dee Dee what hog rings are and how to patch a cage.
Our work group did not show up but we still started working on cages 68 and 70.
The interns all got to do enrichment.
Kricket was walking well today(19th) but seemed to have a swollen neck or shoulder. I sent videos to the vet group.
Picky cats: I had a very successful feeding day. HAPPY DANCE
TJ likes Turkey right now. He ate some red as well.
Cameron likes organic fresh ground beef and ate a mixture of meats.
Hoover ate in the late afternoon and ate red and chicken breast. He ate some drumettes as well.
Smalls finally ate in the evening.
That is it for me!!
Another purr-fect USDA inspection!
This time the bad guys filed a false report w/ USDA saying we are feeding tainted turkey and that we sedate the cats for the sole purpose of doing paw print paintings. We were able to show, through our extensive vet records (not to mention recordings) that we never sedate a cat unless there is some dire medical reason to do so and that the paint we use is non toxic children's paints.
As for the turkey, we have no idea where they came up with that one, but an inspection of our freezer and vet records showed that to be a lie too. We feed our cats a very high quality diet and would never even consider feeding them anything tainted. http://bigcatrescue.org/feed-cats/
We know we are the leading sanctuary in the realm of ending the abuse because the abusers will stop at nothing to try and slow us down.
Thanks for your help in passing the BigCatAct.com
Facebook LIVE Contest
Question: Name the year and the number of bobcats & lynx Big Cat Rescue from fur farms in 1993, 1994 and 1995.
Answer: 1993-56 1994-28 1995-22
Prize: The Infinity Love Lions Bracelet Carole was wearing yesterday. See it below:
Princess Priya LOVES her big platform! ~Keeper Jocelin
The Holley's are always out here building something cool for the cats to enjoy.
King Tut is looking wonderful these days, and enjoys flirting with Ana next door. ~Keeper Jocelin
Some of you may remember a while back King Tut was so sick we were not sure he'd pull through. In fact, there were days we were sure we were losing him. As you can see, he has recovered nicely. He does take daily meds, which thanks to all of you, we are able to provide for him.
When I look at this photo of him I feel an overwhelming flood of gratitude to not only the vets like Dr. Justin, Dr. Liz, and the keepers who gave of their time caring for this precious boy, but to ALL OF YOU who continue to give so generously to keep the Windsong Memorial Hospital supplied and running.
Without ALL OF YOU this sweet boy, and others like him, might not have made it. Having a well-equipped and well-supplied hospital here on the grounds has made a HUGE difference for the cats. From all of us, THANK YOU! THANK YOU for caring and for your support of the Windsong Memorial Hospital!!
VIDEO: What Big Cats Do At Night 8/21/2016
Female Ocelot born May 25, 1996
PurrFection, and her twin brother PURRsistance, were born at the sanctuary before it was known that no privately held exotic cats would ever be able to help preserve the species due to the inability to release them back to the wild.
PurrFection is the epitome of the perfect looking ocelot, which explains her name. Her markings are extraordinary and demonstrate why this species was almost hunted out of existence for its fur. She is much more timid than any of the other ocelots at Big Cat Rescue.
Purrfection Ocelot is usually hiding during the day, but the feisty girl will always come out for a blood cicle! ~Keeper Jocelin
PurrFection is very shy during the day. She prowls and romps around all night which means she hides and sleeps a lot during the day.
PurrFection enjoys sicles! ~Keeper Lynda L
THANK YOU for all the sicle cups!!!!!!!!!!!
PURRsistance has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, but I thought you might like to see a photo of him.
Photos of PurrFection
Why Was PurrFection Born at BCR?
While some cats were born here prior to 1998 we quit breeding when we learned that there are no release programs for exotic cats. They can never be free.
They should never be born for life in cages.
Being a leader in the fight to stop the abuse puts a target on the back of Big Cat Rescue and its Founder. The people who make money exhibiting big cats and selfishly wanting to own them as pets have no arguments that resonate with the public to justify their greed and selfishness. The only defense they can come up with is to try to discredit Big Cat Rescue online by posting lies. The fact that so much time and energy is put into these websites trashing BCR is a testimony to the fact that we are being EFFECTIVE! If we were not, would they spend the time?
A large portion of the bashing brings up the early history of BCR, which we transparently provide right on our own website and in a large sign in the tour waiting area at the sanctuary. In the first few years in the early 90’s, before Carole came to know better, some animals were purchased and bred here.
We now lead the fight to end that private breeding.
You can click these links to read about the sanctuary’s history and evolution of thought. We have always openly posted our early mistakes in hopes that others would learn from them and not make the same mistakes. We made those mistake because back then info was not as readily available as like it is now. Had we known then what we know now we would have done things very differently.
One of the things our opponents love to rant about are cats who were born at Big Cat Rescue. In addition to the links above, which explain why ANY cats were born here, it’s most important to note that as of 2016 there are 10 still alive. They are a larger percentage of our population than ever before because they have always had excellent care, so they live longer. Those cats are now really old. There are 2 bobcats, 1 caracal, 1 ocelot, 5 servals (all related), a cougar. (BCR NEVER bred lions or tigers, not a single one)
That means we haven’t bred cats here in close to 20 years, and yet the very people who make the most noise about our past mistakes are the ones STILL breeding lions, tigers and other big cats.
Opponents complain that we don’t talk a lot about them being born here, and the reason is that people see us as a model sanctuary. If they don’t process our entire message they might think that if BCR ever bred wild cats, then it must be a good thing to do.
We want to be sure they don’t leave here or our website, thinking it’s OK to breed wild animals for life in cages; because it’s not.
Appearance: The ocelot is much larger than its cousins, the margay and the oncilla, although they bear a striking resemblance. Ocelots weigh between 28-35 pounds, stand 16-20 inches tall, and reach lengths of 28-35 inches.
Its coat tends to be more blotched than spotted, and the chain-like blotches and spots are bordered with black and have a light colored center. These markings run the entire length of the cat. The base color varies between whitish or tawny yellow, reddish gray and gray. The belly is white, and the backs of the ears are black with a central white spot.
Habitat: The ocelot occupies a wide spectrum of habitats types, ranging from scrublands to tropical rain forests. What all these habitats have in common is a well-structured vegetative cover. Ocelots have been recorded in mangrove forests, coastal marshes, savanna grasslands, thorn scrubs, and tropical and subtropical forest.
Distribution: Southern Texas and every country south of the U.S. except Chile.
Social System: Ocelots are solitary and territorial. Females defend their exclusive territory, which can be as much as 9 square miles. Males have a much larger territory ranging upwards of 35 square miles which overlap that of 1 or more females. Ocelots communicate by use of scent markings which tells the males when the female is ready for mating and by vocal communications such as meows and yowls (in heat).
Hunting and Diet: The ocelot is a terrestrial hunter and most active during the night (nocturnal). While the mainstay of its diet are nocturnal rodents including mice, rats, opossums and armadillos, they will sometimes take larger prey such as lesser anteaters, squirrel monkeys and land tortoises. Ocelots will also take advantage of seasonal changes and the abundance of fish and land crabs during the wet season. Occasionally, they will hunt birds and reptiles. However, the majority of prey items for this cat weigh less than 1-3% of its body weight.
Threats: Ocelots have a small litter size, one of the longest gestation periods and growth rates among the small felids, and a high infant mortality rate. Adding this difficulty in sustaining its own population, with deforestation, habitat destruction and poaching and the survival of this beautiful little species becomes even more difficult.
Two Ocelots at BCR
PurrFection will be 21 in May.
Nirvana will be 23 in June
People Often Ask: "Is BCR a safe place to donate to?"
Big Cat Rescue is the largest sanctuary devoted exclusively to big cats that is accredited by GFAS, the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. BCR has been held out by GFAS as a model of excellent sanctuary management, both financially and operationally. We have held seminars on our practices for other GFAS sanctuaries and for the sanctuary managers of one of the largest animal welfare organizations in the world.
Charity Navigator is the leading independent evaluating body for nonprofit organizations. BCR has earned their 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. Per their rating letter “Only 7% of the charities rated have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Big Cat Rescue outperforms most other charities in America.”
The Independent Charities of America has certified Big Cat Rescue as one of the Best in America Charities every year since 2008.
GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews for nonprofit organizations, has named Big Cat Rescue as one of its “Top-Rated Charities” every year since the beginning of its ratings in 2010.
Those organizations/agencies above are independent and evaluate all kinds of non-profits and as you can see by the awards BCR has earned, we strive to be good stewards of donated funds.
Those who tour BCR give the experience very high ratings on TripAdvisor, Yelp and other social media rating sites.
Donations are used FOR THE CATS. General sanctuary expenses are paid from sources other than donations. Things like income producing properties the founder and others have donated to the sanctuary, tour fees, gift shop sales etc. This means not even salaries for the small paid staff ever come out of donations that YOU make for the cats. Sanctuary leadership has done a great job managing financial issues to ensure that donations can be used for the cats' care and needs.
Another thing that has impressed me, purr-sonally, is that leadership at BCR has taken steps to make sure that even if something were to happen to our founder BCR would survive and continue to care for the cats here, as well as continue working to end the abuse and exploitation. Many times, we have seen facilities go under and all the animals left in limbo when their owner/founder gets sick or dies. When that happens there are many animals, usually left starving. It is not easy to step in and find placement, in good sanctuaries, for a whole facility full of animals but in recent years that has happened more than once. Thankfully, leadership at BCR has prepared so that will never happen to the cats here.
Big Cat Rescue Top-Rated Non-Profit again in 2017
We have been notified that we have again been names a top-rated nonprofit for 2017. Here is what they sent us.
Here is the list of 163 Top-Rated Nonprofits: https://greatnonprofits.org/awards/browse/Campaign:Year2017/Issue:All/Page:1
The Big Cats Celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2016
A viewer asked me to post all the gift shop links in one place to make them easier to find.
1) BigCatRescue.biz - This is our main online gift shop. Profits from this store go to care for the cats here and to help cover other sanctuary expenses. This store has a quick ship time. Many of the items ship directly from us, some we order as needed. Jamie & Honey manage this gift shop. This shop is also where you go to get a sponsorship kit for your favorite cat here. It is also where you can go to get your BCR socks to model for us ;-)
2) CatRescue.biz is Carole's new online gift shop. She set this one up to help support legislative efforts such as various activities that promote passing The Big Cat & Public Safety Act. Getting this new federal law would put an end to so much big cat suffering caused by the cub pay to play schemes.
3) BigCatRescue.org/donate/ is a secure donation page on our website that lists things like bricks, tiles, and more.
4) BigCatRescue.org/turkey/ is a secure donation page on our website where you can go to give your favorite cat a turkey. Guests/viewers sometimes like to give a special treat to their favorite cats, especially around the holidays, so we set this up for that purpose.
Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue
There are some GREAT videos recorded by viewers at explore.org/bigcatrescue that you will really enjoy watching.
13 Pieces for Breakfast
A Very Brave Squirrel
Watching the Fog Clear From the Lake
A Very Busy Monday Morning
Checking the Toys
Jogging With Mr. Seth
Here is a list of YouTube channels that feature videos of the cats here:
- 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
- A Heart For Nikita https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSxAXUTh29XWQw35acpU1Ag
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
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