Big Cat Updates
Afton’s Coordinator Notes for 3/27/2018
We had just enough people to get all of the cats fed, cleaned, and tours covered. We got most of food prep done before tours, so we opened up a fourth tour since we had a lot of people asking and even walk in private tours.
The interns had about 30 minutes to do a couple small tasks, so memorial plaques all got cleaned and wiped off in the afternoon.
Abbey also got started on clearing some palmettos so you can see Maya on her new platform.
Devin Saari’s Coordinator Notes for 3/28/2018
Super busy day!
We almost did not have enough volunteers to get cleaning and feeding done today. But luckily we all pulled together and got it done!
We had two 9 AM and one 11 AM private tour. We also had a kids tour at noon. Three afternoon tours today as well!
Cicle cats loved their treats!
Two meat deliveries today so lots of food to unload!
Food prep was finished at 5, luckily we did not need 2 of the interns for tours so they could stay and finish that.
HOOVER Has a new home:
This afternoon, Hoover has moved from Vacation Rotation to Joseph’s suite of cages. He is busy checking it out. You can watch him on Joseph’s cam. Find the link at BigCatCams.com
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Easter is Coming!!!
The Enrichment team has been busy making some fun seasonal enrichment goodies for the cats and we have started giving that out this week. Watch Facebook.com/BigCatRescue to see the photos as keeper begin sending them in. Like and Follow our page so you will not miss the photos of big cats playing with Easter Goodies.
If you want to help provide a special treat for your favorite cat’s special Easter dinner you can do that securely at https://bigcatrescue.org/turkey
Big Cats Have Some Easter Fun
Baby Bobcat VS Squirrel – Find out why our rehab bobcat kitten Shamrock was given a stuffed squirrel. If you think this video is cute, you can watch live by visiting explore.org/Big Cat Rescue!
People Often Ask
How is the sanctuary funded? How does the sanctuary spend donations?
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, just for things directly related to caring for the cats, such as food, medical, pool repairs, etc.
Because of adhering to that strict policy regarding donations, and all of the other ways Big Cat Rescue is transparent in our 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: Here is a quote directly from Charity Navigator’s rating letter “Only 7% of the charities we rate have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations.” Big Cat Rescue has done it for 7 consecutive years.
In fact, Charity Navigator even gave Big Cat Rescue a score of 100% in 2017!
There are many ways to donate: BigCatRescue.org/donate/
There are also many ways to help raise funds for the cats that does not cost you money: BigCatRescue.org/help-free/
Call of the Wild Challenge
Please look closely at these two screenshots. What changes do you see between the screenshot from last week and the week before? Is your state on either screenshot?
STATES whose citizens made the most Calls of the Wild:
- 🙁 Florida went down by 8 calls.
- 🙂 New York went up by 8 calls.
- 🙂 Pennsylvania went up by 5 calls.
- 🙂 Ohio pounced onto the list with 16 calls.
- 🙂 Illinois also leaped onto the list with 16 calls.
- UH OH, Michigan and Massachusetts completely fell off the list and many other states didn’t even make the list.
Let’s keep up the good work and find ways to motivate others to get involved making the Call of the Wild.
Change will NOT happen UNTIL this becomes YOUR PRIORITY!! Seriously, legislators will not care about this issue until they get so many calls that they can no longer ignore this issue.
LEGISLATORS who got the most Calls of the Wild:
Is YOUR legislator even listed here? No? Well, if we each pitch in and motivate ourselves, our friends, and our family to make that Call of the Wild you can see YOUR STATE and YOUR LEGISLATOR on these lists next week.
REMEMBER: Change will NOT HAPPEN until EACH one of us MAKE THIS ISSUE A PRIORITY!!
Your legislators have no reason to see HR. 1818, The Big Cat Public Safety Act, as important UNLESS YOU step up and make the Call of the Wild EVERY WEEK AND find ways to MOTIVATE YOUR friends and family.
Your friends and family are not going to make the call UNLESS YOU take the initiative to ASK THEM to!
Surely, more people care about saving big cats and their babies from abuse and exploitation.
We cannot do this without EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU doing your part.
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Learn more and sign up here! http://BigCatRescue.org/amazon-smile
Facebook Video Replays
Yesterday: Hoover Tiger said “no thank you” to the trip home from vacation. Everyone but me has left to see if curiosity gets the better of him.
Hoover Tiger goes home from Vacation Rotation to his new suite of cages. He has his own web cam. Find the link at BigCatCams.com
Trying to lure Maya Cougar through the 22,000 sq ft enclosure toward the tunnel home.
Maya Cougar goes home from FunCation but along the way she took a detour to check out Sundari’s den and cages. Sundari was locked in the back section to give Maya safe passage through her cages on her trip home.
Armani Leopard goes on FunCation
Keepr Corner & Fun Photos
Afton being su-purr-vised by Narla Cat – In each of these three photos look at Narla’s facial expressions.
More Keeper Fun Photos
Breakfast + One big platform + Thurston Howell + Lovey = Two Happy Bobcats enjoying a mid morning Snuggle Fest
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