May 27 2017

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Big Cat Updates

Grand Opening of the Cat Walk over Tiger Lake at Big Cat Rescue today!  Now guests can look out over the lake at Seth and Andy Tigers (although Andy is still locked in the front section until he’s fully healed, which the vet says will be Wed.)

Andi Bobcat got her cone off this morning and will be going back to her Cat-a-Tat on Monday.  She had been spayed and shaved.

Sabre is home from FunCation, and Cheetaro Leopard is now out there.

Little White Dove and Running Bear are shut in the platform side.

Max and MaryAnn now have a comb that goes into their tunnel to separate them for feeding and snacking.

Babycakes:  Genets are commonly nocturnal animals, he is most active in the early morning and later in the evening as the sun goes down. We have put a fan on his cage to help with the heat but most of the day he will be laying around sleeping.  In the wild most sites say they live 8 to 10 years, in captivity can live as long as 20 years. Currently Babycakes is 22 years old.  We are giving him the best care we can, please remember we have an aging population of animals in general and as it gets hotter they all will be a lot less active and eat a lot less food. We will continue to monitor all of our animals daily as usual. Thank you all for your concern about Babycakes.

Coordinator Report for Friday, May 26, 2017

Today Banshee’s back section was cleaned up and one of the walls of his big den was knocked out. We still need to fix the den area so he will remain in the section by the tour path until repairs and upgrades are completed.

Little White Dove and Running Bear’s den section was cleaned up. The only thing left to do is add new top soil and fresh grass seed.

Additional cats have been added to the snacks board in food prep to get extra snacks.

Big Cat Challenge

Today’s Big Cat Challenge is to post the link to your social media page.

Ringling wants to send the circus cats to a German circus. Ask the government to deny the export permit at

Carole made a page about this so that is now much easier than it was on the Action Alert for yesterday.


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Ringling wants to send the circus cats to a German circus. Ask the government to deny the export permit at

Tigers of Big Cat Rescue MUG

The photo wraps around the mug so no matter if you are left-handed or right-handed you will see TIGERS while enjoying your morning coffee!! The mug features 13 of Big Cat Rescue’s tiger residents including; Zeus, Andy, Keisha, Kali, Hoover, Gabrielle, Seth, TJ, Zabu, Andre, Arthur, Amanda, and Priya.

This sturdy white, glossy ceramic mug is an essential to your cupboard. This brawny version of ceramic mugs shows it’s true colors with quality assurance to withstand heat in the microwave and put it through the dishwasher as many times as you like, the quality will not be altered. Dishwasher and microwave safe.

 Foster Kitten Program

New foster kittens in the Kitten Cabana. We partner with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to foster domestic kittens until they are old enough to fix and adopt out.

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Keeper Corner

Jade & Armani, “Oh darn, it was just a keeper with fly traps. Back to sleep…” ~Keeper Desmond Fowles

Keeper / Gift Shop Manager Honey:  Sometimes we get together outside of BCR and bond over fun events. This was Painting with a Twist in Carrollwood. check out our lovely
kitty masterpieces!! Lots of fun I would recommend this if you have one in your area. Honey

Keeper Afton:  Join the Nap Train

Keeper Afton:  Little Dove is a very shy 24 year old bobcat. She is the last of her group that was rescued from a fur farm.

Tabbies and Tigers 100% Cotton Tie Dye T-Shirt

It is available in many different colors.

“God made the cat in order that man might have the pleasure of caressing the tiger.” -Fernand Mery

Tigers belong in our hearts, not our homes. Petting is for cats; not wild cats, who have to be ripped from their moms to be used that way. Sport this design to start a conversation about protecting our planet’s forests for these magnificent creatures.

Inspired by Kali Tiger and King Tut of

People Often Ask

When viewers contact us to ask questions we think it is GREAT!!  It means viewers care and viewers are thinking.  Often times so many people as similar questions that Carole creates a web page with the answer.  Today’s “People Often Ask” section is excerpts from one of those pages.

People Often Ask:  Is this or that facility good or bad?

When people ask that question we find it exciting because it means the public is now realizing some places that call themselves sanctuaries are not real sanctuaries.  When you hear the word sanctuary you would think of a facility that is safe for the animals, and safe for the public.  The word “Sanctuary” often instills a feeling that a facility puts the well-being of its animals first, and a place where animals can live in peace, safety, and comfort without fear of anything bad ever happening to them.  Sadly, many places call themselves sanctuaries but they abuse and exploit their animals.  Those facilities’ practices quite often lead to harm, discomfort, and worse for their animals.

Now the dilemma is HOW CAN YOU decide if a facility is good or not?  This is a question we get almost daily.

If it is a facility I have not heard of before I first find look on to see if the facility is listed.  But, because the bad guys frequently change the name of their facilities I then try to find out the owner’s name and again check for the owner’s name.   If I find nothing there it doesn’t always mean the facility is good it could simply mean they haven’t been added there yet.

Next, I check to see if they are verified or accredited by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).  The Global Federation of Sanctuaries only accredits real sanctuaries. It only costs a mere $150.00 per year to be a member and the application is only four pages long, so it is certainly not a huge investment of time and money. Accreditation is only granted after an on-site inspection if the facility meets the high standards of care and responsibility. The facility must continue to maintain those standards and be re-inspected regularly to insure compliance.

Here is the list of facilities verified or accredited by GFAS:

Here is a link to learn more about Sanctuary Standards:

You can also look facilities up on Charity Navigator,, Independent Charities of America, GreatNonprofits etc to see how they spend your donations.

As an example look up Big Cat Rescue in Tampa and you will find:

Charity Navigator has rated Big Cat Rescue 4 Stars (their highest rating) for five years in a row as of 2016. Only 6% of the thousands of nonprofits they rate achieve the 4 star rating five years in a row.

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.

Note To Viewers:  Would you like MORE info on standards that real sanctuaries adhere to?

WOW!!!  We are THRILLED and want to THANK Each and Every one of YOU for watching our videos, for commenting, and for sharing the videos!!!

Our main YouTube channel,, has passed 450,000 subscribers and now has 450,406 subscribers!!

Our 758 videos have had 201,682,026 views!!

Keeper Afton manages this account.  Due to the abusers and exploiters posting nasty TROLL comments we set the comments to have to be approved before appearing on the videos. Keeper Afton checks this channel frequently to approve and respond to comments.

Recent Short Videos posted there are:

Some of the Past Popular Videos are:

Viewer Pix

Viewer Carrie:  Here is a photo of Nikita that I took a while back on

Viewer Carrie:  Love the crossed paws, patiently waiting on breakfast.

Viewer Wolfgang Endlicher:  Feeling good under the trees.

Viewer Wolfgang Endlicher:  Seth – Big Paws

Viewer Wolfgang Endlicher:  Relaxed tiger at sunset

Viewer Rachel Cullins:  What is the definition of cute?


 Viewer Videos From

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

  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

 Quick Links

As per viewer suggestions, Quick Links now has it’s very own page

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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