Big Cat Updates
Summary: NEW CAT named Beacher, Cats getting turkeys, Volunteer appreciation party, TEASPA week of action, Zimba Serval goes outside, Funny video of Andre Tiger, Are YOU sitting on the fence? and more
Keeper Lauren Buckingham’s Coordinator Report for Monday 11/13/2017
Busy day today but a decent number of people to help out.
The memorial plaques were all cleaned up this morning on the wall by Andy.
The cage behind Ginger was cleaned for Zimba to move back there.
The cage across from FunCation was cleaned ready for the new arrival, Beacher.
Jamie and Victor rearranged the golf cart area by food prep. There are new plugs-ins and it is all neat and tidy. Hopefully that should eliminate some of the issues we are having.
All of the trash/recycling was collected from the party house after yesterday’s gathering
All the picky cats ate well.
Angie Gabor’s Coordinator Report for Sunday, November 12th
Today was a short day but a good day. The cats were fed and cleaned. We had good morning tours and are now headed to the Party House for our 25th Anniversary Bash!!
Meet our newest resident, Beacher the Savannah cat. His owner explains why these hybrids should not be kept as pets!
Get Beacher’s full story at https://bigcatrescue.org/beacher/
Learn more about hybrids at https://bigcatrescue.org/hybrid-facts/
Afternoon Walkabout – Meet new cat, Beacher, Simba goes back outside. etc
Cats getting Thanksgiving Turkeys
Tigers, Ovens, and Turkeys……
How does a cougar get Thanskgiving treats out of the “OVEN?”
Keisha’s “Oven” and Thanksgiving Turkey
Here at Big Cat Rescue we have a very small paid staff. That staff does office work. Staff salaries are NEVER paid out of donations. Staff is not paid for animals. All animal care is done by well trained volunteers. Our training is always ongoing. Many of our volunteers have been here for many years giving of their time and energy to the cats. Their love and dedication is beyond measure. Volunteers work various amounts of hours ranging from four hours a week or a lot more. They always work with a smile on their cafe whether they are giving education tours or scooping poop, hauling dirt or moving 500 pounds of meat from the freezer to the walk-in cooler to thaw. These volunteers are the best around. From time to time we like to get everyone together just for some socialization and fun. Here are a few clips and pix from a recent Volunteer Appreciation Party.
2017 Volunteer Appreciation Party included lots of catered food, lots of booze and jello shots, a cross word puzzle of our cats by the Secretary to the Cats, games, music and great conversation. What a wonderful group of animal lovers!
Will YOU Participate?
This week ADI is launching a week of action in support of HR1759, the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA). You can find more information on the bill and week of action here: http://www.ad-
Here is an email we received from our friends at ADI:
Dear friend of the animals,
Our Week of Action is here! Below you will find actions to take over the next five days to support TEAPSPA (the Traveling Exotic Animal & Public Safety Protection Act, H.R.1759), to prohibit traveling wild and exotic animal acts.
Circus animals are counting on you to take action for them this week, so please join ADI, and our fellow supporters to stop circus suffering in the US.
We need your help to make it a success!
“Traveling circuses have raised concerns about the treatment and well-being of wild and exotic animals, such as their ability to move and socialize. The Traveling Exotic Animal & Public Safety Protection Act will protect these animals…” – Rep. Ryan Costello.
“A growing public understanding of the detrimental impacts on animals and the risks posed to attendees has already changed the face of circuses in America. It is imperative that we meet the call to end this practice once and for all.” – Rep. Raúl Grijalva
ADI worked with TEAPSPA’s bipartisan sponsors Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Ryan Costello (R-PA) to draft and introduce the bill.
The time has come to end outdated, cruel, and dangerous traveling animal acts – let your legislators know that US citizens want to stop circus suffering!
Take Action This Week!
Arrange to meet with your legislators
If you have yet to do so, please request a meeting in your legislators’ district office.
Find your legislators here.
We will provide support to help you prepare for a successful meeting, and legislative briefings that cover the issues – training, transport, health and public safety, regulatory oversight, and economics.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 323-935-2234.
Tuesday: Send this email to 5 friends and ask them to take action
Wednesday: Contact your senator
Find your Senator here and tell them “I’m your constituent and I urge you to sponsor a Senate companion bill to HR1759, to prohibit traveling wild and exotic animal acts.”
Thursday: Spread the word on social media!
Share our Week of Action Facebook posts and tweets with your friends and followers, as well as our Reluctant Entertainers campaign video, available here.
You can also update your profile picture on Facebook to support the cause; simply click this link and type ‘Animal Defenders International’ into the search box to find the ‘I’m working to stop circus suffering’ profile picture frame.
Friday: Contact the US House Agriculture Committee
Call US House Agriculture Committee Chair Conaway and Ranking-Member Peterson, to urge their support for H.R.1759:
K. MICHAEL CONAWAY: 202-225-3605
COLLIN C. PETERSON: 202-225-2165
Here are sample talking points to help you:
“Hello my name is XXX, I am calling in support of TEAPSPA, HR1759, which is a bipartisan bill before the Agriculture Committee. Please support this bill to address animal cruelty, streamline regulation and reduce expensive oversight.”
Studies on the use of wild animals in traveling acts show that circuses cannot meet the physical or behavioral needs of wild animals. Animals are confined in small spaces, deprived of physical and social needs, and spend excessive time shut in trailers and train cars. These animals often demonstrate abnormal behaviors – rocking, swaying, and pacing – indicating they are in distress and not coping with their environment. ADI’s video evidence shows these animals are forced to perform tricks through physical violence, fear, and intimidation.
Together, we can stop the suffering. Thank you so much for making a difference for animals this week!
Yours for the animals,
This is not a loop or a gif, it’s Andre Tiger being silly and trying to make his dinner with Angie Gabor last as long as he possibly can. (Look at his tongue)
Master Keeper Honey: To the lovely purr-son who left this holiday rock at BCR, THANK YOU!! It made my day Master Keeper Honey #JustALilChristmasNow
If you truly want to end big cat suffering worldwide you cannot support the cub pay to play and cub photo schemes that pump so many big cats into the private pet trade, canned hunts, trophy hunts, pseudo zoos, backyards, and yes even in tacos & wine.
- Selfishly wanting to play with a cub
- Honorably helping end the suffering.
Which is more important to YOU?
- Selfish desire
- Ending the suffering …
Yes, you need to choose.
Why should you choose?
Because sitting on the fence merely allows the industry to continue.
- Learn the issues at http://CubTruth.com
- Actively teach others
- Make the Call of the wild a regular part of every week.
Are you a Fence Sitter or are you stepping up to help end the abuse and exploitation?
- Do you make the Call of the Wild every week? http://BigCatAct.com
What is the Call of the Wild?
- Learn more about this at https://bigcatrescue.org/cta-call-wild/
So, Are YOU a “fence sitter” or ARE YOU STEPPING UP for cats? You cannot be both.
There is an old saying that all it takes for evil to proper is for good people to do nothing. That certainly applies in this case. If you are not being part of the solution then you are part of the problem.
2018 Big Cat Rescue Calendar
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13-month glossy color calendar features the big cats who call Big Cat Rescue home. Size Approx 8.5″ x 11″ when closed, 17″ x 11″ when fully open.
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