Big Cat Updates
Divinity is eating fish, sardines and ground turkey. Will is doing about the same.
Hurricane Irma has us worried. We have added some items to our Amazon Wishlist, if you would like to help. The best way you can help the cats is to sign up for Amazon Smile and choose Big Cat Rescue as your charity. Then, when you go to Amazon through your Smile account, everything is the same on Amazon but a portion of each purchase you make goes to the cats. Here is the link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-3330495
After you sign up at Smile.Amazon, one really easy way to purchase items we need is to visit our Amazon Wish List where you can purchase right there and have the items shipped to us.
Keeper Lauren’s Coordinator Report for September 9/4/2017
We had a great day today, lots of volunteers came in to help out!
Max and Maryann were shifted over, so the other side of their enclosure was worked on. The tree by their platform was trimmed, weeds pulled and the section weed wacked and raked.
Divinity ate well today. She LOVES fish…especially tuna and sardines.
We had alot of guests on the PM tour, the interns all went out, which was great to see and great for the cats. Rebecca, Alyssa and MC stayed to help finish up the project
Ivermectin was a success, everyone ate. The back route tigers will be getting theirs tomorrow.
Operant sign offs were done for those who needed them.
Afton posted a ***NEW VIDEO***
Watch as one of our foster kittens masters the trending fidget spinners. Get your kitten tested and approved fidget spinner toy today! BigCatTV.com
You know how annoying mosquitoes are and if you watch our Facebook LIVE walkabouts, you know that a lot of the big cats suffer seasonal allergies due to mosquito bites. Huge shout out to Melanie D. who recommended Mosquito Fish to put a permanent end to the suffering of the cats and their keepers. Hillsborough County has a program for homeowners where they give away a small number of fish, but when I called and explained that we are dealing with an 18 acre lake, a pond in Vacation Rotation and nearby swamps, they said I needed to go straight to the farmer they get theirs from.
Carole contacted him and he didn’t know how many fish it would take to make a difference, but said he would sell them to Big Cat Rescue for .25 each and they come in bags of 250. He said they breed fast and don’t die in the winter, so even if it does’t make a huge impact this summer, it could be a lasting solution to protect the cats and their keepers. ALL OF YOU QUICKLY RAISED $805 which purr-chased 3,200 fish for eating mosquito larvae at Big Cat Rescue. Carole has now picked up the fish and they have been released into the Vacation Rotation pond & Tiger Lake.
Picking up the Mosquito Fish from Oak Ridge Fish Hatchery in Plant City, FL
THANK YOU, EVERYONE, who made this project happen. Some of you donated and some of your shared, shared, shared. Together, YOU MADE THIS HAPPEN!!
Evening Big Cat Walkabout with Carole & Keeper Afton. See the cats get snacks and meds. Help with our market survey about litter boxes that do or don’t work for you at http://bigcatrescue.org/september-4-2017/
Carole is doing some market research on litter boxes to design a solution that will help other pet owners keep their cats; rather than give them up for poor litter box habits. YOU can help by giving us some info on what works for you (and what hasn’t too). The biggest factor in whether cats will use a box or not is size, so I’d like to know 1. width, length and side heights that work (and those that didn’t) 2. how many cats? 3. what kind of litter 4. hooded or not 5. secret hiding spot for box, or out in the open 6. is the box plastic or disposable 7. anything else that might help.
Get outdoors and take a play break with the big cats. Watch more at http://explore.org/bigcatrescue
Afternoon Big Cat Walkabout
The work YOU helped us fund on International Tiger Day went to putting fences around wells like these so that the cats don’t fall in.
September 1st Morning Walkabout
Reposted By Request –> Bobcats Playing In Hammock: Best footage ever of Max and Mary Ann the bobcats playing in their Coolaroo hammock. Then we follow Angie Gabor as she hands out evening meds and midnight snacks to Bobcats: Apache & Divinity and the Servals: Servie, Sheena, Ginger, Zimba and Kricket, the hybrid, JoJo and the Caracals: Cyrus and Chaos. Then it’s on to Leopards: Sundari, Armani & Jade. We end with Cougars: Reise, Mac, and Mickey.
Win A Big Cat Rescue Supporter Band – Show the world that you support Big Cat Rescue by wearing one a Big Cat Rescue awareness bracelet. Band is black with the BCR tiger, paw prints, and the words Big Cat Rescue in white. Each day that you make the Call of the Wild Carole is notified and at the end of every day, Carole will run a randomizer to pick one winner every day. It is important that when you make the Call of the Wild that you use you accurate address because that is the address that Keeper Lauren will then mail a Big Cat Rescue Supporter Wrist Band to the daily winner. Make the Call of the Wild at https://BigCatAct.com If you do not know what the Call of the Wild is check out the info at: http://bigcatrescue.org/cta-call-wild/ Recent Winners: 9/3/2017 Carol L., 9/4/2017 Tracie S., 9/5/2017 Elaine B.
ONE: The following kitten will be returning to the Humane Society to look forard to finding their furever family:
TWO: Sand Cat Castle Intern House is preparing for 6 five week old kittens to arrive.
THREE: The following foster kittens have found their furever homes.
Replays of Kitten Cam
LOL LOL LOL, I DARE YOU to watch this one and NOT LAUGH!! That is, IF you can.
Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL fosters domestic cat kittens for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Interns raise the kittens, who had been abandoned at the county shelter, until they are 2 pounds. Then they are fixed and adopted out by HSTB. Big Cat Rescue has LIVE webcams on many of their lions, tigers and other big cats too. See all the webcam links at BigCatRescue.org/cams
Rescued kittens play and heal while they wait for their forever homes. Watch more at http://explore.org/bigcatrescue
Has YOUR Reppresentaive Co-Sponored yet? https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1818/cosponsors?r=30
Have YOU made the Call of the wild at http://BigCatAct.com yet, this week? Have you asked at least one friend to make the call?
Everyone gathered to wish Keeper Sarah all the best on her next adventure. She is leaving to go to school in London. She will be greatly missed but we are all so proud of her. Sarah is one of the keepers who sends in photo for our social media pages.
A stroll in the morning
Cooper planning his day
Open Sesame – Cooper wants into the den
Cool Gear featuring artist Emma’s Cooper inspired artwork has been added to CatRescue.biz. Here is the direct link: https://catrescue.myshopify.com/search?type=product&q=emma# Many items are available in a variety of colors.
Cooper finds his tail
A really good bobcat stretch
Working together to protect Florida’s panther.
For anyone interested in the current state of affairs for the Florida panther, check out our new Catfight page at bigcatrescue.org/catfight – your one stop shop for all panther related issues and actions! Florida panthers are in a fight for their lives! These iconic cats are facing multiple threats from habitat depletion and prey loss to vehicle collisions and the risk of losing their federal protective status. This cat fight is ongoing and must be won one battle at a time. Show your claws and join the fight! Check back here http://bigcatrescue.org/catfight/ often for new and current opportunities to protect the Florida panther. Help us spread the word! Share this page and the actions below on social media using the hashtag #CatFight.
Run run run, Keisha!
Keisha chasing the Relentless
Keisha marking the tunnel
A foot fight and roll with Keisha
Walk and talk
Keisha and Joseph chatting again
Keisha talking and chasing ducks
Joseph and Keisha talking
Funny looking tigers in tiger lake
Andy has a foot
Big Cat Friend Robin Frye: The gorgeous Keisha
Big Cat Friend Theresa Brown: MICKEY
Big Cat Friend, Dianna Buckler: King Joseph
Quick Links – http://bigcatrescue.org/quick-links/ These links will come in handy as you beginf teaching other about big cat issues. Let us know if something needs to be added. Are there questions you are having trouble finding answers for?
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 email@example.com