Servie Serval


Female Serval
1/1/00 – 2/11/22
Rescued  5/25/10

A  pet Serval was confined to a tiny, two room apartment for the past 10 years. She was housed with a domestic cat, presumably for the purpose of breeding Savannah Cats which can fetch as much as $26,000. Her life was about as boring as can be imagined since she had to be kept secreted away from the world, but all of that was about to change.

Her owner was so ill that she needed intensive hospital care, but having no relatives and no one she could turn to, it was up to the authorities to have her Baker acted for her own good. Imagine the hysteria involved in being so incapable of making your own decisions that the police and paramedics had to be called to carry you to the hospital.

It was worrisome for the authorities as well because this woman’s neighbors all whispered that she kept a lion in that apartment. The lion turned out to be a Serval, but none the less, it left animal control in a strained situation. It is not expected that the owner will live and county law there gives Animal Control ownership and custody of animals who are not claimed within 10 days. They knew that it would be torturous to take a wild cat into a shelter full of barking dogs. They didn’t know who to call about placing a wild cat.

On the one hand, they found the cat in a house and originally thought that maybe they should seek out an exotic pet owner to take the cat, but as they interviewed candidates it became clear that no one had the cat’s best interest at heart, but rather were just looking for the novelty of owning an exotic pet. They investigated some exotic animal sanctuaries, but were dismayed by the over crowded cages full of pacing animals.

They asked a local vet for advice and he found Big Cat Rescue. After researching our facility and doing an interview with Big Cat staff, they knew that Big Cat Rescue was the purr=fect place for this Serval to go. The thought of this Serval having her own Cat-a-tat, her own den, her own trees and shrubs and grass and all of the wonder of the little creatures that she will be able to see and sniff and chase…it was just as good as it gets if you have to be held captive. (Being captive bred and born, she could never be returned to the wilds of Africa.) This Serval had been through enough and they wanted a place that was stable, reputable and that would provide a permanent home.

This is where you come in.

A Cat-a-tat for her will cost $1,500 and her ongoing care, for food, toys, vitamins, vaccines and vet care is roughly $500. per year. Your help now makes it possible for her to have a forever home.

If you have been following us in the AdvoCat you know that Cloe the Snow Leopard just had a very expensive procedure done to save her life. Veterinarians, Liz Wynn, Allyson Berent, Chick Weisse, and Haven Bade from the Animal Medical Center in NYC, and Demetrius Bagley MD donated their time and Bay Area Renal Stone Center donated the equipment but Big Cat Rescue had to pay for airfare, car rentals, food and lodging for the vets and that bill just came to $2,614.78.

Your ongoing donations make it possible for us to race to the rescue of cats like this Serval. We can’t do it without you. Please sponsor Servie Serval here:

2/11/2022 Jamie posted to our 102 Big Cat Rescuers: Sadly, we had to say goodby to Servie this morning. Servie has not been feeling well, has been vomiting foam and her appetite has steadily decreased. She lost 6 pounds since her last vet exam in October when she had a cancerous mass removed from her nose. Servie’s bloodwork today showed end stage kidney failure and liver disease. The decision to euthanize her while under sedation was made and Dr. Justin helped ease her out of her failing body and on to her next adventure. Servie was 22 years old. Servie’s last morning with us was spent snuggled in her hay in the den facing the lake basking in the sun and watching the ducks on the lake.

May 2020

Servie ServalServie Serval gets medication twice a day to combat a mosquito allergy and queasy stomach, as well as a supplement to improve kidney function. Here she is patiently waiting on her treats!

October 7, 2020

Servie was taken to Ehrlich today to be seen by Dr. Wynn in regards to the bump on her nose. What looks to be a mass was removed and sent out for a biopsy. She stitched her nose shut to prevent bleeding. She was brought back to the recovery hospital and will remain in there for two weeks.Servie Serval cancer surgery nose
Servie serval cancer surgery nose

October 22, 2020

Servie is back outside but has moved to Beachers enclosure lakeside. Her results came back as squamous cell carcinoma (the same cancer as Tonga serval). She is not a candidate for surgery due to her allergies and age, so we will do our best to keep her comfortable and give her the best quality of life. We hope this enclosure will have less mosquitoes to bother her.

Spring 2021

Servie ServalServie was observed in October 2020 as having a bump on her nose. The mass was removed and sent for biopsy and her nose was stitched up to heal. The results came back as squamous cell carcinoma but it appears the entire mass was removed and Servie is doing well to this day!

Serval greetings from Miss Servie serval!

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  1. Rest in Peace Servie beautiful cat. I followed your story and your days at Big CatcRescue. You were given the best Home and the best care you could get. No more pain and you can run free now.
    R.I.P. ?

  2. So sorry to learn of Servie’s passing. 22 years does not seem like enough time but when you figure cat years are different than human years it was a great length of time. Maybe her beginning years weren’t the greatest but if she could have spoken she would have said her last years were the best because of BCR and she felt like she got to be a Wildcat even if never say the real wild or wilderness. She was blessed by all the keepers and vet staff that she knew that she was valued as a Wildcat not a breeding machine. Now she is running free and in no pain. Loved her Serval hiss so much. She will be missed but she knew not all of humans were bad and that we could care about her the right way. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  3. Beautiful lady, run free now in paradise. You were a precious blessing to all of us and you will be missed. Thank you to BCR for loving her so much and taking such good care of her.

  4. Rest in Peace, darling girl. I’m thankful your days were spent in a place of comfort and safety. Where you were loved and well cared for. You will be remembered and missed.

  5. Run through the sweetgrass Servie. Gather with the rest of the BCR Sky Pride and rejoice in your homecoming. Run free and play with your friends and always watch over BCR and all of the cats and keepers. Visit your keepers in their dreams so they can see you whole and free. You will be missed sweet girl. Until we meet again. Godspeed Servie, fly high.

  6. So sorry for the loss of this beautiful girl, she can now run free and chase all the things. She had a wonderful life with you all and she was well taken care of, she will be missed!

  7. Dear BCR Friends,

    These past few months have been so hard for all of you. You have lost several of your beloved cats, many of whom have been with you for many years but some, like Isolde Bobcat, who was there only a few days. The love and care you provided for these beautiful felines was a huge blessing. I know they were very grateful for everything that you did because they wanted for nothing. Although sweet Servie Serval has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, you made the right decision for her quality of life.

    God bless Carole, your sanctuary, and all who work there. You are truly angels to these kitties, big and small.

    Love and Blessings,


  8. Oh Servie! We’re going to miss you so much! But you’re on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge where there are no cages and you’re free to run to your heart’s content! Chase the butterflies all day and the fireflies all night. And enjoy your beautiful wings of gold! You are well again and will never be sick or hurt again. Say hi to everyone for us. You’ll never be forgotten Servie…. Until we meet in Heaven, Run In Paradise sweet girl! ????

  9. Welcome home, Servie Serval !! Our sweet hissy gorgeous smiley long-legged prima dona!!! We’re so thankful u had so many years w BCR to know that u are loved, special n worthy. U’ve moved on from one blessing into an everlasting blessing where u will hiss n smile forever. We’ll remember. Love U. TY 4 being.

  10. so sorry for Servie I was going to sponsor her next oh dear my prayers are with you all so much but now she has joined the BCR rainbow bridge with the other we all love you Servie

    1. I had texted that she was beautiful ❤️ and looked sweetheart ?????.I don’t know how my letters got mixed up

  11. My heart is broke. She was such a beautiful cat. Its selfish of me to want her to stay here when she was so sick. I’m glad now that theres no more pain and suffering and she can run free with all the other cats. You will be missed by everyone. Love you Beautiful lady ??

  12. Farewell sweert hissy Servie! Will miss your lovely hisses! The other side of the rainbow is pure glorious freedom

  13. I’m so sorry for the loss of Servie Serval. I will miss her hisses and wonderful personality, but know she is no longer pain free over the rainbow bridge.

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