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Trucks rescuring animals.

Evacuation of our animals begins

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Dear Friends,

I have a only a few moments to spare. 

Evacuating the last 40 of our 400 animals right now.

The fire that broke out on August 26 has turned out to be possibly the largest fire in California’s history.  Two firefighters have lost their lives fighting this hungry blaze.  Our hearts go out to them.  The latest reports say over 140,000 acres have been burned.

It wasn’t until Monday, Aug 31, that we were ordered to evacuate.  Firefighters informed us that the fire was out of control and it looked like the Waystation was in its direct path.

We began working with other animal facilities to find temporary homes for our beloved animal residents.  The evacuation process began.

We continued our evacuation efforts on Tuesday.

Animals being evacuated

Our beloved animals on the way to 
temporary facility

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Then on Wednesday firefighters told us it seemed the fire was calming and we would be spared.  We began seeking approval from authorities to start bringing our animals home.

I just received word that the fires have come around to the north of us and once again we are in grave danger.

We are moving the rest of our animals right now.

We need your help now!  You know we operate on a shoestring budget. 

We cannot and WILL NOT SURVIVE this without your immediate support.

I beg of you.  Please give generously and please give NOW.  If you prefer to help by check please use the address above.

Finding temporary homes for 400 animals and moving them to their new locations out of the raging fire’s path is a huge undertaking.  If not for the myriad of animal loving friends and volunteers, our animals would never have made it to safety.  God bless every one of them.

However, the costs of this emergency evacuation are astronomical.  Additional staffing at the temporary facilities for the public’s safety and well-being of our animal friends, and getting food and medicine for our animals is adding up hour by hour.

We truly need your support now. 

I’ve got to get back to work here securing the lives of our animals and organizing the care for our them at the temporary facilities.

Fire on the Hill

Looking out the gates of Wildlife Waystation

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For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457


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