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May 28, 2019
We heart Big Cat Rescue.
Big Cat Rescue is one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the world dedicated to abused and abandoned big cats. The rescue, situated on 68 acres just North of Tampa is home to about 60 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, rescued as orphaned babies when hunters kill their mother, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts.
A portion of the proceeds from each subscription will go to help the cats at BCR.
Like Nikita lioness, who was found chained to the wall in a crack house during a drug bust in Tennessee. Because she had been confined to a concrete floor, she had huge swellings on her elbows that took months to heal. She had been declawed, which will cause he pain as she ages. She was so thin that you could carry her under one arm. She would only eat white rabbits, so she had a plethora of nutritional issues to deal with as well. She now weighs almost 500 lbs! You can watch her live, 24/7 here.
Like Hoover, a former Peruvian circus tiger seized by Animal Defenders International (ADI) and Peruvian wildlife. Hoover was on track to be rescued along with another tiger during a nationwide law enforcement operation in 2014. The circus went underground. After months of searching, a member of the public tipped off ADI’s team to the location of the illegal wild animal circus. A dramatic rescue ensued and Hoover’s road to freedom finally began. ADI contacted Big Cat Rescue about becoming Hoover’s forever home and after what turned out to be a year long process and BCR finally received the green light from USFWS to bring Hoover to his furever home. You can watch Hoover here, live, 24/7.
And like IIlithia the three year old serval, BCR's most recent addition. A three year old African serval, who despite her owners doing everything right, keeping exotic cats as pets just never works out.
Read lllithia's story on BCR's website:
There are 50 more stories like these. These gorgous creatures don't belong in basements, roadside zoos, photo ops, circuses. or even in the home of well meaning people. They belong in the wild. And when they can't be released in the wild, they belong in an accredited sanctuary where they can live the remainder of their lives in the care of volunteers and staff like at Big Cat Rescue.
What sets Big Cat Rescue apart is that in addition to being known for their extensive research and implementation of best practices in wild cat care, they also work to end the abuse at it source, the private possession and trade in exotic cats, through legislation and education.
Dr. Justin Boorstein started out at Big Cat Rescue in December 2005 as an Intern who was studying veterinary medicine. He became licensed to practice in Florida and shares some of his experiences as a Veterinarian working with big cats. He works at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and rose to international fame as the doctor for the Zombie Cat or Zombie Kitty. Zombie Cat, was a cat named Bart, who had been hit by a car, thought dead, buried and then clawed his way out of the grave to be discovered very much alive 5 days later.
Afton has been a Green Level Keeper at Big Cat Rescue for years, and has a terrific sense of humor. She is the media producer and you can hear her laughing all across the sanctuary with an infectious laugh.
Big Cat TV is their Youtube Channel
Did I mention they also have a "KItten Cabana" of with a kitten cam? This live cam provides a glimpse into some of the smaller felines at Big Cat Rescue. They are rescued domestic kittens that are bottle fed and socialized until they are big enough to be placed in permanent homes by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
So if you ever need a few minutes to just decompress, you can catch all the cuteness here.
Big Cat Rescue is accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries and has been rated 4 Stars by Charity Navigator (their highest rating) every year since 2011, which only 6% of the thousands of nonprofits they rate achieve, and has the highest overall numerical score of any animal based charity at an amazing 100%!
April 01, 2020
As we all do our part to help contain the spread of COVID-19 by self-isolateing and social distancing, it's easy to to feel overwhelmed, anxious and stressed. We also suddenly more aware of how often we need to washing our hands, how we frequently we need to wipe down “high-touch” surfaces like countertops, doorknobs, toilets, phones, and keyboards using household cleaners and wipes. We suddenly need to be aware of how often we touch our faces, and how often All that awareness can increase stress levels.
March 15, 2020
A recent in-depth analysis by market intelligence agency firm Mintel reported that bar-soap sales in the U.S. declined 2.2% from 2014 to 2015 against an overall sales increase of 2.7% in the broader bath-and-shower category. Further, according to the report, the percentage of households using bar soap dropped five percentage points between 2010 and 2015 from 89% to 84%. What's causing the market for bar soap to continue to fall?
March 06, 2020
For several weeks now we've all been hearing the guidance from the CDC, federal and local governments and other public health officials.
Frequently. For twenty seconds. But have you been wondering why these scientists and public health experts are currently telling you, to clean your hands of dirt, grease, bacteria and viruses "plain soap and water works?"
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