Making The World Aware of the Plight of the World's Greatest Cats and Their Fight to Prevent Extinction
WHERE DO THE ABUSED AND ABANDONED CATS COME FROM?
The dominant cause of abandonment of wild cats is generated by the “ pet trade”. Breeders make a living convincing people that these cute cubs can make good pets. The vast majority of purchasers end up abandoning the cats, often leaving them with lifelong infirmities that result from not knowing how to properly feed and care for them. A number of the cats residing at Big Cat Rescue were owned by drug dealers and confiscated by law enforcement when the owners were arrested. These wild cats do not belong as pets. But most states do not prohibit sale or private ownership, so breeders thrive and the number of abused and abandoned cats continues to grow.
Use of the cats for commercial purposes is another major source of abandoned and abused cats. For instance, people claiming to be supporting conservation and preservation of species charge the public to have photos taken with the cats when they are young, or charge to take them to schools or other venues under the guise of education, only to abandon the cats when they mature. Performing acts and roadside zoos use the cats, often abusing them to force them to perform or keeping them in horrible conditions, and then discard the cats when they are no longer “useful”.
HOW IS BIG CAT RESCUE ADDRESSING THIS PROBLEM?
The narrow mission of Big Cat Rescue is to provide
a good home for the limited number of cats that the sanctuary can afford
to take in. But, due to limited financial resources, they can only save
a small percentage of those in need. The sanctuary must turn away over
300 cats per year. Because of this, the broader mission of the sanctuary
is to reduce the number of cats that suffer the fate of abandonment
and abuse by educating as many people as possible about the conditions
that lead to the plight of these animals. They do this through guided
tours of the facility, through their remarkable 2100 page website, and
various educational programs including visits from school groups.
Big Cat Rescue, is a non profit 501 (c) 3 Corp., and is a permanent retirement home to over 150 exotic cats representing 23 species and sub species of wildcats.
Accredited sanctuaries do not breed, sell, exploit nor trade in animals. They are one of the very few accredited sanctuaries in the country. What also makes Big Cat Rescue different is that your donations actually go to the animals. In order to educate the public about the conditions that lead to so many unwanted, abandoned and abused animals they offer tours, outreach presentations, animal interaction and the opportunity to spend the night in the heart of the sanctuary.
They are always in need of more dedicated volunteers. Their website contains over 2100 pages of information and articles about exotic cats. It is loaded with big cat photos and big cat sounds. You can order a soft cover, coffee table styled book called Big Cat Rescue's Safari Guide Handbook in their Virtual Safari Gift Shop, that includes most of the information available on their site. It is without a doubt, the most informative and useful site available on the subject of exotic animals. Visit them now.
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