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March 11, 2011

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March 11, 2011

I have been volunteering at the EFBC for a year and still can't wait to get there every weekend. It's a safe, meaningful, and fulfilling experience. Volunteers are depended on to take care of the felines, provide a quality of life factor, and spend time with them. They hold many events over the year that also add fun and excitement. We are held accountable for safety of fellow volunteers as well as learning about the cats. It is not a free for all, they make sure you are ready before they allow you direct contact. Their purpose and goals are incredible and successful. I have a part in feline conservation, education to the public on endangered species, and preventing cats in the wild from being put in zoos. It has been a wonderful experience and I am sure it will continue to be for as long as they will have me!

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We see the rewards every day. Money is raised, visitors come from all over, and the cats are happy and breeding.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try and get them more donations/sponsors

March 9, 2011

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March 9, 2011

EFBC is an amazing place. I've volunteered there for 15 years (the last five being long distance drives for fund raisers since I moved from Southern Cal to Northern Cal) and the experience has brought me some of the most meaningful and memorable times of my life. Whether you're a volunteer or a visitor, the beauty of the cats combined with the care of the staff and an opportunity to see these animals (the cats, NOT the volunteers) in such close proximity is balm for the soul. I love this place.

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I've seen the results of the breeding program, seen visitors transformed when they see the beauty of the cats and heard their stories... spent time with my fellow volunteers in the worst possible weather to make sure the cats are taken care of to the best of our ability.

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Nothing to add here.

March 9, 2011

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March 9, 2011

The term conservation is often used loosely. There are very few true conservation facilities, EFBC is one that does it right. Their focus is directed at preserving the most endangered species of wild cat and educating the public on all facets of saving these magnificent creatures. I have been very impressed with the staff and care of the animals in my visits to EFBC. They are open to all ages, so getting the youth involved at an early age is very important. I recommend them highly and they will have my continued support.

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Learned a lot from their guest speakers at various events

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them more funding

March 8, 2011

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March 8, 2011

I first went up to the "Cathouse" almost twenty years ago - it was a small band of volunteers with a dream - to provide a place for the great cats of the world. The neat part was it was free, and anyone could join in and help. Well, I lived too far away, and didn't have the time or money. Then in 2003 I was reminded of this facility, and was pleased to hear they had survived. I had the means and the time now, and so I headed up to volunteer - current sight unseen. I was pleased and overwhelmed by the changes that people had made - not rich people, but just people. Students, elderly, boy scouts, infants, all pulled together to create an Oasis of hope in the high desert. Current admission is still very low, and the value is tremendous. It is cat nirvana.

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many ways. Captive breeding of endangered felines gives me hope - not just for the cats, but for people too. People care, and do the right thing - the EFBC-FCC is proof. With 31 of 36 wild cat species losing ground every year in the wild, the need for proper care, nutrition, and a safe place to procreate is an absolute neccessity in this day and age. They continue that high level of care to the oldest of the felines that live there too - even breaking a record for longevity of an Amur Leopard cat.

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open more of the same in as many places as I could find. Limited cage space limits the genetic pool. Only one wild cat species is currently considered "safe" in captivity. That makes 35 that are not, and many that are critically endangered in the wild have little hope if not for people that care for them directly. Captive conservation offers hope, but it requires people that care, 365 days a year, 24/7. The people of the EFBC-FCC inspire that in me, and I hope you too.

March 8, 2011

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March 8, 2011

I have been volunteering here for nearly 20 years. I know firsthand that donations go directly to program expenses and the great work that is done.

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talking to visitors to educate them about the cats of the world

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Finish Project Tiger!

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