October 17, 2012
Big Cat Rescue is an amazing organization that gives exotic cats a chance to live happy lives. I believe in everything this organization does to help big cats living captive lives. When I visited the sanctuary, I was impressed with their enclosures because the cats had wonderful playscapes and plenty of room. All tours of the facility are guided by a volunteer who is knowledgeable about the cats and educates the guests about exotic pet laws in the United States. I was shocked to learn that in some places, an exotic cat only needs to be kept in a cage no bigger than a parking space, which is no way for anything or anyone to live. The tours are guided because they are NOT a zoo, they are an educational sanctuary. When I have visited zoos in the past, the animals are always pacing in their cages and whining because of the stress of the crowds of people. At Big Cat Rescue the cats were very relaxed. Most of them were sleeping or just lounging around. I also receive newsletters in my e-mail and I love to see that there is a team of people who work to create recreation for the cats, and also give them christmas trees and pumpkins. This gives them new things to sniff and explore. Most of the cats stories are heartbreaking, such as some being used as photo props or a lioness who was seized during a drug raid. Big Cat Rescue promotes stricter laws on exotic pet ownership and believes that wild animals belong IN THE WILD. They do everything they can to make these wild animals are happy and healthy for the rest of their lives. Visiting the sanctuary was a life changing experience for me because i never realized what a serious issue exotic cat ownership was in the United States. People need to be aware of this issue. I believe Big Cat Rescue makes a lasting impression on all of its visitors and gives a voice to big cats and all animals everywhere.
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MY ROLE:General Member of the Public