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SIGNAL BOOST - HELP GIVE THIS COUGAR A NEW HOME !!

   

As my followers know, I volunteer at a big cat sanctuary called South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Homestead, Florida. Or I did - until it got shut down last month when the owner fell ill with terminal sickness.

SFWRC was a non-profit, no breeding, selling, buying, or trading sanctuary dedicated to providing forever, loving homes to abused animals confiscated by the government that were once kept as “house pets.” However, since the sanctuary is no longer running, the “forever” part is kind of in question. Right now, the Florida Wildlife Commission is looking for new forever homes where these animals can receive the best possible care and enrichment. 

That’s where Reise comes in. You see, Reise is an 18 year old Texan cougar who was confiscated in New York from a drug dealer. She was kept in a small apartment having been fed domestic cat food and extremely undernourished with worms. Thankfully, the New York government got word of this, and she was promptly flown to SFWRC where she began her long recovery to becoming a “normal” Texan cougar (at least, as normal as any captive apex predator can get). After spending the last 15 years of her life at SFWRC, fate would show that it’s time her journey takes her elsewhere, to a new sanctuary here in Florida. But she needs your help.

Big Cat Rescue, an extremely well-run, respected big cat sanctuary in Tampa, Florida, has offered to take in Reise from the Florida Wildlife Commission. But doing this requires money. As being one of Reise’s former caretakers, there is no place I trust more to give her the love she needs than Big Cat Rescue.

I’ve seen what the power of Tumblr can do. And so I ask you all to kindly consider donating to help send Reise to BCR. You can note in the comment section that your generosity is intended for Reise’s cause. Even a couple of dollars goes a long way. If you are unable to donate, I urge you to reblog this post and pass the message on. The more funds we can raise, the better change Reise has to live out the rest of her life in a loving sanctuary…and against being put to sleep. 

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Hi you guys! As most of you know, I volunteer at a sanctuary called South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. What you may not know is that it is run by a single man named Dirk- a man that receives no funds from the government and relies solely on private donations to keep running.

Dirk recently ended up in the hospital for serious medical conditions, and is still recovering. These past few months have been tough. Since he can’t afford staff, he had to rely purely on volunteers to keep the sanctuary going. The cost to maintain a sanctuary is MASSIVE..to say the least. It could cost upwards to $5000 in a month just to keep the cats healthy and comfortable. If anyone is in the South Florida region, the sanctuary is always open to volunteer. Send me an ask for more information.

Speaking of the cats, some of them have amazing stories. I’ve provided all their names in the captions of the photo- Our cats at the sanctuary include: (Previously) Spudnik- a cougar rescued from the cruelty of dog fighting, he would get three pitbulls on him at any given time. Spotty- an animal who snarls at any given moment due to his past.. Found as a cub, he was poked and prodded like a circus animal to provoke him. He still hasn’t overcome his trust issues, but he’s made great strides since arriving at the sanctuary. JoJo- a Serval x Caracal hybrid, possibly the only one in the world. He was bred by irresponsible owners and needed well over $6000 in medical procedures to correct his digestive tract.

What I’m trying to get across is that SFWRC is a sanctuary that is purely concerned about the welfare of the cats- we do not breed, trade, or sell animals. We take them in and vow to keep them for their entire lives, no matter what the cost.. But it’s the cost that has caused some serious restraints. If we do not get donations, there is a very real possibility that SFWRC could close. Without sanctuaries like this, exotic pets would be euthanized rather than live out their lives as best as possible- all because of irresponsible owners.

Dirk’s birthday just passed a few days ago. He is still recovering, but he makes sure his animals come first. Our ultimate goal is to relocate to Northern Florida in order to give the animals larger living space, but we can only do so with your help. If you cannot afford to donate (even a dollar makes a HUGE difference), please at least reblog it to spread the word. Tumblr is capable of amazing things- signal boosting this post could help tremendously. Thank you guys so much.

These are my personal photos, do not use without permission.

April on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
April is a Florida panther, and was actually born at the sanctuary. She is the result of the pairing of a supposedly spayed mother (Elsie) and Spudnik, a cougar used for fighting pitbulls 3 at a time. He was paired with her for socialization after he was confiscated- and April, plus her other siblings, were the result.

April only has a third of her stomach- the neighbors came into the sanctuary one night and gave her food with enough rat poison to kill her. Luckily, it was caught in time, and she came out alive. Now, she’s a little unpredictable, but my personal favorite. Aggressive with others, she’s quiet with me and I love to feed her.. Even though she’s a picky eater. ;)

South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a tax deductible sanctuary for abused and neglected exotic pets. We rely solely on private donations to keep open. Check us out, and please donate if you can! Any amount makes a difference. Thank you! BigCatSponsor.Com

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ATTENTION ALL SOUTH FLORIDA RESIDENTS!!!!!

I volunteer at a wildlife rescue santuary called South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. It is run by a very generous and sweet man Dirk. To everyone’s worry, Dirk has recently been admitted to the hospital for heart malfunctions. SFWRC relies solely on volunteers to keep our animals healthy and we need them now more than ever.

Volunteers are needed 7 days a week for the forseeable future to help with feeding, grounds care, and fund raising. We will need someone to drive the truck to Publix to pick up the vegetable donations Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. PLEASE consider contacting your church group, boy/girl Scout group, or singles group and volunteering multiple times this summer. Dirk’s condition is quite serious and we don’t know how long it will be before he can return to his duties. The animals need YOU!!!

If you are unable to volunteer or donate, please share this around. I’ve seen the power of Tumblr before!! We can do this!!! 

If you are interested in helping out the sanctuary or have any questions, shoot me an ask. If you want to read more about the sanctuary, click here. 

Photography by ody-ssea. Do not use.

For Sinbad,

This tiger is very near and dear to me in my heart. Since I started working at SFWRC, he caught my heart in his big, Siberian paws. There was something so intriguing, so clever, so intricately and beautifully honest about him. The way he looked up at me with his big golden eyes during feeding and tenderly licked the fat right off my fingertips. Manny pointed it out, once. He said I didn’t do that with the other cats. I guess it’s cause I trusted him a lot.

He was unique. Everything about him was effortless and easy. Who else would be so layered to love a homeless cat yet personally hunt and kill a domestic chicken? He was one of a kind, honestly.

When I first started working at SFWRC, I didn’t think I’d get so attached to him. I loved working with him. Feeding, playing, and resting with him. I especially loved his adorable chuffing. His nature was always even tempered…most of the cats have good and bad days, but Sinbad always had good days. He was my favorite…Which made his passing all the more devastating. This could not have hit harder.

They say that when you die, you get a scrapbook of everything you did…to know that you were here. That you were loved. I hope that’s true because every one of us loved him so much.

Sinbad, all the times you’ve given us remain engraved in our memory. We are so blessed to have worked, played, and loved an amazing soul like yours. You were loved so much. I hope you knew.

3/25/13. Heaven gained an angel. Rest easy, big guy. I hope you get all the chicken in the world up there.

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Meet Jojo!

Jojo is an unusual hybrid between a male serval and a female caracal. He came from dealers who were careless with their animals and allowed this irresponsible breeding to occur. Despite needing over $6,000 of vet care and four operations for bowel and intestinal malfunctions, Jojo is doing well at the sanctuary today and can often be found hissing at anything that moves.

 South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a non-profit, 501 ©3 exotic animal sanctuary dedicated to receiving and caring for all species of injured, neglected and abused wildlife. We do not breed, buy, sell, or trade any of our animals. We are committed to providing a safe haven and a positive, loving environment for these exotic animals regardless of costs so they may live out their lives without fear of abuse. We offer them a second chance at life. We do not believe these animals belong in cages or as “pets”- we believe it is cruel and wrong. However, if it wasn’t for sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers, many of these animals would be euthanised. We work to educate the public about the exotic animal trade and the wild counterparts of animals like Jojo (which, to my knowledge, would not happen in the wild.)

Ideally, we would like to relocate to a larger property somewhere in northern Florida or in the Carolinas to give the animals larger enclosures, however, we are currently struggling to stay above water in terms of finance. Any and all donations are extremely appreciated. If you would like to donate and help the lives of our wonderful animals, please click on this link. Donations are tax refundable. 

Photography by ody-ssea. Do not use without permission. 

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I miss you so much Khrish. I hope I’ll get to see you again one day, and we can romp around like we used to. But I hope even more you’re enjoying your new sanctuary, where I’m sure you’re getting the best possible care and enrichment. I love you big boy, you changed my life. <3 xx

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TODAY WAS AMAZING!

I volunteered at SFWRC again, a rescue for illegal/neglected wildlife. AND IT WAS FEEDING DAY FOR THE BIG CATS! We fed the panthers, tigers, leopards, and a serval/caracal mix. And of course the chickens and pigs. The leopard in the photo is Nicky ,the first two tigers are Sinbad the sweetheart, and the last tiger is Krishna. c: 

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Reise’s Surgery

Reise (pronounced rise-uh) is a female cougar. She was found in New York in poor condition having been fed domestic cat food and kept in an apartment by an illegal owner. She was extremely undernourished with worms. The owner was fined $500 before Reise was rescued by SFWRC. Badly de-clawed as a cub, Reise had surgery to fix a lame front paw. If you look closely you’ll see that the nail was growing back into the paw and trying to invade bone. As Dr. Mornane begins stitching, they discover that there’s no padding left on Reise’s toe on her front right paw. That means any more trimming and she’ll bone on bone. From now on, her nails will have to be filed. Dr. Mornane has generously agreed to fly in every 3-4 months to take care of this himself. Now, Reise’s paw is totally fine, and the rest of her is in excellent condition too. Cheers to Dr. Mornane!

Pic by SFWRC.

Meet Reise!

Reise (pronounced rise-uh) is a Texan cougar who has been at South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for 15 years now. This 18 year old beauty was confiscated in New York from a drug dealer. She was kept in a small apartment having been fed domestic cat food and extremely undernourished with worms. 

One of our most vocal cats, Reise is capable of making a plethora of different noises to signal her different moods. One of my favorites is her signature “greeting” squeak that she repeatedly shows off throughout the day. She is very friendly and I recently discovered that she likes frozen ice balls- by giving her enrichment devices to play with, we are stimulating her natural behavior in the wild, where she would encounter many strange and foreign objects that may or may not be toys. 

Reise is a cat of many names: cougar, panther, mountain lion, puma, and mountain screamer are just some of the titles for this beautiful cat, who are not all specific to mountainous regions. In fact, the cougar could at one time be found all across the United States, and deep into lower South America, but are losing the fight to habitat loss due to expanding human settlements and deforestation for agriculture. 

South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a non-profit, 501 ©3 exotic animal sanctuary dedicated to receiving and caring for all species of injured, neglected and abused wildlife. We are committed to providing a safe haven and a positive, loving environment for these exotic animals regardless of costs so they may live out their lives without fear of abuse. We offer them a second chance at life. We do not believe these animals belong in cages or as “pets”- we believe it is cruel and wrong. However, if it wasn’t for sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers, many of these animals would be euthanised. We work to educate the public about the exotic animal trade and the wild counterparts of animals like Reise.

Ideally, we would like to relocate to a larger property somewhere in northern Florida or in the Carolinas give the cats larger enclosures, however, we are currently struggling to stay above water in terms of finance. Any and all donations are extremely commended and appreciated. If you would like to donate and help the lives of our wonderful cats, please click on this link. Donations are tax refundable. 

Photography by ody-ssea. Do not use without permission. 

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Tonight we ask for extra good wishes and prayers for our beautiful Siberian tiger, Sinbad. He was bitten last week by a baby Florida Rattler and developed a very bad abscess. We want to extend our most heartfelt thanks to Dr. Thomas Goldsmith, DVM for coming out to perform on-site emergency surgery on Sinbad today. Our beautiful boy is still heavily sedated and his condition is critical; Rattler bites are HIGHLY toxic. Because of the nature of the venom, Sinbad has lost an estimated 30% of his weight and will need all our prayers and support. We will keep you posted.
-SFWRC’s Facebook page.
Oh my god… I’m speechless, in shock. So scared for him. Words can’t put together how incredible he is in every way. Praying for you, love…

Added from a PM with the page admin: Unfortunately, his prognosis is not good. The venom of even a baby rattler is so toxic that even when caught immediately chances aren’t great, but it was nearly a week after I found the abscess (probably a day or two after the bite) before the vet could get out to the site and perform surgery. He removed a bunch of necrotic tissue, but not only is Sinbad having a very tough time coming out of the anesthesia, but the toxins are still in his system along with some infection. IF he makes it through the next several days, his recovery will be a very long, slow difficult one. I’ve spent many an hour sitting outside his enclosure, so I understand how you feel. Dirk will continue giving antibiotics and pain meds. I"m going back out in the morning to see if the big guy is up and around a bit more. Another of our concerns is that he hasn’t eaten in 4 days and isn’t likely to for another couple of days and he is already very thin. Now all we can do is pray and hope.

Spotty on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Spotty is a leopard (Possibly jaguar?) rescued from a drug dealer. He was found being prodded and poked like some kind of ‘show toy.’ Thankfully, he was saved while he was young.. But whatever happened to him in that time was so life scarring that he snarls at anybody and everybody. I caught him at a moment of tranquility, which is rare for him.. Despite his harsh exterior, I really do enjoy him. One of my favorites- He’s a real wild cat, that’s for sure.

South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation center is a rescue facility which relies on donations. Check them out here: Www.BigCatSponsor.Com

I’ll be posting pictures throughout the week, so be sure to keep an eye out!

What better way to end the #SFWRC tag than bidding farewell to an inspiration and role model? SFWRC was a place that forever finds a place in my heart, and Dirk even more so. I feel blessed to have met him- but he left us on October 12th, my birthday. Every year, I’ll remember the great man we lost on that day. He was the only man I knew that truly spoke to these animals. He understood them in ways one couldn’t believe. His very passion flowed through you with every word he spoke, even in the breaths he took. You couldn’t not smile when he got the sparkle in his eyes, reminiscing about the days of his youth- the countries he visited, the people he saw, and the animals that followed him in every spot. He endeavored so much through this center, from barely making the bills to working until his body wouldn’t anymore. Perhaps the worst was when he lost an animal- the wounds clearly showed as he spoke. He always talked about them with such a tenderness- he truly did everything he could for the animals in his care. It was evident in the way the animals looked at him, found protection through him, and called for him. They’d pace their cages hoping he’s come up, even if only for a few seconds. Even the most scarred animals trusted him. Despite the difficulties, he remained his mischievous self up until the last time I saw him. I formed so many memories with him, from the simplistic scaring me when I returned from feeding the cats, to the personal talk we had the last day I saw him. He encouraged me to pursue my dreams, pushed my passion to new limits, and showed me support when I needed the most- he acted like my grandfather, who I had lost prior to meeting him. It was exactly what I needed. Dirk was a man of great deeds, a man of selflessness, and he spoke it like he saw it. He was a man I will never forget and without him, I don’t know who I’d be. He left a mark in everyone’s hearts through his adventurous story telling, his sarcasm, mocking words, but especially his love. He was unforgettable, to say the least.

Meet Miri!


Say hello to Miri from South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Miri is an 11 year old Florida Panther and one of the only two animals that were born at the sanctuary, rather than being rescues. She has a sister, April, and a brother, Indie, who sadly passed away. Miri’s parents, Spundik and Elsie, were both confiscated from a local illegal breeder here in South Florida. Spudnik was in very bad shape upon arrival at SFWRC and did not trust people. His previous owned had used him to fight pitbulls, sometimes three at a time. After being told that Elsie was spayed, she was put in an enclosure with Spudnik for companionship…aaand we got a surprise! However, the definition of a true sanctuary as defined by Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is one that does not breed, buy, sell, or trade any of its animals, and so Miri and her sister April are here to stay. 

Miri is a very sweet cat to those she knows. She does not take well to strangers and has a tendency to hiss at the unfamiliar. She is also probably the most perfect example of a “real” wild cat in regards to feeding- she is the most angsty, “aggressive” cat to feed. Whether she will be hand fed or eat in her cage depends on her mood for the day. 

I’m sure one of the first things you will notice about her is her face. Miri has very distinctive coloring with beautiful green eyes, which you can’t see all too great in this photo. But trust me, they’re there. 

South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a non-profit, 501 ©3 exotic animal sanctuary dedicated to receiving and caring for all species of injured, neglected and abused wildlife. We are committed to providing a safe haven and a positive, loving environment for these exotic animals regardless of costs so they may live out their lives without fear of abuse. We offer them a second chance at life. We do not believe these animals belong in cages or as “pets”- we believe it is cruel and wrong. However, if it wasn’t for sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers, many of these animals would be euthanised. We work to educate the public about the exotic animal trade and the wild counterparts of animals like Miri.

Ideally, we would like to relocate to a larger property somewhere in northern Florida or in the Carolinas give the cats larger enclosures, however, we are currently struggling to stay above water in terms of finance. Any and all donations are extremely commended and appreciated. If you would like to donate and help the lives of our wonderful cats, please click on this link. Donations are tax refundable. 

Photography by ody-ssea. Do not use without permission. 

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Meet Krishna, a Bengal Tiger


Look at this GIANT boy! Krishna was under contract by Parrot Jungle Island to be used in Animal Planet promos and specials. Once he grew too large for the movie company to handle him, he became a liability and had two options- euthanasia or live out his life at South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Now, Krishna can be found relaxing in the breezy Florida weather and stalking the resident chickens. Two of his favorite treats are milk and chicken blood (the Publix kind, not the residents.) However these days Krishna hasn’t been his prime. An old volunteer screwed up his diet for a week straight and last I’ve checked he’s been real lethargic. These pics show me trying to get his appetite back. Cheers to Krishna!