The Issue: Limited Food Supply for Rescued Wild Cats
Big cats, such as lions or tigers, can eat two to four whole chickens every day, and smaller cats, such as bobcats, can eat as much as one chicken. For more than three decades, Carolina Tiger Rescue fed its resident wild cats donated chickens that the USDA deemed unfit for human consumption. However, the donor plant recently closed, leaving the rescue with few options but to purchase food for the cats, increasing its yearly costs by $80,000.
The Campaign: Feeding Rescued Wild Cats
If 24 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Carolina Tiger Rescue can feed all of its more than 70 resident big and small cats for one day. Giving the cats whole chickens ensures they have enough nutrients to maintain their health and thrive. Each additional $10 raised will provide one day's worth of food for one big cat, such as a lion or tiger, and two small cats, such as a bobcat or lynx.
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Carolina Tiger Rescue
Geneticist Dr. Michael Bleyman founded Carolina Tiger Rescue in the 1970s as a breeding sanctuary for large carnivores whose habitats had become unsafe. Its original intent was to protect wild species that were crucial to the survival of particular ecosystems, sustaining the populations until their home habitats were protected enough to support them without risk. Today, the organization protects wild cats in captivity and in nature by providing homes for abandoned or neglected cats, raising awareness about the threats to these animals, and assisting with conservation efforts in rainforests and wild habitats. Carolina Tiger Rescue currently houses more than 70 carnivores, including tigers, black leopards, ocelots, caracals, servals, and kinkajous. Many of the facility's residents have been rescued from dangerous situations in urban spaces and private breeding facilities. Now they have a lifelong home in re-created natural habitats.