The Issue: Limited Food Supply for Rescued Wild Cats
For more than three decades, Carolina Tiger Rescue fed its large and small cats donated whole chickens that the USDA deemed unfit for human consumption. However, the donor chicken plant closed on September 30, 2011, leaving the Rescue with few options but to purchase food for the cats, increasing its yearly costs by more than $80,000.
The Campaign: Feeding Rescued Wild Cats
If this Grassroots campaign raises $240, then Carolina Tiger Rescue can feed all of the more than 70 large and small cats residing at its facility for one day. Each additional $6 donation will feed one small cat, such as an ocelot or bobcat, and one large cat, such as a lion or tiger, for one day. The cats receive a variety of meat products for every meal to ensure they maintain a healthy weight and good nutrition. Meals can include fresh deer, beef stew, and several whole chickens.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
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.