September 2002 Sanctuary News

Our Monthly Update from Tim Mills, Yogie and Friends hard-working Executive Director!

Hi everyone:

Its finally September, and hopefully the hot weather will cool down. We sure had a busy summer here. We took in 5 exotic cats this summer, and built 2 new pens and still in need to build one more. We now have 7 tigers, 5 lions, one black leopard, one bobcatand one serval. We named the serval Speedy Gonzales and the bobcat Slowpoke Gonzales. Update Sept. 12 – We are sorry to report the death of Slowpoke last night. His serious injuries were too much for him and he just couldnt make it. Although he was only with us a short time, we will miss him.

We took in 3 lions, 2 female and one male. We were told they were living in a garage for 17 years in Texas. They were in bad shape and in need of good vet care, healthy food and a good home. We are giving them that plus lots of love.

We also took in a bobcat that a family found in the area that was hurt and wouldn’t have lived without proper medical care. The bobcat was less than 2 pounds and had a crushed hip and pelvis, ticks and worms. The family was nice enough to call us and bring him out and even paid for his medical bills. If everyone would act this way, looking out for helpless animals in need, I wouldn’t have to rescue so many animals. We are very thankful to the family for their caring of the bobcat and their gift of life to save him. This was Slowpoke.

We just had a serval flown to us from Washington State. The owner, because of his job, 
didn’t have time for the cat. The serval flew in Wednesday to Shreveport Airport and I
took him home. He is outside in a new pen beside Tigger the leopard. He is still not sure
what is going on! He misses his old life but we will give him lots of love and make this his new home.

We also had 2 big cat houses built by David and Tonia Zuber this summer. They are nice
enough to come out and build heavy duty houses for our big cats. The houses have lots of
room with a floor to keep them dry.

As you can see the web site has changed, and is being completely redesigned. We want to thank Len Moyer of Merlin Computers for his contribution and for introducing us to Don Sherret of WWWeb-Works Web Design Studios in Shreveport. Please visit their businesses and thank them for all they are doing for the animals.

It’s school time of year so any schools you might know of that want to go on a field trip
to see wildlife, please let them know we are here and open for schools during the week.
We even have a lesson plan to teach the kids about the cats.

We have a golf cart for those who are handicapped so they can enjoy the cats also.

Please remember in your prayers the young girl in Florida who worked at Bush gardens and was showing her boyfriend and her family a tiger. Well, something happened and she got her arm biten off. They rushed her to the hospital and they don’t think they can put her arm back on.

These things happen at zoos and other places that have big exotic cats. These cats are NOT PETS. These animals are very dangerous and can kill or seriously hurt you . It does not mean that the cats are bad or evil, this is what they are and what they do. We do not promote these animals as pets. They belong in the wild, but because of man and the desire to own them as pets they lose their natural environment. The animals suffer from a lack of room, a good diet, vet care, a mate, and so on. Also the owners are in danger of the cat hurting them and whoever is in the cats area. So please, if you or someone you know wants to buy a cute little exotic cat, understand that they get big fast and its very dangerous and not healthy for the animal. If you care for wild animals at all, just don’t do it.

Hope to see ya out here real soon!!

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