Please help our big cats go on vacation!
You may be wondering: How will Big Cat Rescue’s cats be able to go on vacation? Well, we have recently received zoning approval to build a huge 2.5 acre enclosure on the Southwest end of our 55-acre property. It’s been our dream for years to be able to construct a special enclosure that can be used to rotate cats in and out of their permanent enclosures. Once construction is complete, the cats will enjoy two-week vacations in the new surroundings of our Vacation Rotation enclosure!
It will cost approximately $200,000 to build this 111,600 square-foot dream enclosure for our cats. We have already begun to erect the poles for the perimeter and assemble the materials we will require. To wrap our heads around how HUGE 111,000 square feet actually is, we’ve listed suggested donation amounts as they relate to rooms in a typical home. Your donations now will allow us to continue to move forward with this project, which we estimate will take six months to complete.
Initially the first $26k of donations were matched 100% due to generous matching grants provided by Larry and Pam Trissel and the Little Family Foundation. We have now received a wonderful additional $25k matching grant from the Reitzel Foundation, and an additional donation of $10,000 from the Trissels. So, the first $61,000 in donations received for this important project will be matched 100% for double impact!
Mental enrichment is so important for captive wildlife and our cats are no exception. Vacationing in the new enclosure for two weeks at a time will allow the cats to experience new scenery and smells while exploring new trees and foliage as well as platforms, dens and toys. And who doesn’t like vacationing near the water? The enclosure will even have a big, cool pond for the cats to splash around in!
We will share photos and videos of the construction as it progresses, so stay tuned. Once the enclosure is finished, it will be on our tour path. We so look forward to showing it off to you!
Donors of $500 or more will have their name on a permanent recognition sign on the Vacation Rotation Enclosure.
Any funds donated in excess of project costs will be used for other needs for our cats.
Big Cat Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, FEID 59-3330495. Florida law requires that all charities soliciting donations disclose their registration number and the percentage of your donation that goes to the cause and the amount that goes to the solicitor. Big Cat Rescue's registration number is CH11409. We do not utilize professional solicitors, so 0% of your donation goes to a professional solicitor, 100% goes to Big Cat Rescue. Non-program expenses are funded from tour income, so 100% of your donations go to supporting the cats and stopping the abuse.
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