Today I toured Tampa's Big Cat Rescue for the first time. I learned a great deal about the exotic animal trade and the abuse that is dealt these animals by some of our fellow human beings. Whenever I hear about this type of thing it breaks my heart, be it dogs or tigers, what is wrong with people? Have the people involved no hearts? It is just so difficult for me to understand what goes on in their minds. Big Cat Rescue is doing their part to help out animals abandoned by owners who thought it would be cool to have a an exotic cat as a pet-only to discover they couldn't handle it.
Animals come to Big Cat Rescue for a variety of other reasons as well. The following is copied from their website and tells you who they are and what they are about:
To visit Big Cat Rescue you must arrive at a pre-scheduled time for a tour, which lasts about 90 minutes. Taking photos was a bit of a challenge as all of the animals are behind fences like this one. Their enclosures are large and they have a good life here but they are unable to survive in the wild where they really belong because they were in most cases bred to be pets and have never lived in the environment they are supposed to.
Yes there was a cage in the above photo, somehow by putting the focus point on the cats eyes it was made to disappear-I am not sure exactly why this but I am not complaining!
In this one I decided to simply try to get both eyes within the same square opening in the fence, worked out pretty good!
I will wrap up this post with my favorite photo of the day, how I love it when an animal appears to look directly into my camera! I find it hard to stop looking into those eyes an the B&W treatment makes it all the more striking. Big Cat Rescue is located at 12802 Easy Street Tampa near Citrus Park Mall and can be reached at. 813.920.4130. The cost of the tour goes to hope a great cause and is well worth it!