It’s not too late!
Send your Valentine a special greeting
from one of the Big Cat Rescue cats.
source: Big Cat Rescue
Jinx the Black Leopard came to us amidst a four-year-long legal battle. He was seized by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and temporarily housed at Big Cat Rescue along with Jasmine Tigress, Dutchess Tigress, and Sapphire the White Tigress for the duration of court proceedings. Little did we know, that would take nearly four very long years!
He is known to stalk keepers and guests and as he locks in on his target, he stays focused! He can easily hide within plain sight and has earned himself the nickname “Flat Cat” by many of his keepers. Although he can be quite intense and scary, as he should since he is a leopard; he also has an incredibly silly and playful side too. You can see the level of intelligence he has in every move he makes! Jinx is very smart when it comes to operant conditioning and even tries to train his keepers.
In October of 2011, the Zanesville Massacre occurred. This was an historical event that changed the lives of many animals, people, and laws in the state of Ohio. Terry Thompson, a private owner of dozens of big cats and other wild animals, opened their cages and set them free amongst the town and ultimately to their deaths. He then followed suit and committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Terry Thompson put authorities in a position they should never have been in. They were forced to shoot and kill 38 big cats and 10 other wild animals. Amongst those lives lost were 18 Tigers, 17 Lions, and 3 Cougars. As a result of this tragic massacre, Ohio took the initiative and passed a state-wide ban on the private possession of big cats in June of 2012.
Tiger Ridge Exotics, Kenny Hetrick, felt that the law did not apply to him and thought that by hiring a team of attorneys to fight it, he could get the ban overturned. He refused to report how many dangerous wild animals he owned. His facility has had a long history of reported violations leading up to the seizure of his animals. These violations include failure to provide adequate vet care, repeated failure to provide the animals with proper diets, failure to provide animals with clean water, failure to provide animals with clean, dry enclosures, and failure to comply with federal safety requirements…
Big Cat Rescue is one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the world dedicated to abused and abandoned big cats. They are home to about 50+ lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species (Many of these species are threatened, endangered or extinct now in the wild.) – most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts. Since 1992, BCR has worked to end the abuse at its root by ending the private possession and trade in exotic cats through legislation and education.
Their mission is to provide the best home we can for the cats in our care, end abuse of big cats in captivity and prevent extinction of big cats in the wild.