Monday, May 28, 2007

Tiger Rescue by Barbara Frank

Notes from Barbara Frank on Tiger Rescue

Savage Kingdom TJ Bella " I never thought in all my years that I would be part of a “tiger rescue”. I was honored to be part of this dedicated group of volunteers to help in the rescue of four tigers from a breeding facility that was shut down. We met at the Sanctuary at 6am. Dr. Winn and Scott were hard at work getting supplies ready that we might need. We loaded up the van, and we were on our way. We were all ecstatic about this rescue. We were also scared of the unknown. We joked nervously about who in the group could run the fastest, who could climb the highest – just in case, these “kitties” had other plans! Being the oldest and slowest in the group, I knew where I stood!

When we reached our destination, we looked around and with heavy hearts realized how many hundreds, maybe thousands of animals were bred for sale. Gut wrenching when you think of babies being pulled away from their mothers to be sold as someone’s pet or exhibited somewhere, finally ending up, where? No one knows. No, we can’t save them all, but we were here to save four. They were the last to go. No one wanted these four magnificent cats. They looked tired and resigned to their fate. They were to be euthanized by the end of the day.

Big Cat Rescuers Cynthia Smoot No one in this group had actually participated
in a rescue before, but we worked with precision as a team. We all had our eyes on our Operations Director Scott Lope. The volunteers knew what Scott wanted just by looking at him. We all knew our place, and we knew what to do. Was it fun? Was it easy? Absolutely NOT! Was it rewarding? Of course! The “New Kids on The Block” are home. No more breeding, no more cramped cages, no more hungry tummies. They are home."
Barbara Frank

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