Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Animal Planet Hero of the Year Award Contest

Big Cat Rescue's Operations Manager, Scott Lope, makes the Top 10 out of more than 4500 contestants who were nominated for Animal Planet's Hero of the Year Awards

Scott Lope

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PRLog (Press Release)Sep 16, 2009 – If Scott wins it could mean $60,000 to the lions, tigers and other exotic wild cats at Big Cat Rescue!  The economy has hit animal rescue groups very hard, but the big cats have big appetites and they have to be fed.  There are two contests right now that have a combined prize of $60,000 in cash and advertising and Big Cat Rescue has a very good chance of winning with the public's help.

Until Sept. 27, 2009 people can vote once a day for Scott Lope, Operations's manager of Big Cat Rescue, to win Animal Planet's Hero of the Year Award.  Scott had a career in medicine, but gave it up to be a full time volunteer and then staff at Big Cat Rescue.  There is a video of him in action rescuing all kinds of animals in addition to the care he provides the big cats at Big Cat Rescue here: http://www.BigCatRescue.org

"This is great publicity for the plight of big cats and it will provide $10,000 in cash to feed the cats at Big Cat Rescue as well as a much needed vacation for Scott" says CEO and Founder, Carole Baskin.  The public can vote daily here:

http://animal.discovery.com/roar/hero-of-the-year/vote/

Until Sept. 20, 2009 readers can vote daily for Big Cat Rescue in facebook's contest where their votes have gotten Big Cat Rescue into the last round of top 4 charities to win $50,000 in co branded advertising.  The public can vote daily here:

http://apps.facebook.com/voteforacause/

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Big Cat Rescue, a non profit educational sanctuary, is devoted to rescuing and providing a permanent home for exotic (i.e. wild, not domestic) cats who have been abused, abandoned, bred to be pets, retired from performing acts, or saved from being slaughtered for fur coats, and to educating the public about these animals and the issues facing them in captivity and in the wild.


For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

http://www.BigCatRescue.org


Until Sept. 27, 2009 you can vote once a day for Scott Lope, our Operations's manager, to win Animal Planet's Hero of the Year Award.  As many of you already know, Scott had a career in medicine, but gave it up to be a full time volunteer and then staff at Big Cat Rescue.  You can see a video of him in action rescuing all kinds of animals in addition to the care he provides the big cats at Big Cat Rescue on our web site at http://www.BigCatRescue.org

Please help him win as this is great publicity for the plight of big cats and it will provide $10,000 in cash to feed the cats at Big Cat Rescue as well as a much needed vacation for Scott.  Your DAILY vote can win this for us here:

http://animal.discovery.com/roar/hero-of-the-year/vote/

Until Sept. 20, 2009 you can vote daily for Big Cat Rescue in facebook's contest where your votes have gotten us into the last round of top 4 charities to win $50,000 in co branded advertising.  Please vote DAILY here and ask your friends to do the same:

http://apps.facebook.com/voteforacause/

Free ways to join us and help the big cats:

Twitter:  Follow Me and be invited to enter our Animal Lover's Dream Vacation Giveaway!  http://twitter.com/BigCatRescue

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Baby Bobcat and Fawn Take Refuge Together from Fire

Baby Bobcat and Fawn Take Refuge Together from Fire 

Baby bobcat and fawn photoThe Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara, CA caused these two to take shelter together. The fawn is 3 days old and the bobcat about 3 weeks. The fawn came from somewhere in the fire and the bobcat from Carpinteria. They immediately bonded and snuggled together under a desk in the Santa Barbara County Dispatch Office for several hours.

Animal Planet is reporting the bobcat kitten was rescued near Arnold Schwarzenegger's ranch, where it was dehydrated and near death.

They rescued the fawn during last weeks wildfire. Although wild animals, especially of separate species, are never placed together due to regulations, in this emergency situation, they had no choice. During the mayhem of the fire, they were forced to put animals anywhere they could, since they had run out of crates large enough for the fawn. The kitten ran to the fawn, and it was instant bonding.

Lets hope these two get a second chance at living free by going to a legitimate rehabber like Big Cat Rescue.

Big Cat Vote Worth Big Bucks

Vote Scott Lope of Big Cat Rescue on Animal PlanetYour votes could mean $60,000 for the lions, tigers and other big cats of Big Cat Rescue and a vacation for Scott.

Your votes could mean $60,000 to the lions, tigers and other exotic wild cats at Big Cat Rescue!  The economy has hit us all very hard, but the big cats have big appetites and we have to keep feeding them.  There are two contests right now that have a combined prize of $60,000 in cash and advertising and we have a very good chance of winning with your help.
 
Until Sept. 27, 2009 you can vote once a day for Scott Lope, our Operations's manager, to win Animal Planet's Hero of the Year Award.  As many of you already know, Scott had a career in medicine, but gave it up to be a full time volunteer and then staff at Big Cat Rescue.  You can see a video of him in action rescuing all kinds of animals in addition to the care he provides the big cats at Big Cat Rescue on our web site at http://www.BigCatRescue.org
 
Please help him win as this is great publicity for the plight of big cats and it will provide $10,000 in cash to feed the cats at Big Cat Rescue as well as a much needed vacation for Scott.  Your DAILY vote can win this for us here:

http://animal.discovery.com/roar/hero-of-the-year/vote/
 
Until Sept. 20, 2009 you can vote daily for Big Cat Rescue in facebook's contest where your votes have gotten us into the last round of top 4 charities to win $50,000 in co branded advertising.  Please vote DAILY here and ask your friends to do the same:
 
http://apps.facebook.com/voteforacause/
 
Thanks, Carole Baskin CEO of Big Cat Rescue

 

Join us at the 2009 Fur Ball Mask-Grrr-Ade Party!

Fur Ball Tampa FLJoin in our annual celebration and fund raiser.  It's a party, it's an auction (including for international travel to see exotic cats in their true habitat!), it's a Rolex watch raffle…So, whether you are in Tampa, FL and can attend or are more distant and must support from afar, we have something for you!

Brief podium time will focus on details of the rescue of Freckles the liger and her two tiger companions Cookie and Alex after they were abandoned in Mississippi.  Learn more about the heartbreaking story of their lives before being rescued. The great news is that proceeds from this event will provide a safe home for these exotic cats for rest of their days. 

 

Reserve Your "Spots" At The Fur Ball Today!


 
Learn more about the Big Cat Rescue 10th Annual Fur Ball.
 
Buy your ticket now for the must-attend charity event coming this fall to Tampa, Florida.
 
Participate in the Pre-Ball Silent Auction.


For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

http://www.BigCatRescue.org


Sign send a quick and easy letter to protect tigers and bobcats here:

http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/alert/?alertid=13810331

Free ways to join us and help the big cats:

Twitter:  Follow Me and be invited to enter our Animal Lover's Dream Vacation Giveaway!  http://twitter.com/BigCatRescue

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Big Cat Rescue director up for Animal Planet hero award

By LEIGH SPANN
News Channel 8
Published: September 14, 2009

TAMPA - It takes a lot to be a hero, and for one Tampa man it takes a lot of meat. 

Scott Lope, director of operations at the nonprofit wildlife sanctuary Big Cat Rescue, helps house and feed nearly 115 large cats every day. Cable television channel Animal Planet has rewarded his work in educating the public about the plight of these animals by naming him a finalist for its Hero of the Year.

One of the volunteers at Big Cat Rescue, Sharyn Beach, wrote the letter that nominated Lope. She says she has been inspired by his dedication.

"Long after we're asleep at night, Scott's still working, and long before we wake up in the morning, he's already working," Beach wrote.
That letter put Lope in the top 10 out of 4,500 entries. In the letter, Beach focused on Lope's ability to educate and inspire others about the animals he cares for. She notes how kids have their birthday parties at the rescue and ask for donations for the animals instead of getting presents.

"One person doing a lot of work is a great thing, but what's really important is getting out there and talking to other people about what's going on with these animals," Beach wrote.

Lope began working at the Big Cat Rescue 11 years ago as a volunteer. At the time, he had a job in the medical field, but he decided to follow his dream of working with animals.

"Really decided that this was more important than some of the material things that really aren't that important. So I quit my job and moved here," Lope said.

It's been an amazing journey, he said, and he considers himself lucky to be able to work with the animals.
And he really hopes he inspires change.

"Just in the last 10 years, here at the Big Cat Rescue, we've worked to get laws changed. We've gotten animals out of a terrible situation all over the country," Lope said.

It is no easy task to feed and house more than 100 big cats. Big Cat Rescue, which is at 12802 Easy St., has a $1 million annual budget. It costs $7,500 a year to care for each of the 23 lions and tigers.

One of the prizes for the person chosen as Animal Planet's Hero of the Year is $10,000 toward his or her animal charity. Lope said that will take care of one of those lions or tigers for a whole year.

The winner of the Hero of the Year contest will be announced Dec. 18 during Animal Planet's Heroes Week. Voting started today and continues through Sept. 27.

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/sep/14/big-cat-rescue-director-animal-planet-hero-award/

For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

http://www.BigCatRescue.org


Sign send a quick and easy letter to protect tigers and bobcats here:

http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/alert/?alertid=13810331

Free ways to join us and help the big cats:

Twitter:  Follow Me and be invited to enter our Animal Lover's Dream Vacation Giveaway!  http://twitter.com/BigCatRescue

This message contains information from Big Cat Rescue that may be confidential or privileged. The information contained herein is intended
only for the eyes of the individual or entity named above.  You are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, disclosure, and/or copying of the information contained in this communication is strictly prohibited. The recipient should check this e-mail and any attachments for the presence of viruses. Big Cat Rescue accepts no liability for any damage or loss caused by any virus transmitted by this e-mail.




Sunday, September 13, 2009

Vote for Scott Lope

Vote Scott Lope as Animal Planet's Hero of the Year


Vote Scott Lope of Big Cat Rescue on Animal PlanetPlease vote for Big Cat Rescue's Operation's Manager, Scott Lope, every day for the next 2 weeks.  That is 14 votes per person and should really help him win.  Scott says, "It would be great to get the $10,000 for BCR and the much needed vacation for me! Please send to every one you know, every vote counts!  Thank you so much!" 


Feel free to snag this image so that you can post to your Facebook, Myspace and other social networking accounts to remind yourself and friends to vote each day.  


AnimalPlanet.com/hero


Vote for Big Cat Rescue to Win $50,000


We made it to the next round in Intel's vote for a cause contest to win $50,000 in co-branded advertising with Intel.


Second round from 9/5/2009 12:00 AM PST to 9/8/2009 11:59 PM PST - top 16 will go on to third Voting Round.


Please visit this page and vote for Big Cat Rescue, then send out invite to friends to do the same :)


http://apps.facebook.com/voteforacause/


 

Comment on Tigers at Mall by GW Exotics - Awakening Productions

TAYLOR — When Judi Vig, a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, saw exotic animals on display Wednesday at Southland Center, it sent alarms off in her mind.



She called City Hall to check that everything was in order with the display and to voice concerns about the animals' welfare.

Vig said PETA has had issues with G.W. Exotic Animals of Wynnewood, Okla., which houses the animals Awakening Production uses.



Awakening Production came to Southland with lion and tiger cubs and a baby kangaroo.

It set up a display where people could see the animals, and if they wanted, pay $25 for two people to spend eight minutes in a cage with tiger cubs and a trainer.



Today is the show's last day.

Awakening Production had not obtained a permit to hold a special event, which is required, said Joseph Nardone, the city's executive director of development services.



A representative of the company came to City Hall with a letter from Southland Center giving permission for the event and to seek a permit, he said.

Ordinance and animal control officers investigated the complaint, he said.

Animal control officers found no violations, city officials said. The permit was issued.

As of Thursday afternoon, the company was in compliance with all city ordinances, Nardone said.



"Getting to touch a baby tiger is a moment in a lifetime," said Michael Bussey, stage manager for Awakening Production.



"You're seated. You go in with a certified trainer. The tigers will roam around the cage, crawl on your lap, and you can pet them."



There were plenty of takers, from young children to a 93-year-old woman, he said. But mainly, it was young families, especially mothers with their children.



Awakening Production also put on a free magic show each day. The purpose behind the magic show is to educate the public about ownership of exotic animals, Bussey said.



It booked several visits with General Growth Properties, which owns Southland Center and other malls across the country, Bussey said.



Awakening Production came with a 4-month-old white tiger; two 8-week-old tigers, which went into the play cages with visitors; a 13-week-old tiger; two 3-week-old lions; and a 3-month-old kangaroo, said Vicky Welch, road manager and animal caretaker.



Fourteen people, including stage crew and animal caretakers, travel with the animals, Welch said.

This paper makes it easy to post your comments without having to go through a tedious sign up hassle here:

http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2009/09/12/news/doc4aabdcd7f2446752163884.txt#blogcomments

Some of the Best Comments:

all you sorry people that have no clear understanding related to animal rights....The show at Southland was for self gain......Do you all know HOW MUCH MONEY THEY MADE! At the expense of breeding tigers that they can take around the country...to make money off you fools then they give or sell those tigers when they are too big...they end up in China and so on for their herbal cures....you people need to wake up, your just as guilty as they are....don't tell this woman to wake up she is very much awake...which is more then what I can say to you sorry people that can't engage your children into more productive activity to protect the environment and rights of animals.....you all get off easy putting your kid in a cage with an abused animal and you think your TEACHING or putting a star on your forehead for being a good parent....do your homework first!!!! Also, PETA along with other animal groups are all around...what do you think your local animal shelters, PAWS, etc.....what do you think they do...Also, The circus animals are also in a mess of abuse....pay attention and get involved...Don't attend GIB. Trade Center Circus......I wonder how many of you people that gave your hard earned money or welfare check money to this group just ignored putting a good meal on your table for your kids....Oh I know I forgot people like you get off easy.....processed food for the kids...right...$1.00 burgers at mcdonalds....PS.....I'm proud of my kids they wanted NO part of this! "  go michigan

" I'm not a member of PETA but would NEVER EVER put my kids in a cage with a wild animal.....I don't ever want them to think that it is cute or FAIR to the animal, they do not need to be in cages they need to be in their natural environment.....free....not caged! City of Taylor and Southland should be ashamed for allowing this! I'm HAPPY this girl made the phone call....we need more people like her... " non member of PeTA

" while everyone who paid money to sit with an exotic animal and said it was a great family moment talk about wake up and smell the real world if u thought that was so great an experience WHAT ABOUT THE ANIMALS where are their parents? how about the family experience for the wild animals?For areal family experience try the park, playing catch with ur kids when are parents going to get it MEMORIES CANNOT BE BOUGHT THEY MUST BE EXPERIENCED!!Thankfully this woman knew that and tried to point that out, good for her THANK YOU!!! "  wendy

" I was at the mall today doing some shopping with my son. We didn't even know about the 'show' until we were walking through the mall.

We wandered over and looked into one of the cages. There was a man sitting on the floor, holding his toddler daughter. The little girl was terrified of the baby tiger. She was screaming and kicking at the tiger. I think she made contact at one point. The employee never suggested the child be taken out of the cage, nor did the father have enough brains to cut the 'visit' short.

Now, repeat that scenario several times a day, in different cities, year round and tell me that these animals aren't being exploited and mistreated. It made me sick.

I am not a member of PETA. I agree that the organization is full of kooks. They were correct in their assessment of this 'show', however. "  calumet

" This is another sad excuse for an "educational show", where in reality these animals are being exploited for one reason only – monetary gain. These cute baby tiger and lion cubs will grow up to be 300-500 lb big cats and are destined for a life in captivity or worse, can end up in canned hunts or killed for the black market. There are more tigers in captivity in the United States then there are in the wild. Until laws are passed restricting private ownership and exploitation of these great cats, this type of animal cruelty will continue. For more information about "Big Cat Exhibition" visit: http://www.bigcatrescue.org/bigcatexhibition.htm " tigress62

Why would you ask such a question? "Are you with them 24/7"? Well, what you do think? NO! That is why I said hopefully, they get fed and are well taken care of. I do not associate with the animals mentioned in this article nor do I know the trainers and/or owners.

Think about this, "protectanimals", they MUST be PROPERLY TRAINED, because why else would this company allow people to GO INSIDE THE CAGES WITH THE ANIMALS? It would be insane to let in-experienced people into a cage with a wild animals, babies or not.

Here's something else to think about. If the animals weren't trained, don't you think the company would of done something about that? Obviously they are, because why would a company like this allow in-experienced people into a cage with a wild animal? I don't post on this blog to argue! " josh

" Josh.....they are pretty harmless at this age........they are far from trained, they are helpless and are used for money (it's a million dollar company), when they get too big they are not used anymore, they only breed them for their shows and once they get a certain age thats it for them.....'cause they can not be on the shows anymore..they sure would not let a child go in a cage with an adult tiger...this person who made the call to the city did it out of concern and I have to agree with her...this company just came in for the money and they will go to the next town....they made alot of money from the downriver residents, they are pros! "  " Also, Josh, Those workers would NEVER get in a cage with an adult tiger or lion....Never....the workers are only trained to work the crowd for the money and once again they have duped the public....those poor animals....their fate will not be good...I'm a retired teacher and have been a advocate for animals for many many years and have also known about this G.W. Exotic Animal group for a long time, they are very sly and never let anyone know what town they are going to next. "protectanimals


" How can any reporter do a story about baby lions and tigers at a mall and not investigate how it was that they were bred into such a miserable life and what will happen with them in a couple of months when they are too big to pet. Any one with access to the Internet could easily find out that these precious animals will spend the rest of their lives in tiny, filthy cages, be shot for their pelts, cut up for meat or worse. If people don't know, it is because they choose to be ignorant, but that doesn't ease the suffering. More at Dying To Be Held http://www.bigcatrescue dot org/000news/0articlesbybcr/2008DyingToBeHeld dot htm "




For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

http://www.BigCatRescue.org


Sign send a quick and easy letter to protect tigers and bobcats here:

http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/alert/?alertid=13810331

Free ways to join us and help the big cats:

Twitter:  Follow Me and be invited to enter our Animal Lover's Dream Vacation Giveaway!  http://twitter.com/BigCatRescue

This message contains information from Big Cat Rescue that may be confidential or privileged. The information contained herein is intended
only for the eyes of the individual or entity named above.  You are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, disclosure, and/or copying of the information contained in this communication is strictly prohibited. The recipient should check this e-mail and any attachments for the presence of viruses. Big Cat Rescue accepts no liability for any damage or loss caused by any virus transmitted by this e-mail.




Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Scott Lope Featured in Tampa Tribune

Lope is an expert on lions, tigers, panthers

By WALT BELCHER wbelcher@tampatrib.com

Published: September 2, 2009

 

Are big black panthers on the prowl in upstate New York?

Are dangerous leopards or jaguars on the loose?

Cue the spooky music. Roll the grainy video of cat-like creatures.

Tonight's episode of "Monster Quest" at 8 p.m. on the History channel explores sightings of large dark feline critters near a state park 18 miles north of New York City.

A team of trackers, scientists and technicians use surveillance equipment in an attempt to find out whether anything is lurking in the woods, or if it's a hoax, or if overactive imaginations are at work.

One expert that "Monster Quest" turns to for this episode is Scott Lope, director of operations at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa.

Lope says the evidence he was asked to evaluate was inconclusive. "Some of the footage looked like just big domestic cats," he says.

However it's not impossible for exotic animals to be on the loose in the United States because so many people have them as pets, he notes.

"You would be surprised how many people in Hillsborough County have permits for exotic animals."

Lope, 41, has worked for Big Cat Rescue for 16 years. He has become the go-to guy for commentary on lions, tigers, leopards, panthers and other wild animals.

In addition to numerous appearances on Animal Planet and History, he has been featured on Discovery Channel, ABC's "20/20," CNN and Jack Hanna's animal shows.

He has been the feline and dangerous captive wildlife expert on two seasons of "Untamed & Uncut" and three seasons of "Monster Quest." He has appeared on Nickelodeon's "Animal Atlas" and Animal Planet's "Misadventure."

Lope also is featured in "Lion Feeding Frenzy," one of the most popular specials on Animal Planet and Discovery. He goes inside a transparent box placed in the middle of a pack of lions to observe what happens when lions fight for food in the wild.

Lope, who is from Pennsylvania, joined the Air Force right out of high school. After serving in the Gulf War, he was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base and has made Tampa his home for nearly 20 years; He first joined the nonprofit Big Cat Rescue preserve as a volunteer.

"I was going into the medical profession but I found my life's calling here," he says.

He now oversees the daily operation of a sanctuary that is home to 150 animals and is devoted to helping the big cats, some of which have been abused, or abandoned, or retired from performing.

He says that his appearances on television help educate people about these animals and the dangers of keeping exotic cats as pets.

You can comment here:

http://tboextra.com/content/2009/sep/02/na-lope-is-an-expert-on-lions-tigers-panthers/tboextra/

For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

http://www.BigCatRescue.org


Sign our petition to protect tigers from being farmed here:

http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/alert/?alertid=9952801&type=CU

Free ways to join us and help the big cats:

Twitter:  Follow Me and be invited to enter our Animal Lover's Dream Vacation Giveaway!  http://twitter.com/BigCatRescue

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