I didn't even know there was such a place here in Indiana, till I picked up some brochures while I was in Monticello one day, and found a flyer for them. I was pretty excited, I haven't even been to a zoo in many years and Love animals. So off we went. It's was a pleasant drive, only about an hour or so long. All I had was an address and Stan's knowledge of the lay of the land. As we approach their location we actually drove right by. No Big Sign, like the graphic above - No it look more like a someones junky house with a bunch of crap strewed all over the place, and a bunch of junky barns and tin roofs. Before this point I'm still thinking zoo. You'll understand as I go on. So we turn around and go back. Looks like one other family is there. And a few grubby looking guys. I'm still thinking zoo! Nice clean uniforms. We pay $15.00 for the two of us to tour - or at least that's what I thought. $15.00 to tour This?? A very nice young man took us back to where the tour guide was located, along the way we started to catch glimpses of these monster kitty's being kept in not Zoo like conditions. I'm wondering to my self why does this place look so rundown? I was about to find out the real truth behind the Big Cat Rescue of Indiana, and other rescue shelters around the states.
After being there just a few minutes and learning a just a bit about all the care & maintenance that goes into providing for these great cats if felt ashamed by my initial judgmental thoughts that were based solely on appearance. I can't even fathom how much money it takes this man to care for all these lions, tigers & bears - Oh my!...
If you have one of these great cat facilities in your area stop by and support them with a visit, send a donation or go out an lend a helping hand. If you're out junking and you see any old bathtubs, large troughs or tubs they can always use more. Besides holding water the animals like to play with them! If you're a hunter, give them a call they may be able to use any game your not going to keep. If you're a farmer and you have leftover, well anything from fencing to boards to livestock they may have a need - just give them a call.
These large animal care facilities deserve our gratitude for providing a sanctuary for our societies discarded animals.