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September 2014 E-News

Sep 3, 2014


The Exotic Feline Rescue Center is sad to share that one of our dedicated volunteers, Daniel Stoeppelwerth, passed away unexpectedly on August 8. Although Daniel began volunteering just this past March he had become a valuable member of the center and a great friend. We were fortunate that he could assist with the May New York rescue of six tigers. Click on the link to watch an IFAW Animal Rescue “Seized Part 4” video of the New York rescue. (Daniel is in the red shirt)
Daniel’s typical volunteer days were Saturday and Sunday but he also made a point of showing up at random times throughout the week. He explained that he’d work half day and then drive to the center to help with the cats. He always put a smile on everyone’s face and was a joy to have around. He will be greatly missed and he will never be forgotten.

We would like to welcome two felines to our center; Zulu and Princess. Zulu is a 15-year-old serval. She and Princess, an 11-year-old female puma, arrived from Ann Arbor, Michigan in early August. Both cats are adjusting to their new home slowly as is the case with most new arrivals. Zulu’s personality tends to be on the sweet side while Princess is not quite sure how she wants to be perceived at this time. Staff knows that after Princess has adjusted to her new home, they will begin to see her true personality shine. Unfortunately, both cats are off-tour so the general public will not see them but the over-night guests will have the opportunity to see Princess when they visit the restricted area.

Please join fellow EFRC supporters on September 11 at Buffalouie’s in Bloomington. For every beverage and meal purchase, the rescue center will receive 15%. The fundraiser includes breakfast, lunch and dinner so come and enjoy a great meal while helping the BIG CATS.

Providing medical care to over 215 big cats is costly and never-ending. One such needed procedure is trimming nails so claws do not grow into a cat’s toe pads. Because of our aging population, this is a procedure that is performed quite frequently. This procedure begins by immobilizing the cat. The rescue center does not routinely immobilize cats to perform yearly examinations so when the opportunity arises, such as with a required nail trim, we have the opportunity to perform a complete physical exam along with the nail trim. This will include a full-body physical exam, providing fluids if needed, vaccinations and blood work.

As all of our felines age, many will require medical care that is costly and time-consuming. This will include nail trims along with other procedures that involve long recoveries, medication and constant monitoring of cats’ day-to-day habits. Many guests have assumed that our veterinary care is free. Unfortunately, it is not. Every procedure has a fee that must be paid. It is our mission to offer the best veterinary care and with the help of our wonderful vet, Dr. Froderman, our cats are assured to live long, healthy and pain-free lives.

Join us for our annual Fall Fest on September 20 at 5:00 pm. The evening will begin with an extended tour of the center. After visiting with the resident felines, there will be a weenie and marshmallow roast. Adult tickets are $25.00 and children 12 and under are $15.00. Please click on the link for more information.

EFRC tour guides have the privilege of educating our guests about our BIG CATS as well as sharing information about the different species. Much of this education is for the children that visit the center and all tour guides have learned that kids say the darndest things. This was the case with three-year-old Vera. Vera saw a tiger lying by the fence. This tiger is a bit large and she wanted to know if the tiger had babies in her stomach. The tour guide explained that the tiger was a boy so he did not have babies in his stomach. Vera then asked with the utmost seriousness if girl tigers laid eggs. The tour guide explained that no, tigers have live babies. Vera seemed to struggle with that concept but was willing to continue the tour. As the tour turned the corner, Vera spotted an object in an enclosure. Her eyes grew wide and pointing at the object, she stated, “There’s an egg.” She had discovered one of the large plastic toy eggs that we give the cats for enrichment. The EFRC does its best to impart the correct knowledge regarding the cats but we think Vera left our center convinced that tigers lay eggs.

Please include name and address of honoree in special instructions so we know who to contact about your thoughtfulness.

Thank you for your continued support!

2221 E. Ashboro Road, Center Point, IN 47840
(812) 835-1130.
Open  10-5   Daily 
$10/adults   $5/children 12 & under
Guests are NOT permitted to touch, pet or interact with EFRC cats