Safety Net transports tigers
October 1, 2007
When FCF directors learned of a local owner with two tigers and a cougar needing assistance, they got busy making cage repairs. After their owner became widowed and facing mounting legal, medical and financial problems, the FCF took the lead to find the two tigers and the cougar new homes.
FCF got involved because proper care of felines, animal welfare and public safety are important concerns of the entire feline community. The local Butternut Wildcat Sanctuary took in the cougar.
FCF president Lynn Culver contacted the Exotic Feline Rescue Center for placement of the two tigers. The center had room for the tigers, but needed financial assistance to cover the cost of fuel, vehicle rental, and lodging for Gene and volunteers to travel from Indiana to Ohio and pick up the tigers. The FCF pledged support so that the rescue could happen.
Gene Herberg and volunteers arrived at the tigers' home in Ohio to load the felines. Both tigers were friendly to people, a testament to their owner's love and nine years of dedication. Their socialization made the operation much easier for all involved. Once loaded, they began their 5-hour drive to their new home at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center.
EFRC is one of the premiere large cat refuges, with a population reaching nearly 200 exotic felines, and almost half the resident felines are tigers.
The FCF is proud to have partnered with the EFRC in this rescue of such deserving felines. Transport costs to the refuge ran $2000. The Feline Conservation Federation Wildcat Safety Net Fund awarded $2,000 for this expense and is set up to raise funds for future needs.