Google+

A Swim Marathon Fund Raiser for Cats Inspired by Gracey

Swimming for Cats!

When our  facebook page first began, we gave away The Tiniest Tiger books to new friends when they liked the page and it matched a lucky number.  Often times the lucky number ended cat in bathing capin nine, for nine lives.  Our lucky number 49 is Cathy and she works hard advocating for all animals.  This month Cathy is swimming a marathon (26.2 miles) to raise money for two organizations – Cat Welfare Association, a no kill cat shelter in Columbus, Ohio, and Lions, Tigers & Bears, a big cat and exotic animal sanctuary in Alpine, Calif.

Cathy’s  goal is to raise $2600 – $100 for each mile – with half going to each group.  On her blog Big Cats, Little Cats,  she is keeping track of the miles she swims, talking about issues facing big and small cats, and featuring adoptable cats from Cat Welfare and the big cat residents of Lions, Tigers and Bears.

Cathy told me that Gracey was an inspiration for her swim.

Gracey is part of the inspiration for a project I am doing in June that I wanted to let you know about.  It is a fundraiser called Big Cats Little Cats.  For my 50th birthday, I am swimming a marathon throughout the month to raise money for Cat Welfare Association, a cat shelter in Columbus, and Lions Tigers and Bears sanctuary in California, which helped place so many big cats from Ohio that needed homes when their facilities closed.

 

I too had been to the Ohio facility that closed and met the big cats and the bear that were located to Lions Tigers and Bears Sanctuary in California.  Every effort is meaningful and we are touched that our Gracey inspired Cathy, aka Lucky #49 , to swim for the cats!

[Read more…]

Making Peace with Lions Richard Turere is a Wildlife Hero.

by Joanne McGonagle

Richard Turere’s “Lion Lights” Save Lives

Richard Turere is a young Maasai boy of 13, whose family lives  on the edge of Nairobi National Park, in Kenya. As is common among the

Richard Turere

Richard Turere
photo from TED.com

Maasai, Richard took over the responsibility for herding and safeguarding his family’s livestock when he was only 9 years old.  One of the threats to his family’s cattle, sheep and goats is the presence of African lions when they wander out of Nairobi National Park following the path of zebra and other prey animals searching for savannah grasses.

Richard grew up hating lions because at night, lions would sneak in and kill the family’s livestock while the boy was sleeping.  Determined to protect the families valuable livestock, Richard knew he had to think of a way to help him protect his animals from lion attacks.

Richard first built a fire, but realized even though the lions are afraid of fire, they were not afraid to go around the fire and snatch up a meal and in fact their path was made easier by the light of the fire.  Richard then tried to place a scarecrow to fool the lions into thinking that he was guarding his cattle, but this only worked for one night. Richard said, the lions are very clever, so when they returned the second night, they must have realized this scarecrow is not moving and so were no longer intimidated.

[Read more…]