I got a new tattoo, guys!
Of course it's an homage to my precious Felicia:
But it's also a tribute to all the cats in my life. Cats that I had growing up, cats of my friends and family, my brother-in-law's cat Elvis and all the cats I've loved but never met in person, specifically those I've helped through donations to various animal charities over the years.
One charity I've been donating to for quite a while is The Wildcat Sanctuary. They rescue big cats like tigers and cougars that have been purchased privately and kept in tiny cages or under otherwise abusive conditions all their lives. The Wildcat Sanctuary is just that; a quiet place where these amazing animals can live out the rest of their lives peacefully and happily, among over 100 other rescued big cats.
Minnesota law is unfortunately a little lax when it comes to private ownership of big cats (read more about that here), and The Wildcat Sanctuary also rescues these animals from other states (even Canada!), so our need for the Sanctuary is ever-present. Right now, they're in need; they're facing a long winter with lower than average donations, so I'm asking you to flip the cats a few bucks to continue to feed the nutritious food they need to stay healthy.
You can easily make a donation via PayPal or credit card, sponsor a cat, mail a check directly to The Wildcat Sanctuary, buy a ticket to next month's Jungle Boogie (the annual fundraising party with dinner, drinks, dancing and a silent auction) or donate items from the Sanctuary's wish list.
To see what goes on at The Wildcat Sanctuary and to meet some of the residents, check out their YouTube channel. Because The Sanctuary does not believe that animals should be exploited and mistreated for commercial, entertainment or amusement purposes, they are not open to the public. However, at the last two Jungle Boogie events that I attended, guests were able to bid on a one-time visit to see the big cats in their special habitats.