A handful of abandoned exotic cats are finding refuge here in Tampa.
The Humane Society of the United States rescued 11 exotic cats from a Kansas compound over the weekend. They were abandoned by their owner, and living without food or water in small, chain-link cages.
This week, six of those felines are finding their forever home in Tampa. Big Cat Rescue drove up to Kansas over the weekend and took in three bobcats, two lynx, and one Serval to add to their sanctuary. It took almost 24 hours of drive time to tote the cats back to Tampa.
The cats are fairly young, and vets say it's a miracle some of the animals survived in the deplorable conditions.
Big Cat Rescue has prepared private enclosures for each of the cats to live out the rest of their lives, safe and sound.
"I am so relieved that they have taken this move as well as they have. Sometimes, it takes months before the animal trusts us and feels comfortable to lay out in the open. For these guys to get it right away that this is a good place, and that they're never going to be abused again, it makes me feel so good inside to know that we're able to do that for them," Big Cat Rescue's Carol Baskin said Tuesday.
Big Cat Rescue already has about 105 exotic cats. They go through about 500 pounds of raw meat a day to feed the bunch.
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