Friday, January 2, 2015

Help Laughing Vixen Lounge Sponsor Tasha The Lynx

One of the main things I wanted to do when I started Laughing Vixen Lounge was to use it to help raise money for charities. In the past LVL has raised money for the Jeffrey Dean Morgan Birthday Project, which raised money for The Brittany Foundation (a dog rescue), and Support Supernatural, which raises money for A Dog's Life Rescue. It's been lots of fun and overall the shop raised over $1,500 for these organizations.

~ WildCat Haven ~

Laughing Vixen Lounge is proud to now be supporting WildCat Haven a non-profit, no-kill, "last hope" sanctuary for neglected, abused and abandoned captive born wildcats which is just down the road from the shop. This private sanctuary, located in Sherwood, OR, is home to over 60 wildcats and hybrids. One visit to their website is all it will take to fall in love with these sweet and fuzzy faces. Visit their site here.

 ~Tasha the Lynx~

Since November 2013 Laughing Vixen Lounge has sponsored DJ the Cougar, Cha~Cha the Serval, Carrie the Caracal and Kujo the Bobcat. Now it's Tasha's turn. Don't you just love those ears?!!!

It takes $500 to sponsor one animal for a year. Laughing Vixen Lounge will be donating $1 from each item sold through the shop to sponsoring Tasha. The fundraising stared on December 21, 2014 and will go until the whole $500 has been raised. You can check back in to see the current total here and it will be updated each week. Laughing Vixen Lounge will get the opportunity to visit WildCat Haven to see Tasha once she has been sponsored.

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Fundraising Goal ~ $500
Started December 21, 2014
Total as of August 15, 2015 ~ $310

~ Read Tasha's Rescue Story ~

Tasha, a Siberian Lynx, came to us when her owners had to move to Texas and couldn’t take her. She and her mate, Tank, were originally purchased in Canada at a fur farm. Sadly, fur farms are still legal in both Canada and the United States.

Tasha and Tank were devoted to each other and lived at WildCat Haven for almost four years. As is often the case with cats that come from fur farms (because of the in-breeding), we lost Tank to heart disease. Tasha was heartbroken. Unfortunately, she has never warmed up to any of the other cats, so has had to live alone. She lives in a spacious pen and does seem to enjoy cardboard boxes and catnip.

~ Hep Cat Collection ~

Laughing Vixen Lounge presents the Hep Cat Collection. This collection of cat themed pendants, compacts and more will donate $3 from each item sold to help sponsor Tasha. You can find the Hep Cat Collection here. Look for more collections coming soon.

Hep Cat Compact - Style A

Hep Cat Small Photo Pendant - Style F

Our first sponsored cat from Wildcat Haven. 
~ DJ the Cougar ~

Fundraising Goal ~ $500
Started November 1, 2013
Goal Met February 23, 2014

 ~ Read DJ's Rescue Story ~

Ask any school kid what kind of animals are found in barns, and odds are, they'll rattle off a list of old standards like cows, pigs and horses. The odds are also pretty good that they won't include cougars on the list.  Which makes the story of DJ and Nada all the more astonishing. The two fully grown cougars are now on their way to a wildlife sanctuary in Oregon, after a Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer found them living in a pole barn in Jones.

Cass County Animal Control Director Patrick Fetherston said the animals belonged to Harold Brown, a Newberg Township resident who has owned them since 1996. But after Michigan DNR officer Jeff Robinette discovered the animals in January, there was no question that they would have to be removed, due to the fact that they were not in compliance with Michigan's Large Carnivore Act.

"Number one, the animals were in violation of the act," Fetherston said. "Number two,  what happens if they get out?"

Brown, upon notification of the violation, was open and cooperative with authorities about giving up the cougars. The trouble was, no one knew whom to give them to. Zoos do not generally take privately owned animals as donations.

"We called every zoo in the state," Fetherston said. "It was suggested to us that we check with the American Sanctuary Association, which lists sanctuaries according to what types of animals they deal with."

And that's how Fetherston found Tammy Quist, who heads up The Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota. The nonprofit, 10-acre operation relies entirely on public contributions to provide a last-hope, no-kill haven for unwanted or abused wildcats.

Unfortunately, Quist's operation is at full capacity now. But that didn't stop her from going to bat for DJ and Nada. Instead, she offered to arrange for the cougars' pick-up, their spaying and neutering, and then to drive them to Wildcat Haven, another sanctuary in Sherwood, Ore., where the cats can live out the rest of their days in peace.

"People get these animals when they are little, then they don't know what to do with them when they reach adulthood," said Quist, who started her sanctuary after witnessing the mistreatment of a group of wildcats by a photographer. "Unfortunately, most states don't have laws against purchasing these animals and keeping them in pens and cages."

But Michigan does, and DJ and Nada needed a new home. Which is why Fetherston, Quist, and Robinette, accompanied by Dr. David Visser, a veterinarian from the Roseland Animal Clinic, found themselves at Brown's home on Sunday, looking to remove DJ and Nada from the 10- foot-by-10-foot pens they've lived in since 1996 and get them on their way.  It was not the easiest of jobs.

"They are very unsocialized animals," Fetherston said. "The owner could get in and pet the female, but he pretty much didn't have anything to do with the male."

A tranquilizer gun was used on Nada with little effect, but she was eventually enticed into a transport cage by disguising it to look like a dark den. DJ was also caged, and the cats were driven to Minnesota, where they were given thorough checkups and underwent spaying and neutering operations.

"They were healthy, although they were both very overweight from all those years of being cooped up in those small pens," Quist said. "But they came through OK, and we will be moving them out to Oregon soon."

There, DJ and Nada should have the time of their lives. Quist said the operators of Wildcat Haven plan to house the big cats in 36-foot-by-64-foot pens, which will include perches for climbing, plenty of room to roam, sunshine, and things the animals have never experienced before, like natural grass.  In the meantime, Fetherston, said, he'll be hoping that folks who hear of the cougars' saga will think twice before making the decision to bring any more big cats into Cass County.

 ***UPDATE*** April 2014 ~ DJ, at the age of 18, passed away. Laughing Vixen Lounge is saddened by this but we are glad we had an opportunity to help DJ in his final month.

Our second sponsored cat from Wildcat Haven. 
~ Cha~Cha the Serval ~
Fundraising Goal ~ $500
Started February 25, 2014
Goal Met September 5, 2014

 ~ Read Cha~Cha's Rescue Story ~

Cha-Cha came to WildCat Haven through the Oregon Humane Society. They called asking if we could take a serval that had been surrendered to them at Portland International Airport by a woman who was leaving the country. When the authorities wouldn’t let Cha-Cha on the flight because of false paperwork, she called OHS and signed custody over to them. She said if they couldn’t find him a home that they should euthanize him.

We were more than happy to take him in and save his life. Today, Cha-Cha lives with two other servals, Chirpy and Uche, and these three boys are inseparable!

Our third sponsored cat from Wildcat Haven. 
~ Carrie the Caracal ~

Fundraising Goal ~ $500
Started September 6, 2014
Goal Met September 21, 2014

 ~ Read Carrie's Rescue Story ~

Carrie, a caracal, came from Wild Animal Orphanage in Texas. Due to poor management and dishonest directors, the facility was shut down. We were contacted to see if we could make room for their small cats.

Carrie and Sebastian, a serval, arrived via Alaska Airlines and made the trip unscathed. They both came out of their crates like they had lived here their whole lives. Both cats came infested with fleas but seemed relatively healthy other than that. Carrie is a crazy little girl, romping and playing, and just living life to the fullest! We found that Carrie is allergic to hay and straw, so she has to have blankets as bedding. But she loves them, pulling them out of the dens, tossing them around and just having a great time. She has so much character and has made us all fall in love.

Our fourth sponsored cat from WildCat Haven. 
 ~ Kujo the Bobcat ~

 Fundraising Goal ~ $500
Started September 22, 2014
Goal Met December 20, 2014

~ Read Kujo's Rescue Story ~

Kujo, a bobcat, came to us from a wildlife rehabilitation center in Kentucky. Originally, they were going to have him in their education program, but he proved to be too much of a handful. So, WildCat Haven was contacted to see if we could provide a lifetime home for this little bobcat. 

Today, Kujo has grown into a beautiful cat who doesn’t like humans but adores his bobcat roommate, Romulus. We are  happy that Kujo has a companion to share his life with. Together they are quite a sight, never wandering too far from each other.

1 comment:

  1. UGH! The ignorance of humans that make animals suffer is so sad... I wish a happy, comfortable, life for DJ and Nada in their new home! Thanks for sharing their story! Hopefully it will deter some folks who had thoughts of buying these beautiful cougars!