Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Help Laughing Vixen Lounge Sponsor Cha~Cha The Serval

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, who raises money for A Dog's Life Rescue. It's been lots of fun and overall the shop has raised over $1,500 for these organizations.

~ Cha~Cha the Serval ~

Laughing Vixen Lounge has a new fundraising project I am very proud to announce. The shop will now be raising money to sponsor Cha~Cha the Serval. Just down the road a ways from the shop is Wildcat Haven, a non-profit, no-kill, "last hope" sanctuary for neglected, abused and abandoned captive born wildcats. 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.

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 Cha~Cha. The fundraising stared on February 25, 2014 and will go until the whole $500 has been raised. You can check back in to see the current total here and I will update it each week. Laughing Vixen Lounge will get the opportunity to visit Wildcat Haven to see Cha~Cha (and our first sponsored cat DJ the Cougar) once we have sponsored him. Visit Laughing Vixen Lounge for over 400 unique designs and custom options.

Fundraising Goal ~ $500
Started February 25, 2014.
Total Raised As Of 8/21/14 ~ $438

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 Cha~Cha. You can find the Hep Cat Collection here. Look for the next collection, Ted the Cat goes to Paris, coming soon!

Hep Cat Compact - Style F

Hep Cat Small Pendant - Style N

 ~ 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 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*** February 22, 2014 ~ DJ, at the age of 18, under went surgery for an impacted colon. He is doing great and is on the road to recovery!!!

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!