The Exotic Feline Rescue Center (EFRC) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! The EFRC was founded in 1991 as an organization dedicated to the rescue of exotic felines who have been abused, abandoned, mistreated or otherwise homeless. We own 108 acres of land in Center Point, Indiana where a staff of 15 employees, interns, and volunteers provide daily care for around 200 big cats. The EFRC is a non-profit corporation that does not buy, sell, trade, give away, nor breeds cats; gives rescued animals a home for life; provides stable social groups; provides enhanced natural environments; and provides the best veterinary care. We believe these cats have much to give and deserve to be treated in a humane and dignified manner at all stages of their lives. Our mission is to provide permanent homes for exotic felines that have been abused, abandoned, or for some reason have nowhere to live out their lives while educating the public about these beautiful cats.
The EFRC currently has eleven species of cats: tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, lynx, bobcats, servals, an ocelot, a Geoffrey’s cat, an Asian leopard cat, and various domestics.
George & Rodney’s Story: George and Rodney are two leopards who were rescued from a house in Long Island, NY where it was illegal for their owner to have them. They lived inside his house and had free run of the whole house—no enclosures, cages, nor fences restricting their movement. Four kids under the age of six ran around freely with them. The owner did have one animal in his house chained up—his wife was handcuffed to the bannister. He did serve time on the domestic abuse situation. George and Rodney have a great time chasing each other around and up the shelves in their enclosure but they would greatly benefit from more space, especially as we can build up and give them more options for height. We have an empty cougar enclosure on tour we are rebuilding for them. They will love their additional room and being officially part of every tour at the EFRC.
How the Money Will Be Used
In 2016, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award was for $5,000.
In 2015, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $7,500 will be used for renovation of an enclosure to meet the new and higher standards mandated by the USDA. The new enclosure will become home to George and Rodney – two male leopards who have lived all their adult lives at EFRC.