Rescue 2 cougars from a closed zoo!

Urgent help needed for Harvey & Irma!

Two cougars that have lived in abusive and deplorable situations in Argentina for 15 years are being rescued and brought to the United States within the next few weeks!

The animals are coming from a defunct zoo that was shut down in 2015 due to the terrible conditions their animals were kept in. 

We felt an obligation to step up and provide sanctuary for these cougars in order to save their lives.

Will you step up for them too?

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  • Goal: $10,000
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Forest Animal Rescue, an accredited wild animal sanctuary in Silver Springs, FL is excited to announce some long-awaited news!

Two cougars (also known as mountain lions or pumas) that have lived in abusive and deplorable situations in Argentina are finally being rescued and brought to the United States within the next few weeks.  The animals are coming from a defunct zoo that was shut down two years ago due to the terrible conditions their animals were kept in.

Other animals from the zoo found places to go but the cougars needed someone to agree to care for them.

When Argentina began a trend of banning public exhibition of animals in zoos, people thought that would solve the problem, but the animals still needed somewhere safe to go. This presents a challenge as one zoo after another searches for reputable places for wild and exotic animals to live their lives in more natural environments.

This international rescue mission has been an ongoing team effort since 2015. There are several pieces to the puzzle, but it is finally coming together.

These cougars were born at the Rawson Zoo in 2002 and have always lived together; they are inseparable. Once they arrive at Forest Animal Rescue in Florida, they will continue to share a habitat for the rest of their lives in a peaceful, sanctuary setting.

Since Forest Animal Rescue is an accredited non-breeding sanctuary, the new cougars will be surgically sterilized as appropriate during their veterinary exams as they go through quarantine at the sanctuary.

Although the zoo had them at their facility for 15 years, they have never had names! (Watch our news for an upcoming naming contest)

Amidst the heartache of knowing that there are animals still suffering such horrible treatment in captivity, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. People are beginning to force change.

We felt an obligation to step up and provide sanctuary for these cougars in order to save their lives.

Right now, we're busy making arrangements and preparations to bring them to the Sanctuary. Please stay tuned, we will be posting more information very soon.

Obviously, this is a very expensive rescue with unknown veterinary expenses and lifetime care for these big cats.

Will you step up for them, too?

You can increase your impact for the animals by sharing this fundraiser with your family and friends.

Thank you!!

Forest Animal Rescue

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Forest Animal Rescue
640 NE 170th Ct.
Silver Springs, Florida 34488
USA

EIN: 65-0864695

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  • Update

    They have arrived safe and sound and now the Argentinian cougars have names!

    Can you believe that after 15 years at the zoo they never gave the cougars names?! We have tallied all of the votes and their names have been decided...Harvey and Irma; In honor of all of those affected by two of this year's hurricanes and proof that when things seem grim, positive things can still happen if you just persevere.

     

        

                              Harvey                                                     Irma

    We are almost 3/4 of the way to our $10,000 goal – Will you help us to raise the funds needed to provide for them, including proper veterinary care now that they are settled in?

    Please share this fundraiser with your family and friends and help us to reach the goal of $10,000 to help provide these beautiful cats with excellent veterinary care and everything they need upon arrival at the sanctuary.

    Thanks to caring people like you, Forest Animal Rescue will be able to provide lifetime care to these beautiful cats - and they will live their lives with the dignity they deserve.

    Please stay tuned for more updates - you can watch our website at www.ForestAnimalRescue.org and our Facebook page for news on all of the animals at the sanctuary.

    PLEASE REMEMBER to share this fundraiser with your family and friends - together we can reach our goal and have the funds needed to provide whatever these magnificent animals need when they arrive at our sanctuary.

    Thank you!!

  • Update

    They are here! Two cougars arrive at Forest Animal Rescue

    Yesterday, in the early morning rain, Kurt & Lisa Stoner from Forest Animal Rescue met the rest of the team, friends from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) at the Miami International Airport.

    We have worked together for two long years to move two Patagonian Pumas (cougars) from a closed zoo in Argentina to Forest Animal Rescue to live the rest of their lives in peaceful sanctuary. They finally arrived on U.S. soil

    From the Beginning: A zoo in Rawson, Argentina was closed in 2015 as a result of public pressure. As other animals were being placed with facilities in their own country, two pumas that had spent their entire lives together at this zoo had nowhere to go.

    Two rescue groups in Argentina helped to organize the placement of the animals, IFAW offered their assistance and approached Forest Animal Rescue to ask if we could accept these two beautiful cats for lifetime care at our sanctuary. Pat Craig from the Wild Animal Sanctuary was organizing the transportation of other animals from Argentina and offered his assistance with the complicated permitting and logistics of an international transfer.

    The team was established - these magnificent cats would be moved to Florida to live the rest of their lives together at Forest Animal Rescue.

    Yesterday, after two years of determination and teamwork, the pumas arrived safely in Miami. The transport crates were loaded into Forest Animal Rescue's air conditioned trailer and driven five hours north to their forever home at the sanctuary in the Ocala National Forest.

    We are raising $10,000 to be sure they have what they need at the sanctuary for the first year, their initial care will be the most involved.

    We have almost reached our goal - with your help we can do it! 

    Please share our fundraiser with your family and friends and we will work together to give these beautiful animals the best care possible.

    Please stay tuned for more updates (and a naming contest) - you can watch our website at www.ForestAnimalRescue.org and our Facebook page for news on all of the animals at the sanctuary.

    PLEASE REMEMBER to share this fundraiser with your family and friends - together we can reach our goal and have the funds needed to provide whatever these magnificent animals need when they arrive at our sanctuary.

    Thank you!!

  • Update

    We are getting closer to moving the cougars from Argentina to Forest Animal Rescue!

    The original transport crates that the folks in Argentina were going to use wouldn't pass IATA guidelines (for airline transportation) - so they are building new shipping crates to safely transport the cougars.

    Both of the new transport crates are almost complete. As soon as we have word that they are finished properly and will pass inspection by USFWS, the airline tickets can be scheduled.

    Meanwhile, we are working with animal rights groups in Argentina to ensure that the cougars remain safe and in sufficient health to make the long trip.

    We are 2/3 of the way to our $10,000 goal – will you help us to raise the funds needed to get them safely to the sanctuary, treated with proper veterinary care and settled in?

    Please share this fundraiser with your family and friends and help us to reach the goal of $10,000 to help provide these beautiful cats with excellent veterinary care and everything they need upon arrival at the sanctuary.

    As soon as both crates are completed, the cougars will finally escape their life confined at a closed zoo and have the chance to live the rest of their lives in a tranquil sanctuary setting.

    Thanks to caring people like you, Forest Animal Rescue will be able to provide lifetime care to these beautiful cats - and they will live their lives with the dignity they deserve.

    Please stay tuned for more updates - you can watch our website at www.ForestAnimalRescue.org and our Facebook page for news on all of the animals at the sanctuary.

    PLEASE REMEMBER to share this fundraiser with your family and friends - together we can reach our goal and have the funds needed to provide whatever these magnificent animals need when they arrive at our sanctuary.

    Thank you!!

  • Update

    The Argentina cougars are almost ready to fly to Florida!

    The final delay is almost overcome...

    The original transport crates that the folks in Argentina were going to use wouldn't pass IATA guidelines (for airline transportation) - so they are building new shipping crates to safely transport the cougars.

    The crates must have a floor with drainage holes and a pan underneath, attached containers for food and water, proper ventilation, an inspection door with a wire panel to allow authorities to inspect the contents of the container and a 218 pages of other requirements.

       

    Partially completed transport crates

    As soon as both crates are completed, the cougars will finally escape their life confined at a closed zoo and have the chance to live the rest of their lives in a tranquil sanctuary setting.

    Thanks to caring people like you, Forest Animal Rescue will be able to provide lifetime care to these beautiful cats - and they will live their lives with the dignity they deserve.

    Please stay tuned for more updates - you can watch our website at www.ForestAnimalRescue.org and our Facebook page for news on all of the animals at the sanctuary.

    PLEASE REMEMBER to share this fundraiser with your family and friends - together we can reach our goal and have the funds needed to provide whatever these magnificent animals need when they arrive at our sanctuary.

    Thank you!!

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