The Exotic Feline Rescue Center (EFRC) is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1991 by Joe Taft in Center Point, Indiana, a rural area an hour by car from Indianapolis, to provide permanent homes for exotic felines (lions, tigers, etc.) who were abused, neglected, or unwanted. At EFRC there are currently 230 tigers, lions, leopards, cougars, bobcats. The EFRC is the largest USDA licensed big cat sanctuary in the US!
Have you ever wanted to be among the big cats? Even sleep right next to them – without the expense and jet lag of going to Africa? They have a cabin which means that EFRC is your place to watch tigers from your room! Listen to lions roar! Hear the coyotes howl, look for wild turkeys and deer! And get the royal treatment from the keepers and guides!
For lodging details: http://www.exoticfelinerescuecenter.org/overnight.html
Rock star volunteer Melissa Petrovich has this to say about visiting the sanctuary:
“I love the big cats too!! They are amazing and our facility is unlike any other. It’s definitely not like a zoo. You get within a couple of feet of these magnificent animals and get to hear them chuff, purr, growl and roar. And if you aren’t paying attention, one might choose to spray you (or mark you as his own!). Last summer I had a once in a lifetime experience there when I took the night shift of caring for a 4 week old tiger cub. Sleeping with the cub, waking up every hour or so to bottle feed her, play with her. Just amazing!! We almost never get any babies. We usually get them once they’ve grown up and their previous owners realize how hard (and dangerous) is can be to care for a full grown exotic cat! A lot of our cats come to us abused, mistreated & malnourished. We give them the best medical possible, do not breed or sell them and give them a forever home.
When you spend the night, you can take as many tours as you like (but you must always have a tour guide with you, except with the big cats right outside your room) The morning after your stay, you get to follow the keepers around as they feed the big cats and clean their enclosures. The cats really interact with the keepers, especially when they know food is involved. Amazing experience!!! The keepers can answer any of your questions and know all of the cats… what their favorite food is, their personality, little quirks… you name it!”.
Are you packing your bags yet? ROAR!
There are many dates in 2015 with fun events: http://www.exoticfelinerescuecenter.org/special.html
Some of the goodies that Cat Faeries donated to the January 24th fundraiser and silent auction photographed with two of Melissa Petrovich’s gorgeous cats! Domestic kitties that is!
Annual Saving the Big Cats Charity Auction.
Saturday, January 24, 2015, 3:00-7:30 PM
The Palms – Plainfield, Indiana