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One of my favorite places on earth to visit is the Exotic Feline Rescue Center (EFRC) located on a gravel road in the middle-of-now-where-town of Center Point, IN not too far from the small town of Terra Haute, IN.
My husband and I have spent the night twice, once in 2006 and again in 2007. A couple of weekends ago we stayed overnight for our 3rd time and it reminded me what a wonderful place this truly is. Besides the amazing animals you get to see, the owner Joe and all of his staff are wonderful friendly people who are always willing to take time out their busy day and share cat stories with the public.
If you couldn’t tell from the name the EFRC rescues exotic cats. They have Lions, Tigers, Pumas (cougars), Ocelots, Bobcats, Servals, Leopards, an Asian Leopard Cat, and a Lynx–totaling in over 200 cats. All of these cats have been rescued from unfit homes and given a forever-place at the EFRC. They are put in large enclosures with toys and climbing towers, fed fresh meat, and loved dearly by the staff. You get amazingly close–so close that your chest rumbles when they start talking to each other. It’s hard to describe just how cool and awesome this place is, so instead I have included some pictures (that still don’t do it justice). I strongly encourage you to visit!
If you are interested in the sad back-stories of the cats with their happy conclusions at the EFRC please pick up one, or both, of the books based on the EFRC: Saving the Big Cats by Stephen D. McCloud and Real Stories of Big Cat Rescues by Melanie Bowlin & Stephen D. McCloud.
As a side note: the EFRC did not ask me to write this blog or promote them… in fact they don’t even know I am doing so. I just love this place so much and want to share it with the rest of the world. Please visit and support them and the wonderful (expensive) job they are undertaking in rescuing these beautiful creatures.
The EFRC’s website is linked at the top of this blog but you can also find them online at these various places: Main Facebook Page, Max the Tiger’s Facebook Page, EFRC Event’s Facebook Page, Stephen McCloud’s EFRC Picture Collection.
- Author interview: Stephen McCloud (Real Stories of Big Cat Rescues) (iupress.typepad.com)
- Birthday Outing (katiecatlady.wordpress.com)