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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.

EFRC Entramce

EFRC Entramce

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!

Only one couple a night can spend the night. This room is located off of the owner's house. It comes with it's own live house cat names Longtail.

Only one couple a night can stay over, so book early! This room is located off of the owner’s house. It comes with its own live house cat names Longtail.

The view from the room is wonderful! When you spend the night you get to see cats that aren't on the regular public tour.

The view from the room is wonderful! When you spend the night you get to see cats that aren’t on the regular public tour.

Dusty Dusty

Seriously people--this is how close you can get to the cats!  But don't touch--these are wild animals after all!!

Seriously people–this is how close you can get to the cats! But don’t touch–these are wild animals after all!!

The EFRC does not breed their cats, however now and then they rescue a pregnant mom. They are currently in charge of 5 super cut tiger cubs!

The EFRC does not breed their cats, however now and then they rescue a pregnant mom. They currently have 5 super cute tiger cubs!

Bailey Cub

This is one of my favorite pictures that I took. The runt of the liter: Bailey

Bailey Cub Bailey Cub

Lion

I have so many more photos–this place makes me wish I was a better photographer!

Leopard Tiger

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.

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