Louisiana Bobcat Refuge seeks to positively impact the community and environment through a science and research based program that rescues wild and domestic felids in need, who would otherwise face euthanasia without our existence and your support. We are on call 24/7 across the US rescuing bobcats, canada Lynx, other smaller exotic felids, and domestic breeds with high euthanasia rates that tend to have perceived or apparent physical concerns. With your Continued support, we empower, inspire and educate students, enabling them to overcome hardships and achieve personal growth while saving the lives of both domestic and wild cats at risk.
Abandoned Kitten Program
AKP is the only species specific abandoned bobcat kitten program of its kind in the US, specializing in singlet kitten reintroduction to the wild after a unique, year long, 3 phase program!
Louisiana Bobcat Refuge specializes in accepting zoo retired, pet surrendered, illegally kept and seized by authorities, abused, injured or abandoned bobcats and bob kittens, Canada Lynx, and other small exotic felids. We strive to rehabilitate and release these animals back into the wild, as Mother Nature intended. The rehabilitation process is broken into three phases, and upon completion, the individual is eligible for release/graduation from the program. For those unable to complete the AKP phases, we offer permanent sanctuary in private, forested areas with limited human interaction. This allows them to live out their lives in as close to their natural habitat as possible, while they remain safe, loved, and provided for with the best veterinary care available to live out the remainder of their years in a stress free environment.
Rescues that show interest in companionship enjoy intermittent time as surrogates for wild kitten intakes, which helps the new rescues to acclimate to their natural forested surroundings as well as learn valuable skills that will help them to graduate from the AKP program for release, as Mother Nature intended. This surrogate program also acts as a form of enrichment for the individuals that are not eligible for release.
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"Wild Comes with Class"
A collaborative effort with the LSU College of Education's Dr. Pamela Blanchard, PHD. Dr. Blanchard and one of her 2018 student classes of teachers, teamed up with LBR to help get wildlife education into classrooms in exciting new ways!
The program will offer a pro bono portal (COMING SOON) for teachers, worldwide, K-5 to access unique and fun lesson plans on bobcats that meet scientific curriculum standards and teach students the significance of environmental stewardship!
In addition to the free lesson plans, the program involves a community service volunteer project. The project, involving animal shelters, would encourage students to get involved with their local communities and animals in need to learn about the responsibilities of pet ownership, neutering/spaying and possibly adopt a needy pet. Participants will be rewarded with a Bobcat Community Ambassador Badge and Certificate!
LBR places student education and community service high on our list of priorities! If you are a teacher looking to get your class involved, or a registered domestic pet shelter from anywhere in the world contact us for more information!
Disabled Kitty Rescue and therapy
Animals facing disabilities shouldn't make them unworthy of love; but many are euthanized, because people view them as "unadoptable" or even worthless. The bobcats in Louisiana were treated the same way and routinely euthanized prior to the existence of the Louisiana Bobcat Refuge.
What research tells us is that animals help people live longer, healthier, and happier lives. We've witnessed bobcats with a trap severed paw and an amputated leg be faced with euthanasia. They were considered useless wild cats forced to live in habitats for the remainder of their lives. We've been able to see these wildcats not only survive, but thrive. They interact with our abandoned bobcat kittens just like a mother would. They play and roughhouse, while the rescue kittens learn life saving skills from animals who were once considered "throw aways". We consider them "abled" rescues, because they have so much love to give, along with tremendous enthusiasm, energy, and a desire to help. They don't realize that some ndividuals may perceive them differently. We aim to change that way of thinking. These animals are a vital lifeline to kittens who wouldn't have had a chance, while helping to keep our bobcat population healthy and strong as an integral part of the rehab program. Every bob kitten saved equates to the opportunity for further growth of this valued US indigenous species. With each release, you're enabling the program to contribute to changing generational myths that are harmful to the species, through caring and sharing the ongoing research and success stories that serve to increase protection of Louisiana's only remaining felid. At LBR, those outcomes equate to ABILITY for our rescues and those their stories inspire and empower, not disability, thanks to your ongoing compassion and support.
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Rescuing and inspiring for the next generation.
LBR is constantly learning new and exciting techniques to better care for wild, and domestic differently-ABLED cats in the least stressful environment, while pro bono sharing our collective research over the last 12 years with other permitted and licensed rehabilitators, wildlife government agencies throughout the US and Canada, animal control providers and veterinarians who work with rescuing bobcats! * It's why we've been featured on Emmy award winning The Wildlife Docs, Nat Geo Wild, Animal Planet and Destination America, along with numerous broadcast and print stories, even the Washington Post, ABC and USA Today. People can't seem to hear enough about our US felids and the exciting rescue stories we've shared, thanks to your support.
Now let's WORK
Conservation and education , along with community involvement is the essential key to open communication for understanding about species when some fear the unknown or through old generational myths that are proven false. We seek to change that mindset. With most wildcats on the CITES list as threatened or endangered, it creates a serious opportunity for US wildcats to be exploited for their fur through exportation to countries with high demand for it: China , Russia and Japan.With your help sharing and caring, we'd like our US indigenous felids to be around for future generations in the wild, not only as photos on the internet.
IT'S UP TO US
With your support of our Student Science Based Education Program, ( Wild Comes with Class), Abandoned Bobcat/Lynx Kitten Program (AKP), and the "ABLED Kitty" Program, we hope to change misperceptions of students and animals who are faced with apparent or invisible disabilities and challenges. With your help, together we empower youth who feel encouraged and inspired to make a difference in their homes, schools, and communities by these rescues who view themselves as "Abled, not disabled," while saving lives and providing and encouraging propagation of the species.