Gail A'Brunzo is an Animal Rescue Manager for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
For more information on IFAW’s big cat rescue work, we invite you to watch the following:
"Removed": Java, Bali, and Titan are captive tigers who have all had several homes over their lives. Each rescued from tough situations, they find sanctuary at Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO) in San Antonio, Texas, and become instant friends. But hard economic times touch not only people. WAO is forced to close and now the tigers need new homes... again. What does it take to move almost two tons of wild cat some 1,400 miles and re-habituate them? "Removed" tells the story of Java, Bali, and Titan, as well as the people who care for these beautiful yet discarded creatures, all the while shedding light on the little-known world of captive tigers in America.
"Confessions of a Big Cat Owner": The overwhelming responsibility of caring for a big cat is too often overlooked. Making the right choice and finding suitable sanctuaries for them to live out their lives is emotionally tough for owners. In the following video, big cat owner Denise Flores talks about the realities of owning tigers and a cougar and the reason why she now has to say goodbye to the animals she has grown to love.