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John Hussey

CEO/Founder of CUDDLY

BIOGRAPHY

 

For the past 19 years, National Football League referee John Hussey has enjoyed an exciting career calling penalties, calculating down and distance numbers, and officially controlling a game played by some of the fastest, meanest, strongest, and most physically intimidating men on the planet.

He has worked on several playoff assignments including 3 Championship Games, 5 Wild Card games, 3 Divisional games and a Pro Bowl. In 2011, he was a Linejudge in the highest-level game of his NFL career at Super Bowl XLV (Green Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers in Dallas, TX). Most recently, he served as the Alternate Referee in this year’s 2020 Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

Off the field, John spends his time rescuing animals in desperate need -- a pet project that has turned into an unexpected yet rewarding second career.

As the Founder and CEO of CUDDLY, John launched a purpose-driven company that helps animal rescue organizations create their own fundraisers, organize wish lists, and gain support for initiatives that save animals in the most critical of conditions. With over 2,000 animal welfare partnerships worldwide, CUDDLY helps these nonprofit organizations raise funds, awareness and assistance by providing them with essential online marketing and financing tools, including online fundraisers tied to the sale of pet products or through monetary donations.

John has been married to his wife Paula for 23 years. The couple have three wonderful children and a dog named Benji.

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ESTHER THE WONDER PIG
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Grand Central Publishing is proud to present the New York Times Bestseller, ESTHER THE WONDER
PIG: Changing the World One Heart at a Time by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, with Caprice
Crane in trade paperback on May 30, 2017 — with two new Esther-Approved recipes and a Conversation
with Steve and Derek!
ESTHER THE WONDER PIG shares the heartwarming story of this titular social media superstar and
friend to all, and of how loving families really do come in all shapes and sizes. Esther has won the hearts
of people from many walks of life, amassing—with her parents’ love and support—over 1 million followers
across social media (and growing!) She is now declared a Global Influencer on Facebook in a special
partnership with the mega platform.
In the summer of 2012, Steve Jenkins was contacted by an old friend about adopting a micro piglet.
Though he knew his partner Derek wouldn’t be enthusiastic, he agreed to take the adorable little animal,
thinking he could care for her himself. Little did he know how that decision would change his and Derek’s
lives forever. It turned out that there was nothing “micro” about Esther, and Steve and Derek had actually
signed on to raise a full-sized commercial pig. Tiny Esther weighed just four pounds back then, but is now
a whopping 650 pounds. Esther quickly outgrew their small home—but not without some real growing
pains and a lot of messes. Esther voices her opinions, and boy does she have opinions!
When it became clear that Esther needed more space—and a lot of it—Steve and Derek made another
life-changing decision: they bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, where
they could care for Esther once she was full-grown and for other animals like her, in need of a safe haven
when there usually is none for them. The couple continues to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and
abused farm animals there. Esther shares her life on the farm with lovable pigs, cows, birds, goats, donkeys,
horses, sheep, rabbits, and other canine and feline siblings!
Funny, heartwarming, and truly charming, ESTHER THE WONDER PIG follows Steve and Derek’s adventure
from reluctant pig parents to farm-owning advocates for animals. Esther is a true phenomenon with
an inspiring, love-filled message for the world.
Peace, Love & Esther!
 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
In just three short years, Steve and Derek have cemented a place for themselves among the world’s
most wellknown and successful animal activists, accumulating hundreds of thousands of followers from
all over the globe. In 2014, Steve and Derek founded the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Campbellville,
Ontario, where they continue to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and abused farmed animals.
Caprice Crane is an award-winning, internationally bestselling, five-time novelist, screenwriter, and
television writer. Caprice’s humor and satirical observations have earned her a wildly loyal social media
following and the distinction as one of the Huffington Post’s “50 Funny People You Should Be Following
on Twitter.”
“First, Jenkins and Walter opened their hearts to one very special pig, and now they are opening their
doors and letting us in, too. ESTHER THE WONDER PIG is a tender, funny story that manages to sneak
up behind you when you’re least expecting it and change your life. Be prepared to fall in love—with a pig.”
—Jasmin Singer, author of Always Too Much and Never Enough: A Memoir and co-host of Our Hen House
“Told with self-effacing humor and a sense of wonder at what life can bring, ESTHER is the story of
the transformative power of love between people and animals and how the decision to try to make a difference
on a personal level can effect positive change far beyond anything that might have been imagined.”
—Larry Levin, New York Times bestselling author of Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
“Steve and Derek show us what we already know at Mercy for Animals-that farmed animals are just as
deserving of love and respect as the dogs and cats we share our home with-or, in their case, the pig they
share their home with.”
—Nathan Runkle, founder & president, Mercy for Animals
“An inspirational, enjoyable read, especially for animal lovers.”
—Booklist
“Written in a sincere, touching, and often quite funny voice, ESTHER THE WONDER PIG is a balm to
the soul . . . So far, definitely my favorite read of 2016.”
—Have Cake, Will Travel
“Funny, entertaining, enlightening, and touching, this book about an unknowingly influential little piggy is
a good read that also provides an education on the intelligence of pigs and their capacity for giving and
receiving affection.”―
—Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
 

 

ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative has granted over $2 million to protect former racehorses from
being sent to slaughter

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that it has granted $200,000 to 18 equine rescue groups across the country to assist their efforts to rescue and rehabilitate retired racehorses. The grants were awarded as part of the ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative, a major grants program that launched in 2010 and provides funding for equine rescues and sanctuaries that protect retired racers by offering alternatives to slaughter. Now in its seventh year, the program has awarded over $2 million to retired racers to prepare them for life after their racing careers come to an end.

“The ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative allows us to provide much-needed grant funding to the many equine rescue groups around the country who provide critical resources to former racehorses, offering them medical rehabilitation, re-training or sanctuary to prevent them from being sent to slaughter,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “Their racing careers may have ended, but these retirees still have much to offer as they transition into new and varied careers – a process that requires significant time and resources.”

Selected recipients include a wide range of equine rescues from 12 states, who will each be awarded a grant ranging from $5,000–$24,000, to help the groups increase their capacity for rescuing more horses. The organizations joining the list of rescues and sanctuaries as part of the ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative for 2016 are:

  • After the Homestretch, Ariz.
  • CANTER/National
  • CANTER, Mich.
  • CANTER, OH
  • The Exceller Fund Inc., Ky.
  • Foxie G Foundation Inc., Md.
  • Friends of Ferdinand, Ind.
  • Kentucky Equine Humane Center Inc., Ky.
  • Makers Mark Secretariat Center, Ky.
  • MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, Inc., Md.
  • Neigh Savers Foundation Inc., Calif.
  • New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, Ky. and OH
  • Old Friends Inc., Ky.
  • Racer Placers, Wis.
  • ReRun Inc., N.Y.
  • Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary, Tenn.
  • Standardbred Retirement Foundation, N.J.
  • Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Ky.

In 2015, the ASPCA awarded over $1 million in grants to support 124 equine rescues and sanctuaries across the country. The grant money supported several areas of equine welfare including large-scale rehabilitation, emergency relief grants, safety net programs, and ASPCA Help a Horse Day, a nationwide grants competition of equine rescues and sanctuaries that is designed to raise awareness about the year-round lifesaving work they do to care for local at-risk horses who’ve been abused, neglected or find themselves homeless.

Horses have been central to the ASPCA mission since the organization’s founding 150 years ago. The ASPCA’s efforts to further equine protection include supporting equine welfare through legislation, public advocacy, professional development, horse rescue and targeted grants. Most recently the ASPCA launched a broad “Adopt a Horse” public service campaign featuring “2 Broke Girls” actress and horse advocate Beth Behrs and her rescue horse Belle, to encourage potential horse owners to make adoption their first option. The campaign highlights the many benefits of adopting a horse from one of the nation’s hundreds of equine rescue groups. It also aims to connect the many horses in need of permanent homes with the 2.3 million Americans who, according to a recent survey, say they have adequate space, resources, and strong interest in adopting a horse.

To learn more about the ASPCA, please visit www.aspca.org.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, and celebrating its 150th birthday this year, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Joni with flower
Jungle News
December 5, 2013
Gussie vignette
Gussie, 1968 - 2013


We are all very sad to share the news that Gussie has passed. After a long life of 45 years, she died of old age, surrounded by her loving friends. Her death was peaceful.
Gussie died in Kari's arms.

And for those of you who knew Gussie personally, you won't be surprised to hear she made threat faces right to the end.
As Kari says, "Gussie was a woman of her own mind, and she always told it like was."

During the four days Gussie was in hospice care here, we posted pictures on Facebook , and so many people shared their memories and thoughts of Gussie. Susan Carlucci said what many of us were thinking: "I am so blessed to have been fortunate enough to not only be able to help care for this beautiful girl... but to actually be tolerated by her. We know she is now truly free." Everyone loved Gussie for her epic grumpiness...and for how fiercely she loved and protected her daughter, Joni.

Gussie and Joni last day
Mother and daughter loved to "double-threat" anyone who came near, even if they brought treats!
Even when Gussie could no longer walk this past weekend, she still enjoyed making a good threat face.
Gussie walking

Gussie and Helene
I feel so privileged to have shared some of Gussie's last hours.
Joni has dwarfism and is unable to use her legs -- getting around by walking on her hands, balancing with her tail. Her disability doesn't stop this baby-faced 32-year-old! We have already moved Joni near the other special-needs monkeys -- Puchi, Wendell, Chi Chi and Kooda -- and we'll be watching closely to see who befriends her. Joni has already shown interest in Kooda, and has been cooing and lip-smacking at Max, the boy next door!

Joni got to say goodbye to her mother just after she passed. Now we will all say goodbye. Sweet dreams, dear Gussie. We will take good care of your little girl Joni.

Helene Goldson

 

P.S. Please make a donation to the Gizmo Memorial Medical Fund in memory of Gussie.

Bill will allow certified U.S. sanctuaries to rescue primates from abroad

Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas, home to 630 primates, would welcome primates from overseas who need lifetime care

Washington, DC (November 21, 2013) – Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, applauds U.S. Representatives  Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) for introducing the Humane Care for Primates Act late yesterday, and urges the bill’s swift passage. The narrowly-crafted humane legislation seeks to correct an oversight in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations governing the importation of nonhuman primates (NHPs), which currently prevent certified sanctuaries from saving animals at risk.

Current CDC regulations allow the importation of primates for “bona fide scientific, educational, or exhibition purposes,” which excludes sanctuaries and prevents needy primates overseas from being rescued by U.S. organizations. Meanwhile, zoos, circuses, universities, and other facilities are fundamentally unhampered in their acquisition of foreign primates.

According to Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, “While we always prefer for a wild animal to remain in its natural wild habitat, the reality is that this is not feasible for some primates. Those who have been forced to perform in circuses or held in captivity as pets are discarded when they are no longer ‘useful.’ They are physically and psychologically traumatized, and are likely to be placed in worse conditions or even put to death. If a U.S. sanctuary can rescue even one of these abused animals, then this legal change will be worthwhile.”

"Sanctuaries provide humane, lifetime care of primates, many of whom have been rescued from inhumane conditions," Ellmers said. "Compassionate care for deprived primates is very important to me and I am proud to have spearheaded this common-sense legislation to benefit animals in need."

This bill will require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to include certified animal sanctuaries within the categories for which primates may be imported in the CDC regulations. Furthermore, the Secretary will establish a certification process for sanctuaries to ensure that only high-quality sanctuaries can participate under this new rule, such as those like the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary, which is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

“I have championed wildlife protection issues for years, and it has become clear that the needs of neglected and abused primates abroad are the same as those here in the U.S.,” said DeFazio. “America is fortunate to have many accredited sanctuaries capable of making a difference for animals in need and we must ensure that this opportunity is open to them.”

Born Free USA knows first-hand the benefits of this change. The 186-acre Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas is home to more than 600 primates, most rescued from deplorable circumstances. Roberts explains, “The conditions we have found many of these animals in is truly unimaginable and sickening – small cages in dark basements covered in their own feces. We are happy to be able to provide some of these victims with a large open place to live out their lives in freedom, with proper food and care, social interaction with other primates, and grass and trees for the first time in their lives.”

The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary has been asked to take in primates from similarly abusive circumstances abroad, but has sadly been unable to do so due to the CDC regulations. In 2011, the Princess Alia Foundation’s New Hope Centre in Amman, Jordan asked Born Free USA to import and provide permanent refuge for three vervet monkeys and nine baboons confiscated from severely inhumane circumstances in zoos and private possession. That same year, the Colobus Trust in South Coast, Diani Beach, Kenya requested that Born Free USA take a yellow baboon who was kept as a pet for two years and had developed behavioral issues, for which he was facing impending euthanasia. Despite being fully equipped to accept and care for these primates for the rest of their lives, as well as the ability to assist a foreign sanctuary in need, the current regulation forced the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary to deny these requests.

The changes this bill would provide are long overdue. Every day that sanctuaries are excluded from the regulations is another day that primates abroad are unable to experience compassionate care in the U.S. “Passage of the Humane Care for Primates Act is the humane decision,” Roberts emphasizes. "These animals are suffering every day and deserve a second chance at life in a true sanctuary.”

This legislation is supported by Born Free USA and The Humane Society of the United States, as well as a number of other organizations including the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, Born Free Foundation (UK), Humane Society Legislative Fund, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Animal Legal Defense Fund, WildLifeRisk, Animals Asia Foundation, Earthtrust, Care for the Wild International, and Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.

Born Free USA is a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to America the message of “compassionate conservation” -- the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son Will Travers, now CEO of both organizations. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org, at Twitter twitter.com/bornfreeusa, and one Facebook facebook.com/BornFreeUSA.

Colorado’s Black Forest fires have died down, but pets in the region are still suffering. LoveAnimals.org, the crowdfunding site linking animal charities with online donors, has offered to help all local groups struggling to care for animals affected by the wildfires - some of these needs include veterinary care, temporary shelters, and of course food.
LoveAnimals.org would like to spread the word that these nonhuman victims, and their human caregivers, are still suffering from the devastation. They would also like to use their national reach and donor base to assist other local rescues that are providing care and services to animals.
Here are some of the neediest organizations, and a success story:
Black Forest Animal Sanctuary
BFAS helped rescue hundreds of animals in fire-affected areas by evacuating, treating, sheltering, and reuniting pets with their families. Animals in their care are suffering from burns and other injuries, and all are stressed from multiple evacuations. They are still looking for financial support so they can care for these animals.
Harley's Hope Foundation
Harley's Hope provides services and assistance to seniors and low-income pet parents who are unable to afford veterinary care or who need to place their pet in foster care temporarily. The dog run at their facility was destroyed in the fire and they are raising funds to rebuild it.
PetAid Colorado
PetAid Disaster Services deployed members of Colorado's Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps to assist with large and small animal care during the fires, including evacuation and emergency sheltering. They estimate at least 2,000 animals were housed in emergency animal shelters or with private individuals in El Paso, Elbert and Douglas counties. This is an ongoing need.
The Circle G Ranch
This horse sanctuary in Black Forest was severely affected by the fires, and although all the animals are safe, they are still raising money for the horses that were displaced and in temporary shelters.
All Breed Rescue and Training
With the help of LoveAnimals.org and donors across the country, this local group raised $1000 to help care for pets of people impacted by the fires.

Pelicans, herons, and spoonbills to be protected at new Audubon sanctuary

Tampa, FL – In late September, the Miller Family of St. Pete Beach donated a significant bird nesting island to the Florida Audubon Society for management as a bird sanctuary. This important coastal island is located in the small embayment of Boca Ciega Bay, previously known as Little MacPherson Bayou or the Don Ce-Sar Bay. This critical nesting island will now forever be known as “the Miller Family Bird Colony Island” and managed by Audubon’s Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries staff with the help of local volunteers.

“Our surveys over the past three years found over 200 pairs of birds of 12 species nesting each spring at the Miller Family Bird Colony Island,” states Mark Rachal, Audubon’s Sanctuary Manager, adding, “including some of our most beloved regional birds – Brown Pelicans, Great Blue Herons, and Great Egrets, plus some of the rarest of all Tampa Bay’s birds, Reddish Egrets, and Roseate Spoonbills.”

Howard Miller, the family representative who coordinated the donation, explained that his grandparents, Harriet and Jacob Miller, originally purchased the property on Gulf Boulevard that included the island. They operated the small, family-run Rellim Hotel on the site from 1940-1981.

This summer, the descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Miller, including ten grandchildren and one daughter, signed over the ownership and management responsibility of the island and its bird inhabitants to the Florida Audubon Society. “All of us have a personal relationship with this part of Florida, and we all remember the birds,” said Howard Miller. The grandchildren, who are now located across the United States, including Pinellas County, all agreed with the proposal and supported the donation.

Now a protected bird sanctuary, Audubon has posted the Miller Family Bird Colony Island with bright yellow “No Trespassing” signs. Proper signage is crucial to educating citizens of the sensitive nature of this important coastal habitat. Longtime Audubon volunteers Barb and Dave Howard were on hand to assist in the posting of the island and routinely help clean the island of dangerous refuse fishing line.

The tall mangroves growing on the island support the nests of the wading birds and pelicans. They also provide critical winter-time roosting, resting, and foraging habitats. “We observed several Northern Rough-winged Swallows foraging for flying  insects around the island last spring - likely, they are nesting in cavities in the island’s handsome old mangrove trees,” reported Rachal. “This donation is truly significant; there are not many mangrove nesting colony islands left in Pinellas County. Audubon is grateful to the Miller Family for their incredible legacy gift.”

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Change.org

There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it:

NIH should release the "Rockville 15" chimpanzees to a sanctuary
Sign Elizabeth's Petition

Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH): Release the Rockville 15 to a chimpanzee sanctuary

Started by: Elizabeth, Washington, District Of Columbia

We request that you use the considerable influence of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to ensure that the fifteen young chimpanzees used at BIOQUAL, Inc., in Rockville, Md., are released to a sanctuary.

We request the 11 chimpanzees who were leased by NIH and housed a BIOQUAL until recently to be transferred from New Iberia Research Center, Louisiana, to Sanctuary and the four remaining chimpanzees (Loretta, Ricky, Tiffany and Torian), being housed at BIOQUAL, Inc, be transferred directly to sanctuary.

These chimpanzees, collectively known as the Rockville 15, range in age from just 2 to 7 years old and were likely born in violation of NIH's own 1995 breeding moratorium.

Considering that they are unnecessary for human health research, as detailed in the recent Institute of Medicine report, they should be released to sanctuary where it is cheaper for you to house them, and a much better environment for these chimpanzees to live. Why condemn these intelligent beings to lives of misery when scientists have clearly stated the benefits of alternative research models?

They must not live out their days in a laboratory that has repeatedly violated the Animal Welfare Act.

New Iberia is currently under investigation by the United States Department of Agriculture for an incident in which the decomposing bodies of three monkeys were found trapped in a metal chute. In addition, between 2000 and 2008, 14 infant chimpanzees died as a result of traumatic injury at New Iberia.

We ask you to please ensure that the Rockville 15 are retired to a sanctuary immediately.

Thank you.

Click here to sign Elizabeth's petition, "Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH): Release the Rockville 15 to a chimpanzee sanctuary".

You can also check out other popular petitions on Change.org by clicking here.


June 6, 2012

Dear Friend of Jungle Friends
Annabelle before rescue
Annabelle as first found by Animal Control, frightened, lonely, and thirsty. Please sponsor Annabelle!

Yesterday was one of the most dramatic monkey rescues we have ever performed. We got a call from Debi at Second Chance Animal Rescue, who was working with Animal Control on the Florida coast, to rescue Annabelle, a young weeper capuchin.

Annabelle was abandoned in a filthy, mold-infested trailer that had been occupied by hoarders. Annabelle's presence there was illegal. She was confined to an old, rusted, small cage, with nothing but dirty rags to sleep on.
It was over 100 degrees in the house and there was no evidence of water or food available for her. Poor Annabelle's suffering seems unimaginable now, 24 hours later, when you see her playing and exploring her new home at Jungle Friends.
Kari and Annabelle's cage
Annabelle's living conditions were unbearable to Kari for even a few minutes. This precious creature had to sleep every night in these filthy blankets, imprisoned in a rusty cage for 7 years.

Although the humans in the house lived in the same horrific conditions, they had a choice. Annabelle didn't. The emotional effects of her ordeal will take a long time to heal, but with lots of fresh air, good food, monkey friends, and room to play, Annabelle will have a happy life.

Now this sweet girl needs your help! Please take a few minutes to sponsor Annabelle, or make a donation toward her care.

Lots of monkey love from Kari

Annabelle's new life begins!
Annabelle and Claude
Annabelle and her hero, rescuer Claude Leasure

Who needs a superhero when you have Claude, the champion monkey catcher? He came to Annabelle's rescue when Animal Control was unable to catch her.

When Claude arrived, he was told that Annabelle had escaped her cage and was hiding in the garbage that filled the master bedroom.

A cookie, calm words, and a clean blanket were all our Claude needed to coax a little monkey out of her filthy hiding place. Annabelle grabbed the blanket and wrapped herself in it, making it easy for Claude to gather her up and put her in a carrier for traveling to Jungle Friends. She snacked on apple slices and then slept for the two-hour journey.
Annabelles first morning at Jungle Friends
Annabelle exploring her indoor enclosure on her first morning in her new Jungle Friends home

Things were a little different when Annabelle got to her new home. She was very nervous, pacing around, bouncing and rocking to comfort herself.

But after worrying us all night, in the morning Annabelle seemed to realize that a whole new world had opened up for her!

Annabelle spent today climbing and playing, learning to use her automatic waterer, and eating just about everything we put in front of her. She picked all the veggies out of her bowl and ate them first -- she knows what is best for her!

It is amazing how good she looks, with no sores or injuries, although her growth seems a bit stunted. The neighbor, who told us Annabelle's name, said that the 'owners' used to take her outside up until she was about a year old, then Annabelle started biting and was confined to a cage for the next six years. Now she gets to live in a safe, clean and natural habitat.
Annabelle in bamboo
Annabelle peers out from the bamboo in her new home, looking for her first sponsor!

All the boys in neighboring habitats are eyeing the new girl, and who will she choose? To see how Annabelle's story unfolds, "like" our Facebook page! And watch the next Jungle News for video.

As we know, hoarders usually don't limit their sad collections to just one animal. This case wasn't any different. A cat named Cherokee is now safe with the Humane Society, but two macaws and a boa constrictor are still unaccounted for. Florida Fish and Wildlife is investigating the case.


Yes, there is something you can do to help!


> Sponsor Annabelle

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