Big Cats of Serenity Springs Not Closing

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Misinformation leaked to local press leads to false rumors that Big Cats of Serenity Springs has been closed. The sanctuary releases statement correcting misinformation and assures public that the sanctuary remains open.

In the face of a personal financial crisis, Big Cats of Serenity Springs has found it necessary to publicly state that the organization responsible for the protection and care of over 105 exotic captive felines is not in danger of closing.

Without permission, and against the code of ethics that Big Cats of Serenity Springs operates under, an individual not associated with the facility leaked false information to local media outlets. This person had access to private, personal financial data and released this information to the press, along with their erroneous belief that the sanctuary was being closed.

Karen Sculac, director of the sanctuary, has spent the last 4 days correcting threatening suppositions and assuring callers that her personal finances are totally separate from the finances of the organization that she and her husband started. “Like any responsible business owner, we made a conscious decision 13 years ago to keep our personal finances personal so that any misfortunes that may befall us would not affect the cats that depend on us.”

Due to a drop in donations since September 2000, and an even more dramatic loss of funds since the natural disasters in 2005, the Sculacs have been putting the majority of their personal incomes into ensuring the wellbeing of the residents of the feline refuge. Karen was well aware that this decision could mean the eventual sacrifice of the home she and Nick had built on property adjoining the facility. “I can live without my dream house; the cats can’t live without me,” Karen said in a statement on Monday.

Adding to already stressful, personal situations is the fact that misinformation was leaked to local media outlets stating that the sanctuary was closing and cats were being evicted from their home. Assumptions that Big Cats of Serenity Springs had closed is already having a negative impact on donations, making it necessary for a public statement to be released regarding a personal financial situation that should have remained private.

Big Cats of Serenity Springs has not been, nor will it be, affected by any personal adversity faced by those involved with the organization. We remain open and invite the public to visit us through our Tour Program and 100% of all donations received will continue to be used to provide for the exotic captive animals in our care.

Big Cats of Serenity Springs is a non profit organization dedicated to providing a safe, stable, permanent home for non-domestic felines, regardless of prior history or physical condition in accordance with their code of ethics.

Contact:

Big Cats of Serenity Springs, 719-347-9200

Karen Sculac, director

Collette Colvin, public relations

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