For Cali Animal Lovers - very special - Toyota FJ Cruiser Forum
Trail Runs/Get-Togethers Going offroad? Post it up here!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 249 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
Forum Superstar
 
Air2air's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Aliso Viejo, CA
Posts: 2,992
Blog Entries: 1
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
For Cali Animal Lovers - very special

Want to do this?





I took these pics at a very special Rescue Sanctuary in Victorville that my wife (pictured) and I are board members of. It's not a zoo; it's for caretaking only of rescued cats, so it's open by appointment to invited guests only. And yes, there's a dirt road to get there, so this qualifies as a "Trail Run".

I'm organizing a visit here for Forum members:

Sunday, November 25 between 12 and 4 pm.

Forever Wild is a nonprofit rescue facility that gives a home to these animals, who arrive there in pretty bad shape usually. There are about 21 big cats from Tigers to Bobcats.

Located at a modest private home on the outskirts of Victorville, the couple who run the place take in these cats that nobody else wants. Yes, it's true - cats like these are euthanized daily across the country. Forever Wild is a licensed private facility, one of very few that are certified to provide this kind of care.

This is Kona, an 8 month-old Cougar.





Under the guidance of Fish and Game, Joel and Chemaine give these cats the best care there is until a good, licensed and certified home can be found. They created the Sanctuary about 10 years ago. They're certainly not getting rich either since they pay for it all out of their pocket, and donations.

This is Midnight the Black Leopard.








We can go right up to them and visit. And play with some of the smaller cats like Mountain Lions and Bobcats. And believe me this is enough.





It's good for these cats to have human interaction because they were all raised domestically, and can't go back into the wild.

Here's one of the Bobcats. Fortunately for petting purposes almost all of them are declawed. This is totally illegal to do, but is often one of the reasons they come to the Sanctuary, along with other abuse stories.





Siberian Lynx.





Me and some of the Tigers.






The tigers are an interesting story. Believe it or not it's legal to buy these in many states. When the owner realizes their idiotic mistake, they call up a zoo to take them. Well, zoos require heavy-duty pedigrees with documented breeding. If your animal is not, the zoos will tell you to euthanize it. Reason? They want the bloodlines perfect.

As a result these Tigers are almost all Mutts; there are several different breeds from Bengal to Siberian to Sumatran, etc. - so these individuals are "accidents"!







Scratching these backs, it ain't no Kitty Cat. There is some serious muscle in there. And the size of the paws is bigger than your head, on even the smallest tigers.







Sunday, November 25 between 12 and 4 pm at:

Forever Wild
Joel and Chemaine Almquist
8545 Buttemere Road
Phelan, CA 92371
Forever Wild

Google map from the 15 fwy. When you zoom in on the red pushpin (the destination), you can see the dark brown tiger pens next to the home.


Here's AceTechno's OC Caravan to Forever Wild thread.

Here's Bobonel's FOREVER WILD 11-25-07 CARAVAN SIGN UP LIST SAN DIEGO PEEPS AND OTHERS
thread.

The suggested donation is $30. (not mandatory)

Interested List: 118 so far, but plenty of room for you.

12:00 group:

AceTechno
CADavebert
DerKommissar
DesertRat
DominicG
DubbsFJ
Felonious
FJDave
Fjamming
Fjeezee
Gon2srf
Luckystrike
Mattmainster
Mrdvs1
MudLovingFJ
PokerDawg
RicoVerde
RocKrawler
SoCalOcFJ
StHarris
Therelaxer
Tit-Cruiser
Twc13
Underoath
Unknownuserx
Yusuke41

2:00 group: This slot is reccommended because MudLoving and Dominic will have left by then. Also, there is only a 50/50 chance that Thugasaur will show up.

BigDougieDoug
Bigfredhk
Blackcherry
Bobonel
Chatsworth 818
Christianmotox
Dirtchick
Dubsfj
FJC8871
Frogeye
Jeshua
Jdemello
Jwofford
Lucrum
Mir207
RC Tonka
Uphill

Still unassigned (People below; please PM me to get on the 12:00 or 2:00 list):

Aymaestro (3)
Coyotedog(1)
NurseCrickett (1)
Plnfxr320 (4)
StealthFJ (4)
Tubig (1)

Last edited by Air2air; 11-22-2007 at 11:43 AM.
Air2air is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 249 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 08:33 PM
Forum Superstar
 
frogeye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: San Diego
Posts: 4,362
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Re: For Cali Animal Lovers - very special

What an awesome place! Very cool sir. I'd love to go visit this rescue. I'm committed on Saturday, November 3rd, but all other weekend days are good.

Chris
El Froggo my ride. My FJ's theme song Chocolate Rain 8bit remix

Last edited by frogeye; 10-21-2007 at 08:39 PM.
frogeye is offline  
post #3 of 249 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 09:00 PM
Forum Veteran
 
mtrent3450's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Spring Valley Lake/High Desert
Posts: 590
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Re: For Cali Animal Lovers - very special

Very cool Todd! My daughter is sitting here looking at all of your pics. Let me know next time you are up here we would love to get together and go with you guys.
mtrent3450 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 249 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 09:03 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 57
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thumbs up Re: For Cali Animal Lovers - very special

I'm in!!! I work Nov 4 (Sun),10(Sat),17(Sat), and 18(Sun)....if its another Saturday or Sunday, I'd LOVE to go!!

VERY cool....thanks for the invite!!

Crickett

Last edited by NurseCrickett; 10-21-2007 at 09:06 PM.
NurseCrickett is offline  
post #5 of 249 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 09:11 PM
Forum Veteran
 
felonious's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: OC, CA
Posts: 469
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Re: For Cali Animal Lovers - very special

would love to go out there the next time just not on november 17 big bear trail team run.
felonious is offline  
post #6 of 249 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
Forum Superstar
 
Air2air's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Aliso Viejo, CA
Posts: 2,992
Blog Entries: 1
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Re: For Cali Animal Lovers - very special

Great to see the interest here.

Sunday, November 25 Is the date! You can go in the cage to play with Maverick the Bobcat, and pet/play with Kona the Mountain Lion - and also the baby African Lion. They'll be outside.

The others you can get nose to nose with but they have to stay in the cage. You'll be closer than you'll ever get to these animals without being lunch.

We're meeting Sunday, November 25, between 12 and 4 at:

Forever Wild
Joel and Chemaine Almquist
8545 Buttemere Road
Phelan, CA 92371
Forever Wild

Google map of the location. You can see the dark brown tiger pens next to the home.

Last edited by Air2air; 11-03-2007 at 06:32 PM.
Air2air is offline  
post #7 of 249 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 09:13 PM
Forum Superstar
 
Fjamming's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 18,479
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Send a message via Yahoo to Fjamming Send a message via Skype™ to Fjamming
Re: For Cali Animal Lovers - very special

Count me in. I'd love to bring my kids to this. After the big bear run will be good.


Click for the "Genie" build up
Sandoo Blue FJ
Walker Evans 2.5 dia. front shocks, adj. rear reservoir shocks, Pro Links. AP F&R bumpers, AP 1.25" UCA, Demello skid, TMax 9000 Competition winch. Viking Trail Line. Hankook MT RE03. Trail Gear Sliders, Aeroflow, Lightforce Blitz 240 50W HID, All Pro Swing Out. Bajarack custom low-pro rack. Ricochet LCA armor.
SoCal Events Calendar

Last edited by Fjamming; 10-21-2007 at 09:15 PM.
Fjamming is offline  
post #8 of 249 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 09:17 PM
Forum Veteran
 
felonious's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: OC, CA
Posts: 469
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Re: For Cali Animal Lovers - very special

Just dont stand to close to the kittys tony we dont want anymore accidents.
felonious is offline  
post #9 of 249 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
Forum Superstar
 
Air2air's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Aliso Viejo, CA
Posts: 2,992
Blog Entries: 1
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Re: For Cali Animal Lovers - very special

Yeah I guess his face is pre-tenderized....

Oh man that was in bad 'taste'... Oh geez! There I go again
Air2air is offline  
post #10 of 249 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 09:26 PM
Forum Superstar
 
Fjamming's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 18,479
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Send a message via Yahoo to Fjamming Send a message via Skype™ to Fjamming
Re: For Cali Animal Lovers - very special

Quote:
felonious previously said: View Post
Just dont stand to close to the kittys tony we dont want anymore accidents.
Quote:
Air2air previously said: View Post
Yeah I guess his face is pre-tenderized....

Oh man that was in bad 'taste'... Oh geez! There I go again


Click for the "Genie" build up
Sandoo Blue FJ
Walker Evans 2.5 dia. front shocks, adj. rear reservoir shocks, Pro Links. AP F&R bumpers, AP 1.25" UCA, Demello skid, TMax 9000 Competition winch. Viking Trail Line. Hankook MT RE03. Trail Gear Sliders, Aeroflow, Lightforce Blitz 240 50W HID, All Pro Swing Out. Bajarack custom low-pro rack. Ricochet LCA armor.
SoCal Events Calendar
Fjamming is offline  
Reply

  Toyota FJ Cruiser Forum > Trail > Trail Runs/Get-Togethers

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Toyota FJ Cruiser Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



  Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hello To All FJ Lovers IanSnow Introductions & New Arrivals 2 09-19-2007 12:50 PM
Beer Lovers...... IH8MUD Off-Topic Discussion 50 01-26-2007 11:39 PM
Trick or Treat for all the animal lovers hot-n-humid Off-Topic Discussion 5 11-01-2006 09:40 PM
Maine Hybrid-Mutant Animal Bostonian1976 Off-Topic Discussion 10 08-21-2006 09:19 PM
The Animal!! Maglight Introductions & New Arrivals 6 07-25-2006 01:28 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome