On September 28th Big Cat Rescue sadly announced that one of their beloved leopards had passed away. The leopard’s name was Jade and she had been in Big Cat Rescue’s care since 1997. Before people’s memory of Jade eventually fades away, we feel obligated to point out important facts explaining how she and her sibling, Armani (previously named Amber), “arrived” at their facility.
For 20 years now, Big Cat Rescue has failed to inform the public that they actually purchased Jade and Armani. Quite odd for an organization that claims to be open about the history of their facility and feline residents.
According to Big Cat Rescue’s inventory sheets, Jade and Armani (Amber) were purchased on June 27, 1997 for $600 each. They were sold by Mark McCarthy, owner of McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary.
Since the purchase date for the two cats happened on 6/27/1997 and Big Cat Rescue says the cats were born in 6/17/1997, we can conclude both of the cats were 10 days old at the time of the transaction.
Big Cat Rescue seems adamant at keeping these facts a secret considering that the section of their website that is supposed to provide details surrounding the origins of their cats makes no mention of the purchase.
Jade’s biography page doesn't say she was purchased:
Armani’s biography page discloses that she was previously taken out in public on a leash for exhibition, but also doesn’t mention that she was purchased:
Will Big Cat Rescue ever come clean about their purchase of Jade and Armani? Even if they do finally tell the truth, isn’t it already too little too late? For 20 long years, well-meaning animal lovers have donated money for the care of these cats, being led to believe that they were rescued, when they were actually supporting a self-proclaimed millionaire’s pets.
See how Jade and Armani’s story have evolved over the years: JADE - ARMANI