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Fair Bluff Wildcat Rescue Hopes for Summer Opening

Shizzy's Wildcat Rescue is hard at work after the holidays. The team is working diligently to get two wolf habitats and the perimeter fencing up around the animal sanctuary. Seven wolf hybrids are in desperate need of rehoming from other facilities, so Shizzy's is making their relocation the top priority for the start of 2023.

"We are chomping at the bit to get back at it," said Rhonda Billeuad, co-chairman for the organization.

The rescue is a nonprofit dedicated to helping animals held in captivity and in the wild. They are in the process of building a safe haven for animals rescued from private ownership, breeders, circuses and other poor conditions.

Some conditions the animals have lived in are so severe that many of them have never touched grass or walked around anywhere other than in a cage.

North Carolina is one of the four states in the United States that has no laws governing the keep of exotic animals.

Shizzy’s was first started in 2013 in Greensboro by Shazir Haque. Rescuing animals has always been his life’s work and his life’s dream. Over the years, Haque purchased a large land parcel in Fair Bluff where his crew and other volunteers have helped build raised habitats for lions, tigers, snow leopards, cougars, ocelots, servals, bobcats, caracals, wolves, bears, and other apex predators to live out the rest of their days in safe and natural environment.

The team is hoping for a summer opening, but there is still work to be done at the facility.

About 25 percent of the fencing is left to be installed along with 14 gates, the tops of the small cat enclosures, the tiger habitat, and den boxes. Landscaping and boardwalks will complete the project before the USDA inspectors come in to approve the rescue to bring in the animals.

Shizzy's always needs some helping hands, and two volunteer days are set for this month. On Jan. 14 and Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., can contribute to lightening the workload at the sanctuary. No experience is necessary, and the team will guide you through the installations.

All interested volunteers must be at least 18 years old, be able to lift a minimum of 20 pounds, and be comfortable working in various weather conditions. Groups are welcome. To sign up, please contact Rhonda Billeaud at rhonda.billeaud@shizzyswildcatrescue.org or call 910.840.1886.




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