Community Love



For the 4th Quarter of the year HCP adopted “Gabrielle the Tiger”.

Gabrielle arrived at Big Cats of Serenity Springs in CO from Wesa-a-geh-ya in Warrenton, MO on 9/20/08 at the age of 11.

Seth & Gabrielle had a cub on 6/18/13 named Lola AKA Ripley, who was pulled for hand rearing at the age of 3 weeks and then sold to Hollywood Animals at the age of 10 weeks. She was diagnosed with ringworm on 8/25/13.

Gabrielle had arrived at Big Cats of Serenity Springs with a male tiger named Zeus who was euthanized there on 11/21/10.

According to reports, she barely escaped ending up at GW Zoo, in possession of  Joe Schreibvogel who told Julie Walker, of Big Cats of Serenity Springs, that she could drop off any of the 21 big cats she was bringing in from Wesa-a-geh-ya.

Seth and Gabrielle had been used as breeding stock for the pay to play schemes at Big Cats of Serenity Springs and elsewhere.  Cubs were frequently transferred both in and out to GW ZooJungle Safari AKA The ZooWildlife in Need, Dirk Arthur’s magic act, Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Hanson Exotics, T.I.G.E.R.S. and others.

When Gabrielle and Priya arrived from Big Cats of Serenity Springs in Nov. 2016, both were obese, but their bellies looked particularly distended.  When we found that to be a 20 lb hydrometra in Priya, we feared we would find the same in Gabrielle when she was examined on Dec 12, 2016.  Thankfully, after running blood work, urinalysis, X-rays and a sonogram that was guided by our remote assistants at Oncura Partners, we discovered that she was just fat and not suffering an infection that required the removal of her uterus.  She’s going to be twenty next month, so that wasn’t a surgery we wanted to do if we could avoid it.  Gabrielle was able to go back out to her enclosure, and only has to recover from the wooziness of sedation and a very un stylish shave of her belly fur.

Gabrielle is so cheerful and appreciative, she’s our 2017 Thank You tiger.  Whenever someone takes an action at CatLaws.com or donates to us, Gabrielle will be brightening their day for making her world a better place for all exotic cats.

Learn more about tigers here Tiger Facts.

Help Feed Big Cats – BigCatRescue.org


Operation Deploy your Dress

Military balls are a tradition ingrained in modern military culture, but for many military spouses the cost of a ball gown keeps them at home. Three Years ago, a quintet of Army spouses-all Costco Members- at Fort Bliss in Texas began removing that barrier by launching Operation Deploy Your Dress (ODYD).

ODYD accepts donations of gently used and new gowns, tuxedos and accessories that are “redeployed” free of charge to Military and dependent ID cardholders. To date, ODYD has provided formal wear to more than 5,000 military spouses, many of whom are attending their first formal military event.

“I can’t count how many times we’ve had people in tears because they’ve never been able to attend a ball before. Their budget didn’t allow for it,” says ODYD co-founder Yvonne Coombes when describing spouses’ reactions to receiving a dress.

ODYD morphed from fledgling idea to over-night success in late 2015 when co-founder Renee Chapman was interviewed about a dress-swap program on a national news show. Donations began flooding in to Fort Bliss, with as many as 60 boxes landing daily on Chapman’s doorstep.

“I was in shock, and honestly overwhelmed and touched too,” Chapman recalls. “I never expected the support we received.”

In partnership with military spouse clubs, the all-volunteer orginization has expanded to four additional bases: Fort Bennings, Georgia; Fort Eustis, Virginia; Fort Irwin, California; and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. A do1(c)(3) nonprofit, ODYD (operationdeployyourdress.com) accepts monetary donations and in-kind contributions as well as formal wear and accessories – Andrea Downing Peck


Paducah EMS’ Fill-The-Ambulance Toy Drive

Help us help those in need this holiday season. We will begin collecting donations of new unwrapped toys or gifts for children in Cottle County starting November 6th – December 24th. You can drop off your donation at the Paducah EMS Station. Your gift will be selected and wrapped to be hand delivered by Santa and the EMS crew on Christmas Eve.

If you would like your child to be blessed by one of these amazing donations please email or text your children’s information to the following email address: paducahambulanceservice@gmail.com.
We will need the child’s (Name, Age, Boy or Girl, & Address).

If you know of a child or family in need please contact the above email address so we can make sure these families are taken care of.

Be sure to watch our Facebook Live as we travel around Cottle County blessing families and children. Merry Christmas!!


Give back to Schools

Health Claims Plus participates in the “Give Back to Schools” program sponsored by Office Depot/Office Max.

As a frequent OD customer, we take the extra step to designate the San Jacinto Elementary School in Liberty to receive 5% of HCP’s qualified purchases, in credit, towards free supplies the school may need. Health Claims Plus loves to help – help the kids, help the teachers, help the schools. Be sure to participate!!!

Write a letter to Santa and help grant wishes for kids!

Every hour Macy’s is open for business, more than three children are diagnosed with a critical illness. Each one of these kids needs a wish to help them experience life beyond illness. And this holiday season, you can help grant their wishes.

Now until Dec. 24, you’re invited to write a letter to Santa sharing your holiday wishes. For every letter dropped in stores’ big red letterbox or sent online, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish®, up to $1 million.

That means we’ll be able to grant more wishes for kids like Fendi, who wished to be famous in New York City. Along with her newfound fame, Fendi found herself on her wish. “When you get out and experience something new, you realize things about yourself,” Fendi said. “It just makes you realize how blessed you are.

TVE Fair & Rodeo | October 12 – 20th 2018


For the 3rd Quarter of the year HCP adopted “Lovey the Bobcat”.

 

Lovey the Bobcat – Lovey is shy, elusive, and BOSSY! Foliage is a great place to hide when you want the keepers to know you are ignoring them.  Lovey has that ‘skill’ purr-fected!

Help Feed Big Cats – BigCatRescue.org