MONTGOMERY, TX – Did you recognize that there are 1,000 bears residing in substandard situations in residential backyards as pets, or roadside sights, and in want of placement purchased out of the unique pet commerce? Many animal amenities throughout the nation, housing massive unique animals and wildlife, have closed due to lack of funds (due to COVID). This leads to lack of correct care, and neglect. Bears can devour 40 plus kilos of fruit and veggies together with fish, nuts, bugs, and different animals (together with feral hog piglets) per day when getting ready for hibernation within the winter months, even in captivity.
Many individuals don’t understand you should buy a bear cub from a breeder for $500 and have it as a pet in your house. Currently there are unique animal gross sales north of Huntsville and thru unique pet shops within the Greater Houston space promoting bears, tigers, lemurs, and different wild animals that solely require a low-cost allow to have at your residence.
This is identical with tigers (as little as $1000) and lots of different wild unique animals. The bears, tigers, and monkeys are bred for revenue on this nation together with in Texas. All the animal rescue sanctuaries keep full and there continues to be a necessity for added uncared for massive animals. The different to a sanctuary is euthanasia. Bears Etc. is the ONLY unique animal rescue in Southeast Texas!
The mission of Bears, Etc. is to arrange a Bear and Exotic Animal Rescue Sanctuary in Montgomery County, connecting individuals with nature by schooling and consciousness. The hope is to construct the nation’s first ultramodern Bear Sanctuary, supplying a secure place for uncared for, abused, and undesirable bears, who’re part of the unique pet commerce. The sanctuary would provide a everlasting refuge for displaced, captive-raised unique animals saved as “pets” or retired from efficiency.
Bears Etc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit group based in 2017 by Kati and Ambrose Krouse to “Leave the world better than they found it by giving animals, and people, a PEACE of the Wild!”
Kati Krouse rescues unique animals, particularly bears, out of the unique pet commerce and educate the general public by connecting individuals with nature. The group exists to provide a everlasting, community-based, self-sustainable refuge for displaced unique and wild animals and educate others concerning the pure world. Kati typically speaks to civic organizations, golf equipment, Scouts, and colleges educating the neighborhood about wildlife, unique animals, and naturally Bears, Etc. Ambrose and Kati additionally attend many native occasions to share details about Bears, Etc.
Kati and Ambrose are each members of the Texas Black Bear Alliance the place Kati was appointed to the Board of Directors, selling the restoration of black bears in correct habitats all through Texas by cooperative partnerships utilizing schooling, analysis, and habitat administration.
Bears Etc. is a fulltime operation, however till it’s absolutely useful, Kati dietary supplements her revenue as an expert groomer, pet sitter, and canine coach whereas Ambrose works in A/C and Heating. They additionally assist native canine rescues by fostering (particularly bottle child puppies), serving to with vet tech work, and grooming foster canine. Kati has rescued parakeets, discovered houses for canine, tigers, parrots, wolves/wolf canine, monkeys, and infrequently alligators.
“The exotic pet trade is a $15 billion a year industry in the US”, stated Kati. “The illegal exotic pet trade is second only to drugs, surpassing illegal guns over the last few years. There is no true bear sanctuary focused on bears in the exotic pet trade in the US. In 2010 the Houston SPCA flew a bear to a sanctuary in Romania after not being able to find placement in the United States for her. Bears Etc. is a solution for the captive bears in need of placement.”
“We anticipate the Bear Sanctuary will attract up to 50,000 visitors a year”, continued Kati. “This will likely be an enormous profit to the hospitality, restaurant, and resort industries in our neighborhood. As a member of the Montgomery Area Chamber, (Chairman 2022) and the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce (Diplomat), I do know the affect the vacationer attraction may help the native companies from the weird vacationer venue.
What are you able to do? Be part of the Solution!
The Annual Bear Crawl is Saturday, April 23, and Sunday April 24 from noon-6:00pm with wine, beer, and whiskey tasting within the County! Enjoy tasting the spirits from eight native venues, representing eight species of bears-Whitley Vineyards (Montgomery), Blue Epiphany (Conroe), The Ferm Meadery (Conroe), Southern Star Brewery (Conroe), Frankenboltzzzz Brewing Company (Montgomery), B-52 Brewery (Conroe), Bartlett’s Distillery (Conroe), and H-Wines (Montgomery). Purchase tickets on-line by way of the web site: www.bearsetc.org/occasion/bear-crawl-2022 or go to one of many collaborating venues in the course of the occasion to register. Tickets are $50 per particular person and every participant will obtain a memento glass, passport, and wristband to begin their two tastings at any location. (Sunday solely for Whitley Vineyards and Sat. solely for Bartlett’s Distillery).
Funds will assist safe a property for a Bear and Exotic Animal Rescue Sanctuary to provide a everlasting, community-based, self-sustainable refuge for displaced unique and wild animals and educate others concerning the pure world. The sanctuary will embody tigers, cougars, and bobcats and permit animals to stay in a pure habitat the remainder of their life and provides them their very own PEACE of the Wild. Bears, Etc. has fundraised $102,000 of their capital marketing campaign for a down cost on 20 acres with a aim of $200,000.
“We are in our 5th year as a nonprofit and are excited to see how far we’ve come”, stated Kati Krouse, Executive Director, Bears, Etc. We have helped over 100 unique animals discover placement (together with 8 bears)! We can not wait to get the a lot wanted, 20 acres so we will begin offering everlasting placement for Bears, and different massive exotics (like tigers), and convey extra tourism and other people into our neighborhood!”
Learn extra about Bears ETC by visiting their web site www.bearsetc.org or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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