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Tiny Tigers for Tony! via @ALDF   Leave a comment

Reposting from Animal Legal Defense Fund

Felines, big and small, deserve protection—and now your tiny tiger can help raise awareness and build support for Tony the tiger.

Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, has endured more than a decade of misery at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. Living at an isolated gas station parking lot, with the stench of fuel and the drone of diesel engines, is harmful to an animal with such sensitive hearing and an acute sense of smell. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting for Tony for seven years, and we are waiting for a court decision that could final grant Tony his freedom to be relocated to a reputable sanctuary, where he can live out the rest of his life getting the veterinary care and environment he deserves.

To participate, simply print out the “Free Tony” sign, snap a photo of your tiny tiger with the sign, and post it on social media with the hashtag #TinyTigers4Tony.

Click on the either the color or black and white image to print your sign!

Don’t forget to tag us so we can share your photo with our supporters.

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Facebook: @animallegaldefensefund
Twitter: @aldf


Dedicated to @IamSmittyKitty and His Family ~ Love, @FreeTonyTiger & The #BigGuy @TonyTiger2000   Leave a comment

The beloved Smitty


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Me and Cheeseburger

It has taken me some time to collect my thoughts and words for this post. Being the guardian of three adopted cats who amaze me every day, I have discovered what wonderful unique souls they are and how they completely capture your heart, enrich your life and give you unconditional love and friendship.

It all started with my first boy, Cheeseburger who will forever be my soul cat. He came into my life in 1997 and we shared 10 years together before I lost him to cancer. I was devastated and vowed I would never have another cat.

So much for that…I have since adopted three boys: Mr. Jingles, Tony Cat, and yes another Cheezeburger. They all have their stories…in time ~ maybe in another post.

Mr. Jingles ~ Cheezeburger ~ Tony Cat

Mr. Jingles ~ Cheezeburger ~ Tony Cat

Social media has been a tremendous asset in keeping Tony’s story networked with people all over the world learning about him and the serious issue of privately owned tigers and big cats in the United States. It also has formed wonderful friendships that I cherish – that being said I’d like to dedicate this post to a very special family and their amazing cat Smitty.

Tony’s emergence on Twitter came about in April 2011. Though we already had a Twitter account @FreeTonyTiger, we thought  since an escaped cobra from the Bronx Zoo could tweet…why not a tiger from a truck stop? If you follow Tony on Twitter @TonyTiger2000, you’ve undoubtedly run across the engaging conversations between the #BigGuy Tony and his “bestest” #LittleBuddy Smitty @IamSmittyKitty. The two meet up on Twitter during the week and they’re definitely quite the dynamic duo or as @LucyLiberte calls them “Double Trouble.”

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Tony ~ Smitty ~ Lucy


Since Tony isn’t very fond of truck stop grub…he and Smitty sample cuisine from different establishments – Smitty and Tony actually met on Twitter over lasagna.

The seriousness of Tony’s captivity at the truck stop is never downplayed – and Smitty is always there to give Tony encouragement and support:


Sadly we lost Smitty to a disease called cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that results in an enlarged heart. You can read more about this from Smitty’s mom on her blog:


Smitty Tweeting

Smitty Tweeting


wlf smittyWe were all devastated by the news…any one who has lost a companion knows the tremendous grief and heartache you suffer from such a loss. Our condolences and love go out to Smitty’s loving guardians and Smitty’s “sis” @IamTweeterKitty.

We are so thankful Smitty’s guardians “shared” their special little guy with us. Smitty brought a smile to all of us and we looked forward each day to his HEY EVABODDY tweet to get the Twitter conversation going. There were many a times that Smitty’s tweets made me LOL.

Smitty’s Dad made the courageous and selfless decision to keep Smitty tweeting…we’re very grateful that Smitty and Tony will be able to continue their special friendship and connect with anipals and friends worldwide.

As Tony would say: “Smitty iz da bestest #LittleBuddy a tiger cood eva haf!!”

Support Tony’s Friend: Gracey The Tiniest Tiger   Leave a comment

A great friend and supporter of Tony’s and advocate for both big and small cats is Gracey, “The Tiniest Tiger.” 

Please vote for Gracey in Dogtime’s Pet Blog Awards here: and share this post.

Category: Best Cat Blog

Name: The Tiniest Tiger

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Nominee Email:

Please view Gracey’s video Wild Tigers Need You! at the end of this post. Included is footage of a “very special tiger.” A reminder also to continue supporting Tony: Important!! Roar On For Tony 

Gracey’s book “The Tiniest Tiger,” written by her Mom Joanne, is a  charming story about a kitten who tries to find her way home with the help of wild cats at a zoo such as a tiger, lion, leopard, cheetah, puma, jaguar, bobcat, and ocelot. Along the way we learn interesting facts about these cats. It’s a great introduction to wild cats for children. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of “The Tiniest Tiger” book benefits conservation projects for endangered wild cats in Africa, Asia, North America and South America through the Conservation Fund of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. “The Tiniest Tiger” supports both small and big cat charities.

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