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UPDATE! Tweetstorm and @ShortyAwards 2015!   Leave a comment

Thank You Trend

THANK YOU for making Tony’s Tweetstorm a ROARING Success!

We “officially” held our Tweetstorm from 1pmEST – 2pmEST on Monday April 20th because of an engagement we were attending that evening in New York City ~ The Shorty Awards.

Yesterday we posted that the hashtag we used, #Shorty4Tony, didn’t trend.

UPDATE! Thanks to friends who kept tweeting and watching the top trends, #Shorty4Tony trended in the U.S. and U.K.!

The Shorty Awards recognize the best in social media and for the second year in a row, Tony ( @TonyTiger2000 ) was a finalist in the Non-Human Category.

If you follow Tony on Twitter you’ll be familiar with his tweets to raise awareness for captive tigers and big cats, his support of numerous animal issues, and his endearing friendships with @LucyLiberte, @IamSmittyKitty and countless other friends.

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Tony’s Shorty Awards Campaign focused on the plight of captive tigers in the United States, and although he didn’t win, he raised tremendous awareness for tigers…and of course Tony is always a winner in our hearts.

Screenshot of finalists in the non-human category at the 7th Annual Shorty Awards in New York City April 20, 2015.

Screenshot of finalists in the non-human category at the 7th Annual Shorty Awards in New York City April 20, 2015.

Some photos from Monday night:

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Our advocacy on behalf of Tony continues in a positive and focused direction as does our support of The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s procurement of Tony’s release to a reputable big cat sanctuary. Social media is an important part of keeping Tony, updates on his case and the issue of captive tigers networked and retaining people’s support and interest.

So as @TonyTiger2000 as tweeted:

Click the social media buttons below to connect with Tony!



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!!”

Special Thanks To Smitty! @IAmSmittyKitty   Leave a comment

smitty ftt shirtDo you follow “Tony” @TonyTiger2000 on Twitter? If you do, you probably know Tony’s Little Buddy, Smitty @IAmSmittyKitty.

Smitty was kind enough to share this great picture of himself and his guardian’s Free Tony shirt from FLOAT.

Thanks Smitty for your wonderful support and friendship…and thanks to all of Tony’s friends for participating in the FLOAT ( For Love of All Things ) Free Tony” campaign that raised awareness and support for Tony and The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s fight to free Tony from the truck stop.

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