Local raises money for feline rescue center on Irish holiday

7th and Elm Bar and Grill was lively Saturday helping those wearing green celebrate St. Patrick ’s Day. Max Bedrava with the bar said the popular pub wanted to do more than just help their patrons celebrate this year.

Posted: Mar 17, 2018 8:12 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2018 12:20 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind, (WTHI)- 7th and Elm Bar and Grill was lively Saturday helping those wearing green celebrate St. Patrick ’s Day.
Max Bedrava with the bar said the popular pub wanted to do more than just help their patrons celebrate this year.

"Any little bit we can get. Someone to come out here, hear about them then go out there to check them out that's helping them, that's helping the community," said Bedrava.

That's why a portion of 7th and Elm's earnings is going to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point. It's a sanctuary for nearly 200 big cats ranging from lynx to lions, many of which were abused or neglected.

Rebecca Stevenson is the head handler at the facility. She says it's not an easy task taking care of all these different felines.

"It’s a lot of work every day. These guys are not cheap, they're not like a house cat or a dog. They take a little bit more so the upkeep is quite a bit," said Stevenson.

It takes roughly two thousand dollars a day to run the facility. They do receive donations from visitors, but sometimes it's not enough.

That's why the rescue center was so happy to receive support from this local watering hole.

"it really means a lot to me because they are really good people so the fact that they can take what a lot of people like to do like eat and drink and put it towards a greater good it really means a lot to us," said Stevenson.

As for 7th and Elm, they are just glad to make Saturday not only a day of having fun with friends but also a day to support a local rescue agency in need.

"Hopefully the weather will be great for that and people will come out and we can make this money for the exotic feline rescue center just helping them out where we can. Big positive circle and that's what community's about," said Bedrava.

If you would like to donate or learn more about the exotic feline rescue center check out their website here.

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