Tigers for Tomorrow Needs New Meat Truck

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ATTALLA, Ala. (WHNT) -- The 87 carnivores at DeKalb County's Tigers for Tomorrow wildlife preserve eat about 700 pounds of food every day.

A large supermarket chain donates day-old beef, pork, and poultry, and Sue Steffens and her crew haul all that meat back in an old SUV with about 300,000 miles on it.

"Unload it, unpack it and every single day we have to have 700 pounds ready to roll out of our commissary in the morning to feed all these carnivores," Steffens said.

"If that doesn't happen, we've got a problem on our hands."

A mechanic told her there will soon be a problem:  The meat truck is beyond repair.

Fortunately, Steffens said the community is good to her, and a donor in Florida pledged to give $5,000 if others will collectively contribute that same amount.

"We're less than $1000 away so thank you everybody that helped us, it just proves a little bit goes a long way. It doesn't have to be a lot of money that a supporter gives," she said.

The wildlife preserve saw the same type of generosity two years ago when they rescued a lion named Kazuma from abuse in Guatemala.

Crossville Elementary School students helped raise money for the lion to be their mascot.

"Everybody rallied.  Everybody helped," Steffens sai.d

"That's one of the great things I think about living in this area is the community here is so supportive and understands what we're trying to do here."

She said many of the donations are small amounts of $5 to $10.

If you want to help, make a donation here.

Tigers for Tomorrow is open Saturdays and Sundays, and the first 100 visitors on those days this weekend will receive a free calendar with pictures of all the big cats.