Helping Big Cats at the Central Florida Animal Reserve

When devastating winds badly damaged facilities at the Central Florida Animal Reserve (CFAR) in the spring of 2013, President Thomas Blue and the volunteer staff at the big cat sanctuary found themselves dealing with a financial crisis. Home to over 40 big cats and several smaller wild animals, the sanctuary suffered extensive damage to the refrigeration system as well as to buildings and other essential framework facilities. Repair costs far exceeded their budget. That’s when Mark Pieloch stepped in.

Pieloch had recently moved his business, PSPC Inc., to Florida from Nebraska. His love of animals is reflected in his business, which makes palatable medications and supplements for companion animals. When Pieloch heard of the devastation at the Central Florida Animal Reserve and the critical needs of the sanctuary, he met with Blue and presented him with a $12,000 check to cover their immediate needs.

The Central Florida Animal Reserve is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that began operations in 2007. Many of the sanctuary residents were once kept as pets. Some were rescued from a variety of unhealthy situations and still others came from government agencies. None of the cats was born in the wild. It is estimated that the large cat population, animals kept as pets or in other situations, rivals that of big cats in the wild. Cute tiger cubs grow into unmanageable carnivores and even exotic-pet owners with the best intentions are unable to handle them. Without the option of a sanctuary life, many are euthanized. CFAR provides these unfortunate animals a place to live their lives in a healthy environment. The sanctuary also provides quality food, water and enrichment activities to keep the animals engaged and happy.

CFAR is currently moving from Brevard to Osceola. The move will expand the facilities to better meet the needs of the animals. Larger facilities will give Blue and the volunteer staff improved resources to develop educational programs and increase public awareness about the needs of these great cats. The eventual plan is to build a $1 million dollar compound for the tigers, lions, cougars and leopards, offer guided tours and add an educational visitor center.

Educating the public is a huge part of CFAR’s mission. One of the resident cats at CFAR is Kukla. A female Western cougar, Kukla brings attention to one of Florida’s own endangered species, the Florida panther. According to biologists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, only 100 to 160 yearlings and adults remain in Florida. If this trend continues, the Florida panther will soon no longer exist in the wild. Other large cats are endangered as well. Tigers, in particular, exist in very low numbers in the wild. The risk of extinction is great. The more people learn about the grace, beauty and wonder of these exotic creatures, the more motivated they are to help them.

When Mark Pieloch stepped in to help CFAR, he made it possible for the sanctuary to repair the damage and quickly get back to its important work of saving big cats and educating the public.

Investing in Animal Welfare and Health With Mark Pieloch

Mark Pieloch is a noted entrepreneur who has created several specialty pharmaceutical firms dedicated to improving the health of cats, dogs and horses. The charitable contributions Pieloch makes to animal-welfare organizations, however, constitute some of his most important investments. Groups like the Capital Humane Society, the Beach Park Animal Hospital, the Central Florida Animal Reserve and other nonprofits offer hope and shelter to homeless animals and practice responsible rehoming to provide brighter futures for pet owners and their cherished four-legged companions. By supporting the work of these organizations, Mark Pieloch hopes to create a better world for both people and pets.

Mark Pieloch: The Value of Community-Based Animal Shelters

Mark Pieloch is integrally involved in supporting the work of animal-care organizations in the neighborhoods, communities and cities in which he lives and works. As the owner and founder of several pharmaceutical firms specializing in creating nutrition supplements and other health products for companion animals, Pieloch is committed to improving the lives of homeless pets. He has demonstrated this commitment with large donations to the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, Nebraska, to the Central Florida Animal Reserve and to the Waukegan Park District K9 Trace and Pace fundraiser.

Mark Pieloch Sponsors UNL Western Horsemanship Equestrian Team

As a sponsor of the Western and Hunt Seat Horsemanship Equitation Team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Mark Pieloch has provided Phycox products and financial support for the team’s activities and competitions. Prospective members are required to try out to earn their place on the team and must comply with IHSA rules throughout their participation. Team members must attend weekly practices, pay dues and participate in fundraisers. These fundraisers help pay for ongoing expenses that include buses to and from competitions, team jerseys and entry fees. Exhibitions and performances can also provide added funds to support team activities.

At UNL, riders can compete in six divisions that correspond to their level of achievement in the equestrian arts. Beginners can compete against others at their own level, and advanced riders can take on more difficult challenges as their skill improves. Hunt Seat competitors are classified into eight divisions; they also compete against others with similar skill levels and abilities.

Members of the UNL Western and Hunt Seat Horsemanship teams ride university-owned horses during all practices and competitions. Riders are ranked and earn points according to their performance at shows and competitive events throughout the year. Team members who obtain 36 points during the course of competitions move up to the next division and are qualified to compete in Regionals. The top two performers in the Regionals compete in Zones. Finally, the top two riders in the Zones move up to compete at the Nationals. The UNL team depends on the help of sponsors like Mark Pieloch to support their activities throughout the year.

Mark Pieloch: Helping Big Cats at the Central Florida Animal Reserve

Mark Pieloch’s $12,000 donation to the Central Florida Animal Reserve allowed much-needed repairs after high winds damaged the refrigeration system and dismantled part of the shelters for big cats living in the reserve.

Pieloch is the owner of PSPC Inc., a firm that manufactures and distributes medications and nutritional supplements for companion animals, including dogs, cats and horses. When Pieloch heard about the plight of the big cats at the Central Florida Animal Reserve, he contacted Dr. Thomas Blue to find out how he could help. The $12,000 donation covered all necessary repairs to restore functionality after the storm.

More than 45 big cats have found a home at the Central Florida Animal Reserve. Many of these cats were rescued from unsuitable living conditions, were surrendered by unprepared owners or were born on the premises of the reserve to animals already there. Cougars, leopards, tigers and lions are among the residents of the reserve and enjoy the best possible care from Blue and his staff of volunteers. The Central Florida Animal Reserve and the big cats under its care will be moving in the next two years to a new facility better suited to the needs of these beautiful animals.

Mark Pieloch’s commitment to pets and animals of all types has motivated his generosity toward the Central Florida Animal Reserve and other animal-care organizations. His efforts have improved the lot of homeless cats, dogs and other companion animals in Florida, Nebraska and other areas around the United States.

Mark Pieloch Gives $1.5 Million for Homeless Pets

As a leading entrepreneur in the pet pharmaceuticals field, Mark Pieloch has a deep and abiding interest in the welfare of companion animals. His companies produce tasty and nutritious supplements designed to enhance the health of horses, dogs and cats. Pieloch recently made a substantial financial contribution of $1.5 million to the Capital Humane Society to help this nonprofit organization provide an additional shelter for homeless animals in the Lincoln, Nebraska, area.

Pieloch’s gift was used to construct the Pieloch Pet Adoption Center. This new shelter is located in the southeastern part of Lincoln just off Nebraska Highway 2. Comprising 15,000 square feet of additional space for the Capital Humane Society, the new shelter was completed in 2013 and provides living space for homeless dogs, cats, lizards, hamsters and birds in a highly visible location. With thousands of pets picked up by the Humane Society or surrendered by their owners each year, the new shelter will provide added hope for the cats, dogs and other animals that pass through the Capital Humane Society’s doors on an annual basis.

Mark Pieloch’s role as a leading entrepreneur in the pet pharmaceuticals field makes this charitable action a natural choice. His companies routinely provide animal-care organizations with supplements and medications to protect the health and well being of the animals under their care. In this way, Pieloch and his pharmaceutical companies can give back to the companion pets who allow these business enterprises to survive and thrive even in tough economic times.