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Big Cat Rescue, Corp.

Rating: 4.76 stars   528 reviews 32,248


12802 Easy Street Tampa FL 33625 USA


Caring for cats - Ending the trade Care of our cats. The narrow mission of Big Cat Rescue is to provide the best permanent home we can for the abused, abandoned and retired cats in our care.  We do this by building enclosures in a very natural habitat with foliage and shelter on our 45 acre site, by providing the best nutritional and medical care possible, and by having active operant conditioning and enrichment programs to provide for their physical and psychological well being.  Education. The broader mission of the sanctuary is to reduce the number of cats that suffer the fate of abandonment and/or abuse and to encourage preservation of habitat and wildlife.  We urge people to behave in a way that will support these goals by teaching people about the plight of the cats, both in the wild and in captivity. We accomplish this through educational guided tours, educational programs for young people, and by maintaining a website that is the world’s largest and best resource for information about exotic cats.


See our annual report at http://bigcatrescue.org/2012/2011-annual-report

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100+ big cats


Rescuing and providing permanent care for big cats. Saving cats in the wild.

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

12 people found this review helpful

Big Cat Rescue provides an awesome service for big cats that, sadly, is more necessary now than ever. Big cats deserve to live in the wild, but there are so many in the hands of private citizens that are abused and neglected. BCR helps these animals and gives them a home for the rest of their lives, complete with plenty of food, enrichment, vet care, and love. BCR also plays an important role in advocacy for big cats, trying to help them in all areas. The world would be a much worse place without the staff and volunteers at Big Cat Rescue. I visited them in November 2014, and I wish I lived closer so I could visit over and over. To see these amazing animals is a rare treat, and to see them healthy and happy after what many of them have been through is nothing short of a miracle.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so thrilled these cats have a safe place to live out their life. It is obvious the cats welfare is the Rescue's main goal along with safety to the public. The cats are well cared for and seem to have the best life they can in captivity. Everyone should make a trip to visit these beautiful animals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Loved the tour. This place is like a 5-star cat resort really. I was so nice to see these cats living the good life. Wish they all could have it so good! For us it was worth the 2 hr drive there.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great charity, beautiful cats, informative guides & information. We will definitely be back.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As much as I have loved Big Cat Rescue ever since I first came across them on YouTube, I promised myself I would not write a review before actually visiting there. Now I finally have and it was a real dream come true.

I took part to Wildcat Walkabout on 1st of October in 2016 as a volunteer. I handed out tickets for the visitors, welcomed them and explained how they could support different projects with their ”conservation bucks”. Before that, on the previous day, I got the pleasure to have a look at the sanctuary itself. I got to meet the cats and all the hard-working interns, volunteers and staff members. Those are the nicest people you’ll ever meet, I can assure you. They work tirelessly to make sure the cats are doing well and everything is how it should be. I had long chats with Mrs. Baskin as well and she answered any questions I might have had.

It was amazing to see the Vacation Rotation Enclosure and Small Cat Funcation. Never have I seen such huge enclosures in zoos or animal parks. Their normal enclosures are filled with platforms, dens, pools, trees and grass; all the natural elements to make the cats feel at home. No concrete or pebbles, but pure soil under their paws.

I got to see the food preparation, which greatly impressed me. I already knew each cat has their unique diet, but to see it in person and follow the interns filling the food buckets with such care only enforced my respect for them and their work. I was also impressed by how carefully BCR was planning their event. There were 90 people helping on that day, mostly to make sure no one disturbed the cats or go beyond safety wire. Cats always come first there, no matter which day or event is underway.

I was introduced to intern housing, too. Big Cat Rescue does such fantastic work with how they’re doing their very best to be environmentally friendly. They use solar energy, they recycle their waste and they have specific instructions of their recycling policy in each of the trailers. If only every facility/company/business/organization chose to support green values as strongly as Big Cat Rescue does. After studying sustainable development I was prepared to make notes and request things to improve, but I quickly realized there was nothing I could have suggested to be done better. It was already beyond my expectations.

Big Cat Rescue has always been a huge inspiration for me. They’ve taught me that even one person can make a BIG difference and that one should never be afraid to speaking up for someone who has no voice to speak for themselves. It’s thanks to people at Big Cat Rescue I volunteered in South Africa, took part to Global March Against Canned Hunting and became a vegetarian. Without them I probably still wouldn’t have a clue how abusive cub petting is, what tiger farms are and that there are such awful places for animals in the world. They have opened my eyes in every possible way and for that I will always support them and their cause.

I have seen with my very own eyes how things at their facility work and how tirelessly they are all working for a better future for both people and animals. Thank you. I hope to return with my spouse one day in the future. He was greatly disappointed he had to stay at work while I got to experience this piece of heaven.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A great feel-good place for my daughter's 12 year-old birthday.
Thanks for taking such good care of those deserving and honorable animals.
The volunteers at the walkabout were ALL friendly and helpful.
They even provided COLD water for us in many locations thoughout the park.
We will be back.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Fantastic experience. Friendly and very educated staff. The cats appear non stressed and well cared for. Some are real hams and come out to see the tour groups as you start approaching.. I will be returning and will continue to donate...

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My friend and I did the Keeper tour and it was worth every penny!
They let you take your time taking pictures, tell you the story of where each cat came from, they educate you on each animal and how we can help stop people from being able to have these wild animals as pets. They are not only saving lives, they are educating and helping to pass legislation. There volunteers are dedicated and humble individuals and you could tell the tour guide lives breathes and sleeps advocacy and conservation. A life changing experience, wish more places where run like this!

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Rating: 5 stars  

We took our 12 year old twins to Big Cat Rescue for the Keeper Tour. It was worth every penny! Our guide Jennifer was very informative and you could tell she loved the cats and her volunteer job! We have been donors for over 10 years and visited over 12 years ago and we see that our donations are very well spent. We also learned that we can do more to be and "Advocat" and make sure that our political leaders are working to stop private ownership of these majestic, wild and wonderful creatures. Thanks Big Cat for everything you do!!

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Rating: 4 stars  

To re-train an animal for wild release, it may be necessary to use live prey. In domestic cats, the mother teaches kittens to hunt for mice by first bringing back dead mice so they learn what to hunt for. She then brings back stunned live mice and demonstrates how to kill. Instinct alone will not produce a good mouser. However, if there is no intention to ever release these wild cats back into s natural environment, I agree live prey are not necessary. Let's admit it, cats can be lazy they are quite happy with killed butchered meat. Yummy for cats. Cats are obligate carnivores and do require meat in their daily diet, trying to force these wild cats into total vegetarians would be cruel. But the prey animals must be treated humanely also.

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