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Phone: 813-920-4130
12802 Easy Street
Florida 33625
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Target demographics: cats

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100+ big cats

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Become an Advocat http://bigcatrescue.org/get-involved/volunteer/advocats/

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

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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The volunteers at BCR are so amazing on many different levels. The sacrifices they make to ensure the well being of the Big cats far exceeds any level of care that I've seen before. Many Volunteers report to BCR on cold mornings, rainy days and hurricane windy days without a complaint. They do so... more »
I love this place. I have been here four times so far. It is always part of my family vacation every winter when we visit Florida. The stories of how some of the cats got there will break your heart, but your heart will be happy again when you see the life they now get to live out here... more »
I visited Big Cat Rescue in 11/2010 and have been following them daily / religiously on Facebook and in several groups before that visit and since that visit and I am very excited about my upcoming trip this September. Never have I been so impressed with the natural habitats in which the cats are ... more »
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