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Big Cat Rescue, Corp.

Rating: 4.77 stars   517 reviews 30,338

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Children & Youth, Education

Address:

12802 Easy Street Tampa FL 33625 USA

Mission:

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.

Results:

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

Target demographics:

cats

Direct beneficiaries per year:

100+ big cats

Programs:

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

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813-920-4130
http://www.BigCatRescue.org

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

8 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  

THE NEGATIVE REPORTS ABOUT BCR ARE NOT TRUE. I'VE BEEN THERE AND I SUPPORT THEM

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered, visited and supported this true sanctuary for over ten years. A crew of dedicated and carefully trained volunteers and staff make a wonderful life for rescued wild cats. A TEN STAR EXPERIENCE for all!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I am both a volunteer at and a donor to BCR. It's a wonderful organization focused on the rescue and care of abandoned, abused and/or retired performing wild cats. No breeding is done and every animal has lifetime care in spacious natural habitats, never concrete cages. BCR's bigger mission is to end the private ownership ans abuse of wild animals and the preservation of natural habitats and species in them. The founders take no salaries, expenses are bare bonres and focus on the proper care and feeding of our residents.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the 5 years I have volunteered there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

need to clone myself!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The dedication of all volunteers and the continuing efforts to educate and be the best we can be.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, hard working, well trained, passionate in their love for the big cats!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Be secuyre in knowing the future expenses (almost $1 million in food and vets annually) would be taken care of. Funds to focus on the greater mission of passing people/animal protecting legislation... habitat preservation and restoration.

Ways to make it better...

I had the physical strength to be a keeper and work directly in caring for the cats.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Exotic pet industry. Those who feel they have a "right" to own wild animals which NEVER make good pets. Lack of natural habitat.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The day following my first tour at BCR in 2005 I became a volunteer. I have never regretted it and sometimes think I've never worked so hard!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Big cat rescue works for the animals. They rescue abused animals from all over the world and give them a chance to live in peace.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Big Cat Rescue does amazing work rescuing and rehabilitating big cats that have been kept in appalling conditions. Some of the cats they have rescued have been starving, others injured, some have never felt grass under their paws. At BCR all the cats are treated as wild animals - they have large enclosures with natural foliage - places to hide, places to play, places to rest. BCR recently added "vacation" enclosures - larger spaces the cats can take turns visiting (for a week or so) in order to have more room to roam and a change of scenery. The keepers and volunteers are very creative in designing enrichment for the animals, and is clear that the cats are adored by all who work or volunteer with the facility. All the funds donated goes to providing for the cats, it does not go into administration or staff salaries.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Have visited Big Car Rescue a couple of times and enjoyed every moment. The cats are happy, well taken care of and adored by their keepers. Sad that they have to spend the rest of their lives in enclosures but at least they have a safe and happy home now. The enclosures are huge, with lots of foliage and they even have a vacation rotation enclosure that is even bigger, with lots of room to roam, play and explore! I would recommend this place to anyone who loves animals, especially cats!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

The work that is done by Big Cat Rescue is amazing. I have personally been there several times and I can tell you that the cats have huge catatats in which to roam about with trees and dens. They even have a vacation rotation now where the big cats take turns being "on vacation" where they can look up and see the sky. There are factions who would try to discredit Big Cat Rescue, but all you have to do is check them out for yourself to find the truth. I highly recommend them and will continue to support them and visit.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I have visited BCR and found it to be a wonderful place. They have done a magnificent job with the cats they have rescued. They do not breed cats as some do for show and/or profit. Those people are the reason BCR exists. The cats are well taken care of and have a beautiful interactive environment. I support them in their efforts and look forward to visiting again.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen cats in need of medical assistance recover. I have seen their cat-a-tats and their enrichment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any changes to the organization itself. I found no fault.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

People have had the wool pulled over their eyes for a very long time and being fooled into donating lots of money to a woman that is essentially a big cat hoarder. Most of the money is going to lobbying political officials and everything else while the facility looks like a abandoned property and unsafe cages. They had 71 violations. (in one inspection). Continues to give false stories of the animals in the horrendous facility stating abuse, malnutrition and other lies. Many were her own animals bred and born there. Some were purchase by Carol herself as a pet and breeder.
She continues to Harass other places with exotic animals and even businesses who hire to have exotics for an event. Even files frivolous lawsuits.
She claims people exploit animals when she is guilty of using her animals to make money too. Everything down to having a wedding at Big Cat Rescue. But if anyone else does that, she claims abuse and exploitation and cruelty.
So, by all means, keep donating your money to the richest cat hoarder alive. (She earned a lot on the mysterious husband that disappeared) the money isn't going to the animals and that is obvious looking at the facility.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

The cages were all rusted, some had broken wires which animals could be caught on. Enclosures weren't clean,p. Required top nets by law not there. Animals exhibit signs of stress and fear such as pacing. Several of the cats looked extremely underweight. My opinion as a veterinary technician is this place should be closed and all cats rehomed so the can recover from malnutrition and high stress levels.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Make millions each year, animals in smaller cages than expected plus they still have flooding issues. Not a great non-profit! They profit, not the cats though

 
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Clearly this is not a real visitor, but rather someone who hates us for our efforts to end the trade in big cats as pets, props and for their parts. They frequently make up aliases to try and look like a "Member of the Public" but they aren't fooling anyone. "Judge me by the enemies I have made." - Franklin D. Roosevelt