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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

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.

Community Stories

534 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Diana18

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a loyal supporter of Big Cat Rescue for many years and dreamed of the day I could go visit the siteh. I finally had the opportunity last week and it was amazing. The concern that all of the staff and volunteers have for these magnificent creatures is amazing. I am proud to be affiliated, if only in a small way, with such a wonderful group. And I have learned a great deal over the years about helping protect the big cats.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter and fan of Big Cat Rescue for over 5 years and the more I learn about them, the more respect I have for the work they do. I have learned a great deal from the group about properly caring for rescued big cats and about how to prevent the abuse that so many big cats suffer at the hands of inconsiderate, irresponsible, uncaring or downright cruel humans. If I lived closer, I would be proud to be a hands-on volunteer. Carole Baskin and all of the staff and volunteers do an amazing job. One of my favorites, out of all the wonderful things that they do, is the domestic cat rescue assistance program - so that the volunteers can cuddle with cats. Watching the videos of the rescues of abused big cats shows how much they truly care for these majestic animals and how hard they work to give those cats a safe, healthy, and peaceful life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue does exactly what it says on the box - it rescues big cats from all over America and also from South and Central America, many of them having been orphaned by hunters when tiny, or subsequently abused by owners, or have been kept in terrible conditions or for nefarious reasons. It has, for example, 22 tigers (one of whom had, for example, been kept in a cage only a couple of feet larger all round than the animal itself) - by now magnificent animals in wonderful condition after being saved and cared for by BCR. Most of the staff are hugely enthusiastic volunteers or students studying related subjects at university - and all are well trained or in the course of thorough training, professional and delightfully polite and caring. Not only is this charity outstanding in preserving such threatened and magnificent animals, it does so in truly exceptional surroundings which provide the big cats with the sort of environment and space that they would experience in the wild, spread over 65 acres - definitely NOT a zoo! Tours are varied and take between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 hours walking with a guide around the site - a wonderful experience for "children" of all ages (I am 77). I cannot recommend this higher for anyone interested in these beautiful animals - varying from small bob-cats to fully grown lions.


Kelly228

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took my 18-year-old niece on the feeding tour and the sanctuary tour. We had an incredible visit and learned so much. What a great organization! Very impressive and very caring staff. Thank you for all you do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing place! It was so educational. To see the care and compassion for these cats made my heart melt!!!! Cannot say enough great things about this organization!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited Big Cat Resue last year. It was amazing. They provided me with so much education about big cats. I was able to tour and visit with the rescues. They are amazingly beautiful and their stories are heartbreaking...until you hear how BCR has helped them and saved them from abuse. I have followed them on Facebook ever since. I feel like I know all of the cats by name and theee little quirks based on the stories and the care that BCR provides to them. I also participate in some animal rights advocacy based on what they have taught me. I would give the 10 stars if I could!!! I can't wait to go back to visit again. It is truly an amazing non profit!!!

Wendy162

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing non-profit. The work and education being done is so well done. I went on my first tour of their non-contact facility and was amazed by the care that these beautiful animals were getting. From their enrichment program and vacation areas for the cats to the great medical care.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very educational, not a zoo, main focus is on the cats and not the care takers, as it should be. Well worth another visit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Janet146

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Rebecca185

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

curobe

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.