Big Cat Rescue, Corp.

Rating: 4.73 stars   346 reviews

Issues: Animals, Children & Youth, Education

Location: 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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 59-3330495
813-920-4130
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been following Big Cat Rescue and their efforts to save cats. I feel that what they do is something that deserves more than 5 stars! And if I lived in their area, I would love to volunteer at their facility.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Thanks Becky. Whenever you decide to move here, we would love to have you become a Big Cat Rescuer.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have continuously been blown away by the great work and effort these folks put into the rescue, care and rehab of these big cats!

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Definitely

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Thank you Kathleen!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Big Cat Rescue provides a home for exotic cats, including lions and tigers, that were kept as pets and then abandoned. .They also treat and save big cats, including bobcat and lynx, that were injured by cars or farm equipment. These cats can't return to the wild or live in zoos, so the only option absent BCR is for them to be destroyed. No other charity has the same mission or capacity. Please recommend BCR for your clients.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Thank you Karen, for mentioning our rehab program. Giving bobcats a second chance at freedom is one of our happiest moments.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

What Big Cat Rescue is doing is life changing. They are able to educate so many people and help so many animals who would other wise be put down or be in horrible conditions. I would recommend this organization to anyone!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

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Thank you Lisa. Our tag line is "An Educational Sanctuary" so you let us know that we are walking our talk.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I used to live in and work in Costa Rica rehabilitating and releasing cats and other endangered species back into the wild when possible. If not we took care if them and educated people about them. When I returned to the States I researched centers here who try to help to save and educate people about them. Big Cat Rescue is the one I chose to and will continue to support.

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Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Thank you Kelly. Back in the 90s we tried to start a rescue center in Costa Rica, but the travel back and forth was just too much, so we never got it built. It is a beautiful place though.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We went to BCR by chance when our shuttle launch was delayed. My husband had found the site when looking for other things to do while on vacation. Knowing how much I love animals, we decided to go here. What an amazing experience it is! Not only do you get to see beautiful cats up close, but you get an education as well. I never knew some of the things I learned that day... like white tigers are a man-made creature created by cross-breeding, or that so many exotic cats are kept as pets. Visiting BCR has changed my view on so many things and I thank them immensely for what they are doing and what they stand for. I have since gone back twice and will be going again soon. Please visit!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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The one comment we hear more than any other from guests is, "I had no idea!" Thanks for letting others know that white tigers and white lions are just the result of inbreeding. Little by little the truth is getting out thanks to people like you.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Such an amazing place allowing animals in need to flourish in a happy and healthy environment while spreading knowledge and awareness to the community. Plus, who can argue with cute internet videos of fluffy kitties?

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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We are really working to corner the big cat video market so that more people can learn about the plight of the cats. Thanks for rating and sharing!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I wake up in the morning- and see BCR ( Big Cat Rescue ) and I am SO THANKFUL- this organization is possible. SO MANY Big Cats are in bad situations- and I see or hear stories- about horrible things- that happen- and the 1st thing that pops into my mind- is I wonder if 'they' BCR- can do anything about- this horrible situation. Now I even have my children and their friends learning about the Big Cats and Big Cat Rescue- and the educational VALUE- there is - involving ALL of it. And they are amazed- and can't get enough. So at night- now I have them all watching National Geographic and learning as much as they can and they know it is NOT okay to own exotic animals or to mistreat them or what to do- if they see one- that is mistreated or injured. An AMAZING sanctuary and place for healing and recovery and such hard work to all the workers and a nice home for the cats. Now this is what America can be proud of are places like these out here and that's what this country needs more of is love genorosity and caring. So Thanks Big Cat Rescue ! For All That You Do Out There and The Cats Need You !!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Thanks Jessica! We wish we could help them all, but resources are limited, so that is why we are working so hard to change the laws so that people don't abuse big cats in the first place. I hope that you will continue to share their message and how people cat help at BigCatLaws.com

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The only thing that would make it better would be a photo tunnel so pictures without cages could be gotten ;)

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A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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We are working on that! Thanks for the suggestion, Will.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Stepping into Big Cat Rescue in Tampa Florida, I was overcome with a feeling of peacefulness, health, respect and ... something most pervasive ... Love! These animals had been mistreated at the hands of the worst that humanity has to offer, and now thanks to Big Cat Rescue, they are nursed back to health, given the best possible living conditions, and encouraged to behave as the wild animals which Nature had intended. As I walked through the sanctuary, I cried seeing the suffering these animals have endured through no fault of their own, and then I laughed with pure joy to see and feel their relief in knowing they will be safe and cared for throughout the rest of their lives. Big Cat Rescue is a true blessing to the animals!

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Thanks Judy Lee. That's kind of how our days go too. Lots of crying and laughing, but it is all worth while thanks to people like you who do so much to help us end the trade in big cats.