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April 20, 2012

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April 20, 2012

Well I am currently writing a paper on 501(c)3 organizations/charities for one of my government classes and for this paper "Big Cat Rescue" is one of the two charitable organizations I am writing about on how legit the organizations are as well as finding where donations go and the truth/lies about the organizations to find out whether it would be a good organization to donate money to or to support but I have found both good and bad about "Big Cat Rescue" but after much research I do have one question which is....Why is "Big Cat Rescue" refusing to be evaluated by the BBB standard for charity accountability? This is makes it hard for me to believe all the good things about the organization if there is nothing to hide then why not allow it? If I can get a response it would be greatly appreciated. if references are wanted I can give them.

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Allow BBB to evaluate and show where the money for this organization goes.

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

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

I am writing a paper about 501(c)3 organizations and this one has my interest.

March 30, 2012
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March 30, 2012
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Big cats deserve respect and admiration. I commend what the bigcat rescue team are doing to help protect and preserve these magnificient creatures. Give what you can.

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 28, 2012
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March 28, 2012
3 people found this review helpful

I think the Big Cat Rescue is a GREAT sanctuary for big cats....

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

March 1, 2012
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June 24, 2011

Big Cat Rescue is a fabulous sanctuary for exotic big (and little) wild cats that have either been abused, abandoned or are retired from a circus. They have saved hundreds of these cats who enjoy the... more

March 1, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

Big Cat Rescue continues to exceed in every way. Their sanctuary rates as one of the top in the country because each and every staff member/volunteer is dedicated to the cats. Walking thru the sanctuary one gets a feeling of contented, well cared for cats. They aren't in cages, but instead large enclosures which are done as closely to their natural habitats as possible. Various enrichment "toys" are included daily to keep the animals occupied and help them exercise as well. My only regret or "complaint" is that we don't live close enough for both my husband and I to volunteer!!

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

June 24, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

Big Cat Rescue is a fabulous sanctuary for exotic big (and little) wild cats that have either been abused, abandoned or are retired from a circus. They have saved hundreds of these cats who enjoy their years at a sanctuary that not only gives excellent care, but lots of love personally to each animal. A high light of our visits to the west coast of Florida is always a stop to tour BCR. I always walk away in awe over how clean the facility is, how wonderful all the animals look and what an excellent staff, both paid and volunteer they have. They also do their best to rehab the bobcats that they rescue - often who have been hit by cars.

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I've seen the results of many of the animals.

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Absolutely nothing.

March 1, 2011

Big Cat Rescue, Tampa, Florida is a sanctuary for over100 exotic big cats. There are 16 species of cats, many endangered or extinct now in the wild. Tigers, Lions, Leopards,Cougars, Bobcats, Lynx,Servals, Ocelots and Caracats are part of the BCR "family".
Many are there because they have been
abandoned by owners who thought they would make good pets. Some have been "performers" and are now retired from performing. Others were saved from becoming fur coats and some were brought in as babies because hunters killed the mothers. BCR has educated people in an effort to stop the flow of exotic cats being kept as pets or being used as performers. They are fighting for stronger laws to protect these animals. I have learned a great deal from this awesome non-profit organization. Thanks to BCR, I am now fighting for the rights of these animals and I am most grateful to BCR for the providing a sanctuary for these magnificent big cats.

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

seeing the results of the many animals they have saved.

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

Absolutely can't think of one single change - they are awesome.

January 30, 2012
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January 30, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

A wonderful sanctuary that provides excellent care to their cats, who is also helping to stop the continual breeding of wild cats by non-accredited facilities.

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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

January 29, 2012
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January 29, 2012
3 people found this review helpful

As a volunteer at Big Cat Rescue, not only do we provide excellent care for the cats (by cleaning their enclosures every day, feeding them the best food money can buy, providing them with multiple types of enrichment, and operant conditioning, etc), but a major part of our mission is also to "end the trade in exotic cats". As a tour guide, we educate the public every day on the dangers of wild cats being owned by private hands, as well as describe the conditions that many of our cats were rescued from. Big Cat Rescue is not a zoo; we do not tell you just about the species and facts. Many of our cats came from shut-down facilities, relinquished from owners who could not care for them anymore or simply did not want them anymore, or those who aged-out of circuses and could not perform anymore. Part of our mission is to discuss this with our tour guests, and encourage them to become "advocats" (to contact their legislators, and follow campaigns such as ending private breeding of tigers, and banning traveling circuses with animals). The welfare of the cats at Big Cat Rescue is WHY we all volunteer or work for BCR. Not only do we have a huge desire to make the lives of the cats in our care the best they can be, but we also strive to make the lives of other cats we may never know the best they can be as well. All of the volunteers and staff at BCR have pure hearts of gold.

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

Seeing legislation change due to the majority requesting that which would benefit animals! Also, seeing cats who came from unfortunate circumstances enjoy their relaxing new homes!

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Recruit more advocats through education. We have touched so many through our tours, who simply did not realize consequences of things such as: One day those tigers who perform for you at the circus will become too arthritic to perform but have many years of life left, and those baby tiger cubs you posed with for a photograph at a mall or fair will become a huge adult and potentially be sold into private hands to a roadside zoo or backyard (or potentially, be killed and sold for their parts).

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

If we had more volunteers, I think we could reach more people. Currently we have enough amazing, dedicated volunteers to efficiently perform keeper duties, and partner/advocat duties, however if we had more to do more outreach events and recruit more advocats, I think that would be awesome!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have made so many friends through Big Cat. Some of my favorite people, the most amazing friends I could ever imagine, are volunteers at Big Cat. I have always been an animal lover but since I've been volunteering at BCR, I have also become much more involved with animal activism.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Totally super amazing!

January 28, 2012
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January 28, 2012
3 people found this review helpful

The big cats need you, they are tortured and hurt. But if people like Big Cat Rescue help, we can make a difference. Big Cat Rescue is humane and caring. They try to release the big cats back into the wild as soon as they can. The cats habitats are big and natural. So if you have some money to help the big cats, please do so and feed a cat today!!! ~Sophia 12years old

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Was your donation impactful?

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

January 21, 2012
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January 21, 2012
5 people found this review helpful

Went on tour in January 2012. FUN! Amazing to see these big cats up close! Tourguide was very knowledgable and all the volunteers were very friendly. Cute giftshop allowed you to purchase shirts, sweatshirts, etc, and all proceeds go towards taking care of the cats. All the cats are rescued - no breeding program. Encourages public to enjoy the cats in their natural habitat and not to adopt and try to raise these beautiful animals as pets! Guide tells stories about each cat seen. Will go again and would recommend this to anyone that is in the Tampa area! Family friendly and if can walk in pebble/rock paths, should be easy walk for older people as well.

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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

January 18, 2012
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January 18, 2012
5 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering at Big Cat Rescue for almost 3 years now. I enjoy seeing the cats in their spacious enclosures with trees and grass, (instead of hard, cold cement, like some other places do) and dens they can go in when they want to, (rather than when someone is making them, like some other places do). I enjoy being up close and personal with the cats, while being safely on the outside of their enclosures! The cats do get to know the volunteers, and some of the tigers chuff to me, and one of the cougars meows or purrs as I come by! Once I was painting a leopard enclosure next to a lion's enclosure, and he roared and I could feel the vibrations in my chest, it was awesome! Some of the cats were rescued from fur farms, some are retired from circuses or from breeders that were shut down, and some believe it or not were people's pets! Volunteers really do make a difference at BCR, as it is run alsomost exclusively by volunteers! You can volunteer as a Partner, and give educational tours and help in the gift shop, or a Keeper, and feed and clean up after the cats and help build and maintain enclosures, or an Advocat, and help advocate for better laws and regulations to make conditions better for wild cat species in the US and worldwide. They also support the Snow Leopard Trust, a wonderful organization that is helping to save Snow Leopards in the wild!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 5, 2012
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January 5, 2012
5 people found this review helpful

Big Cat Rescue providesa humane, nurturing home for many species of big cats. Additionally, they serves as national leader in the struggle to (1) educate the public about these magnificent animals and the steps necessary to protect them, (2) recruit and inform individuals to advocate for these animals, and (3) provide guidance to the staff of smaller sanctuaries who may lack the experience, expertise, or resources to handle a particular problem.

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Was your donation impactful?

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?

2011

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