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March 1, 2011

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March 1, 2011

Big Cat Rescue of Tampa is the most wonderful place in the world!!! They have served numerous animals over the years. Truly a must see when in th area

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

the loving care that those cats receive

Ways to make it better...

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

Visit more often

March 1, 2011

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March 1, 2011

I have been involved with Big Cat Rescue on different levels.
First as a AdvoCat where I am able to speak for these beautiful creatures with letters and petitions that I sign to assist in the current laws to be changed. Big Cat Rescue is extremely involved when it comes to changing the lives
of the big cats and their survival.

Second as a visitor of different tours I was educated and was able to see and feel how much care and concern this sanctuary has for ALL Big Cats. The sanctuary has such a loving feel upon arrival and you can feel how much compassion has gone into everything involved. Including the care and upkeep of all the enclosures. All the volunteers that I have come in contact with have hearts of gold and are well versed in presenting the information and educating all the guests whom visit. All the big cats are very content and happy. The staff of volunteers bond with the animals but in a way that the big cats continue to have their own space and remain wild. I feel that everyone should do themselves a favor and attend a tour at Big Cat Rescue so they may too, be educated properly on how these beautiful creatures should remain in the wild and not exploited or live a dosmestic life, when it is not the right thing to do.

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

Person :)

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

I would not change a thing.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To understand Big Cats completely and to open my eyes on how many are mistreated.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 10, 2010

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November 10, 2010

This non profit is NOT an attraction like a zoo. They are open for the public to come and learn about what really happens to wild animals that are used as exhibits and as pets. They are a TRUE SANCTUARY. They do not breed and DO NOT BUY animals. They are contacted many times every year about taking "pets" that have outgrown their cuteness. They have taken all of the Ringling Circus tigers and they will live out their lives in peace. Ringling pays for their upkeep. The cages are set in as natural a setting as possible. Trees & grasses are there so they can climb & stalk. Their mission is to educate the public abou the horrors of zoos, roadside attractions, the wild pet trade, and breeding of wild cats. Do you know that white tigers aren't rare? They are a birth defect caused by inbreeding? Look at their website www.bigcatrescue.org , go visit, make a donation if you can. They are awesome. And don't listen to tigerlover's "review." you can tell by the way he/she talks that they would contribute to those roadside zoos. They want an ATTRACTION not the real story. This is real. They don't hide things & tell the truth. I've visited for 15 years. They've only gotten better in regards to education and will go to Washington to stand up for animal rights. They run solely on donations & it's not cheap to feed those animals let alone upkeep cages, get vet service, etc. Go visit & treat yourself to seeing some beautiful cats, but also be prepared to shed a few tears as you hear the stories of how the animals were abused or neglected.

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Many laws have been passed due to information dispersed by Big Cat Rescue. A recent exhibition of a tiger at a restaurant in the Tampa area was stopped due to the public outrage when Big Cat Rescue sent everyone on their email list the info & encouraged them to contact the restaurant. They have rescued 100's of hurt & injured animals & they truly care.

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

Help find more large donors and volunteers who could make it an even better place. Procuring an area father away from the hustle & bustle might also aloow them to take in more animals as they are limited by the 40 acres they are in in Citrus Park. 15 years ago they were in the middle of nowhere & now they are surrounded by malls & strip centers.

May 8, 2010

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May 8, 2010

I heard about Big Cat Rescue and after reading about them on their website, I knew I had to visit (even though I live in NH). Initially I sent a few emails with some questions that I had and they responded promptly with the answers. I went on 3 different tours when we were in Tampa in April 2010. The tours were great and the guides were friendly and knowledgeable. It was so nice to see that these cats which had been abused, neglected or born into the pet-trade, were now living out their lives peacefully at Big Cat Rescue. I saw first hand how much the staff loves these animals and how much they take care not to stress out those animals that are not comfortable with the tour groups. This is a special place and it is on the top of my list to visit when we go back to Florida next year.

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

seeing the beautiful cats living in clean conditions and being well take care of.

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

seeing in person the love that they have for each and every one of their animals and what wonderful homes these animals now live in.

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

helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.

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

take in additional animals that continue to be neglected, abused and used for the pet trade.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 7, 2010
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May 7, 2010
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For a few years I had traveled this country visiting various animal facilities. In 2004 I stumbled across BCR on the web. I was invited for a visit. After that visit, I was truly in love with the facility, the people, the cats, their mission and their dedication to both captive and wild big cats as well as their dedication to educating people on the need to stop these big cats from ending up in backyards and roadside 'wannabezoos' and other places that use, abuse and discard these great animals. I continued to visit other facilities for a couple more years but always always I found myself coming back to BCR as no other facility captured my heart as did BCR. In my eyes, no other facility adhered to the extreme standards that BCR does in ALL areas. For the past 4+ years I have completely devoted myself to BCR and their educational mission. BCR is not only the cleanest most well run facility I have been involved with but is also the facility that has the highest standards across the board of any facility I have ever came across. BCR has the highest standards in health care, emotional well being of the cats, cleanliness, dedication to education, food quality, food storage and prep, animal habitats, money management & responsible use of funds and the list goes on and on. They are leaders in the field in all aspects. Their long ago history of being a breeder, buyer, seller is so long ago it is ancient history. Carole is extremely open about where they came from. What all this says to me is they have more of an understanding of what the real problems are regarding exotic animals held by private owners. They saw there was a problem with exotics as pets, saw how big and wide the problem was, realized they were part of the problem and LEARNED and CHANGED and became part of the solution to ending those problems! BCR’s past as a breeder, buyer, and seller is ancient history! They have since then been a powerful leader for putting an end to breeding, buying and selling for a very very very long time for far longer than they were part of the problem. Since then they have evolved from being part of the problem so long ago they have become a powerhouse and respected leader in ending the problems, educating the public and encouraging change exposing truths about exotic pet ownership and so on. Others, who do not want exotic pet ownership ended, those who profit from buying, selling & breeding these great animals for the exotic pet trade hate BCR because what BCR strives for is an end to exotics as pets which will end the non-stop stream of abandoned, abused, neglected and exploited big cats that end up needing rescued. People who make a living off big cats hate BCR because BCR is making a difference with their widespread educational efforts. Those BCR haters have nothing to use but BCR's so long ago past and anything false they can come up with or any false twists they can put on things. You will notice those who bad-mouth BCR throw up that ancient history repeatedly because they have nothing current to smear BCR with because for years and years BCR has not been breeders, buyers or sellers. Instead BCR learned and evolved into being part of the solution instead of remaining as part of the problem where those bad-mouthers did not evolve and choose to remain part of the problem. BCR became part of the solution those bad-mouthers did not. Those bad-mouthers hate what BCR stands for therefore will say or do anything in an attempt to stop BCR’s educational efforts because as more states ban big cats as backyard pets the fewer customers those bad-mouthers will have. Ultimately, that means fewer big cats living in backyards and basements. GO BCR!!! BCR is all above board, adheres to the highest standards, educates the public about the terrible outcomes for the animals in private hands and encourages people to not support facilities who are part of the problem instead of part of the solution. BCR believes sanctuaries should become accredited, which is an easy inexpensive process that can help increase public donations to those facilities. However, facilities that are not willing to do what is right for the animals choose not to become accredited because they do not want to adhere to proper standards of care or because they prefer to breed buy and sell. BCR is outspoken on exposing the difference between real and phony sanctuaries. Many private owners who buy, sell and breed also beg donations from the public by calling themselves a sanctuary, when in fact they are part of the source of putting big cats in backyards of private owners that will later need rescuing. Big Cat Rescue is outspoken on explaining that real sanctuaries do not buy, sell or breed. Real sanctuaries are part of the solution not part of the problem. Again, I have visited, worked with, participated in, done projects for, done photography for, etc MANY animal facilities across this country, those accredited, non-accredited, and even AZA facilities and in my opinion BCR sets the and adheres to the highest standards in all categories of any!!

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

I have not only seen first hand the high standards of this facility since I met them in 2004, but have prior to 2004 and after 2004 been involved with MANY other animal facilities and found BCR's standards to be by far the highest!

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them money to complete the outer wall and to further their educational projects nationwide.

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

Thier extreme dedication to educating the public about the need for ending private ownership of big cats, their dedication to preserving and protecting big cats in the wild, their dedication to the physical and mental well-being of the animals.

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

The BEST by far!!

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

Complete the wall, educate the public nation wide about the truths about white tigers and the need for laws banning the private ownership of wild animals and help projects that truly make a difference in preserving and protecting endangered wild big cats

Ways to make it better...

I could be at BCR 24/7/365

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

Not enough people calling & writing legilators regarding the need for bans on private ownership of wild animals.

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

I LOVE BCR AND ALL THEY STAND FOR!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 27, 2010
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April 27, 2010
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Why is this place listed as a attraction? Its the dog pound for big cats. They Rescued the cats from all over the place to give them a

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

By taking a tour

Ways to make it better...

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

clean up the small rusty cages

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

good enough and never have a clue as to what the place has been in the past and how to fix the place up!

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

build real cages make something to be proud of they say they make a million a year and have all volunter staff then where is the $$$ going!

Ways to make it better...

They told the truth about how the animals came to the facility

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

To be a Zoo oand build real habitats or close to the public and just hide out with the cats they buy.

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

They lie about the great collection of cats they have,u c many of the same cats and many old sick cats they advertise as if they are a great zoo and then show u crap

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

My husband and I have worked as volunteers every Friday for the past three years @ Big Cat Rescue. Being able to observe all of the magnificent cats play, interact with their environments, sleep and, yes, sometimes even dream has been an amazing honor. Big Cat tries to provide their cats the very best in nutrition, veterniary care, stimulation/ enrichment and security. Big Cat also educates the public about maintaining natural habitats for each cat species and advocates laws to help protect these species from legaized sport hunting, and pet/ fur trading. It is a great privilege to be one of the caregivers of such an amazing organization.

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

being able to contribute in saving unwanted animals and giving them a safe, caring environment as well as educating the public about not promoting the pet trade by buying wild exotic animals for pets. I've seen first hand the good work of this sanctuary.

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

feeling like I am making a difference for these cats and for the future of all wild animals

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

were caring, compassionate people who truly love animals.

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

tell more animal stories about neglect; getting the word out to more people

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

No longer able to visit Florida's west coast, I do what I can to spread the word about Big Cat Rescue's mission. They are top notch, and deserve to win; they ESPECIALLY do not deserve to be maligned by liars/those in the fur trade industry -- but that's to be expected when you're doing true good.

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

Ask them to join forces with other Florida sanctuaries, such as the Sun Coast Sea Bird Sanctuary, also on the Gulf Coast.

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

The timely, comprehensive and reader-friendly format of all their electronic updates; I find that forwarding them to friends makes a difference much quicker, especially because of the "pictures that tell a thousand words."

Ways to make it better...

If I could actually visit; since Dad moved from Florida, I haven't the opportunity to go back.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

Big Cat Rescue does just what the name implies. It takes wild, exotic cats that are usually living in terrible conditions and gives them a decent place to live out their days. The cats have room to move about and jump, their enclosures are kept clean, they are given proper medical care, and they are fed properly (not friskies). At the same time, they are kept safe from the public and vice-versa. It is too bad that these animals need to be rescued. They should be in their natural habitat in the wild. But since the need is there, I'm glad BCR is there to do the job and do it well.

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

very knowledgeable and obviously care a lot about the cats. It is a wonderful place to visit and learn.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

There's a difference between pets, livestock, wildlife and exotic animals. Big Cat Rescue helps draw the line by increasing awareness, supporting responsible legislation and saving many exotic and north American wildcats who were breed and/or kept as though they were pets or livestock.

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

save many more exotic and wild cats, provide paying jobs to the many volunteers who work tirelessly to care for the cats, promote education, public awareness and responsible legislation for oversight of exotic breeding and sales.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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