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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!

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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

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

Big Cat Rescue does a magnificient job of giving rescued bigs cats and some not so big cats (sand cat, geoffery cats) a quality of life experience. Many times they rescue abused animals that have had horrible living conditions, small cages, poor or no food, little veterinary care. These animals show their by interacting with their environment and showing some contentment with there abodes. I have made the trip to Big Cat Rescue from the Washington, D.C. area twice just to be able to help. I come back feeling very rewarded for the time spent.

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

by making two trips from Washington, D.C. to spent the day working with the volunteers, making treats, etc., and taking photographs.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to get them more exposure so that more donations would come in. They need money.

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

just being able to see the rescued animals in a healthy environment.

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

incredibly dedicated. Most of the work at Big Cat Rescue is done by volunteers.

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

take care of more animals. It does not accept an animal unless it can give it a quality environment and quality care for an extended period of time. Habitats and food are expensive so 10 million bucks would private a more habitats and secure its future.

Ways to make it better...

I lived closer. I try to make a trip down about every other year, but keep track on Web the rest of the time.

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

continued financial support. It needs to keep increasing so that they can save more animals.

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

I am so impressed at how the animals interact when you pass by. Somehow, the people at big cat rescue have reversed the bad things experienced by the animals so that they seem relaxed and not angry toward people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

As volunteer for Lions, Tigers and Bears in Alpine, California, I did office work, telephone calls, wrote letters, made flyers, recruited volunteers for maintenance especially to build fences and cages, recruited volunteers for all jobs and donated to various projects. I did many various things for Lions, Tigers and Bears.

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

ongoing longtime contact as donor to this outstanding organization which excels in every aspect of its operation including animal care, management and sources of education offered to the public.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make sure things continue to run just as they are - no changes are necessary because the administration of Big Cat Rescue has absolutely everything under control and ongoing surveillance. This is a very smoothly run facility.

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

As someone extremely familiar with zoos and animal rescue non-profits(both national and in other countries), I have no doubt that Big Cat Rescue by far surpasses all other such organizations in many aspects of its operations worldwide. the world.

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

Excellent. All are highly qualified, hard-working, dedicated, knowledgeable, caring individuals who are deeply devoted to the care of their animal residents and to their welfare. Big Cat Rescue is one of a kind.

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

Absolutely work wonders to improve the plight of many more injured, abused, neglected, sick cats of all sizes from all over by enlarging its facility and accommodating far more animals and habitats for them.

Ways to make it better...

It could not have been better. Big Cat Rescue offers the best of everything for visitors who care about animals (and, especially animals in the cat family)

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

always the same - enough funding to cover such an expensive operation.

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

BCR supporters- please donate a flood of funds to help Founder, Carole, support the passage and enforcement of multiple proposed legislations to assure the survival, protection and conservation of animals and their habitats worldwide.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

On a vacation trip to Tampa last April, my daughter insisted that we use our last day visiting Big Cat Rescue. Her teenage daughter was less than thrilled (the beach!) and I was interested, although I had never heard of anything like it. What an experience!! While immensely interesting and informative, the best part was the absolute respect given these beautiful animals. I was very deeply moved by the attitude of the staff and volunteers and I totally changed my views on animal exhibitions and acts. I only wish we lived closer so we could volunteer there.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

rescue even more big cats, expand and improve their "catatats", educate even more people, especially children.

Ways to make it better...

there was a bench or two to rest on during the tour.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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