Big Cat Rescue, Corp.

Rating: 4.73 stars   346 reviews

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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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a donor to BCR for many years. When I was first introduced to BCR I was impressed by what I saw on paper and felt very deeply about the plight of the exoctic animals exploited and abused in our country. A few years later I had the opportunity to visit BCR. I was in total amazement. The area was so beautiful, the enclosures were very spacious (bigger than some zoos) and the care the cats receive (volunteers and professional) is awesome. Now I understand the address "Easy Street" This is a very worthwhile cause and organization. If you have never been there you should plan a vacation to the Tampa/Orlando area and plan a day at BCR. You won't regret it and you will come away totally inspired.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This Sanctuary provides a safe haven for some of our most beautiful big cats. The enclosures they have for them, the efforts to re-create a natural habitat and consistently treating these magnificant creatures with respect and not trying to domesticate them, demonstrates the devotion the founders and volunteers of this Sanctuary have for the creatures in their care. Its a delightful place to visit, the volunteers and guides are knowledgeable and willing to share unique stories about each animal. Their mission to save these big cats and educate the public about these creatures is wonderful. Its a lovely place to visit and spend a couple of hours and enjoy oneself and simultaneoulsy see some wonderful work being done. I can't get enough of the place, you can delight in seeing these magnificant cats so close and just be amzed at their magnificence.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Are you looking for a different and soul-enriching experience? Visit Big Cat Rescue. You will be charmed and delighted by the gorgeous felines in residence. More importantly, you will be fascinated by the devotion with which they are tended by the staff and volunteers who dote on their every want and need. While much of the world seems intent on destroying our environment, BCR is determined to preserve these elegant and graceful creatures, many of whom have been mistreated and maligned by human beings. Few facilities are as attentive to the requirements of their charges, and the result is an experience that is life-changing for both the cats and those humans lucky enough to visit them!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I visited this sanctuary many years ago and am very impressed with the progress they've made since my visit. They do such wonderful and important work by taking in and caring for all the animals they do. People don't realize how important ENRICHMENT is to an enclosed animal, or any animal, and I think it's fantastic that they are in the process of building a "vacation enclosure" for all the animals to rotate and share! I also love that they make available videos of the animals having fun during the holidays, or whatever the occasion may be. I really enjoy watching these - keep the videos coming! Big Cat Rescue needs more supporters - please help them if you can!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have visited the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary on several occasions. It is a wonderful facility. Not only does it care for injured cats, pets that have overgrown their welcome, it also urges the public to be aware of circumstances where cats are being abused and to contact the abuser(s). They have traveled all over the country to pick up cats that were in jeopardy and to give them a safe home. It is a non-profit, run primarily by volunteers who are so committed to their cats.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've visited this place, and I have never seen a sanctuary where large animals are given such nice space and you can tell the staff and volunteers really care about these beautiful creatures. Their spaces are clean, they are well-fed, and they are provided with little experiences to make their lives in captivity less boring.

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Every time I feel like I've lost hope in mankind, Big Cat Rescue gives me something to believe in. They never fail to make me feel like change is possible and we could still make a huge difference in a world that seemed to have lost all its senses and humanity. With every post, picture, video, e-mail I feel like they've saved the world's soul in their own perfect way. They truly are the modern day's super heros.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love this site and this cause!!! Cats big and small all need to have permanent and safe homes and this wonderful shelter goes above and beyond to ensure that the animals are not only healthy, but happy too. It is a dream of mine to visit the sanctuary someday and see this wonderful creatures in this wonderful facility. Thank you Big Cat Rescue for your tireless efforts and for all you do to help these "Forgotten" felines

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2011

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We visited Big Cat Rescue while in Florida this past winter and have recommended them to many others. They do much more than house these wonderful animals . Their educational efforts extend far beyond Florida and even the United States. Through email, they keep in touch and encourage readers to help abusers to "do the right thing". Their efforts are powerful and should continue to be recognized and supported.

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While visiting some family in Florida we visited Big Cat Rescue. I am an avid animal lover and own 4 cats 2 of which are back alley rescues, so I could identify with their mission. The tour was fantastic although I would have liked to see more of the cats out and about (most were sleeping). The staff there are very friendly and knowledgable and you can tell that they actually care to give these cats the home they deserve. There is even a memorial area for all the cats who have passed during their residence at Big Cat Rescue. While we were there they were busy adding a 2 acre savanah type complex for the cats to be able to run at full speed and stretch their legs. I look forward to visiting again and hopefully will be able to afford a more in depth and longer tour in the future!

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