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August 21, 2011
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August 21, 2011
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I've been around Big Cat Rescue for some time now and have seen them grow and learn from everything they do. They always strive to make the facility safer, convenient and more hospitable to the residents. The education they provide visitors and amazing views of relaxed well cared for cats is beyond those I've ever seen. The life enrichment, toys, seasonal specialty treats, privacy and adoring staff make this a haven for so many of these animals that have had a rough journey in arriving here. Big Cat Rescues demand to have written proof that previous owners will not take another as a pet, fur farm animal or sideshow stealer, shows their commitment to the cause of keeping these animals in their natural habitat. I feel privileged to be able to help with these visionaries that help everyone understand that these animals are every bit as deserving as we are.

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Seeing how the video and photos are used to keep visitors in the loop along with the information on how to keep in contact with these people. It gives me great pride to know that I'm not only helping the cats, but helping people understand and take action for others.

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I would like to see the facilities be able to expand. In particular, it would be nice if they could take on the pig farm nearby. The pig farm can sometimes raise enough stench in the summer heat that people have attributed to Big Cat Rescue. I believe this gives such a clean facility, a bad representation that is undeserved and hampers people from a good, fun education.

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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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

If I could be able to make their training schedule, I might not have to bother others so much when I work near the cats.

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

I've learned many statistics that were absolutely shocking. Such as the number of captive tigers in America alone, surpasses all the tigers in the wild. The fragile ecosystem is getting so weak that we have morphed it into concrete for these animals. I feel privileged to help people understand that we have essentially enslaved these animals without regards to their abilities to live free and majestic on their own. I'm also proud to help give these cats refuge from these entrapments in a more natural, caring setting.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I've felt honorable and connected with the experience of how each cats personality shows their own, wants, desires and even dreams.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 20, 2011
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August 20, 2011
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As a former volunteer I would like to tell everyone to PLEASE do your research before you visit BCR. It is sad to say that I found out the "script" I was given to do tours is lie after lie. After many people told me I was lying I did my own research and found out I was infact lying to all of the tours. When brought to the attention of Carole Baskin (Lewis at the time) she shrugged it off, had more lies to tell. Over 94,000 of her own money went into buying these animals. They were NOT rescued, they were bought at PETS! Now she wants everyone to feed her PETS, claiming they were abused to get your hard earned money. Sad, because there are true rescues who do rescue and rehomes that could use the money, however Carole is workng hard to get them all closed down.

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All other rescues are afraid of her because she wants to be the ONLY rescue. When in fact she has bought the animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get rid of Carole Baskin and help the animals. She doesnt care about any anmals, its all about the "fame" she is getting and the money it is making her!

July 12, 2011

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July 12, 2011

i have seen many types of big cats and all i want is for them to survive and live their life to the fullest thank you ...

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

nothing you people make me smile

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 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 20, 2010

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April 20, 2010

Big Cat Rescue is not only the best exotic cat sanctuary in the world, working to educate the public and stop the trade and private ownership of exotic animals, but they also work everyday to make the sanctuary and community green. They have a public recycling program, are working to install solar energy and are constantly looking for way to increase energy efficiency and reduce waste at the sanctuary.

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

the love and care the volunteers have for the exotic cats in their care. Many of these cats have had traumatic pasts before they arrived. The animals come first and that is obvious in both the policies of the organization and dedication of the volunteers.

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

end the abuse of exotic animals all over the world through legislation and education. It could stop wild animals from being used as props or pets for the amusement or profit. It could conserve habitat that could save thousands of species from extinction.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 20, 2010

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April 20, 2010

THIS IS MY MOST FAVORITE PLACE TO BE. YOU CAN TELL THAT EVERYONE WHO HELPS HERE TRULY HAS THE CATS BEST INTEREST IN THIER HEARTS. I HAVE BEEN TO THREE OTHER BIG CAT SANCTUARYS AND THIS IS STILL FIRST CHOICE TO VISIT.I SPONSOR AT LEAST TWO CATS A YEAR AND HAVE MET EACH ONE. YOU CAN BET THAT I WILL BE BACK! IDELL MILLER

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

SPENDING THE NIGHT IN THE CABIN. HAVING THE TIME TO VISIT EACH CAT. MY FAVORITE CAT JADE THE LEOPARD!

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

THE BEST!

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

HELP TO BUY MORE LAND AND BIGGER AREAS FOR EACH CAT.

Ways to make it better...

I COULD STAY THERE AGAIN

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

1. FUNDS 2 ALLOWING PEOPLE TO BUY, BREED, AND SELL TTHESE WONDERFUL CREATURES. MAKES ME SAD!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 4, 2010
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April 4, 2010
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I am both a volunteer at and a donor to BCR. It's a wonderful organization focused on the rescue and care of abandoned, abused and/or retired performing wild cats. No breeding is done and every animal has lifetime care in spacious natural habitats, never concrete cages. BCR's bigger mission is to end the private ownership ans abuse of wild animals and the preservation of natural habitats and species in them. The founders take no salaries, expenses are bare bonres and focus on the proper care and feeding of our residents.

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

the 5 years I have volunteered there.

Ways to make it better...

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

need to clone myself!

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

The dedication of all volunteers and the continuing efforts to educate and be the best we can be.

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

Dedicated, hard working, well trained, passionate in their love for the big cats!!

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

Be secuyre in knowing the future expenses (almost $1 million in food and vets annually) would be taken care of. Funds to focus on the greater mission of passing people/animal protecting legislation... habitat preservation and restoration.

Ways to make it better...

I had the physical strength to be a keeper and work directly in caring for the cats.

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

Exotic pet industry. Those who feel they have a "right" to own wild animals which NEVER make good pets. Lack of natural habitat.

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

The day following my first tour at BCR in 2005 I became a volunteer. I have never regretted it and sometimes think I've never worked so hard!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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