Big Cat Rescue, Corp.

Rating: 4.73 stars   346 reviews

Issues: Animals, Children & Youth, Education

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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been to Big Cat Rescue twice and both times were wonderful! I will never forget the experience. I am thankful to BCR for the opportunity to see such beautiful animals up close, as well as to participate in enrichment activities and operant conditioning activities. It was really something to see all these animals, whom I would never encounter otherwise except maybe glimpsing them in a zoo, and to see them so well cared for and treated with reverence, as they should be. It was educational, fun, breathtaking at times when watching them play. In short, I love BCR and everything they stand for, and I am thankful there are people who care enough to step up and be good stewards to these animals who have encountered so much misfortune at the hands of humans in their past. The Tampa community is very blessed to have such a unique place and to have good citizens who recognize the real value of these animals and do not kill, coerce, breed, sell or exploit these animals in any way. I only wished I lived closer than North Carolina so I could visit much more often.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Fabulous place!!!!! A great sanctuary, doing great things.

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

Give it more money!!!!!!

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Amazing place to visit. My daughter and I both learned so much while on a trip there. I was amazed at their respect for the animals and impressed with the staff and volunteers extensive knowledge. This was no show, the animals were treated as animals and the people kept their distance. A true sanctuary where the animals needs are put first.

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A lot

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I know Big Cat Rescue solely from their videos and online advocacy, but even from thousaNds of miles away the BGC educates and supports me every day by sharing the beauty and humour of happy, humanely treated cats finally safe from their often misguided owners. The videos cheer me up; their unending efforts to educate people in how they can help and facilitate their doing just that help me direct my energies without giving up in confused frustration. I very badly want to visit, but until then, I have their internet presence. Well done Big Cat Rescue!

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

A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Well worth the trip down from Montreal! I will never, ever forget this experience! I praise and admire BCR on a daily basis! Beautiful staff, area, and sanctuary! Thank you!

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I loved going to Big Cat Rescue and seeing that cats were being well cared for. It is a shame that people take in the cubs ant then don't want them anymore when they get too "big". What did they think??? that the cub would not grow up into a wild animal, not stay little Joey's cuddly pet??? I believe they should all be in the wild, not captivity, but as humans selfishness does the wrong thing, there is no other choice than to now keep that georgeous free creature in a safe place as they no longer would survive in the wild. People have seen to that. Big Cat Rescue gives these cats as much freedom as possible in their enclosures and cares for their needs and keeps them safe. Kuddos to you BCR

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

A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

BCR is a wonderful place for sick, abused, neglected animals to live out their days in a loving environment. The are allowed to be what they are...wild animals. Go on a tour and they will explain where each animal was rescued from. The volunteers there do an awesome job. My son is a volunteer. He comes home with great stories to tell each time he is there. Please do not believe these 1 star reviews. Those are the people who don't want sanctuaries like this to save animals. They are the animal traders/sellers who don't want the laws passed that close their businesses.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Ive been to Big Cat Rescue once, it was the most amazing experience Ive ever had. The cats are so well taken care of, they're given enrichment and high quality food in abundance. The staff was very knowledgeable. I also follow Big Cat Rescue on Facebook to keep up with their remarkable stories and see new additions to their family! I have to say, if I ever move away from Florida Ill miss Big Cat Rescue the most.

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

Ive seen how they change the lives of animals. They rescue exotic cats in need. Its given me a whole new perspective on many things.

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

Make it so they have more money and a larger property. They need all the room and money they can get with an operation like this!

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

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

I feel more strongly about animals, especially big cats. I recognize that they're not meant to be locked up in a house or cage. They deserve freedom and enrichment, and while they cant be released back into the wild, they should get the best treatment possible from expects. They deserve a forever home where they'll get everything they need and more.

 
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Looks at some of our cats, it is obvious that they have good food and in abundance. Thanks for noticing!

Rating: 5 stars  

Inspiring charity that goes above and beyond what is necessary just to save these helpless and abused cats. BCR is a role model and expert in the conservation of these animals. They speak out for the animals when the animals cannot speak out for themselves.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The only thing that would make it better would be a photo tunnel so pictures without cages could be gotten ;)

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

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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We are working on that! Thanks for the suggestion, Will.