Big Cat Rescue, Corp.

Rating: 4.76 stars   519 reviews

Address:

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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http://www.BigCatRescue.org

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered, visited and supported this true sanctuary for over ten years. A crew of dedicated and carefully trained volunteers and staff make a wonderful life for rescued wild cats. A TEN STAR EXPERIENCE for all!

 
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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.

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

the 5 years I have volunteered there.

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

need to clone myself!

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?

2010-4-01

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

People have had the wool pulled over their eyes for a very long time and being fooled into donating lots of money to a woman that is essentially a big cat hoarder. Most of the money is going to lobbying political officials and everything else while the facility looks like a abandoned property and unsafe cages. They had 71 violations. (in one inspection). Continues to give false stories of the animals in the horrendous facility stating abuse, malnutrition and other lies. Many were her own animals bred and born there. Some were purchase by Carol herself as a pet and breeder.
She continues to Harass other places with exotic animals and even businesses who hire to have exotics for an event. Even files frivolous lawsuits.
She claims people exploit animals when she is guilty of using her animals to make money too. Everything down to having a wedding at Big Cat Rescue. But if anyone else does that, she claims abuse and exploitation and cruelty.
So, by all means, keep donating your money to the richest cat hoarder alive. (She earned a lot on the mysterious husband that disappeared) the money isn't going to the animals and that is obvious looking at the facility.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

This "sanctuary" is only that in the owner's eyes. They pocket 80% of the donations. The money certainly doesn't go toward animal caging or care. In November, 2014, Big Cat Rescue, Corp received 77 Violations of the Animal Welfare Act in ONE visit!! Don't believe me, read the report here complete with photos of their deplorable, rusty, weed-choked caging!!
http://www.bigcatrescuewatch.com/uploads/2/6/8/1/26816874/2014_unannounced_inspection_-_big_cat_rescue.pdf

 
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Clearly this is not a real visitor, but rather someone who hates us for our efforts to end the trade in big cats as pets, props and for their parts. They frequently make up aliases to try and look like a "Member of the Public" but they aren't fooling anyone. "Judge me by the enemies I have made." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Rating: 1 stars  

In my opinion, Carole and Howard Baskin, multi-millionaires, have created the biggest scam possible to have people donate to support their 'habitual hoarding habit' of exotic cats. By supporting bans on these animals, they create for themselves a 'roadside zoo' with no competition. What's supposed to be 'sanctuary' is not considered a Florida sanctuary by FFW due to the amount of advertising and heavy traffic; with possibilities for tours anytime night or day.
This facility does not meet standards and thee owners guilty of 26 VIOLATIONS of the Animal Welfare Act. That statement right there demonstrates the biggest reason for such a poor rating.

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

SHUT IT DOWN and move the animals to better facilities where people know what they are doing including isolation for incoming animals and how to provide properly for sic animals. Built on and old landfill with the animals receiving water pumped in from the old retention pond. Considering the numerous deaths, the highest of any facility of this type, mostly from cancer and tumors; it is likely from contaminated soil and the water provided to the animals

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

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Some

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

This charity is amazing! the animals are very well taken care of, and the cages are stunning! i would love to take my children on a vacation here. and dont listen to the one star reveiws, as they ALL DO come from big cat abusers, killers, etc.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I would never ever recommend this place-NEVER!!! It's a train wreck with an accident waiting to happen. Built on an old land fill and the cages are not secure. No way would I ever recommend this place-NEVER!!! How many animals have to die there before someone investigates this situation?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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This is probably Barbara Hoffmann who was a circus performer who forced big cats into circus lives. More about her here: http://911animalabuse.com/2011/11/09/fred-lulling/ Two weeks after the retired circus performer Barbara Hoffmann moved her 60-animal collection into the rural town on the state’s border with Louisiana, authorities seized them all and placed her and her business partner under arrest on charges of animal cruelty. People like this hate the success that Big Cat Rescue is having in putting an end to the cruel use of big cats as ego props.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am a veterinary technician who adores felines. What an awesome job Big Cat Rescue is doing to protect these beautiful cats... if I ever get the chance to volunteer it will be a dream come true..

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Most of the time when big cats are kept as "pets", their fate is often the wrong end of a gun when they get loose or attack their owner. Even if a big cat is lucky enough to be rescued from these abusive and cruel conditions, there is no place for them to go. BCR gives them the best chance of a high quality life with the housing, medical care, diet, and mental stimulation they deserve. Yes, being wild would be better but these cats lost that option the moment someone decided to use them for financial gain and macho stupidity. Exotics should never be pets. At least at BCR, they will die with dignity and love. All states should be lucky enough to have a BCR facility!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Why does BCR Torture and Kill Live domestic rabbits in the name of a Sanctuary?

Please stop this barbaric unnecessary cruelty and stop pretending wild predators need taught to hunt when in fact they are born with natural killing instincts. Ethical and respectable rehabs never live feed or take animal life because all animal life is to be respected, please learn compassionate rehab protocols and stop promoting animal cruelty.

BCR Fraud Investigation – Channel 9 News - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U9lwrzk13c&noredirect=1


BCR Fraud Investigation – Channel 10 News -
http://www.wtsp.com/video/1188619280001/0/10-News-investigates-Big-Cat-Rescue

March 3, 2011 USDA Inspection Report / Repeat – Fencing Violations (unsafe caging)
http://www.rexano.org/BCR/BCR_USDA_Spring2011.pdf

Sept. 29, 2010 / June 7, 2010 Enclosure Violations (unsafe caging)
http://www.rexano.org/BCR/BCR_USDA_2010.pdf

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Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Animal abusers find that no one will listen to them on their own social channels so they post their fear and hatred of Big Cat Rescue on review sites. It lets us and the world know what a great job we are doing in ending their abusive practices that they resort to these tactics. You will find that Big Cat Rescue has the highest rating given by the real watchdog groups, such as Charity Navigator, whereas the people making these allegations are known for their violations of the animal welfare act.

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3 people found this review helpful

BCR received three bobcat kittens from Alabama under a license to exhibit not a rehab license, then told the public they were to rehabbed. Now fast forward a few months later and one by one they are dying off. She writes on her BCR news letter that the first one died of Cardiomyopathy, the second from a ruptured duodenum, and the third was finally diagnosed (by a vet other than her regular one) of Panleukopenia. Pan is feline parvo, and the first two disorder of the deceased cats can be found as a complication of the disease. It was also posted on her wall that the kittens got this from being with puppies. Make no mistake, canine parvo cannot be transferred to cats and Pan cannot be transferred to dogs, besides the point that the incubation period for Pan is 3-9 DAYS not months. She then claims it is not their practice to vaccinate rehab cats for fear the vaccine would shed when in fact, exotic felidae are vaccinated with killed vaccines and she had just vaccinated a bob cat and released it a bit prior to it as well as microchipped.

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Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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It is a testament to our success in ending the abuse and trade in big cats that our opponents use these forums to post lies about us. Come visit to see for yourself, or read the reviews from people who oppose using big cats as pets, props and for their parts and you will see why we hold the highest credentials of any animal sanctuary.