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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813-920-4130
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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

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

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  

2 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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Badly

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None

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No

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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  

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

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 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!

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

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

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None

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No

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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.

Rating: 1 stars  

2 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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None

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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.

Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

BCR is not what it advertises! A great many of the so called "rescues" were in fact born at that very facility. To see the facts visit bigcatrescuelies.com for the truth.

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

I was a volunteer and continue to follow the trail of deceit

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

be honest and not deceive the public for donations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

It is obvious that with 54 five star reviews that Big Cat Rescue is doing good work. The two here who claim to be different people, Joe and Sebastian, sound like they must be involved in the industry of breeding, or pimping out wild animals for their own gain or ego. Big Cat Rescue must be doing a pretty good job of shutting these abusers down, or they wouldn't be bothering with trying to trash them here.

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

I like the work Big Cat Rescue is doing to save the Florida Panther and the Florida Bobcat.

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

I would see them prevail against the slander of those they are putting out of the animal abuse business.

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

What is unique about this organization?

They are working to end the abuse at its roots.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have been a BCR volunteer for the past 15 months. Prior to becoming a volunteer I was a donor/supporter. Big Cat Rescue volunteers are the most dedicated and hard-working group of people I have ever met. The well-being of the cats is first and foremost. Big Cat Rescue's mission is to 1) Care for the Cats and 2) End the trade.

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

the dedication of every volunteer.

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

change the few anti-BCR fanatics' minds. Big Cat Rescue is a true Sanctuary and exceeds USDA standards as well as holds a coveted AZA accredidation.

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

enriching the lives of these cats, and making their retirements as enjoyable as possible.

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

amazing. BCR volunteers clean the sanctuary in the rain and on holidays, 7 days a week. Some come in on their vacations from work. Some come in the evenings after working a full day @ their jobs, to work another few hours with the cats.

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

build larger enclosures for the cats we have, provide a permanent home for the cats to come, and spread the word for the cats... Because if we don't speak for them, who will?

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer. The line of employment I am in pays well, but what I earn in hearing the chuffs, caterwauls and purrs of happy cats makes all the difference.

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

the close-minded folks who wish to continue farming cats, keep them in their backyards, or don't care if an entire species becomes extinct.

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

Big Cat Rescue is the most rewarding organization I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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