Big Cat Rescue, Corp.
Rating: 4.76 stars 521 521 reviews
12802 Easy Street Tampa FL 33625 USA
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.
See our annual report at http://bigcatrescue.org/2012/2011-annual-report
Direct beneficiaries per year:
100+ big cats
Rescuing and providing permanent care for big cats. Saving cats in the wild.
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11 people found this review helpful
Big Cat Rescue provides an awesome service for big cats that, sadly, is more necessary now than ever. Big cats deserve to live in the wild, but there are so many in the hands of private citizens that are abused and neglected. BCR helps these animals and gives them a home for the rest of their lives, complete with plenty of food, enrichment, vet care, and love. BCR also plays an important role in advocacy for big cats, trying to help them in all areas. The world would be a much worse place without the staff and volunteers at Big Cat Rescue. I visited them in November 2014, and I wish I lived closer so I could visit over and over. To see these amazing animals is a rare treat, and to see them healthy and happy after what many of them have been through is nothing short of a miracle.
To re-train an animal for wild release, it may be necessary to use live prey. In domestic cats, the mother teaches kittens to hunt for mice by first bringing back dead mice so they learn what to hunt for. She then brings back stunned live mice and demonstrates how to kill. Instinct alone will not produce a good mouser. However, if there is no intention to ever release these wild cats back into s natural environment, I agree live prey are not necessary. Let's admit it, cats can be lazy they are quite happy with killed butchered meat. Yummy for cats. Cats are obligate carnivores and do require meat in their daily diet, trying to force these wild cats into total vegetarians would be cruel. But the prey animals must be treated humanely also.
1 person found this review helpful
Probably the best rescue for lions, tigers, and other big cats in North America. A huge percentage of donations go directly to improve the facility, feed the animals, and provide all the health care and enrichment they do. Great place to donate
4 people found this review helpful
Big Cat Sanctuary feeds live prey (domestic rabbits) to their cats therefore I cannot support them as this is cruel and unethical. It's absolutely inhumane to throw a live prey animal into a cage with a huge predator like this.
First of all the cats claw them, bite on them before they even die, it's a slow torture process and then are ripped to shreds.
How can anyone be okay with this kind of horrific cruelty?
1 person found this review helpful
After visiting, I was greatly disturbed to hear of the "live feeding"...using living rabbits to try to train bobcats for re-entry into the wild. It seems unethical to me to torture and kill one animal (rabbits) , trying to save another one. Especially since experts disagree that this approach even works! I think the effort to rehab cats is noble...but this barbaric practice destroys their credibility. Many experts feel the instinct to hunt is innate and there is no need to torture rabbits, and that "retraining" is not really possible or necessary. Very disappointed.
3 people found this review helpful
The practice of feeding live domestic animals to carnivores is cruel, inhumane and lacks any scientific base and has no education value.
Despite thousands of animal advocates calling for an end to the brutal practices at Big Cat Rescue (a purported Sanctuary) they continue to practice this unethical protocol while displaying it widely over the internet in videos without guilt or feeling.
Real Sanctuaries & Ethical Rehabs do not value one animal’s life over another.
They do not disrespect the Rehab Code of Honor - "Do No Harm".
Real Sanctuaries do not practice outdated barbaric protocols such as unnecessarily LIVE FEEDING tame helpless domestic rabbits (that have no relation to a wild rabbit) to rehab Bobcats
because there are viable ethical alternatives. BCR also promotes the torture and killing of Live domestic rats & turkeys.
Real Sanctuaries do not pretend a need of teaching hunting instincts to wild animals that are
born with hard wired killing instincts that carries within itself, generation after generation. Just like a domestic cat that wreaks havoc on wildlife.
Real Sanctuaries do not feed wild predators tame animals that are not their natural food source in the wild because this practice is detrimental to the cat as far as survival, as the cats
won't find tame sitting targets (disease free) waiting to be eating in the woods.
And, they Most Certainly do not support the cruelty of breeding domestic rabbits that live in squalor while kept their entire short lives in small cages with wire floors for the purpose of taking their lives to unnecessarily feed them to Big Cats as TREATS while putting the heartless act on public display.
A true Animal Sanctuary is a place of refuge where abused, injured, abandoned or captive wild animals may live in peace and dignity for the remainder of their lives.
Please support Ethical facilities that don't torture and kill our pet rabbits or any other living being.
For The Rabbits,
Have visited Big Car Rescue a couple of times and enjoyed every moment. The cats are happy, well taken care of and adored by their keepers. Sad that they have to spend the rest of their lives in enclosures but at least they have a safe and happy home now. The enclosures are huge, with lots of foliage and they even have a vacation rotation enclosure that is even bigger, with lots of room to roam, play and explore! I would recommend this place to anyone who loves animals, especially cats!
3 people found this review helpful
The work that is done by Big Cat Rescue is amazing. I have personally been there several times and I can tell you that the cats have huge catatats in which to roam about with trees and dens. They even have a vacation rotation now where the big cats take turns being "on vacation" where they can look up and see the sky. There are factions who would try to discredit Big Cat Rescue, but all you have to do is check them out for yourself to find the truth. I highly recommend them and will continue to support them and visit.
5 people found this review helpful
I have visited BCR and found it to be a wonderful place. They have done a magnificent job with the cats they have rescued. They do not breed cats as some do for show and/or profit. Those people are the reason BCR exists. The cats are well taken care of and have a beautiful interactive environment. I support them in their efforts and look forward to visiting again.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have seen cats in need of medical assistance recover. I have seen their cat-a-tats and their enrichment.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I can't think of any changes to the organization itself. I found no fault.
8 people found this review helpful
Was very saddened to see the living conditions for the cats that live there. Wish they would put donations into animal care, not lobbying to remove cats from other facilities. Went to visit after several of my favorite animal parks were complained about on line and seeing Big Cat Rescue asking supporters to join in bashing those facilities on line. I expected Big Cat Rescue animals to be living i giant open cages and not the small enclosures they exist in. Also do not like that they take former pets that are not big enough to kill people and stop all human contact. I think its a cruel practice.
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
6 people found this review helpful
Visiting Big Cat Rescue was the highlight of my recent vacation! The guided tour was very informative and interesting. It is so inspiring to see the wonderful work they do firsthand. And the cats themselves were a delight to see!