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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

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: 70+ big cats

Programs: Rescuing and providing permanent care for big cats. Saving cats in the wild.

Community Stories

327 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a fantastic time at the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa. I learned a lot about the reality of these creatures lives and what this amazing organization does to care for them. This experience gave me no doubt in my mind that I want to work with these beautiful beings! So next step is... fill out an application to volunteer there! :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cats rescue is truly doing what they say the're doing! The big cats there are content and so well cared for. The staff and volunteers are dedicated and truly there for these big cats instead of having the cats there for everyone else. If you're not sure about donating please do from a general public person who has seen live what your money is going to

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Big Cat Rescue. Found them via Explore.org and their 24/7 cams and became so interested in the sanctuary and their cause. Took a short vacation down to the area and went on the Day Tour two days in a row. The tours were great, the volunteers who led the tours were great and the facility is beautiful, peaceful and very well run. I can't wait to go back again.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great experience for the cost. Their philosophy is so crucial to the protection of these animals. It was a educational, relaxing tour. Definitely worth the trip, great staff and facility.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue does exactly what it says on the box - it rescues big cats from all over America and also from South and Central America, many of them having been orphaned by hunters when tiny, or subsequently abused by owners, or have been kept in terrible conditions or for nefarious reasons. It has, for example, 22 tigers (one of whom had, for example, been kept in a cage only a couple of feet larger all round than the animal itself) - by now magnificent animals in wonderful condition after being saved and cared for by BCR. Most of the staff are hugely enthusiastic volunteers or students studying related subjects at university - and all are well trained or in the course of thorough training, professional and delightfully polite and caring. Not only is this charity outstanding in preserving such threatened and magnificent animals, it does so in truly exceptional surroundings which provide the big cats with the sort of environment and space that they would experience in the wild, spread over 65 acres - definitely NOT a zoo! Tours are varied and take between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 hours walking with a guide around the site - a wonderful experience for "children" of all ages (I am 77). I cannot recommend this higher for anyone interested in these beautiful animals - varying from small bob-cats to fully grown lions.


Kelly228

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took my 18-year-old niece on the feeding tour and the sanctuary tour. We had an incredible visit and learned so much. What a great organization! Very impressive and very caring staff. Thank you for all you do!

Wendy162

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing non-profit. The work and education being done is so well done. I went on my first tour of their non-contact facility and was amazed by the care that these beautiful animals were getting. From their enrichment program and vacation areas for the cats to the great medical care.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very educational, not a zoo, main focus is on the cats and not the care takers, as it should be. Well worth another visit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so thrilled these cats have a safe place to live out their life. It is obvious the cats welfare is the Rescue's main goal along with safety to the public. The cats are well cared for and seem to have the best life they can in captivity. Everyone should make a trip to visit these beautiful animals.

Janet146

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Loved the tour. This place is like a 5-star cat resort really. I was so nice to see these cats living the good life. Wish they all could have it so good! For us it was worth the 2 hr drive there.