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  

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"Big Cat Rescue is an animal sanctuary in Tampa, Florida devoted to rescuing wild cats, as well as sheltering animals unfit to return to the wild. It is home to more than 100 wild cats. The sanctuary is located on 55 acres in Citrus Park, Florida." -Wikipedia
5 STARS - ALL THE WAY

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Wow, we made Wikipedia? Thanks Vvapplevvv!

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I am constantly reading great things for this organization and how they are helping several breeds of big cats. Many of these cats they have rescued were most likely to die if it was not for this group. Cats that were kept in some cases many years in very unhealthy environments, abused and neglected and just all around mistreated for no good reason. This organization rescues these beautiful animals and cares for them until they healthy enough to live as nature intended. They have interfered with businesses using these animals in promotional events where the cats would have sat for hours in small cages in the heat. I have never had the opportunity to volunteer for this group as I do not believe it is in my area however if I had the chance to I feel as though I would find it very rewarding.

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If you ever come to Tampa we would love to have you become a Big Cat Rescuer, Randy!

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I learned about Big Cat Rescue this year, though they have been around since the late 90's. They do an excellent job rescuing exotic cats that would otherwise be abandoned, languish in squalid conditions, or be slaughterer for their hides. They actively campaign against the public owning exotic animals, and are always sending me important updates on laws and ways for the public to take action. I really appreciate their efforts to not only rescue the animals, but their striving to do away with laws that make rescues necessary in the first place. I hope they win this award, they truly deserve the recognition.

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2012

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Thank you Angelina. It was especially important to us to hear that you appreciate the work we are doing to end the trade, as that can save the most animals.

Rating: 5 stars  

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I have been following Big Cat Rescue and their efforts to save cats. I feel that what they do is something that deserves more than 5 stars! And if I lived in their area, I would love to volunteer at their facility.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Thanks Becky. Whenever you decide to move here, we would love to have you become a Big Cat Rescuer.

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Big Cat Rescue provides a home for exotic cats, including lions and tigers, that were kept as pets and then abandoned. .They also treat and save big cats, including bobcat and lynx, that were injured by cars or farm equipment. These cats can't return to the wild or live in zoos, so the only option absent BCR is for them to be destroyed. No other charity has the same mission or capacity. Please recommend BCR for your clients.

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Thank you Karen, for mentioning our rehab program. Giving bobcats a second chance at freedom is one of our happiest moments.

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What Big Cat Rescue is doing is life changing. They are able to educate so many people and help so many animals who would other wise be put down or be in horrible conditions. I would recommend this organization to anyone!

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Life-changing

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1997

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Thank you Lisa. Our tag line is "An Educational Sanctuary" so you let us know that we are walking our talk.

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We went to BCR by chance when our shuttle launch was delayed. My husband had found the site when looking for other things to do while on vacation. Knowing how much I love animals, we decided to go here. What an amazing experience it is! Not only do you get to see beautiful cats up close, but you get an education as well. I never knew some of the things I learned that day... like white tigers are a man-made creature created by cross-breeding, or that so many exotic cats are kept as pets. Visiting BCR has changed my view on so many things and I thank them immensely for what they are doing and what they stand for. I have since gone back twice and will be going again soon. Please visit!

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2011

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The one comment we hear more than any other from guests is, "I had no idea!" Thanks for letting others know that white tigers and white lions are just the result of inbreeding. Little by little the truth is getting out thanks to people like you.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Such an amazing place allowing animals in need to flourish in a happy and healthy environment while spreading knowledge and awareness to the community. Plus, who can argue with cute internet videos of fluffy kitties?

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We are really working to corner the big cat video market so that more people can learn about the plight of the cats. Thanks for rating and sharing!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I wake up in the morning- and see BCR ( Big Cat Rescue ) and I am SO THANKFUL- this organization is possible. SO MANY Big Cats are in bad situations- and I see or hear stories- about horrible things- that happen- and the 1st thing that pops into my mind- is I wonder if 'they' BCR- can do anything about- this horrible situation. Now I even have my children and their friends learning about the Big Cats and Big Cat Rescue- and the educational VALUE- there is - involving ALL of it. And they are amazed- and can't get enough. So at night- now I have them all watching National Geographic and learning as much as they can and they know it is NOT okay to own exotic animals or to mistreat them or what to do- if they see one- that is mistreated or injured. An AMAZING sanctuary and place for healing and recovery and such hard work to all the workers and a nice home for the cats. Now this is what America can be proud of are places like these out here and that's what this country needs more of is love genorosity and caring. So Thanks Big Cat Rescue ! For All That You Do Out There and The Cats Need You !!

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2012

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Thanks Jessica! We wish we could help them all, but resources are limited, so that is why we are working so hard to change the laws so that people don't abuse big cats in the first place. I hope that you will continue to share their message and how people cat help at BigCatLaws.com

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Big Cat Rescue is genuinely helping these beautiful creatures that they rescue. Some of these large cats had never even been outside and others were abused. There have been free roaming bobcats injured and suffering that they've helped to recover and, when possible, release back into the wild where they belong. Their dedication to the well-being of these innocent animals is inspiring to hundreds of thousands of people. They are truly educating the public (and even the government) about big cats and other exotic animals and why they should NOT be pets nor exploited to make a quick buck. I'm more than happy to give them a FIVE STAR rating, not just because I feel exactly as they do, but because they're true advocates, caregivers, and RESCUERS.

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Life-changing

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2012

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We are glad you mentioned that we are educating the government. They are the hardest ones to reach because the bureaucracy is layered deep with people who have little understanding of wild animals and the fact that they shouldn't be kept in cages for our amusement. We won't give up though. Thanks AjaxRose!