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January 5, 2012
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1 previous review
September 7, 2011

Big Cat Rescue is a volunteer non profit whose primary goals are the care and comfort of rescue big cats and prevention and elimination of exploitation and breeding for profit of cats that belong in t... more

January 5, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

Big Cat Rescue is a highly trained, highly professional group of devoted employees and volunteers who are responsible for the care and health of over 100 rescued cats of all types. They provide these animals with the best environment in which to live out the remainder of their lives. When possible rescued animals are returned to their natural habitat.

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2011

September 7, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

Big Cat Rescue is a volunteer non profit whose primary goals are the care and comfort of rescue big cats and prevention and elimination of exploitation and breeding for profit of cats that belong in the wild. There is no breeding of animals on their site. They offer sanctuary to unwanted large cats and education for the public.

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Following its progress and purpose since its inception in the early 1990's.

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They are one of the best in animal rescue and care. I cannot think of anything to improve their efforts.

January 4, 2012
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1 previous review
March 2, 2011

I visited Big Cat Rescue in the summer of 2008 after reading about them online. I love cats of all kinds and wanted to see if the sanctuary was really as good for these beautiful endangered animals a... more

January 4, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

I care about cats (of all kinds) more than anything else in the world, and everything I know about Big Cat Rescue pleases me. I've visited their facility in person and was impressed with how happy the cats appeared and how knowledgeable their volunteers are. There are those who wish to discredit this fine facility due to the light they have been shining on the dark side of the exotic animal trade, but the cats themselves don't lie. BCR are the good guys.

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2008

March 2, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I visited Big Cat Rescue in the summer of 2008 after reading about them online. I love cats of all kinds and wanted to see if the sanctuary was really as good for these beautiful endangered animals as it appeared on their website. I was very pleased with what I saw and heard there. I could tell the cats were happy and well cared for, and the tour was quite educational. Big Cat Rescue provides two vital services by caring for individuals of a variety of endangered species and by educating the public about the many issues affecting their chances of survival.

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Seeing the formerly abused cats looking relaxed and happy in their spacious, nearly-natural habitats was enough to convince me that Big Cat Rescue is doing good and valuable work.

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I can think of nothing I would change about Big Cat Rescue.

December 14, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
December 14, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

Don't believe the slander! I have visited BCR many times over the years and my organization (tamparollerderby.com) has had one fundraiser for BCR and hopes to have more. I have done my due diligence and research, and can confidently say that BCR is a good organization that does good work. Having taken many tours, I can clearly see that the animals are very well taken care of, that the staff care very much about them, and that overall it is run very well and efficiently. They make it QUITE clear that the animals' welfare come first in everything. Both my dentist and my cat's vet have worked with BCR. These professionals wouldn't associate with an org unless they believed in its mission. Being vocal critics of the abuses that big cats suffer at the hands of others, they have been the unfortunate victims of some disgruntled owners. Don't believe it. Go and see for yourself. Big Cat Rescue is a treasure in Tampa Bay!

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2011

November 2, 2011
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November 2, 2011
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How is that this place is not held accountable for their actions!
Over a dozens cats have died this year alone because of the care or lack of, that they recieve there.
BCR is still accepting donations on 3 baby bobcats that THEY killed, due to their ineptness in animal husbandry.
BCR
just killed another bobcat under anesthesia this week!
Their financial records are often falsified, along with everything else they are putting out to the public.
This place is a SCAMTUARY!!!

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Every day life, they are defrauding the general public!

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SHUT IT DOWN! Make them accountable for what is and has been done.

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September 8, 2011
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Review from CharityNavigator
September 8, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

I am a fan of BCR from afar, I have only seen pictures and videos of the cats residing there. I have been a student of feline behavior and body language for a long time. One thing is certain, cats don't lie! The wild cat residents at BCR display behavior that clearly denotes a sense of comfort and contentment, that is something no human can fake. If a big cat is unhappy, they demonstrate with restlessness and signs of depression. BCR's cats are happy and stimulated. So, while accusations of lies continue, one only need look at the cats themselves, they speak the truth. Facilities such as BCR are important, when a wild animal is surrendered by an unwise owner, they literally have no place to go. Domestic pets have a chance if given to a shelter, but there is no adoption process for the wild. They cannot be released back into their natural habitats, they would have to have been born there and taught how to live in the wild by a wild mother, wildlife rescue sanctuaries are the only option. BCR provides a rich environment for these animals, an extremely necessary service.

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photos, videos and blogs.

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provide an ongiong stream of money to provide food and enrichment.

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September 8, 2011
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Review from CharityNavigator
September 8, 2011
3 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.

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I have seen cats in need of medical assistance recover. I have seen their cat-a-tats and their enrichment.

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I can't think of any changes to the organization itself. I found no fault.

September 8, 2011
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Review from CharityNavigator
September 8, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

BCR is rescueing animals, in the interest of the animal, not to make profit.

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following them for months now, reading facts about them.

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

have more people help them, because it really helps the animals.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

through the internet, Google, searching for information about big cats

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 7, 2011
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Review from CharityNavigator
September 7, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

Big Cat Rescue provides medical rehabilitation for wild big cats that have been hit by cars or surrendered by people who mistakenly believed that a wild cat could ever be an appropriate house pet. If the animal can be rehabilitated, it is released back to the wild. If it is impossible to release the cats are given permanent haven in the Tampa facility or another rescue site that is able to provide an appropriate home.

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A wild bobcat was hit and critically injured in late December 2010. I (and hundreds of others) watched via web cameras as BCR provided medical care for months with the goal of releasing the cat back to the wild. When medical tests BCR provided the animal determined that the cat would not be able to survive in the wild due to his pelvic structure and digestive system, he was adopted by the rescue and resides now in Tampa.

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expand publicity so that the educational outreach program could help eliminate the need for such sanctuaries.

September 7, 2011
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Review from CharityNavigator
September 7, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

Big Cat Rescue is an extraordinary haven to abused, abandoned, neglected big cats. BCR is always rescuing and caring for big cats in need. There is no where that compares.

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News related articles, websites, videos and personal contacts.

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Make sure they had more donations and grants to work with.

September 7, 2011
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Review from CharityNavigator
September 7, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I have visted BCR on several occasions and have always had a wonderful experience. The cats are well taken care of they have large habitats which enable them to roam freely instead of pacing back and forth in a concrete cage, they are given enrichment treats on a regular basis. It's a shame that any wild animal has to be confined, if it is a necessity then BCR is one of the best places for them to be.

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visting their sanctuary

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why change a great thing?

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Definitely

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

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

Word of mouth 15+ years ago

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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