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July 21, 2012
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July 21, 2012
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The original post is NOT a lie, Carole Lewis Baskin did indeed purchase most of the animals at that facility, to the tune of yes over $90K. Carole Lewis Baskin cannot hide the paper trail, the truth is there in black & white, and alot of info is available on the net, for those who have concerns enough to do their own research, and not believe the lies, upon lies, upon lies that Big Cat Rescue perpetuates in order to deceive & defraud the public.

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No

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

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 20, 2012
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July 20, 2012
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Incredibly grateful to have an organization like this helping otherwise helpless animals. Please visit, donate or, at minimum, sign petitions supporting state-level laws to ban ownership of wildlife. The cats you see here have all got sad tales of being abandoned and deserve to have as good a quality life as Big Cats Rescue can provide. They are compassionate in caring for the animals and in educating us on why Big Cats SHOULD NOT be pets.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

During vacation to Sarasota, researching animal sanctuaries.

May 30, 2012
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May 30, 2012
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I have been a volunteer, albeit on a small scale, and fan of Big Cat Rescue for approximately 5 years. I have been a volunteer in many areas for over 25 years and have respect and admiration for groups that are able to contribute to the betterment of the environment and the earth's inhabitants as BCR does. They are untiring in their efforts to protect the big cats who, while well able to defend themselves one-on-one with a seen foe, have little chance against the unscrupulous humans who have no respect for life. I am proud to be associated with an organization that speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

Through the Internet.

April 20, 2012

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April 20, 2012

Well I am currently writing a paper on 501(c)3 organizations/charities for one of my government classes and for this paper "Big Cat Rescue" is one of the two charitable organizations I am writing about on how legit the organizations are as well as finding where donations go and the truth/lies about the organizations to find out whether it would be a good organization to donate money to or to support but I have found both good and bad about "Big Cat Rescue" but after much research I do have one question which is....Why is "Big Cat Rescue" refusing to be evaluated by the BBB standard for charity accountability? This is makes it hard for me to believe all the good things about the organization if there is nothing to hide then why not allow it? If I can get a response it would be greatly appreciated. if references are wanted I can give them.

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Allow BBB to evaluate and show where the money for this organization goes.

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

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

I am writing a paper about 501(c)3 organizations and this one has my interest.

March 30, 2012
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March 30, 2012
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Big cats deserve respect and admiration. I commend what the bigcat rescue team are doing to help protect and preserve these magnificient creatures. Give what you can.

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A lot

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2012

March 28, 2012
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March 28, 2012
3 people found this review helpful

I think the Big Cat Rescue is a GREAT sanctuary for big cats....

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

March 1, 2012
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June 24, 2011

Big Cat Rescue is a fabulous sanctuary for exotic big (and little) wild cats that have either been abused, abandoned or are retired from a circus. They have saved hundreds of these cats who enjoy the... more

March 1, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

Big Cat Rescue continues to exceed in every way. Their sanctuary rates as one of the top in the country because each and every staff member/volunteer is dedicated to the cats. Walking thru the sanctuary one gets a feeling of contented, well cared for cats. They aren't in cages, but instead large enclosures which are done as closely to their natural habitats as possible. Various enrichment "toys" are included daily to keep the animals occupied and help them exercise as well. My only regret or "complaint" is that we don't live close enough for both my husband and I to volunteer!!

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Definitely

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Life-changing

June 24, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

Big Cat Rescue is a fabulous sanctuary for exotic big (and little) wild cats that have either been abused, abandoned or are retired from a circus. They have saved hundreds of these cats who enjoy their years at a sanctuary that not only gives excellent care, but lots of love personally to each animal. A high light of our visits to the west coast of Florida is always a stop to tour BCR. I always walk away in awe over how clean the facility is, how wonderful all the animals look and what an excellent staff, both paid and volunteer they have. They also do their best to rehab the bobcats that they rescue - often who have been hit by cars.

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I've seen the results of many of the animals.

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Absolutely nothing.

March 1, 2011

Big Cat Rescue, Tampa, Florida is a sanctuary for over100 exotic big cats. There are 16 species of cats, many endangered or extinct now in the wild. Tigers, Lions, Leopards,Cougars, Bobcats, Lynx,Servals, Ocelots and Caracats are part of the BCR "family".
Many are there because they have been
abandoned by owners who thought they would make good pets. Some have been "performers" and are now retired from performing. Others were saved from becoming fur coats and some were brought in as babies because hunters killed the mothers. BCR has educated people in an effort to stop the flow of exotic cats being kept as pets or being used as performers. They are fighting for stronger laws to protect these animals. I have learned a great deal from this awesome non-profit organization. Thanks to BCR, I am now fighting for the rights of these animals and I am most grateful to BCR for the providing a sanctuary for these magnificent big cats.

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seeing the results of the many animals they have saved.

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Absolutely can't think of one single change - they are awesome.

January 30, 2012
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January 30, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

A wonderful sanctuary that provides excellent care to their cats, who is also helping to stop the continual breeding of wild cats by non-accredited facilities.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 21, 2012
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January 21, 2012
5 people found this review helpful

Went on tour in January 2012. FUN! Amazing to see these big cats up close! Tourguide was very knowledgable and all the volunteers were very friendly. Cute giftshop allowed you to purchase shirts, sweatshirts, etc, and all proceeds go towards taking care of the cats. All the cats are rescued - no breeding program. Encourages public to enjoy the cats in their natural habitat and not to adopt and try to raise these beautiful animals as pets! Guide tells stories about each cat seen. Will go again and would recommend this to anyone that is in the Tampa area! Family friendly and if can walk in pebble/rock paths, should be easy walk for older people as well.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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.

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