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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

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BigCatRescue 09/29/2015

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started following this charity when I lived in PA in 2005, and the guy who lived about a mile from me kept a cougar in a 12' x 12' cage. Their advocacy to protect big cats motivated me to write to my elected officials with the hope that they would intervene by passing laws to prevent this type of animal abuse, and I continue to write to my lawmakers and sign petitions to help big cats today.

I was so excited when I moved to Tampa in 2013 and could visit BCR in person! The tour was super educational; I learned so much about the different types of big cats they had, and that the majority of them came to BCR from abusive and inhumane situations. They are doing amazing work by educating the public about roadside zoos and the dangers of exposing an unknowing public to wild animals.

They also provide rehabilitation for injured, local big cats, like the Florida Bobcat and Florida Panther and release them back into the wild when they're healthy again. Additionally, I learned that the volunteers who intern there act as surrogate moms for little cats with help from the local animal shelter in an effort to rehome the kittens once they are weaned and age-appropriate for adoption.

Will visit again this year when the weather gets cooler!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We were introduced by a relative that had a friend that was impressed. We were too. These beautiful cats are not only now safe and cared for... They are respected. They have the next best thing now, to the life they should have had. We would go back.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband, sister and I visited Big Cat Rescue in November 2014. The tour was extremely well thought out and organized. I have difficulty walking, and we arranged for a golf cart to make sure I would be able to see everything. Loved our visit ... plan to come again when we visit Florida again.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was at Big Cat Rescue on Father's Day and my entire family had such a fabulous time. There were employees positioned everywhere eager to answer any questions you had. I love BCR and all it stands for.
Kathy, Tampa, Florida

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I are major animal lovers. We've been visiting the Tampa area for years. We finally made it to Big Cat Rescue this year. I was looking forward to seeing all of the cats. The visit far exceeded my expectations. I was totally impressed by the wide variety of cats that we got to see. I love cats big and small. What impressed me the most was the message. Their total dedication to these cats and all cats is incredible. I learned about Big Cat Rescue's mission to end the big cat trade. I had no idea that the big cat trade was such a huge problem in our country. I was so impressed with Big Cat Rescue's treatment of their cats. The large enclosures, "vacation" area for the cats, and efforts to give these cats a happy, healthy life are inspiring to all who visit. A visit to Big Cat Rescue is educational and enjoyable. The cats are beautiful and worth the visit. The lessons learned are priceless! Thank you Big Cat Rescue for an amazing afternoon and for being such a wonderful blessing to the cats!

3 Azurielle A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is amazing! The tours are informative and interesting and you'll never see such happy big cats up close without being their lunch! ;)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I begged my husband to take me to Big Cat Rescue & he did, but thought he would be totally bored. Well, he loved it as much as I did & we have been back for a second visit! The cats stories are so sad, but now they have a happy & healthy home!

2 Christine39

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to BCR twice and would go again. The work they do is important and educational. They are trying to improve the world through educating people and caring for these beautiful animals. The people working there are knowledgeable and friendly. They really care about the cats. I'm a big fan and supporter of B C R.