Big Cat Rescue, Corp.

Rating: 4.75 stars   520 reviews

Address:

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.

2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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http://www.BigCatRescue.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I visited the Big Cat Rescue Centre in Tempa in 2011. I live in Europe and had followed their work online before. I was impressed at the place. The cats had large spaces to live in, it looked clean and the cats didn't seem stressed, they seemed in good condition in fact. The staff member who showed our group around explained about each cat we saw, so I learnt about inbreeding for white tiger and that some cats were kept in places away from the tour for their comfort or because they were unwell. We were able to ask many questions and the staff was knowledgeable and friendly.
If you like big cats, if you want to learn more about what is going on with captivity issues, etc. I would recommend that you visit the Big Cat Rescue Centre in Tempa. I hope that I'll have an opportunity to go back there someday.

 
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My sister is a volunteer at Big Cat Rescue and that's how I was introduced to the sanctuary years ago. She has taken me on two tours, most recently the Keeper Tour where operant behavior of the big cats can be seen directly. I enjoy the place very much, as I've learned about the different cats and their background stories, the wonderful ways they're cared for, and the fantastic ways they're able to live a dignified, wholesome, healthy and joyful life (in spite of former abuse and neglect). Enrichment, vet care, maintenance of the nearly 70 acres of land allows the big cats to live as close to "the wild" they can be. Kudos goes to Carole Baskin, the entire staff, interns, keepers, volunteers of every level and all workers who make this sanctuary live up to its name. It's truly beautiful to see.

 
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My husband and I went a couple years ago and I've been wanting to go back since. If we lived closer I would have gone again multiple times. I learned so much and I loved that the animals were in a more natural setting than some other places where they have little space and concrete floors. The big cats here have lush greenery, grass, pools, etc. The animals seem happy and are treated well. They have made me understand so much about the abuse that big animals go through and how the laws need to change.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

the kindness and care these wonderful people provide for animals long abused is outstanding. we need more people like this for all of our wildlife that have been kidnapped , abused and killed for profits

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Had the most wonderful experience at Big Cat Rescue. The cats looked healthy and happy in their homes. I highly recommend the feeding tour as it is your best chance to see close up views of the cats. I've heard that there is a night tour only once a month... if I lived in Florida I would DEFINITELY check that out. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Only downside???? I couldn't do more for this wonderful place.

 
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What a wonderful place! The tour was informative and not rushed. I love that they rescue these beautiful cats to live out their lives! I actually found this group by videos about the cats. My husband and I were in the Tampa area and went! Love the Big Cat Rescue!

 
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This was a great tour. The facility is amazing and the cats look so happy! Our tour guide was great and when I get a chance I'll do it again!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The best cat sanctuary in the US. A clean and a vibrant habitat for the big cats.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I stayed overnight in a cabin there many years ago when you could interact with a few of the smaller cats. I enjoyed my visit then, and donated money, which I now regret. I have watched stories about the cats evolve over the years since, many of them conflicting. I know some of them had to be out-and-out lies because two stories that contradict each other cannot both be true. I have watched other facilities and individuals get trashed online by the CEO, CFO, and supporters, few of whom deserved the misleading and sometimes vicious comments that were made. Anyone who speaks out against their smear campaigns is in danger of being added to their 911 Animal Abuse website, which was once just another page within the BCR site itself. There are many other deserving sanctuaries that could use your help, that will use your donations to upgrade their facilities as well as feed the animals. In recent photos, I have seen the same flimsy wire cages that were there 15 years ago, still in use, only now getting corroded and rusty. Yet somehow other sanctuaries that take in far less money manage to do better than that. For more information, check out this link: http://www.bigcatrescuewatch.com (PS - I was NOT paid to write this review. At one time, BCR actually paid people for positive reviews, which I find to be a despicable practice. Beware, there are many other companies that do this!)

 
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These people who petted cats just can't get over the fact that it sends the wrong message and move forward. "Judge me by the enemies I have made." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I absolutely love Big Cat Rescue and everything they stand for! We did the Big Cat Walkabout on Father's day. The cats are so well cared for and gorgeous. They are truly deserving of accolades.

 
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