Big Cat Rescue, Corp.

Rating: 4.76 stars   518 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Children & Youth, Education

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.

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http://www.BigCatRescue.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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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Being familiar with a few animal rescues and wildlife rehabilitation facilities, I must say that I'm most positively impressed with Big Cat Rescue. They have the safety and well being of both their cats, volunteers and visitors very well handled. I found the way that the facility was run extremely ethical. Taking the tour was one of the highlights of my trip to the area.

 
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I live in Massachusetts and visited Tampa the one thing I had to do before leaving was visit this place, I have to say the best, most educational, caring, and exciting environment to visit . This should be without a doubt a must to do on your list if you are ever in the Tampa area, I went to visit again in Feb, but sadly you need to reserve, I was so upset not to be able to experience it again, but one day I shall be back. Such beautiful animals, I wanted to stay all day.

 
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My 3 visits to Big Cat Rescue were just wonderful - very educational in learning the plight of exotic cats. The staff were well informed, the animals looked healthy and happy. Big Cat continues to improve care and habitat of these cats and continue to make room for others in need of rescue.

 
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EVERYTHING Big Cat Rescue does is for the betterment and well being of the animals. Their cats have such heart breaking tales and Big Cat Rescue does everything in their power to educate and inspire people to be more compassionate. Their facility is beautiful and a wonderful place for abused, mistreated, and abandoned cats to live their lives. And the cats truly look happy!!

 
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