Big Cat Rescue, Corp.

Rating: 4.76 stars   519 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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I visited big cat rescue, before they changed their name and I had the greatest time. I got to see Shere Kahn, the tiger, now deceased. He was truly an awesome sight. While passing Sabre's enclosure, he lunged at me, needless to say, scaring the shi* out of me but the keepers told me that I am lucky he chose me, he only jumps at one visitor per tour. It was truly awe inspiring to be in the mere presence of these glorious animals. I will be going back soon, I LOVE BIG CATS!!! I give them an A++

 
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We first visted Big Cat Rescue when it was Wildlife on Easy Street -- quite a few years back now. We were lucky enough to spend a night there (which isn't possible now, sadly) and it was an unforgettable experience. Now we vidit whenever we are in Florida. And we have yet to be disappointed. The staff are very knowledgable and friendly, and it's a joy to see the animals so happy and healthy.

 
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I had the pleasure of going to the Big Cat Rescue on our trip to Florida. I was certainly amazed by the rescue stories of each and everyone of the big cats. I love the fact that the volunteers give such love and care to each one of them. I look forward to going back to visit on my next trip.

Sincerely,
Becky Stewart
Charlestown, RI

 
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I had seen the YouTube videos from Big Cat Rescue and was intrigued with the group and the facility. When some friends and I decided to vacation in the area, I made my going contingent on the group visiting Big Cat Rescue with me. We scheduled a regular tour and, after doing some research we unanimously decided to switch to the Feeding Tour. What a great decision! The facility was great, the animals majestic, and the volunteer staff was amazing! It exceeded my expectations. I was so happy with what I saw...not just the cats, but the entire operation, what they are doing, the purpose of it and how they get it done. As cheesey as it sounds, I was moved to tears quite unexpectedly by the experience. All of my companions still talk about the experience in glowing terms several years later.
I have stayed in contact from afar via newsletters, participation in sharing information provided by Big Cat Rescue, supporting petitions and legislation, and occasional purchases or small donations.
Great organization with a very important mission. Don't miss the opportunity to get involved in whatever way works best for you!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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I visited Big Cat Rescue last October. The facilities were clean and large and the enclosures were designed to give the Cats a mixture of sun and shade with plenty of local plants and trees. They were interesting shapes, with twists and turns to give the Cats some semblance of space. I like the fact that the Cats "homes" were rotated on a regular basis to add more interest to their lives, and they are regularly given enrichment treats. The keepers were very well informed and answered all our questions. Well done Big Cat Rescue!

 
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WCH goes above and beyond to help these animals live a full and *free* life. Many of these animals came from horrific living condition yet WCH has always done whatever had been needed to get these magnificent animals whatever they need. I have volunteered for a wild animal rescue and release facility her in AZ and I know first hand the love, the heartbreak and the back breaking work that is involved.

 
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I've been to Big Cat Rescue a couple of times, and follow their Facebook page. In my opinion, this is how an animal sanctuary should be. Should these animals be free in their natural habitats experiencing life as they were born to? Yes, but most of these animals have been rescued from less than ideal, and natural, situations for them. The proprietors and volunteers of this sanctuary do all they can to make the lives of these cats as comfortable and stimulating as possible. They've been able to design a large "vacation" rotation, so the larger cats have several acres to roam. All of the enclosures are designed with each of the specific cat's needs in mind. I love to go and visit these beautiful animals, see them relaxed and not filled with anxiety pacing around a too small enclosure. I highly recommend for all to go out and see these wonderful cats, and tell the staff thank you for the contributions they have made to these cat's lives.

 
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I've been on Big Cat Rescue tours twice. My first visit was a 1-1/2 hour day tour last year, during which I was educated on the plight of big cats and what I could do to help. I went back this year on Father's Day to their Wildcat Walkabout which was more of a "go at your own pace" tour without an official guide, though there were plenty of people available to answer questions and they have a free app with each cat's story. I enjoyed both tours immensely.

The cats are gorgeous and relaxed, and the sanctuary is beautiful, in a natural Florida setting. Just remember this is Tampa and, even with lots of trees on the property, it is HOT during the summer. BCR has a great social media presence as well, posting frequent videos of happenings around the sanctuary, as well as updates on all the cats. I'm so impressed by how dedicated BCR's staff, interns and volunteers are to the well-being of these majestic animals. They're a wonderful charity and well worth a look!

 
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A great educational tour. The staff is knowledgeable. The cats are well cared for. I have visited twice and will be returning next time I am in Tampa.

 
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My husband and I went to Big Cat Rescue on Labor Day weekend a year or two ago. We really enjoyed learning about the big cats, how they are in danger of being abused across the world and what we can do about it. The cats themselves were very hot, but beautiful. It was great to see them safe and well-cared for. I would definitely go again.

 
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