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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

325 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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have personally been to the rescue on several occasions with friends and family on the various tours that they offer. I love the work that is done here and by the staff. They are an amazing group.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I spendt one day at the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa almost 5 years ago, and it was a day that still lingers with me. I can still hear the lions roar, from one end of the park to the other. The visit gave me knowledge that I happily spread to others. I was able to stop a group of people from going to pet tiger cubs in Bangkok Zoo, based on the knowledge I got from BCR. Also I saw that the big cats were being treated horribly in this Zoo.

1 Karri D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful time on our tour seeing a few animals we had never seen before like the Sand Cats. The employees were knowledgeable and really nice. The exhibit areas were nice and the animals seemed very well cared for. It's a great place to visit!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am absolutely in love with the work these people do! It warms my heart.

1 Mary376

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful place to visit and support! A caring staff. clean well cared for beautiful cats. It is obvious that the comfort and health of these animals is the top priority of this facility. The cats live in large landscaped area s geared for the mental and physical health needs of each cat. If you are ever in the Tampa area I highly recommend you add this facility to your list of thing to do you won't be disappointed.

1 Debbie179

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Compassionate, committed, dedicated, awesomely it!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My young daughter and I went on a Keepers tour last year. It was amazing and eye opening. I can honestly say that it changed the way I view how we treat animals. Big Cat Rescue is caring, compassionate, and working tirelessly to stop the exploitation of these animals. Bravo!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We loved both our visits there, once in 2011 and again last year. Staff were very knowledgeable and it is clear they care deeply for the cats.
Hope to go back next year!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic work they all do for the Cats!!! well known and well trusted.. they care for these animals as if they were there own babies with care and respect!!! Keep up the good work!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The first time I went on a tour I learned so much. I never knew how many different varieties of cats there are. BCR takes such great care of the cats, and almost anything else that lands there way!