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.
We did a tour of BigCat Rescue two years ago and it was wonderful! I was so impressed with how the owners managed the cats so that noone comes into contact with them except the owners and the vets. This prevents any problems that could occur, and put the animals at any risk of being destroyed. I also loved the story of how they got started, by saving a littler of Bob Cat Kittens that were being sold at auction and potentially going to a furrier! The owners werent even looking to save cats at that time, they were looking for grazing animals to keep the property tidy! They have really got this preservation down to a science and I tell everyone I can about the facility and that it is a must see! The tour guides had the story behind each and every rescue and it was so interesting and educational. My 14 year old son (now 16) loved the whole tour and was really engaged. Thanks to BigCat Rescue for all that they do!
We visited Big Cat Rescue in June 2014. There were about 15 of us and we had a great time. The employees are all very knowledgeable and the cats appeared to be very well taken care of. They also had a golf cart for my granddaughter to ride on since she has mobility issues. My only complaint was that there wasn't enough time to see ALL of the cats! I will definitely go there again when I get back to that area.
We have visited on three occasions. They do fantastic work and really care for their cats. They have a huge vacation rotation habitat that the cats get to go to so that they can see the sky without bars. Love Big Cat Rescue keep up the good work.
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.
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.
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!!
I am absolutely in love with the work these people do! It warms my heart.
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.
Compassionate, committed, dedicated, awesomely it!
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!