Big Cat Rescue, Corp.

Rating: 4.73 stars   346 reviews

Issues: Animals, Children & Youth, Education

Location: 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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I love this group. Exotic pet ownership is such a serious problem in the U.S. and it's nice to know there is a sanctuary like BCR that is able to care for them. They stand up to a lot of opposition because they take on bullies who keep animals caged in concrete so I'm not surprised by criticism. But like most charities, research is key and this group stands up to scrutiny.

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This is a wonderful non-profit! They not only rescue abused, neglected, or abandoned big cats, but they also help to educate the public in an effort to put an end to the exotic animal trade and fur trade that put these poor creatures in these situations to begin with. They have numerous campaigns to help educate the public and get laws passed to bring an end to the abomination of fur farms, exotic pet ownership. I learned not only about each animals history before coming to BCR but also the great care they take care of them after they arrive. You leave knowing that something WILD is never something to have as a Pet.

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build a raised catwalk with each board being a donated with name of donator...

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BCR is exceptional in education all visitors that if people didn't think these cats could be domesticated and kept as pets then there would be NO cats at BCR... The cats here are all from people that thought they could keep them as a pet and then within time realized they could not! The first cat we saw was Amazing Grace. It was fun to see how the animals ham it up for the tour groups! They roll around and do all sorts of "cute cat" behavior. All the animals are rescues and the tour guide told us all about the animal's previous lives. It is amazing that people think you can keep wild animals as pets in a basement!
It is not cheap to feed lions, tigers, bobcats, ect. I thought BCR was a truly wonderful place doing great work for these animals to retire to.
I give it two paws up!

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I've seen the work done for the cats and efforts to education the public about the plight of these kinds of cats being kept as pets and the education on the white tiger.... The White tiger is not a normal reproduction... it's forced by humans by mating a son/monther or daughter/father.

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advise people to bring catnip, boxes, paper towel tubes, etc to make enrichments for the cats.. :)

 
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I went to BCR in November . After learning about the cats since 2000 I was very excited to see them in person. The staff are volunteers and are very knowledgeable in all the cats. Each year there is evidence of change... for the better.. Big Cat Rescue is always evolving, not only providing enrichment for the cats, but also with enclosure modifications and expansions. And, that's only the evolution that you can SEE. Behind the scenes, staff and volunteers work diligently on... petitions and lobbying to benefit captive wild animals, prevent canned hunts and farming of big cats (as well as helping organizations to keep big cats alive in the wild).
Evolution is key to creating better lives for not only BCR's big cats, but big cats everywhere.

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seeing the improvements made to accommodate all the cats.

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offer more information on how to help spread the word against persons having these wild cats for pets..

 
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The volunteers at BCR are so amazing on many different levels. The sacrifices they make to ensure the well being of the Big cats far exceeds any level of care that I've seen before. Many Volunteers report to BCR on cold mornings, rainy days and hurricane windy days without a complaint. They do so much to provide a great life for these once neglected cats. They educate and spread awareness to the public that is much needed. I cannot say enough good about this sanctuary or the staff. I have followed BCR since the mid 2005 and more actively since 2010. Thank you to all the Volunteers for all your dedication and hard work!

 
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I love this place. I have been here four times so far. It is always part of my family vacation every winter when we visit Florida.
The stories of how some of the cats got there will break your heart, but your heart will be happy again when you see the life they now get to live out here.

 
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I have been here twice. The first visit forever changed my life and I have been a monthly donor ever since.
Amazing place, amazing people, amazing animals.
I am so grateful there is somewhere in this world that cares so much for the big cats.

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In my two visits..I have personally SEEN what my money goes to.

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There is not anything I would change.This organization is run exactly as it should be, with the big cats the TOP priority.

 
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I love this organisation that changes the lives of big cats who would otherwise be condemned to a life of misery.

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I just recently found BCR on YouTube and have been a HUGE fan ever since. I love cats of all sizes and the work that BCR does is so necessary. When it comes to how people treat animals I really really hate some people (the abusers, users and those that make money off of the suffering of animals) and I really really LOVE some people. Namely the folks who give their time and resources to help the animals we share this earth with. I have already become a donor (and got the sweetest thank you note back - something not many charities do) and have been trying to spread the word about your awesome work. My next vacation will definitely be to Tampa to see these wonderful animals.

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I read one of the reviews that said they used to have rooms for rent on the premises. I think it would be awesome to stay over and hear the cats roar and chuff all night. Also I would love to see more spotlights on the individual animals on you tube. Those are my favorite ones. Thanks for all your hard work!

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I have been following the work of BCR for years now and i have seen a great growth and development in their organization. Everyone tends to the animals needs and I appreciate all they do for the cats. I am an occasional donor, hopefully i will be able to visit the sanctuary soon. Keep up the great work guys!

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I have not visited big cats rescue I am a donor and I think what they do is very important and they are doing a great job of preventing animal cruelty.

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I am an animal-lover, and have great respect for the Great Cats. To see them in circuses and in private collections breaks my heart. Big Cat Rescue takes these magnificent cats from often horrible circumstances and lets them live out their lives with comfort and dignity. I think it is the least we can do for the cats, and I greatly appreciate the work that Big Cat Rescue does. This organization deserves all the support we can give it.

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I've taken three different tours of Big Cat Rescue and been impressed by the quality of the care given to the animals at the sanctuary. The quality of care of the animals and the quality of the work they do with the public lead me to donate annually.
Peter Vennewitz

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