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.
I've been to Big Cat Rescue. Both visits were different and educational. The respect and love that Big Cat Rescue has for their cats is amazing. I've learned much about the cats and what it does to the different species when they are owned privately. I have a great respect for Big Cat and will continue to support them.
I haven't been to the rescue but anyone who lovingly, selflessly saves animals that others have put in harms way should be helped and kept around as well.
We visited Big Cat Rescue on a recent visit to Florida when our girls decided they would rather go there than Disney world. They were not disappointed. It was wonderful to see the cats being themselves, well cared for and happy. We have been following BCR ever since.
My friends and I visited BCR last November after the Celtic Thunder Cruise. We were from Florida, South Carolina, Pennsyvania and Australia. It was a cool misty morning and the cats were watching us from beneath fronds and from the shelter of their dens. The guide was awesome, personable and very knowledgeable. We learned so much and vowed to apply our new knowledge to help change the way big cats are treated. We all bought a ton of stuff in the gift store which helps the cats at BCR. I hope that eventually big cats won't need rescue but until then, thank goodness for Big Cat Rescue!
I am from Rhode Island and two cats were rescued from here by Big Cat Rescue, Narla and Max. I have visited
twice to see how they were doing. They are both thriving and are fortunate to be there. Whenever I have the opportunity I encourage friends and family to visit any time they are in the Tampa area. Keep up the good work.
Had such a great at the Big Cat Rescue in May of 2015!! Thank you to all your hardworking and caring volunteers. All those kitties are in a loving environment.
I visited BCR & the caring shows everywhere you go.
I'm from San Francisco. I had heard of BigCatRescue several years ago and joined up. Had to do with them not touching them, or even being in the same cage as them. Anyway, I donated and got a brick with my name on it. I donated again the next year, and got a fence plaque for my boy, Andre (tiger). So this year, I had a little extra money, and decide to fly 3000 miles to visit and friend in Fort Myers, and, oh yeah, a trip up to Tampa to visit BigCatRescue. Needless to say, it was the best trip I've ever taken. Jut to see these big cats relaxing, without a single worry of being hunted, and being kept separated in their wide-open enclosures, was truly awesome. So I donated again, as did my friend. Truly worth it. The fact that I go by Tiger Claw LaFever makes that much more cool.
We have toured BCR many times. Each time I'm truly impressed by the dedication and love shown by the staff toward these cats. The education they provide to the public and the wonderful lives these great animals is amazing. The cats themselves are obviously happy. None of the cats are bred. They're retired.
It's obvious from the moment you reach the plain dirt parking lot to the view of the modest gift shop to the waiting area who the real bosses are. The cats are in charge. Big cats, small cats and tiny cats are all here. The "cat-a-tats" they live in a large with fun things to do. The Canada Lynx even have an air conditioned den to relax in. These homes are kept scrupulously clean by the many volunteers and interns.
All the big cats have pools with fresh water circulating. They get "enrichment". That's treats, frozen bloodcicles and, on Thanksgiving, turkeys. They also enjoy their toys. Cardboard boxes, paper leprechauns in March to tear up. To watch a tiger play with a ball like a giant kitten is something everyone should see.
Their "vacation rotation" is huge with a pond, fields to run in, trees and dens. Places to run around, climb atop and hide under. There's one for the big cats and one for the smaller guys. When the cats move through the compound, they do so through wire tunnels that are connected to the cat-a-tats. There's no trauma or tension as they stroll leisurely to their destination.
All in all, this place is something to see. You can also view their videos on Youtube and visit their website bigcatrescue.org. I'm just happy to have this place to express my appreciation for this fine organization.
I have visited Big Cat Rescue 3 times now. Absolutely love the place. But more importantly, I love the education they do. I've learned so much about big cats and the plight of those in captivity as a result of subscribing to the BCR YouTube channel and watching the videos. I love that they help student interns who are looking for careers in animal care. I love that they have an on-site hospital and volunteer vets to care for the cats. Big Cat Rescue is not a zoo, and it's not for little children. When I visit there, I look for some of my favorites like Nikita Lioness, Cameron, Zabu, and Joseph Lion (love to hear him roar!). Truly, if you visit the Tampa area (or are lucky enough to live there), please support Big Cat Rescue so the good people there can continue their good work.