Big Cat Rescue, Corp.

Rating: 4.76 stars   523 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.

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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813-920-4130
http://www.BigCatRescue.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

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.

 
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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!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I visited BCR & the caring shows everywhere you go.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes whatsoever..

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Definitely

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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.

 
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I visited Big Cat Rescue when I visited my son in Florida. It really has become my most favorite place to visit. All of the cats looked very happy and very well taken care of. I have never been a fan of zoo's but this place is so very different. The big cats were very relaxed as we walked through a trail to see them in their huge enclosures, I love that rescued cats were very relaxed, clean and didn't seem to mind the visitors. I high recommend visiting if you're in Florida. I can't wait to visit again!

 
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