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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813-920-4130
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first visited Big Cat Rescue with my mom back in the days when it was called Big Cats on Easy Street. From that very first encounter, I knew this was a special place. Over the years I have visited many times and introduced Big Cat Rescue to many friends. No one ever ceases to be amazed and touched by the experience and the incredible work that goes on. I am proud to be a donor and love wearing my Big Cat Rescue hat, because it always gets people's attention and allows me to get the word out about Big Cat. Truly a great organization.

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I love this organization, and not only am a regular donor, but made a special trip with two of my best friends to visit the sanctuary. They still tell others how that visit "changed their lives" and the way they see wild animals and the care of them. I am in awe of your dedication and consistent hard work toward good and toward humane rights. Please continue, and if you are reading this, please support this cause and do whatever you can to be sure no one in your life is mistreating or handling an animal.

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Big Cat Rescue was introduced to me by in-laws over 15 years ago. I have been a supporter ever since. I love to visit the facility whenever the opportunity arises. The work that this organization does is just amazing and the awareness they bring of how big cats are treated all over the world is an eye opener. There tours are all very educational and I certainly look forward to the day I can do more. God Bless Big Cat rescue and all the volunteer, owner and other supporters.

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As an animal lover and supporter I get endless mailings asking me to donate to very worthy organizations. Being retired on a fixed ncome I can only do so much and have to limit my financial support. After much research, I've chosen Big Cat Resue for my support. They do great work and help right some of the terrible wrongs done to innocent and helpless creatures. I urge everyone to support this organization in any way they can.

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I have visited Big Cat Rescue on several occasions and often recommend it to others. It's a wonder to see these gorgeous creatures so well provided for after a lifetime of being neglected or abused. They get to live out their lives in safety and are obviously well cared for by a kind and concerned staff and volunteers. I with everyone had access to this marvelous place.

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I have for many years been a proponent for animals and donate regularly to zoos, the Humane Society and now Big Cat Rescue. A few years back while vacationing in Florida my friends suggested a day trip out of the Orlando Area and offered up the choice of a zoo (keep in mind I love zoos) or BCR. I chose BCR out of curiosity and a desire to see their work. Let me tell you those cats have got it made!!! They have wonderful enclosures and all appear to be happy and very well cared for. I was inspired to make a donation based on the information I garnered on the tour and the appearance to the animals. I subscribe to the newsletter and am always happy that more big cats are on their way to their forever home at BCR. The staff is loving and insures that these cats are not exploited. One of the best non profit organizations out there.

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The folks at Big Cat Rescue provide a safe, clean and stimulating environment to many animals who have been treated poorly in their past. It is clean and safe and very enjoyable to visit with guides who provide insightful answers to every question. I've seen firsthand how a casual visitor can become a very committed donor in just one educational tour. I have become acquainted with a volunteer who is in her second year at the Rescue, and gives countless hours to the cause despite her busy schedule. I've learned she is just an example of many other volunteer staff who have given of their time and love for many, many years.

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I am passionate about the plight of tigers & other big cats as they face threats of extinction in the wild & abuse, neglect & exploitation at the hands of human beings. Big Cat Rescue works tirelessly to educate & inform while they actively rescue & care for these amazing creatures. If I lived closer I would give as much time as possible to help with their mission. As is I give as much $$$ as I can

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The plight of abused and mistreated exotic cats has little awareness in society. Big Cat Rescue not only cares for abandoned exotics but is constantly fighting to raise awareness and support needed laws to reduce this problem.

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I have been to this sanctuary around 6 times, sharing it with my friends when I can. The emphasis is on providing sanctuary for the cats, and also education to the public about the inappropriateness of trying to keep big cats as pets, or exploit them for entertainment.
It is very clean, and you can see how impassioned the volunteers are about caring for the animals. I always leave with mixed emotions; happy that the cats there have a better life, but sad that the exploitation continues. The admissionn fee helps to support their cause, and I consider it money well spent.

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BCR serves a dual role as not only providers of care for these "unwanted" animals, but equally as important, as educators of the public. It is through education that they hope to stem the tide of inappropriate use of wild cats as pets and entertainment. People may innocently "support" this exploitation by paying for these shows and photo sessions, unaware of the ultimate end for the cats.

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