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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EIN 59-3330495
813-920-4130
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have a background in nonprofit management and I can truthfully say that Big Cat Rescue is one of the most well-run, well-respected nonprofit sanctuaries in the country. The animals in their care are given the love and attention they lacked in their earlier lives. Big Cat Rescue is my favorite animal charity and I have designated them in my will. I tell everyone I know about the good and important work of Big Cat Rescue.

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Big Cat Rescue is a vanguard par excellence in securing a future for big and exotic cats who have been neglected, back yard bred and/or abused.

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I believe everything done at Big Cat Rescue is top notch. Not only are the animals cared for above and beyond all expectations the education given to people is outstanding! I have supported Nirvana the ocelot for years and helped the sanctuary as well by spreading the word and handing out my donor passes as much as possible. I support the educational and legal efforts they are committed to 100 percent!

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The animals in the care of Big Cat Rescue are forever safe from the nonsense that we humans can put on them. There is an honesty and purity of purpose at this facility that is both admirable and functional. When a group of people have agreed that the only thing that matters is the mission of caring for these cats, it's nothing but good karma and happy felines. Visit the facility for yourself, and the cats will tell you all about it.

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Big Cat Rescue is a fantastic organization that not only helps provide sanctuary for big/exotic cats but also in helping educate the public about the importance of not breeding and purchasing these animals for any reason. I will continue to support and donate to Big Cat Rescue. I encourage anyone looking for a worth while organization to donate to, to consider Big Cat Rescue.

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I took my son to BCR for his 5th birthday. We fell in love! BCR is awesome. They rescue so many cats that other have either ignored, turned away, or planned to euthanize. They do their best to save them all and rehabilitate and release if possible. They don't always win the fight, but at least they try. And they always keep their sponsors and donors informed of what is going on and how we can help! My son can't wait to go back, just to see if the white tiger (Zabu) will try to "pee" on him again.

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Big Cat Rescue is devoted to caring for mistreated, injured, retired or abandoned exotic cats. Another important part of their mission is educating the public to speak out against abuses of exotic cats - tiger cub petting events, roadside animal farms with inadequate care of their animals, ownership of exotics as pets, etc. They also rehabilitate (when possible) native cats, such as bobcats, who have been injured in the wild. I am touched by the stories of their resident cats, who came from backgrounds of exploitation and abuse, and now reside in a more natural habitat, with appropriate food and veterinary care. Big Cat Rescue is a wonderful example of a non-profit organization that makes every dollar count to achieve their goals. I know my contributions are going directly to help the cats!

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Rating: 5 stars  

After years of following Big Cat Rescue's vital rescue and lobbying work, I was finally able to visit their Tampa facilities and meet the wonderful, knowledgeable people who work there. All of them are singularly dedicated to raising awareness of big cat abuse and lobbying for laws that will end the exploitation of exotic animals once and for all. Their goal is to put themselves out of business, and they work tirelessly towards a day when the problem of mistreated and cast-off cats will be a thing of the past. The rescued animals at BCR's are given first-rate care, a safe and stimulating environment, and a chance to live out their lives in peace and dignity. BCR is an inspiration, and I will continue to support them in any way I can.

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I was a new Florida resident and was looking for something fun and different to do. I came across the Big Cat Rescue tours and decided to go. It is an amazing facility. All the four legged residents appear to be very happy with their surroundings. The cats are alert and active with plenty of things to do. Some of them appear to enjoy the company of the tours and show off when it is their turn to be viewed. The tours are educational and necessary for the future of the facility. They also do a tremendous job with their Facebook page. It is updated and informative. I can only hope to one day be in a position to volunteer and join the staff at Big Cat Rescue.

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Like more people to donate so that Big Cat Rescue could fulfill their entire wish list.

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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

What ever my donation went to, I am sure it was put to the best use at that time.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I usually only donate to animal causes and Big Cat Rescue was a wonderful new find for me.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Big Cat Rescue works locally and nationally to provide education and support for all big cats. That is a big job and if their facility is an amazing experience I can only imagine the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make it better for all species of wild cats.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Big Cat Rescue is a wonderful non-profit dedicated to being an advocate for exotic cats. It is located in Tampa, Florida and has over 100 exotic cats in it's care. I have visited BCR and am a donor. I am continually impressed by the manner in which the organization conducts itself. They work hard to provide quality lives for the cats in their care including regular health check-ups and enrichment. They also inform the public about issues inmportant to these fabulous animals. There is a huge need for this organization and it's work. I am very thankful that they are there for the cats.

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