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.
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.
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.
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.
My sister in law introduced me to this rescue years ago. She was an impassioned supporter of animals, particularily Tigers and had the pleasure of spending time at Big Cat Rescue. For the last five or six years I have supported their work and donated any time I could. I wish I lived closer so I could visit more often, help more and work there. Nancy Johnson Tulsa, OK
We come to Florida every year and we come and support the wild cat rescue. This is not their natural environment, but it is as close as you can get. The staff treat these animals with soo much love and respect. Will always come back to see these beutiful animals.
I have been a donor to BCR for many years. When I was first introduced to BCR I was impressed by what I saw on paper and felt very deeply about the plight of the exoctic animals exploited and abused in our country. A few years later I had the opportunity to visit BCR. I was in total amazement. The area was so beautiful, the enclosures were very spacious (bigger than some zoos) and the care the cats receive (volunteers and professional) is awesome. Now I understand the address "Easy Street" This is a very worthwhile cause and organization. If you have never been there you should plan a vacation to the Tampa/Orlando area and plan a day at BCR. You won't regret it and you will come away totally inspired.
I've visited this place, and I have never seen a sanctuary where large animals are given such nice space and you can tell the staff and volunteers really care about these beautiful creatures. Their spaces are clean, they are well-fed, and they are provided with little experiences to make their lives in captivity less boring.
Big Cat Rescue is our favorite charity and so deserving. Our extended family members now visit during their vacations in Florida to experience first hand the professionalism and compassion @ BCR. From the folks @ BCR we learn not only about domestic rescues but also conservation efforts of big cats endangered in the wild. A cat lover's dream!
Thank heavens for this organization: BIG CAT RESCUE, Corp takes care of abandoned animals after people who "must have those cute little cubs" realize that they cannot keep them when they grow to adulthood. The volnteers and staff at BIG CAT RESCUE respect these animals and continue to keep the balance of nature for future generations of all species of life.
We love donating to Big Cat Rescue because we know that the $$ will go to enhance the lives of the many cats who reside there! Their main concern is the health and happiness of their animals! They make sure that space is appropriate, vet care is given to those that need it, and the animals are given good food and the exercise they so deserve! This organization warms our hearts and those of the cats as well!