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  

An amazing charity which I have been supporting for a while. They are doing a great job of educating the public, caring for the animals at the highest standard I have seen across shelters and zoos and lobbying for better regulation.

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We moved to Tampa a year ago and saw a special about Big Cat Rescue on a community TV channel. We are animal advocates and have 3 rescued/adopted domestic cats. We immediately checked out Big Cat Rescue on the internet and decided to sponsor TJ the Tiger. We follow BCR daily on Facebook and and are impressed by the dedication of the staff and volunteers to the care of the big (and some not so big) cats many of which they have rescued from abusive situations. They also alert us about abusive treatment of big cats and tell us how we can make our voices heard to put an end to this kind of treatment. Most recently we are working to stop the abuse of baby tigers which were shown on Good Morning America swimming in a chlorinated pool with tourists and a reporter which screaming in terror. BCR has been after these folks for 2 years. Please help support the work of this wonderful organization.

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I have never seen such a dedicated charity. Their goals are clear and concise, and when they say they will do something, they do it right. I love how much they share what goes in inside the compound. Videos, photos, even a virtual tour! I live in Canada but have been itching to visit Florida to see this great park and all the work they do. I love being able to watch the cats they save on videos, and can donate from anywhere to help them out. They are transparent, honest and they save big cats! Who could ask for more? The cats are in safe and in proper enclosures and they keep them entertained but retain the wildness of the cats. These aren't pets! I'd have to say my favourite is the video of when they gave the big cats catnip. This charity gets my vote, and I'll be visiting them as soon as I can!

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BCR does exceptional work for and with big cats. I support them 100% in their indeavors.

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I visited Big Cat Rescue in the fall of 2011. I was enormously impressed by how well they take care of the cats. They clearly care about the best interests of the animals & allowing them to live the most natural and healthy lives that they can. Big Cat Rescue covers all their administration costs by the tours they give of their facility. This is very important to me, as it tells me that my monthly donation to them goes ENTIRELY to the care of the cats; it doesn't go into marketing, or some ridiculously high CEO paycheck. The people at Big Cat Rescue clearly care deeply for their cats, and do everything they can to show that they are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of these animals.

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

Initially, I went their just to see the cats. But I was so impressed with the operation & their caring that I've started donating $100 every month.

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that it's an excellent organization that is truly dedicated to taking care of its cats, and fights to put laws into place that stop the abuse of wild animals.

 
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I have been an avid fan of Big Cat Rescue for quite a few years. I read about the work they did and gave them money. I have since bought items for presents and continued to support the cats in any way I can. They do such a wonderful job for advocacy for the cats, law changes and just helping those wonderful animals that we all should be helping.

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Big Cat Rescue is an accredited sanctuary for big cats such as lions and tigers in Florida. Not only do they have a team of staff and volunteers who provide stellar care for big cats that have come from horrendous situations of abuse, but they also work tirelessly for better laws about big cats. Big Cat Rescue was instrumental in passing legislation prohibiting interstate transfer of big cats. They also work with states to pass laws regulating ownership of dangerous exotic animals such as big cats. Big Cat Rescue has seen first hand the cruel situations that these cats are kept in, such as being kept for life in transport crates, crammed into basements with no access to sunlight, having their teeth and claws pulled, etc. Big Cat Rescue has done more to raise awareness of the plight of big cats than any other organization in the country. When I donate to Big Cat Rescue, I am providing direct help not just to the cats at the sanctuary, but to all big cats in captivity across the country.

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I have continuously been blown away by the great work and effort these folks put into the rescue, care and rehab of these big cats!

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Thank you Kathleen!

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I used to live in and work in Costa Rica rehabilitating and releasing cats and other endangered species back into the wild when possible. If not we took care if them and educated people about them. When I returned to the States I researched centers here who try to help to save and educate people about them. Big Cat Rescue is the one I chose to and will continue to support.

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Thank you Kelly. Back in the 90s we tried to start a rescue center in Costa Rica, but the travel back and forth was just too much, so we never got it built. It is a beautiful place though.

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Stepping into Big Cat Rescue in Tampa Florida, I was overcome with a feeling of peacefulness, health, respect and ... something most pervasive ... Love! These animals had been mistreated at the hands of the worst that humanity has to offer, and now thanks to Big Cat Rescue, they are nursed back to health, given the best possible living conditions, and encouraged to behave as the wild animals which Nature had intended. As I walked through the sanctuary, I cried seeing the suffering these animals have endured through no fault of their own, and then I laughed with pure joy to see and feel their relief in knowing they will be safe and cared for throughout the rest of their lives. Big Cat Rescue is a true blessing to the animals!

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Thanks Judy Lee. That's kind of how our days go too. Lots of crying and laughing, but it is all worth while thanks to people like you who do so much to help us end the trade in big cats.