Big Cat Rescue, Corp.
November 10, 2010
This non profit is NOT an attraction like a zoo. They are open for the public to come and learn about what really happens to wild animals that are used as exhibits and as pets. They are a TRUE SANCTUARY. They do not breed and DO NOT BUY animals. They are contacted many times every year about taking "pets" that have outgrown their cuteness. They have taken all of the Ringling Circus tigers and they will live out their lives in peace. Ringling pays for their upkeep. The cages are set in as natural a setting as possible. Trees & grasses are there so they can climb & stalk. Their mission is to educate the public abou the horrors of zoos, roadside attractions, the wild pet trade, and breeding of wild cats. Do you know that white tigers aren't rare? They are a birth defect caused by inbreeding? Look at their website www.bigcatrescue.org , go visit, make a donation if you can. They are awesome. And don't listen to tigerlover's "review." you can tell by the way he/she talks that they would contribute to those roadside zoos. They want an ATTRACTION not the real story. This is real. They don't hide things & tell the truth. I've visited for 15 years. They've only gotten better in regards to education and will go to Washington to stand up for animal rights. They run solely on donations & it's not cheap to feed those animals let alone upkeep cages, get vet service, etc. Go visit & treat yourself to seeing some beautiful cats, but also be prepared to shed a few tears as you hear the stories of how the animals were abused or neglected.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Many laws have been passed due to information dispersed by Big Cat Rescue. A recent exhibition of a tiger at a restaurant in the Tampa area was stopped due to the public outrage when Big Cat Rescue sent everyone on their email list the info & encouraged them to contact the restaurant. They have rescued 100's of hurt & injured animals & they truly care.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Help find more large donors and volunteers who could make it an even better place. Procuring an area father away from the hustle & bustle might also aloow them to take in more animals as they are limited by the 40 acres they are in in Citrus Park. 15 years ago they were in the middle of nowhere & now they are surrounded by malls & strip centers.
Donor & I have visited many times, spread the word with every email, donate funds, send letters to Washington & Tallahassee & thoroughly believe in their mission.