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Causes: Animals, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

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: 70+ big cats

Programs: Rescuing and providing permanent care for big cats. Saving cats in the wild.

Community Stories

553 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great people doing great things for some BIG Cats who deserve some kindness.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to BCR for my first time yesterday and absolutely loved it!! My sister & I did the day tour at 10am and we got to see some of our favorite cats! Our tour guide was awesome & answered all of the questions that we had! I also made the call of the wild today!! We will definitely be going back again within the next few months!!

Donor

Rating: 5

We took our sons and grandchildren to the Big Cat Rescue. Took the Feeding tour & The Keepers Tour. We love the animals and the staff was so knowledgeable and friendly. It was such a great day. The animals are so lucky to end up at this rescue center. They receive lots of love and care by all. Keep up the great work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been wanting to go to Big Cat Rescue for over 15 years. My visit was so great and educational! Our guide was very knowledgeable and we learned so much about each cat, their personal story; along with everything the Rescue is doing to provide for them and to change existing laws regarding owning these majestic creatures.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough about our experience at the Big Cat Sanctuary. My boyfriend suggested we finally visit after years of talking about it, and it without a doubt worth the wait. We did both the Feeding Tour and the Keeper Tour.
The Feeding Tour was a small group—just us two and one other person! Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable about all the cats and answered every question we had. It was awesome to hear about the cats’ diets and how each animal is looked after to its own individual needs. We got to see the lynx, bobcats, servals, leopards, and two of the tigers eat. We were able to stop and look at some of the other cats as well along the way.—including the foster kittens!
The Keeper Tour was beyond my wildest expectations. Keeper Des and Keeper Jen were wonderful. We were able to create enrichment toys for the cats—some of whom were interested and some of whom were not. It was nice to see the keepers let the cats be themselves and didn’t force the cats to engage with anything they didn’t want to. They did give the cats meat treats along the way to bring them around closer for us to see and photograph as we heard their stories. We were able to see a lot more of the cats on this tour and spend more time with each one. At the beginning, Des even told us if there was a particular animal we wanted to see, he would do his best to make it happen. It was obvious that all of the keepers love what they do, and the love the cats. I enjoyed hearing the anecdotes that each worker had about particular cats. Just like people, big cats have their own personalities!
I also have to say a huge thank you to Keeper Honey. Little did I know, my boyfriend had planned to propose at the end of the Keeper Tour! My now fiancé (!!!) was able to propose with Seth tiger’s help thanks to her. She even made a wonderful sign for the occasion. We are both so grateful for all of the Big Cat Rescue staff for everything they did to make a special day even more special for both of us—but we are especially and forever thankful for Keeper Honey, Des, and Jen for helping make everything happen. We couldn’t have asked for a better day at BCR!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great loving place for this animals and excellent volunteers for guidance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Seeing Big cat rescue was a dream come true, these cats are so well cared for and obviously loved. Every bit of money earned goes directly back to the cats and their care with things like enrichment, medical care, enclosure up keep and feeding them. This sanctuary is a true sanctuary and properly accredited and boy are they dedicated to these beautiful animals - big and small. I had the joy of being lead by Barb on a private tour and a general tour and she was fantastic and so knowledgeable - she took me to all the cats i wanted to see and told me about them in great detail - Barb was truly lovely to meet and I hope to see her again. As you walk around you can see the volunteers working diligently. Depending on what day and time you go you will see different cats so I would recommend booking multiple tours. I was able to see everyone I asked to but unable to see Hoover and TJ and Zeus as it was a very hot day and the cats needed their tiem away from the sun. Please don't be disappointed if you don't see your favorite cat! If anything that is a reason to keep coming back and to get acquainted with them. FYI private tour means you get to see what cats you specifically ask for and spend as much time with them as you like - I chose to spend most my time with Sabre the sweet black leopard.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We did three of the tours between Friday night and Saturday. Learning the stories of how each big cat came to be a resident at Big Cat Rescue will make you want to help any way you can.

And there are so many ways to help... Paper towel and TP cardboard rolls, yogurt cups, solo cups are some every day items you can forward to BCR! Making purchases in the on-line store, taking a tour are some other ways! Of course there is always monetary donations as well.

Go to BCR in person or visit their website and learn how you can help!

Echo D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I had the honor of visiting Big Cat Rescue in Tampa Florida for a walking tour. We want to thank you for this wonderful opportunity to see how you have gone to such extremes to rescue and then to provide the big cats with an environment that will let them live out their lives in a safe place with respect from all of the kind volunteers that take care of them. The education that you provide to the public is exceptional, from the videos, to the volunteers that provide educational talks, and the taped recording about each individual cat and their stories during the walk. The safety and beauty of the habitat that you have provided is beyond awesome and prompted me to write my congressmen to pass the bill to stop the private ownership, as well as, donating to the cause. Thank you so much for the education and experience!

Kelcey I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I visited the Big Cat Rescue yesterday and had an amazing time. We watched the feeder feeding the big cats and the little cats. The feeder was talking to the cats with so much love in his voice that you know without a doubt how much the staff love and care for these animals. They educated us on what has happened to these animals and many more like them, hearing the stories behind these beautiful animals was heartbreaking and lit a fire in us to tell everyone we can what we have learned here and make sure they come to visit. The cats were so active and curious to the coming people, a few of them walked next to us in their cages until they couldn't folow us anymore. One tiger was rubbing up against the fence looking for love!! I can't wait to come back again and again!

Shaina D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely love this place!! The cats here are the happiest cats I have ever seen in captivity!! I would recommend anyone take a visit to see them and hear their stories!

Alexander R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is on a wonderful mission! A pleasure to visit as well!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Simply amazing. Every cat that is here has an arrival story and generally it's a bad one. To see the cats in what I felt were well oversized "catitats", treated with dignity, given great healthcare and given a quality of life they would not have otherwise received was a heartwarming experience.

Excellent education from those that are caring for them. One question that comes to mind is, "if you somehow acquired a cat like this, what kind of life will it have?" Think about it. Humans are the dominant species in the world and we have a responsibility to act as such.

Go visit Big Cat Rescue. I'm sure you will be as 'moved' as I was.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a fantastic time at the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa. I learned a lot about the reality of these creatures lives and what this amazing organization does to care for them. This experience gave me no doubt in my mind that I want to work with these beautiful beings! So next step is... fill out an application to volunteer there! :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cats rescue is truly doing what they say the're doing! The big cats there are content and so well cared for. The staff and volunteers are dedicated and truly there for these big cats instead of having the cats there for everyone else. If you're not sure about donating please do from a general public person who has seen live what your money is going to

Donor

Rating: 5

An excellent experience for me and my 10-year-old son. Also a great cause to support. Highly recommended.

Kyle41

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic place, always a great experience. They always make you feel welcome. They treat the animals exactly how they should be.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Big Cat Rescue. Found them via Explore.org and their 24/7 cams and became so interested in the sanctuary and their cause. Took a short vacation down to the area and went on the Day Tour two days in a row. The tours were great, the volunteers who led the tours were great and the facility is beautiful, peaceful and very well run. I can't wait to go back again.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great experience for the cost. Their philosophy is so crucial to the protection of these animals. It was a educational, relaxing tour. Definitely worth the trip, great staff and facility.

Diana18

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a loyal supporter of Big Cat Rescue for many years and dreamed of the day I could go visit the siteh. I finally had the opportunity last week and it was amazing. The concern that all of the staff and volunteers have for these magnificent creatures is amazing. I am proud to be affiliated, if only in a small way, with such a wonderful group. And I have learned a great deal over the years about helping protect the big cats.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter and fan of Big Cat Rescue for over 5 years and the more I learn about them, the more respect I have for the work they do. I have learned a great deal from the group about properly caring for rescued big cats and about how to prevent the abuse that so many big cats suffer at the hands of inconsiderate, irresponsible, uncaring or downright cruel humans. If I lived closer, I would be proud to be a hands-on volunteer. Carole Baskin and all of the staff and volunteers do an amazing job. One of my favorites, out of all the wonderful things that they do, is the domestic cat rescue assistance program - so that the volunteers can cuddle with cats. Watching the videos of the rescues of abused big cats shows how much they truly care for these majestic animals and how hard they work to give those cats a safe, healthy, and peaceful life.

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