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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 67 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 https://bigcatrescue.org/2016-annual-report/

Target demographics: cats of all stripes

Direct beneficiaries per year: 60+ big cats

Geographic areas served: Planet Earth

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

Community Stories

648 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

23

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have supported Big Cat Rescue for years and since I live not far away I have visited multiple times. This is one of the top animal sanctuaries in the world, it is highly regarded, and people who complain that cages are small either have not been there in person, or are lying. The sanctuary gives cats who cannot be returned to the wild a chance to live out their lives with the proper food, medical care, entertaining enrichment to play with, and large compounds. When animals visit the vet, it is videotaped. When animals are moved, it is videotaped. Daily care routines are frequently live broadcast; I know of no other nonprofit animal sanctuary that has this level of transparency. The system of multiple caretakers working together ensures that no one person is ever alone and in a position to be harmed by one of the animals. The sanctuary has a Florida Bobcat Rehab program that rescues injured and orphaned bobcats, is structured to help them learn to take care of themselves, prevents the cats from bonding with humans, and returns them to the wild. That program alone would get my support. Even better, Big Cat Rescue's work extends beyond the sanctuary to support of on-the-ground conservation efforts around the world, and to supporting legislation within the United States to end both animal abuse and private ownership of wild animals. Thank you Big Cat Rescue for all the work you do.

3

Donor

Rating: 1

When I first visited; I was impressed that a "shoestring" operation was able to run a rescue for unwanted cats. I was disappointed that most were small cats; not many big cats as the name implied.
A few weeks later I read several negative reviews about this operation (way before the so-called "shockumentary" about Joe Exotic. This is hardly a shoestring operation. There annual donations were between 3-4 million dollars a year. They have assets of close to 12 million.
This shed a totally different picture. According to their 2018 990's;
Animal care and education programs 660k (how much of that is for support of the cats is not stated -- education programs is revenue producing for them)
Legislative programs (I would presume lobbying) 79k

If your into financials please read any/or of the 990's (you may have to register at guidestar.org to get them)

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/59-3330495

Viewing the tiny cages the animals are kept in - this is the exact opposite of an animal sanctuary that I wish to support. The cages were small and several animals had the pacing behavior which indicates they are under stress and is not indicative of healthy behavior.

https://pictures-of-cats.org/why-do-tigers-pace.html

I did make a modest donation a year or so ago -- that will be my last. I am looking for better places to donate. There are better places to go, even if they are farther away.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have visited Big Cat Rescue in Citrus Park many times and the staff and volunteers are always courteous, the cats are well kept, and in enrichment-filled and large enclosures. The recent posts below have obviously been posted by people who have never been to Big Cat Rescue and all they know of the sanctuary is the inaccuracy shown in a Netflix show. Having been to Big Cat Rescue in person many times, I can say with 100% honestly that the cats are provided the very best possible care, but very devoted and compassionate people. Big Cat Rescue is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, and they have worked with Animal Defenders International as well as The Humane Society of the United States. If you take the time to wade through the fake, 1-star reviews by people who have nothing better to do than spread false information, you will see the true, 5-star reviews by the many, many people who have visited over the years.

2 Samantha G.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have supported BCR for many years and the recent "documentary" Tiger King has greatly disappointed me with all of its lies. Those who are leaving a review about small cage sizes, poor environments, etc. are honestly not very bright people and have never in their lives been to BCR because if they had (if they they did a quick google search), they'd know how large and exceptional the enclosures actually are. I encourage anyone who has doubts about this sanctuary to please do some research before believing the "documentary" that holds no truths whatsoever. And let me ask you this, if BCR is as bad as the series portrayed it, then why has it won Best NonProfit at least seven years in a row, the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency, the America's Best Charities Seal of Excellent and a perfect score of 100 from Charity Navigator, the most respected charity evaluator? Doesn't add up if BCR has such small unkempt cages like the "documentary" suggests.

Want a quick explanation about why BCR cages looked small on your screen? They're not tiny square gravel-floored boxes like Joe Exotic's cages, they're multi-sectional curve-walled enclosures that range from 1200 square feet to 1 acre (not including the 2.5 acre vacation rotation enclosure). Yeah. The smallest enclosure is the size of a small house. I've attached a map. Please note the tunnels connecting sections of enclosures. I have also added the state's requirements for big cat cages VS what BCR actually provides.

Please, before you speak poorly about business, people, and charities, you may want to do a little research or else you'll look like a complete fool.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

We can't set back and let this go on anymore. Complaining about the handling and mistreatment of big cats and then doing the samething in the name of "SANTUARY" is shameful. I am disappointed! You are no better then those you are against. Yes, you are great to cubs, but since when is a grown "Big Cat" life less meaning full. Your Big cats are in smaller cages then average and under the "pay to see" concept. Sanctuary should be closed to public and free roam. How you are still open? I have a feeling you won't be for long.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Do not donate to this charity. If you want to donate, donate to the world wildlife fund or PETA. The owner keeps the so called rescued cats in small cages, not anything like their natural habitat. They have more than enough donations through the years to have given humane homes for them and instead use the money for themselves.

5 Nicole L.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

It is disgusting how these animals are treated. This place should be closed and the animals released in the wild in Africa.

7 Kim M.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ive been a supporter for 20 years and have watched all the great work Big Cat Rescue has done and awards they and Carole have received over these years. I just went and flagged all the fake one star reviews on here from the idiot Tiger King watchers. who know nothing but the slander they were fed by Joe Exotic, who now, by the way, has changed his tune. Says he is ashamed of himself. IF people did research or followed BCR, they would know the enclosures are not small and they are rotated into a vacation huge enclosure. Her former husband Don, who had another woman in Costa Rica when he disappeared, was the one who wanted to breed the cats and she did not. The idiot who slandered Carole on here saying she called her the N word .. what a big lie. I puked in my mouth a little. NOT true. Then the other guy who says he "Was treated unfairly and ignored." Oh boo hoo, you expect them to respond to you when you troll their accounts and harass them. BIG CAT RESCUE IS AWESOME and CAROLE BASKIN IS INNOCENT. Check out ALL the good work they do on their channel- Meet the cats instead of spending time slandering!

8

Client Served

Rating: 1

The animals are kept in extremely small cages and areas. The space at this facility does not seem adequate enough for such large beautiful animals. It’s disturbing to see.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Terrible experience.. cats are in small cages .. no place to run

6

Client Served

Rating: 1

This place ain’t no savior. You keep animals caged till they die. What type of crap is that. If you’re “animal rescue” your goal soups be to return them to the wild. Yet you put them back in the same environment you “save” them from

4 Brian N.5

Donor

Rating: 1

I was actually very disappointed I thought there would have been more tigers. I will try again next year to see if there is improvement!

5 Harley D.

Advisor

Rating: 1

This place sucks was treated very badly and was ignored

8

Donor

Rating: 1

The big cat rescue is much like the big cat zoo's that they claim to be so against. As a matter of fact as recently as 2011 they were still participating in contact between big cats and people and had a photo shoot with some of the Kardashian sisters. Why is it okay for the big cat rescue to participate in pay for play with big cats but not anyone else? If you ask me they are quite hypocritical and are actively participating in what they preach against. As a former donor, I will be taking my donations elsewhere.

5 Graze D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This tigers look so sad and unhappy and they even look like they don’t sympathize with you!!!!! At least Joe and Dr Antles tigers looked more happy than yours!!! I feel bad for the volunteers!!

5

Donor

Rating: 1

Went back in January. Awful place. Dirty as well. Those poor animals dont deserve to live in filth.. They exploit these animals in the name of animal rights but they just use them and their vulnerability as a way to squeeze profits out of unsuspecting people trying to help these animal. Whoever runs this should be ashamed of themselves. How dare they. They should be locked up and kept in filth just like they do to these poor cats. Shame on you.

14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

What a horrible person and company. No-one should ever go here to support this company or person. She needs to be in jail for harassment, discrimination, defamation, and murder. There is more than enough circumstantial evidence to convict her! SUPPORTING THIS COMPANY IS SUPPORTING CRIME!!!

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

All your reviews seem bunk and prompted for sales. Your a under handed business obviously hope u go down and those animals get to a saffer cleaner place. Im sure u will email me back or something saying how I could reach out to ur business first y'all are sketchy and rude. this is public review so screw off.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Wish i could rate 0 stars. She was very racist to me and my elderly black grandmother, she called us the n word. She stated several times that she does care about the animals and that she is mainly a lobbyist. Would not recommend. She also wears real fur.

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This lady killed Joe exotic and his mom. One star.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I just got done watching tiger king and I think that you guys keep them in cages more than Joe do. Let your tigers have more freedom

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Pay these caring and HARD workers a salary! Put a breeding program to save and release in place so C. Baskin isn't just keeping her "LOOK at ME & how wonderful I am and I love MY EXOTIC PETS" zoo for her sociopathic self aggrandizement.

Even better - Outlaw this private zoo palace owned by a questionable individual, and place it in the hands of real professionals and make it a Real Public Sanctuary with a captive breeding and release program for endangered species. What makes this woman any different than other self-involved exotic cat "owners" other than her title? She is worse because she has found a way to have her zoo and have others do all the work for her for FREE!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 1

So 800K in salaries and benefits that is a lot of money to pay employees of a non-profit. Money should probably be used for the animals. Volunteers make no money we work for free. We have undergone an inspection back when i worked there in 2014 and Florida fish and wildlife found over 70 things wrong. instead of putting money into the cats the money goes to Mrs Baskin, Mr Baskin and their daughter. Funny how those are the only 3 paid.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Why do you ask for a donation if your getting money for tours. And the way you respond to people giving you a bad review is very immature I guess you get really offended easily. And why don’t you release the animals back to the wild where they belong instead you keep them in small cages. Well I guess this is your way of having an illegal zoo just call it a rescue center wow you should be ashamed of yourself.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Justice for Don!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is a trusted sanctuary for wild cats that cannot live in the wild. The cats are safely housed in beautiful outdoor enclosures and it is obvious that they are well cared for here. My visit was a life changing experience and I cannot wait to go back!

24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Unfortunately despite reading other reviews I found this place disturbing. The enclosures are tiny, it looked more like a small zoo than a rescue centre, my daughter left in tears, I think each animal should have a sign up saying how it came to be at the centre. In a state with so much land it was very cramped for large animals and they had no way of escaping the public gaze and having any peace. What inspections and regulations are in place?

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5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited the Big Cat Rescue on my 23rd birthday, I’ve known about this place for over 10 years. I use to watch the series about this place on animal planet so I’ve always wanted to go. I cannot compliment the people enough on being knowledgeable, nice, and how much love they have for what they do. This is so much better than any zoo. You’re able to get so close and learn so much about the individual animal. I absolutely loved it! If you’re ever in the Tampa area you are crazy to not go by there!

5 Sondra L. M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have visited BCR many times, and for the past two years I have taken my grandson (age 11 - see photo below with his cat)) on private tours. I want the next generation to understand the need to end abuse and ownership of all wild cats. If it were not for the educational opportunities provided by BCR, we would never understand the need for this type of facility. Carol and her husband are great stewards to these animals. They walk the walk! Together with all of their employees and volunteers, no cat goes without food, medical care, safety, and love. I am so proud to be able to donate what I can to continue this extraordinary service to those who have no voice.

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6 Susan K.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the weekend, we scheduled a feeding tour to view rescued cats from across the country and Monday two male tigers coming in from Guatamala..most from deplorable conditions and the cats abused and neglected.
Big Cat Rescue is politically advocating a federal law that would outlaw owning big cats as pets. The cost to properly feed one tiger is roughly $10k a year. The permit cost in FL to own one is only $50.
It is the #1 cause of big cat abuse.
Help protect these magnificent animals who through no fault of their own have found themselves unreturnable to the wild.

6 Christina O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very educational about the hardships of these big cats and how we can help to prevent future issues for them. Warms my heart that these cats have a retirement home for life and have opportunities to be cats and run, play and sleep as they please. There is no place like Big Cat Rescue.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Big Cat Walkabout 2019 was great! I loved being able to spend lots of time with the cats and being able to return to cats later that we didn't see out the first time around. Thanks for all you do for the cats, BCR!

6 Corri B.

Donor

Rating: 5

A safe and well cared for retirement home for abused, abandoned and exploited wild cats

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6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

wonderful people/volunteers, excellent educational tour for young and old.

6 Beth H.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is AMAZING! Carole Baskin and her staff and volunteers are fantastic. They all are very knowledgeable, friendly and fun. We took a feeding tour and a day tour and learned sooooo much! And their annual Big Cat Walkabout was absolutely mind blowing!! So well organized, got to see cats get enrichment, snacks, and just hamming it up for the crowds!! Even if you have trouble walking(because you do a lot of walking!) they offer golf carts for you to take the tours in. The nice thing is that all the proceeds goes to the CATS!!! This is a MUST SEE Sanctuary!!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I traveled from Massachusetts for the 2019 walkabout and had a fantastic time! I went for a keeper tour on Friday with Sharon who was amazing. She was very knowledgeable and answered any questions we had. You can tell she truly loves the cats (as does everyone who volunteers there) and made it such a fun first experience there for myself and my mother. The walkabout was a great experience and every staff/volunteer we saw was so friendly and helpful. Thank you to everyone who worked this weekend, you’re awesome! I’ll definitely be back again

4 Heather P.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A fantastic Sanctuary to visit. From the moment you step on to the property there is an amazing sense of peace and tranquility. The entire property is constantly cleaned and tidied, ensuring the safety of the cats and visitors alike. The Keeper I took my tour with was amazing. The amount of knowledge this lovely lady imparted was amazing, it included information on the individual cats and the reason specific programs are in place. I would encourage everyone to visit and support this amazing nonprofit, it is saving big cats one at a time.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

They really care about the cats they house there. They put the animal's needs before everything else and that's the best I can ask for from any sanctuary I help sponsor.

The day tour was also very educational and it was exciting to see the cats so close and so relaxed.

Great nonprofit!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place for big cats to roam and not be caged up. Need more caring facilities like. Big Cat rescue

Thanks to all the volunteers

2 Diana18

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a proud supporter of Big Cat Rescue for 25 years now and it remains, with Save the Children and the Snow Leopard Trust, my favorite charity. I feel that I have grown in my knowledge of the big cats and how to properly support them through BCR. We had a private tour on 8/16/19, which was fantastic. Barb was so gracious and many of the big cats came out to say hello (and show off), even though some of them are not that fond of constant rain. BCR is one of the premier sanctuaries in the world. Carole Baskin and the team have done an amazing job of creating a sanctuary where these cats will each receive the best care possible and where they will have a forever home. I know that my support will be used in the best way available and I feel confident in both financially supporting BCR and in using them as an example for others.

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2

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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2 Kim L.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a magnificent sanctuary, home, retirement and loving space for cats and for the rest of us to learn, grow, and change our understanding about saving and preserving the spectacular lives of exotic BIG cats.

Big Cat Sanctuary (BCR) in Tampa, Florida is a serene, well-manicured and purrfectly appointed Big Cat facility that has rescued and continues to rescue cats of all types that have been bought sold traded and or kept to cuddle and touch when they should have been left alone in their own natural sanctuaries in the wild.

Carole Baskin, and her husband Howard, have poured their hearts and souls into this sanctuary along with a superb team of interns and volunteers that can be found around every turn.

I visited BCR, because I am a lover of all things cat, a conservationist at heart and promoter of advocating for the preservation of animals in general, but particularly exotic cats. Last year on safari in S Africa, I was able to visit and participate in a rehab, release and retirement home for Cheetahs, Caracals, Servals, and Savannah Cats that sparked my interest to search for something comparable in the US. I set out to find a place closer to home that exemplified what I experienced over there and I have found it in BCR Tampa.

Barbara Nicholas, Director of Donor Operations, is one of the passionate and compassionate staff at BCR. We did a private tour with her. We took a Keeper and Feeding tour two days prior with Barbara Ann and Rich who have been there over a decade and with Sue Messineo (sp) whom I will sing praises of as you read on. Barbara Nicholas is knowledgeable, exudes professionalism, and cares deeply for what she does at BCR. One of the things I look for in people who work to assist others whether human or animal is their genuineness. There are so many places and people that put on a front for a “cause” when in fact, they are full of it. But, Barbara Nicholas is the real deal. We couldn’t say enough great things about her private tour that would serve her justice, but suffice it say she is a stellar guide from pre booking to post tour. I like knowing what drives people to do what they do as it builds their credibility with me and without reservation she has my trust as she is dedicated, loving, and inspired.

Sue M, (a coordinator of over 12 years I recall her saying), gave us a Keeper tour you could write a short story about. He tour was beyond fascinating, fun, personalized, heart-felt, heart-warming, tearful which made it all the more endearing and wanting more, like reading a book or watching a show you never want to end. Sue taught us about the enrichments and had us participate in making them for the cats that we saw. Intern Elizabeth is a superstar back up person on the tour for us. Sue’s story of why she is at BCR is equally as inspired as Barbara Nicholas’ story and fits into the overall experience of all who work there and convinced me even more to become more involved with BCR. Sue, thank you for indulging a moment with me about my Bengal kitty Kalilah when you saw her picture…. You couldn’t have scripted that genuine response and it is appreciated. Sue had so much fantastic personalized information we didn’t want it to end.

Barbara Ann, our tour guide for the Feeder tour and Rich (the feeder extraordinaire) have been with BCR a long time. Rich knew a lot about a lot and has a great sense of timing with the cats and takes his role as serious as it should be taken with all due respect to the cats first and foremost. Barbara Ann follows the BCR protocol as all staff did to the letter. I know this as being incredibly important to the functioning of the facility as I had taken the entirety of the Zoo College certificate online course to learn as much as I could about BCR in an effort to educate myself and become more involved with them on a greater scale to help the cats. Barbara Ann loves the cats, and has unique personalized stories of her own about and with each cat as they’re all her favorites. I am glad that she was impressed that Jasmine tigress and my husband had a chuffing conversation to beat the band.

One of my favorite people moments was meeting Brittany Mira. How can you not love Brittany? She is everything you hear and more from her daily video feeds. She is dedicated and loving full on and BCR has a gem in her. Wished I could have spent more time with her hearing her stories too.

I was able to see Karma buzzing around busy busy busy and Jamie was too and off in the distance at one point was Carole who I didn’t get a chance to meet (next time for sure), but did meet her lovely and very humorous husband Howard who had a good Boston joke for us.

Overall, I spent approximately 5 total hours at BCR between the three tours and talking with staff time. BCR is a family, it is committed, it is an exemplary sanctuary and I look forward to my return and will continue to support the big cats!

I highly recommend checking out all aspects of BCR and please make the Call of the Wild by texting CATS to 52886 and following the prompts. There is so much we can do to help beyond just giving money.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The big cats here have found a forever home, protected from the torture and inhumane treatment that many of them encountered in their early days. The care takers are all volunteers and they genuinely love the cats in the sanctuary. They work to adopt out domestic cats as they partner with a local shelter. The tour was very educational and enjoyable.

2 Jane P.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly amazing sanctuary. They provide educational tours which demonstrate the love and care provided to these cats. Highly educational.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was in Clearwater, Florida for a family wedding and so it was my chance to visit Big Cat Rescue in nearby Tampa. I’m so glad I did!

I completely enjoyed my tour meeting these amazing animals and the wonderful staff, volunteers, and interns who care for them.

Our guides were so enthusiastic and knowledgeable and patient with all of our questions. I learned so much.

Hearing the stories of how these big (and sometimes not so big) cats came to be here was heartbreaking. Magnificent animals abused, neglected, and used for profit were thankfully brought to Big Cat Rescue. This is their now their forever home.

It’s a shame that such a place has to be and hopefully the more people learn about the incredible work they do and push to end such horrible practices continues, there will no need for them.

Our tour lasted ninety minutes. The cats have large enclosures and are very secure in them. There are directions to follow for the visit for everyone’s safety ( these are wild animals, not domesticated)but they don’t take anything away from the experience. There is parking available and water stations placed at various stops along the way that’s so great on warmer days. I even picked up a few items in the gift shop. All the fees goes to the cats.


I wouldn’t be able to say which cat was my favorite. I loved them all. Thank you, Big Cat Rescue. I loved everything about my visit. Well worth it!

3 Karen362

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is not just about seeing amazing big, and little cats, but to help educate the public about their plight. The staff. mostly volunteers, work tirelessly to make sure these rescued cats get to live out the rest of their lives as comfortably as possible. The cost of the tours go directly to the care and well being of them, and it's such a great experience. If you're ever in the Tampa Bay area, take the time and visit, you won't be sorry.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been to Big Cat Rescue 3 times, and I'm going back in a couple of weeks. The work they do is incredible! And not only do they rescue these amazing animals, but they help educate the public on the various ways that they are abused or mistreated. It's terrible that places like this are needed, but so wonderful that these cats have a place to once they are rescued from deplorable conditions.

2 Susanne-Neil J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is a very special place with very special people looking after Big Cats who now call the Sanctuary home. The cats didn’t have a good start in life, most have been rescued from appalling cruel conditions, their stories are heartbreaking. We have taken several tours; Private Tour, Keepers Tour and the Feeding Tour. The tours are informative and educational, you are not guaranteed to see all the cats as it’s up to the cats if they want to come out and see you. The cats have large enclosures with several dens, pools and toys. I can’t recommend this highly enough.

2 Mindy B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This tour was both educational and enjoyable. Anyone that has a passion for Big Cats should tour.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We went to the 3PM Sat Mar 23rd tour. It was awesome!! Tour guide knew her stuff and answered all the questions. New since our visit March 2018, they have transmitters that hang around your neck and a earpiece so you can hear each cats story then ask the guide questions. It is a great idea! Often with the tours before they had the transmitters, you didn't always hear everything the guide said. The cats are gorgeous and so well loved and cared for!

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3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We toured Big Cat Rescue with a very knowledgeable guide. The animals are beautiful and so well cared for. It was an amazing experience! This non-profit is all about their cats and all monies taken in goes toward their care. I can highly recommend this

2 Jordi S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was a fantastic tour, absolutely worth the time and the tour fee! It was nice to see the animals so relaxed and happy and learn all about the current issues around captivity and conservation for these beautiful animals.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

When people interfere with the natural environment for wildcats - Big Cat Rescue is there to provide the best possible life for the animals and spread the word through education and encouragement that wildcats are best left wild

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visited BCR recently and the experience was outstanding. Learned much about the abuse and exploitation of these magnificent creatures. BCR is a marvelous facility that supports their feline residents with maximum care and concern.
Most particularly, it was really cool to get so close to these beauties. Nature at its finest!

1 Geri F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful forever home for big cats that cannot be released in the wild. Through their education and legistration (on all levels) we can ALL protect these wonderful wild animals and forever banish wild animal private ownership. So we will not “need” sanctuaries.

3 Kathleen Grenier E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful forever home for big cats who have been abused. I follow the cats on Facebook and visit once a year. Also, BCR is my Amazon Smile charity.

3 Joyce F.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Keeper Tour is a keeper! We got be make some easy enrichment for the cats and then spent about 2 hours walking to see various cats use what we made. The keeper, Des, is very knowledgable and we got to see him work with the cats to do the training they need to make sure the cats can be cared for well - operant training. We learned the background of many of the abused animals and heard them chirp, purr, chuff, moo, bark and even roar. So many fun things to see - the 500+ pound lioness roll over (that's a lot to roll) - tigers swimming and playing in pools and a lake. So much to see and so much to learn!

2 Carole Paty M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Flew in from Massachusetts to take the keeper tour and to visit some friends in the area.
They do a wonderful job of keeping the cats happy, healthy, and engaged with enrichments.
Thank You all!

4 Del J.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

AMAZING! What an experience, what a mission... And the people behind it! A true non-profit with 13 staff members and 100 volunteers; but you would never know it from the fantastic tour... THANK YOU!

3 Lisa M.10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter had been following Big Cat Rescue on YouTube for months and she was so captivated by what they do and all the cats. For her 9th birthday she wanted to visit, so I made it happen. We learned so much & enjoyed the kids tour very much.
I think they have a wonderful mission and I hope someday there won’t be a need to rescue these wonderful cats anymore. But while we do I think this organization is top notch.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BCR is a great facility, who takes care of both the cats and the humans who help the cats. They provide excellent information on all aspects of taking care of the cats.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Loved it!! Can’t wait to go back! If you love big cats this is a MUST!

3 Mike N Kathy S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place the Big Cat Rescue is!!! If you have not visited here then you must go! You will not be dissapointed for sure! These big cats are all rescued from all kinds of abuse, they are all older cats that need expert and specialized care and they get the very best of care from their vet staff and also an onsite hospital complete with surgical unit! If your lucky you may even have a Tiger "Chuff" at you or see one play with a large ball or splash around in their personal pond or perhaps just running around! So do yourself a favor and visit this amazing place, we have made 3 visits so far and plan to go again very soon!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is THE place to go if you are visiting Tampa! Not only do you get to see beautiful cats and hear their amazing stories but some of the best people in the world work and volunteer there. You will never meet more dedicated loving people than the staff at BCR!

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4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My visit to the BIG CAT RESCUE Wildcat Walkabout was phenomenal!!! Not only is the staff warm and friendly, but they go out of their way to make you feel like you are part of their very awesome world of the big cats that we all love so much!!!! My support of this sanctuary is so near and dear to my heart, and I am so glad I found them a year ago.....the work they do goes above anything I have ever seen as far as the love, care and attention they give to these animals that were rescued from horrendous conditions. Thank you BCR for all you do, we love and appreciate you!!!!

2 Leslie83

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful rescue! They do a fantastic job taking care of these animals and giving the best retirement life they can have. The tour was great and I like that they provide stories for each animal you see. The tour guide was very nice and knowledgable. I also loved that they provided education and letting us know how we can all help these big cats.

2 kimbap2018

Donor

Rating: 5

I love The Big Cat Rescue and have been there many times! This nonprofit is so fantastic with the kitties and their environment! I enjoy visiting and seeing the improvements made in the facility over the years. I highly recommend visiting and being amazed at the beauty of the big kitties.

3 Shannon G.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely impressed! Big Cat Rescue is just that! These folks clearly have the best interest of the cats in their care as most do but the difference here is they are living within a very high standard of care and concern for well being. Super impressed that they have very strict guide lines on ages of visitors and that nobody is to be left unattended.
Would recommend and will visit again!!

2 Laura A.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although it is difficult to hear and see (via the introductory video) the stories of how these beautiful creatures came to Big Cat Rescue, it helps to know that a place like this exists and truly cares about these animals. Each habitat is designed with the special needs of the cat (or cats) who will be living in it. The guides are informative and my daughter & I enjoyed this activity immensely. Worth every penny! Plus we donated & made purchases at the gift shop, in order to help this very important non-profit organization.