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Big Cat Rescue, Corp.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

602 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.

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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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

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

1 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!

1 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.

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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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

1 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!

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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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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!!!!

1 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.

1 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.

1 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!!

1 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.

1 Ellie B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

We had the privilege of a private tour on 7/24/18. I am awed by the labor of love in this sanctuary. It is obvious how content these cats are. No pacing or agitation. Just lounging, rolling and interested looks at the crazy visitors in the rain. What an amazing experience! If they can't be in their natural habitats, this is the next best thing. Thank you for taking care of these gorgeous, majestic creatures.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to Big Cat Rescue for four days straight.. June 21-25 2018
Each day was better than the first!
They were professional and they taught me so much about the Big Cats. The Sanctuary was clean and very well maintained and the animals were the first priority . I was very Impressed.
It is a must see for the entire family!
And when you see and hear the Cats up close .. it is just a fantastic experience .