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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

677 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.

2 Helen P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am SO sick of the outright lies being posted in these 1 star reviews by supporters of Joe Exotic. I live down the street from BCR and have been going as a paying guest and as a volunteer for years. Here are the facts:

#1: The cages are NOT "tiny!" They are quite large. But only the front part is visible from the tour path. The enclosures go far back so that if the cat doesn't want to be on display, they have plenty of room to hide. The cats are NEVER forced to do anything they don't want, and that includes being seen. All enclosures are large enough for the cats to run, at least 1200 square feet, with dens, platforms, and plenty of trees and shrubs to hide in.

#2: Someone said they should release the cats to the wild or breed & release. Ridiculous! All of these cats were born into captivity and would have no clue how to survive in the wild. Some were declawed by previous owners, or had teeth removed (things that Joe Exotic did regularly to his cats). And as for breeding, the tigers are "generic" which means there is no way to know which specific genus of tiger they are. Species must remain pure in the wild, so introducing generic tigers into the wild would literally destroy the species.

#3: The cats are extremely well taken care of. They receive special diets made for them, not expired meat from WalMart. They receive top notch veterinary care from multiple trained veterinarians. Heck, the vet who takes care of 2 of my house cats is one of the vet volunteers there! They get monthly flea/tick treatments, all sorts of toys & enrichment to keep their minds engaged, and have an on-site actual animal hospital.

#4: The cats also get two week turns in very large "vacation rotation" areas. For the larger cats, it's a 2.5 ACRE enclosure with a large pond, fountains, all sorts of dens and platforms for lounging. Smaller cats take turns in the "FunCation" which is 22,000 square feet. Not exactly small!

#5: They are highly rated by both the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries AND Charity Navigator.

#6: They are transparent on everything. You can literally watch multiple sites there via webcams on Explore.org.

#7: They also rehab and release native Florida bobcats. Bobcats who are hit by a car, kittens who've been abandoned by their mothers or found in fire remains are first treated in the hospital (never actually seeing a human so they don't get comfortable with humans). They are rehabbed and once they are healthy AND able to hunt for themselves, released back into the wild where they belong.

So don't listen to the lies in the one star reviews. I would venture that NONE of them have actually been to BCR for themselves, and are basing their judgment on the lies told in Tiger King.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've now visited Big Cat Rescue 3 times and continue to be blown away by the gorgeous animals and the great care they receive. They've rehabbed Florida bobcats and released them back to the wild....rescued a beautiful lioness from drug dealers...saved tigers from a life in a tiny cage...All the cats receive top notch care and are a delight to see. If I could give 10 stars I would! Don't miss this wonderful experience!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big cat rescue is all about the love! Caring for sick and injured rehab baby bobcats, abused circus tigers, and Everything in between! I have learned so much about big cats and their plight in the world. I have watched wounded animals get the help they need and thrive to the extent that they can return to the wild. I have wept as one of our beloved cats reaches the end of a long life and we had to say goodbye. I have rejoiced as rescued cats take their place at BCR, and revel at the feel of grass on their paws at last. Big cat rescue has brought all of this to me and countless others, and I am forever grateful for them. Make the Call of the Wild!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a part of the extended BCR family!!! When I stumbled on a random BCR FB video, I was intrigued. When I started learning about the cats and their individual personalities, I was smitten! When I learned more about BCRs high standards of care and their mission to put themselves out of business through education and legislation, I was impressed! When I visited in 2019, I got to see everything in action for myself. The property is amazing, the volunteers are proud and most importantly the cats are so very well cared for!!!

Noor A.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I went to Big Cat Rescue for the first time in 2018, I flew all the way from Paris to Tampa just to meet all the big cats and keepers that I used to follow online on FB ! It was such an amazing experience that I had to come back last year for their wonderful cat Walkabout !! It’s one of my best memory ever !!! When you see how well their cats are taken care of, all their work, dedication, Love and devotion, it’s very moving and inspiring !! I love them very much and I’m a huge fan and donator all the way from France !! :-)
They can count on me to help them as much as I can !! :-D

1 Tammy C.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue has earned my respect over and over as I watch them take in discarded and abused cats from both private owners and circus's. Some of the cats have been near death and Big Cat Rescue has pulled out all the stops with vet care to bring them back to health. Check out Aria tigers story as a PERFECT example on her bio page at BigCatRescue.org/Aria .
Not only do they save cats and give them a beautiful place to live out their days they are a huge force behind getting the Big Cat Public Safety Act passed that will stop private ownership and cub petting schemes that will in effect save a lot of tigers, lions and other big cats from having to live a life in a cage.
THANK YOU BCR for all you do and for educating the public!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was in 2014 when beautiful Hoover the TIger was brought to Big Cat in Tampa that I first discovered this wonderful place! I was driving in Miami and saw his Welcome Home Sign. I immediately began following the sanctuary, their compassionate staff and amazing family of animals. I have the greatest respect and admiration for Carol Baskin as she truly cares and fights for the safety and lives of all these amazing Big Cats. She is a beacon for them and Big Cat Tampa is truly a wonderful place. I support them, commend them, follow them, share their work and family of staff and animals and will continue to do so! Thank you. Monique Vetrano (Altamonte Springs, Fl).

Susan M.19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't remember how I discovered BCR but from the time I did over a year ago I have become a supporter (costs you 99cents a month on a PayPal acct) and donate at least once a month often more. I wish I had the money to give them more as they are closed to tours due to covid. I watch every video they post and if I miss them live I go to youTube to catch them later. They take such wonderful care of the cats in their care. If you love big cats please help them out. The tigers are my favorites tho I love manny the jaguar and jinx the black leopard too.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is a great place to visit. If you want to learn the plight of Big Cats this is the place. They have Big and little cats that have come from many different backgrounds. Some from the circus others from people who thought having a tiger or ocelots as pets only to find out that they really don't make great pets. All animals at BCR are taken care of and all needs taken off. When BCR reopens I highly recommend visiting I know I will. If you can't visit then go on the website to see how you can help.
We need to create awareness to help these innocent animals from being abused. Please sign petitions and let's help pass legislation to prohibit these animals as pets. Review your representative and see where they stand on these issues.
This year is a big year to vote so make you vote count.
Thanks and go visit BCR :)

1 Sherri D.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited BCR 4 times and have experienced each type of tour (Day tour, Feeding Tour, Keeper Tour, and Night Tour). The sanctuary is so peaceful; the keepers are very knowledgeable and it was amazing to have them share the stories of each cat with the visitors.

1 Keesha B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue are amazing. The work they do is vital and the goal they are working toward is too. Through interacting with workers and volunteers, it is clear how much they care for these animals and how much their health and welfare mean to them. Big Cat Rescue is one of the charities at the forefront of the fight against wildlife crime and the exploitation of wild cats.

1 BW715

Donor

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is an amazing rescue for abused and neglected big cats. Everyone there, staff, volunteers, interns, work tirelessly to make sure these cats have the best life they possibly can despite being in captivity. The more videos and footage you watch, the more you see the care, thought, and love put into everything they do. BCR is a GFAS accredited sanctuary. They do not buy, breed, sell, trade, or touch the cats in their care. They are trying to end the captive breeding and private ownership of these big cats that belong in the wild, not in a cage. I have learned so much from BCR and have so much respect for all the work they do for big cats!

1 Kim L.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands down one of the most dedicated deserving charities in the world. BCR does a fantastic job of zero buying breeding trading touching or selling of exotic big cats and they have impeccable integrity across the board. Can’t think of a better place to put my time and energy.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is an amazing sanctuary providing the best possible care to its cats. They offer spacious home environments with many forms of enrichment to keep all the residents healthy and happy. Definitely recommend BCR sanctuary.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Each month our nonprofit (The Community Roundtable of Greater Brandon) draws a ticket which the winning attendee gets to give $100 to the nonprofit of their choice. When I had won, I chose Big Cat Rescue. Big Cat Rescue let me choose a cat to sponsor which included tickets for a tour and picture and biography of the cat. It was an inspirational story I could bring back to the group and we were able to use the tickets for raffling to make more donations for other charities. It was a Win-Win-Win for so many. Who knew that ticket could provide such great feats?

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Everyone at Big Cat Rescue puts the cat's needs first even before their own. They are GFAS accredited, which means they do not buy, sell, breed, or touch the cats. They respect the cat's needs and never make them do anything they don't want to do. Once you start following them you'll soon learn this for yourself. I love Big Cat Rescue and what they are doing.

Claire P.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following the Big Cat Rescue site on Facebook for almost 2 years, and I cannot
say anything bad, the entire experience, first the education, and seen how all the animals
have the top notch care in the entire nation is incredible. We contributed to the cause with joy knowing all the money goes to to help those magnificent creatures. Over time, we even
purchased products and always are happy of the quality of every product we purchased. I'm a big fan of this sanctuary and plan on visiting them in person when they will re-open.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The ongoing written education programs they submit online for you to read have been outstanding. Often instructed at the higher education level, they are well organized and tell the full story from the habits of the animals to the organization of laws protecting the Big Cats and all in-between. They are well supported by examples and photographs. For the first time in many years, I am “alive and learning” again – and it feels great.
The videos and other media of Big Cat Rescue have produced are unlike anything I have ever experienced, bringing my own exposure to definitely a higher level of education and entertainment. From daily live visits down at the rescue on-line to planned weekly on-line tours, I am fascinated by how the Rescue is successfully run and organized. I’d rather keep up with these videos than watch TV! They make me really happy. This gift of stories to read and watch has made me feel part of Big Cat Rescue. To support the gift they have given me, I have donated as I can to the Rescue because it makes me feel happy to do so. To know I helped pay for some Cats’ medical needs, to have been part of a team that provided enrichment toys and pumpkin treats, and even sent food treats to the volunteers who provide attention and care to Big Cat Rescue – all have given me such a joy and peace in this time of my life.

1 Mary Ellen Y.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first noticed a story about Keisha, a tiger who had lost her tail to another tiger or lion with whom she was kept in deplorable conditions. Her story touched my heart and brought me to Big Cat Rescue online. Soon thereafter they rescued a baby bobcat named Flint and I was hooked. Flint grabbed my heart and never let go. Now Keisha has gone over the rainbow bridge but I follow Flint and the other residents of BCR every day. Before I committed any money to them I thoroughly researched their nonprofit status, their history and philosophy, and their practices. I can’t wait to be able to visit in person.

1 estenstr

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a follower and supporter of Big Cat Rescue for a year and a half now, since July 1, 2019. Discovering a certain little Bobcat Baby name Flint upon the recommendation of my animal-loving cousin, he captured my brain, heart, and soul. Big Cat Rescue has provided me with an opportunity to make my “brain” happier by learning about Bobcats and quickly growing onto learning about other Big Cats. I have realized how much I love learning – and the emphasis on education and learning about the world of Big Cats has made me so curious that I have to stay up late just to do online research for greater understanding and education. And enjoy it immensley.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I heard from a friend a.couple.years ago. But did not get interested in the Big Cat Rescue until this year. Love watching the videos.

pjames621

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I only recently found Big Cat Rescue by viewing a video from around November 2019. It was very informative as far as what goes on there and how the cats are being taken care of. All of the donations go to the help with the cats. The staff there really care about the well-being of all of the animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BCR was a great place to visit. You can tell that the keepers really care about the animals. They take such good care of them by providing enrichment and USDA quality food.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first discovered Big Cat Rescue in 2016 through a local newspaper article about an abandoned baby bobcat left on the road, rescued and later released by Big Cat Rescue. This led me to Big Cat Rescue's wonderful website and to the Explore website with all the live 24/7 cams. I have always loved cats, both big and small, but honestly never thought about what happens to tigers and other exotic cats in zoos, or other such facilities. It never occurred to me that big cats born in cages can never go free, ever. I first visited the sanctuary in 2017 and visited many times after that and my heart is always there. In January of this year, I semi-retired, got in my car, drove to Tampa and began volunteering at the sanctuary. Sadly, COVID hit in March and I headed back up North. I hope to get there again to volunteer. But in the meantime, I do whatever I can online to help BCR and further their mission of no more cats in cages. I call my representatives every week and ask them to cosponsor the Big Cat Public Safety Act. BCR is accredited by GFAS, is completely and totally transparent and is my favorite place in the whole world.

Janice S.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their love and dedication to the cats is so awesome..

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It has helped me become aware of the horrific things that have been done to these magnificent cats and ways to help fight the fight against cub petting etc

Missie P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It’s nice to know that all of my donations go to the care of the cats, and that Big Cat Rescue’s financial reports are so clear.

Andy A.2

Donor

Rating: 5

They treat the animals as they should be treaten , and they rescue them from slavery of little spaces, abuses and violence

Eleonor S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is one of the best sanctuaries in the world for rescued big and small exotic cats! They are very transparent with all that happens on the sanctuary through live feeds on Explore, nest cameras and daily live videos with keepers, staff or even the owner herself Carole Baskin. BCR is a GFAS accredited, non-profit, true sanctuary that has the highest rating on Charity Navigator and a 100% of the donated money goes to the care of the cats! They have excellent safety protocols, a high standard veterinary hospital on site, meticulous maintenance of the property and great caging.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue has done so much to save big cats from abusive situations and are working to save big cats in the wild! Such an amazing and beauty place. The cats are SO well cared for by keepers who love them every single day! The dedication of the keepers to the care of the cats is really second to none!

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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.

3 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.

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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.

9 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

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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

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9

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?

Review from Guidestar

6

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!

6 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.

Review from Guidestar

7 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.

7 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