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.
Thank you to the incredible volunteers who give their time, energy and love to the beautiful big and little cats! We attended the feeding tour last Friday and it was clear that Desmond, volunteer and our tour guide, respected and cared for each of the cats. He was so knowledgeable about the cats and knew the quirks and story of each of them! While it is not the wild, Big Cat Rescue is the closest these babies will get to it! The enclosures are very large and support a natural way of living for the cats. One of the perks of the rescue is that the cats have a chance at living the longest and healthiest life possible because they receive routine medical care such as deworming, flea medication, and life saving surgeries such as teeth extractions, and mass removals, etc. They also have a cute little gift shop where you can buy gifts for all your loved ones and continue to support the rescue. My only regret is that I didn’t make it to more than one tour during my trip to St. Pete. I highly recommend scheduling a tour or two or three if you live in or willl be visiting the Tampa area!
Incredible experience during our tour Saturday. Steve was a great tour guide; we learned so much from him. The grounds and catitats were so clean and well kept. This is an amazing sanctuary for these beautiful cats, and there is clearly a lot of love that goes into its operation. Thank you, Big Cat Rescue, for being an advocate and sanctuary for these lovely creatures!
HELLO EVERYONE, MY NAME IS GAIL AND I WENT TO THE BIG CAT RESCUE ON FRIDAY. IT WAS VERY INTERESTING AND AMAZING TO SEE HOW THESE CATS ARE CARED FOR. ALL OF THEIR NEEDS ARE MET. THEY CAME IN BAD SHAPE, BUT YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW IT BY THE WAY THEY LOOK NOW. IT WAS A FANTASTIC DAY TO MEET THESE CATS.
Great people doing great things for some BIG Cats who deserve some kindness.
I went to BCR for my first time yesterday and absolutely loved it!! My sister & I did the day tour at 10am and we got to see some of our favorite cats! Our tour guide was awesome & answered all of the questions that we had! I also made the call of the wild today!! We will definitely be going back again within the next few months!!
We took our sons and grandchildren to the Big Cat Rescue. Took the Feeding tour & The Keepers Tour. We love the animals and the staff was so knowledgeable and friendly. It was such a great day. The animals are so lucky to end up at this rescue center. They receive lots of love and care by all. Keep up the great work.
I have been wanting to go to Big Cat Rescue for over 15 years. My visit was so great and educational! Our guide was very knowledgeable and we learned so much about each cat, their personal story; along with everything the Rescue is doing to provide for them and to change existing laws regarding owning these majestic creatures.
I can’t say enough about our experience at the Big Cat Sanctuary. My boyfriend suggested we finally visit after years of talking about it, and it without a doubt worth the wait. We did both the Feeding Tour and the Keeper Tour.
The Feeding Tour was a small group—just us two and one other person! Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable about all the cats and answered every question we had. It was awesome to hear about the cats’ diets and how each animal is looked after to its own individual needs. We got to see the lynx, bobcats, servals, leopards, and two of the tigers eat. We were able to stop and look at some of the other cats as well along the way.—including the foster kittens!
The Keeper Tour was beyond my wildest expectations. Keeper Des and Keeper Jen were wonderful. We were able to create enrichment toys for the cats—some of whom were interested and some of whom were not. It was nice to see the keepers let the cats be themselves and didn’t force the cats to engage with anything they didn’t want to. They did give the cats meat treats along the way to bring them around closer for us to see and photograph as we heard their stories. We were able to see a lot more of the cats on this tour and spend more time with each one. At the beginning, Des even told us if there was a particular animal we wanted to see, he would do his best to make it happen. It was obvious that all of the keepers love what they do, and the love the cats. I enjoyed hearing the anecdotes that each worker had about particular cats. Just like people, big cats have their own personalities!
I also have to say a huge thank you to Keeper Honey. Little did I know, my boyfriend had planned to propose at the end of the Keeper Tour! My now fiancé (!!!) was able to propose with Seth tiger’s help thanks to her. She even made a wonderful sign for the occasion. We are both so grateful for all of the Big Cat Rescue staff for everything they did to make a special day even more special for both of us—but we are especially and forever thankful for Keeper Honey, Des, and Jen for helping make everything happen. We couldn’t have asked for a better day at BCR!
Great loving place for this animals and excellent volunteers for guidance.
Seeing Big cat rescue was a dream come true, these cats are so well cared for and obviously loved. Every bit of money earned goes directly back to the cats and their care with things like enrichment, medical care, enclosure up keep and feeding them. This sanctuary is a true sanctuary and properly accredited and boy are they dedicated to these beautiful animals - big and small. I had the joy of being lead by Barb on a private tour and a general tour and she was fantastic and so knowledgeable - she took me to all the cats i wanted to see and told me about them in great detail - Barb was truly lovely to meet and I hope to see her again. As you walk around you can see the volunteers working diligently. Depending on what day and time you go you will see different cats so I would recommend booking multiple tours. I was able to see everyone I asked to but unable to see Hoover and TJ and Zeus as it was a very hot day and the cats needed their tiem away from the sun. Please don't be disappointed if you don't see your favorite cat! If anything that is a reason to keep coming back and to get acquainted with them. FYI private tour means you get to see what cats you specifically ask for and spend as much time with them as you like - I chose to spend most my time with Sabre the sweet black leopard.
We did three of the tours between Friday night and Saturday. Learning the stories of how each big cat came to be a resident at Big Cat Rescue will make you want to help any way you can.
And there are so many ways to help... Paper towel and TP cardboard rolls, yogurt cups, solo cups are some every day items you can forward to BCR! Making purchases in the on-line store, taking a tour are some other ways! Of course there is always monetary donations as well.
Go to BCR in person or visit their website and learn how you can help!
My husband and I had the honor of visiting Big Cat Rescue in Tampa Florida for a walking tour. We want to thank you for this wonderful opportunity to see how you have gone to such extremes to rescue and then to provide the big cats with an environment that will let them live out their lives in a safe place with respect from all of the kind volunteers that take care of them. The education that you provide to the public is exceptional, from the videos, to the volunteers that provide educational talks, and the taped recording about each individual cat and their stories during the walk. The safety and beauty of the habitat that you have provided is beyond awesome and prompted me to write my congressmen to pass the bill to stop the private ownership, as well as, donating to the cause. Thank you so much for the education and experience!
My family and I visited the Big Cat Rescue yesterday and had an amazing time. We watched the feeder feeding the big cats and the little cats. The feeder was talking to the cats with so much love in his voice that you know without a doubt how much the staff love and care for these animals. They educated us on what has happened to these animals and many more like them, hearing the stories behind these beautiful animals was heartbreaking and lit a fire in us to tell everyone we can what we have learned here and make sure they come to visit. The cats were so active and curious to the coming people, a few of them walked next to us in their cages until they couldn't folow us anymore. One tiger was rubbing up against the fence looking for love!! I can't wait to come back again and again!
Absolutely love this place!! The cats here are the happiest cats I have ever seen in captivity!! I would recommend anyone take a visit to see them and hear their stories!
Big Cat Rescue is on a wonderful mission! A pleasure to visit as well!
Simply amazing. Every cat that is here has an arrival story and generally it's a bad one. To see the cats in what I felt were well oversized "catitats", treated with dignity, given great healthcare and given a quality of life they would not have otherwise received was a heartwarming experience.
Excellent education from those that are caring for them. One question that comes to mind is, "if you somehow acquired a cat like this, what kind of life will it have?" Think about it. Humans are the dominant species in the world and we have a responsibility to act as such.
Go visit Big Cat Rescue. I'm sure you will be as 'moved' as I was.
I had a fantastic time at the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa. I learned a lot about the reality of these creatures lives and what this amazing organization does to care for them. This experience gave me no doubt in my mind that I want to work with these beautiful beings! So next step is... fill out an application to volunteer there! :)
Big Cats rescue is truly doing what they say the're doing! The big cats there are content and so well cared for. The staff and volunteers are dedicated and truly there for these big cats instead of having the cats there for everyone else. If you're not sure about donating please do from a general public person who has seen live what your money is going to
An excellent experience for me and my 10-year-old son. Also a great cause to support. Highly recommended.