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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

611 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.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

Several years ago, my partner and I planned a visit to Tampa. After doing a lot of research on places to visit in the area, I learned about Big Cat Rescue. After digging a little further and investigating them, I found Big Cat Rescue to be a reputable non-profit that wanted to help the cats (I have been contributing since). We planned a visit to Big Cat Rescue and were looking forward to the trip. Unfortunately our trip was cancelled due to weather. Recently I had the pleasure of visiting the sanctuary and it was the highlight of the trip. I found this organization deeply committed to the welfare of the animals and treating all the animals with diginty and respect. When I returned home, I shared the pictures with everyone and educated several on Big Cat Rescue. I would recommend families visit Big Cat Rescue. This isn't a petting zoo or a picutre with cub in your lap place - this is truly educational sanctuary. Uur future generations can learn what beautiful animals big cats are and that they should remain in the wild.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful non-profit! They not only rescue abused, neglected, or abandoned big cats, but they also help to educate the public in an effort to put an end to the exotic animal trade and fur trade that put these poor creatures in these situations to begin with. They have numerous campaigns to help educate the public and get laws passed to bring an end to the abomination of fur farms, exotic

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Have heard and read about Big Cat Rescue for many years and finally visited. I was impressed by the depth of commitment to the cats that was evident in all of the volunteers and staff. The cats are the number one priority which is very evident. They have so many plans to make things

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This sanctuary for big cats is absolutely amazing because it truly focuses on the well-being of the big cats in their care. They understand that these cats should live in the wild and try to make the best out of a situation that is less than ideal for these captive animals. The sanctuary worries about both the mental and physical aspects of the cats in their care. They also work to save wild big cats and end the cycle of captivity and abuse of big cats. Big Cat Rescue is one of the best non-profit organizations I have come across.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The cats had beautiful enclosures that were far larger and more comfortable than those in any zoo. The cats could walk, climb, find sun and shade, and (best of all) each had a house or shelter where it could get out of the rain or hide from visitors. The tour experience was calm and informative. Staff and volunteers were respectful of the cats as friends and equals, not as mere livestock or objects. Since my visit, I've followed Big Cat Rescue's news and updates and have been very impressed with their continuing improvements to the sanctuary and activism to benefit all cats and exotic animals.

10

Donor

Rating: 5

No personal experience but know that if I needed their help with a wild cat in my area I could count on them.

12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is not only the best exotic cat sanctuary in the world, working to educate the public and stop the trade and private ownership of exotic animals, but they also work everyday to make the sanctuary and community green. They have a public recycling program, are working to install solar energy and are constantly looking for way to increase energy efficiency and reduce waste at the sanctuary.

11

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a fabulous organization that is truly devoted to its mission: conserving big cats in the wild and eliminating their trade in captivity. I was a long time (20+ years) resident of Tampa and know first hand the reputation of this organization in the community: clean as a whistle! I do not know what organization these detracters are a part of - but they clearly have an underlying agenda that is not pro animals. I hope that visistors to this sight learn from those that have actually had experience with Big Cat Rescue and peg the negative comments for what they really are - uneducated, biased propaganda. Save the cats!

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Each visit brings excitement to see these beautiful animals that I have come to recognize with each visit, and comfort knowing that they are the lucky ones that were saved and will be cared for thoroughly. These big cats and other animals enjoy grass, open air enclosures, pools, toys, and other enrichments that far exceed the types of enviroments that other farms, zoos, or side shows allow for their exotic animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

THIS IS MY MOST FAVORITE PLACE TO BE. YOU CAN TELL THAT EVERYONE WHO HELPS HERE TRULY HAS THE CATS BEST INTEREST IN THIER HEARTS. I HAVE BEEN TO THREE OTHER BIG CAT SANCTUARYS AND THIS IS STILL FIRST CHOICE TO VISIT.I SPONSOR AT LEAST TWO CATS A YEAR AND HAVE MET EACH ONE. YOU CAN BET THAT I WILL BE BACK! IDELL MILLER

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They preach that a TRUE sanctuary NEVER breeds, purchases, trades or sells any animal, and that they provide PERMANENT life long homes for the animals. My question is where did all the lemurs go?

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a BCR volunteer for the past 15 months. Prior to becoming a volunteer I was a donor/supporter. Big Cat Rescue volunteers are the most dedicated and hard-working group of people I have ever met. The well-being of the cats is first and foremost. Big Cat Rescue's mission is to 1) Care for the Cats and 2) End the trade.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Even though I do not live in Tampa, I have had the opportunity to visit Big Cat Rescue twice now and have loved every minute of the tours! The staff and volunteers are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. In addition, I have been a long time online follower and donor. One of the most amazing facts about Big Cat Rescue is how effectively they use the money received. The CEO/founder Carole, VP Cathleen, and Treasurer Harold collect NO COMPENSATION from BCR! (check page 7 the Form 990 for details) In addition, a vast amount of the work done at the sanctuary is done by (unpaid) volunteers. Thus, any money collected is able to go directly to helping the cats under their care and helping educate people about the plight of other "big cats". Please consider joining me in supporting this worthy organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue does it all. They care for the cats, educate the public & work to end the exotic pet & fur trades. A donation is well-spent here!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to this rescue for years and I find it insulting what reviews I have read.Shame on the people who are bad mouthing this rescue. There is nothing fake about this rescue and the animals do come from bad conditions.I will keep donating in the future because I know its not a sham and the staff there are wonderful loving people. I live in Indiana and have visit there a couple time and plan on visiting again. Maybe you should check out some of these people posting these negitive views. Its a load of lies their saying about this rescue! God Bless Big Cat Rescue and the caring and loving work they do for theses beautiful animals

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

THis organization lies and lies some more about their cats and where they came from.

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bigcatrescuer 04/01/2010

Those who make their living or get their kicks from keeping big cats in cages have no excuse for their selfish behavior so they post comments like this one as a feeble way to try and detract from the good work we do. You can find out all about us here: http://www.bigcatrescue.org/FAQ.php