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.
I took an after school program for a tour of the facility. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The facilities are kid friendly. The cats are healthy looking and beautiful. I purchased tickets for my son and his girlfriend. They truly enjoyed it. Thank you for the work and education.
i went to the big cat rescue in July this year , i was excited to see the lions and tigers as i have never seen them close , the tour started good . we were shown bobcats , panthers etc
unfortunately we were not able to see the stars of the place zabu and Cameroon
but overall very nice place
will visit again
TOP NOTCH! Animals are well cared for PEOPLECARE
I visited Big Cat Rescue back in 2010 and we came away a changed family. Seeing these gorgeous cats, up close (4' away, safely caged beyond anyone's reach) and personal, hearing each of their stories whether they were "housepets" (BAD idea), retired from shows/circuses, or attempted to be rehabbed, but just couldn't make it in the wild, they ALL enjoy spacious cat-a-tats...not cages, mind you, but LARGE enclosures that are as close to what their natural habitat would have been in the wild. (They even have what they call a "vacation rotation" which is over 2 acres of fenced area with trees, lakes, sprinklers and different "enrichment" objects to keep the cats from being bored. Each cat/s take a two week vacation in an area where they can really run full speed ahead..and they love it. There's a smaller vacation rotation planned for the smaller cats.
They received the BEST in medical care...and animals are never euthanized unless it's the best thing for the cat...illness, injury, something that modern medicine just cannot heal.
Since my trip in 2010, I've kept up with BCR on a daily basis, and was even the lucky winner of an Animal Lover's Vacation they give away annually. If you visit their website, you can see where to register and I strongly advise you to do so! My "Animal Lover's Vacation" is set up in just a few weeks, and while I know that a lot has changed at the sanctuary (all for the better)...some cats have passed away, most due to extremely old age, there are others there I've never seen. To say that this vacation is a trip of a lifetime is an understatement. BUT..winner of the free vacation or not, if you are ever in the Tampa area Big Cat Rescue is somewhere you definitely want to visit while you're there.
You will never see such beautiful animals up close, the sound of a cougar lying on his back at his fencline purring at you...the talktive Ocelots...the Bobcats that make you feel so welcome, and the tiny Sand Cats...you'll learn about each animal and why they are there, tour the beautifully kept grounds, and even bet you come out of the gift shop with a souviner or three.
Check out all the available tours (and don't forget to registerfor that free vacation..given away each March) at www.bigcatrescue.org !
I visited the rescue a year ago and it changed the way I look at zoos, circuses, and big cats in general. The work these people do to pick up after other careless humans is amazing! Please support by visiting and creating awareness.
Hi & I was lucky enough to toutour in January, 2000. I was enthralled by the compound, & impressed by the dedication of the folks who devote their time & money to save the big cats, & to educate the public about the horrors & dangers of private ownership. I have been a supporter ever since, & look forward to another visit.
Deborah Swan, Rochester, NY
For a few years I had traveled quite a bit visiting and doing projects for animal facilities around this country. Back in 2004 I was blessed with a visit to Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida. It was like nothing I had ever seen, and I had seen and been behind the scenes of MANY of animal facilities. I began volunteering part time for them, two and half years later it was a full time job. I have been there ever since and doubt that I will ever leave. There was so much to learn that opened my eyes to so many things about big cat issues. My life is now, and forever will be, dedicated to their (our) mission. I LOVE BIG CAT RESCUE and getting to be a small part of the movement to change how the public views and treats big cats is an amazing journey / privilege. I am currently still there (2004 to present) but the drop down menu only had a 'former staff' option.
I interned with Big Cat Rescue back in 2010. We worked long hard days, but every minute was worth it. All of the work done on the sanctuary was centered around making things better for the cats that live there. Everyone is constantly coming up with new ways to improve the lives of the cats stuck in these cages. The efforts made by the sanctuary to educate the public were also phenomenal, educating people through tours about what being a wild cat really means and showing why they shouldn't be people's backyard pets. The fact that they provide information on legislation and contact letters visitors can send their congressmen shows that they are committed to improving the life of big cats every where, not just those of the cats present at the sanctuary. It is truly an impressive non profit that is focused on making the world a better place, taking nothing for itself and giving everything to its cats. The volunteers are friendly and hard working, as are the few staff members employed (the rescue is almost entirely volunteer run which is really impressive). It is a fun place to visit, and a cause I am honored to have supported with my time. I hope to one day return and volunteer there
topcatsroar is an alias for an old circus performer named Barbara Hoffmann, who lost her USDA license due to the horrid conditions in which she kept big cats in circus wagons. Now she makes a career of trying to discredit Big Cat Rescue, but we wear it as a badge of honor that the bad guys hate us so much. It means we are being very effective in ending the abuses they inflict on captive wild animals for their own gain. More about her here: http://911animalabuse.com/fred-lulling/
I've been volunteering with the Big Cats for years, and couldn't imagine not being a part of BCR!
Everyone from the staff to interns and volunteers care deeply for the animals are are incredibly dedicated to the cause.
Big Cat Rescue is an AMAZING place.
Not only does BCR provide excellent care to the cats, BCR's staff, volunteers, and supporters have been making great strides in changing legislation regarding exotic/wild animal ownership in the private sector.
This invokes criticism and downright attacks from private owners and breeders because the end of animal exploitation/ownership affects their livelihood.
The attacks come from those who have never been to Big Cat Rescue, and have never experienced the cats in their large, clean enclosures. The cats at BCR are happy and healthy.
The health of the cats of BCR is no secret. Any time a cat is having a procedure or is in the cat hospital, updates are posted on the public Facebook page for all to see.
Within the past few weeks, BCR said goodbye to two cats, a 15 year old bobcat with severe kidney disease, and a 19 year old serval who had lived 16 of those years at BCR. Both were put to sleep aka euthanized, due to advanced disease and decreased quality of life.
It was the most humane option, and BCR ALWAYS has the cats' best interest in mind.
Big Cat Rescue is by far the best organization I have ever volunteered for or visited. Not only do they provide top notch care for all of their cats, they do tremendous work to end the trade and exploitation of big cats. Educating the public about the plight of exotic cats is critical in ending the abuse and BCR makes change happen. It's so rewarding to aid such a wonderful organization where every day they are making strides toward their mission statement.
The cats calling Big Cat Rescue home are truly lucky. Most of the cats come from situations of abuse and neglect and finally get a new beginning at BCR. Not only do they provide excellent care for the cats, but they educate the public in order to end the trade and exploitation. If you haven't visited, add BCR to your "must see" list.
This place is horrible! The cats are sickly & are dying off of mysterious unknown causes, the cages are shoddy at best, the owner of this scamtuary is the epitome of scam artists. DO NOT donate to this place, find a reputable sanctuary to donate to.
The breeders, dealers and animal exploiters post hateful and untrue reviews regularly to try and bring down our overall ranking, so we really appreciate it when real visitors and supporters take the time to rate us. These two fake comments were posted when we released the news that we were awarded the 2012 Great Non Profits Award here: http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-dec-4-2012/ It is a testament to the great work we are doing to put an end to their abuses of wild cats that they stalk us and use such underhanded means to try and discredit us.