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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 45 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 http://bigcatrescue.org/2012/2011-annual-report

Target demographics: cats

Direct beneficiaries per year: 70+ big cats

Programs: Rescuing and providing permanent care for big cats. Saving cats in the wild.

Community Stories

46 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

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Alexander R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is on a wonderful mission! A pleasure to visit as well!

Kyle41

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic place, always a great experience. They always make you feel welcome. They treat the animals exactly how they should be.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing place! It was so educational. To see the care and compassion for these cats made my heart melt!!!! Cannot say enough great things about this organization!!

Previous Stories
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited Big Cat Resue last year. It was amazing. They provided me with so much education about big cats. I was able to tour and visit with the rescues. They are amazingly beautiful and their stories are heartbreaking...until you hear how BCR has helped them and saved them from abuse. I have followed them on Facebook ever since. I feel like I know all of the cats by name and theee little quirks based on the stories and the care that BCR provides to them. I also participate in some animal rights advocacy based on what they have taught me. I would give the 10 stars if I could!!! I can't wait to go back to visit again. It is truly an amazing non profit!!!

Rebecca185

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great charity, beautiful cats, informative guides & information. We will definitely be back.

mshabbott3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Big cat rescue works for the animals. They rescue abused animals from all over the world and give them a chance to live in peace.

8 Jody35

Client Served

Rating: 5

I loved our tour!! This place is amazing! The tour was fascinating. The cats are so well taken care of. BCR is educational also. I learned so much

2 Clare10

Client Served

Rating: 5

Was there this time last year and it was amazing
A really well run place and an obviously dedicated team of people who work there

2 Jennifer474

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have visited Big Cat Rescue twice. Each time I have learned something new about what challenges they face with each new big cat they take in. They work hard to educate the world on why wild cats do not belong in your home, and to defend the rights of the ones currently be caged and in humanly treated. The individuals that work to maintain this facility are selfless and take pride in maintaining the quality of the animals lives they are entrusted with. I always remind family and friends when visiting Florida make this a must stop and it will leave a lasting impression on you!
Jenny Capwill