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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

44 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.

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.

Writer

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My granddaughter and I visited Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL this past spring, 2015. What a great experience! We learned how to make enrichment toys for the cats and then we visited them in their homes. The volunteers were so interesting and knowledgeable about each of the cats and their habitats, likes, and dislikes. They even knew all their names, species, and when they came to the rescue. We were so impressed that they knew so much. But most important, it was evident how much they cared for each one of the cats! The cats are so lucky to have Big Cat Rescue to take care of them.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is a favorite destination. I try to make it my first stop every time I fly in from Ohio to visit my parents. It is only 15-20 minutes from Tampa Airport and just 9 miles down the road from Busch Gardens. I am sad both snow leopards have passed on, but there are still so many beautiful big cats to admire. There are several fun ways to support this incredible nonprofit organization, including taking the tours, purchasing merchandise, "adopting" your favorite cats. If you are an Amazon shopper, you can also sign up through Amazon.smile to have a portion of your purchases go to BCR!