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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 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

332 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.

Echo D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Kelcey I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Shaina D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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! :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Big Cat Rescue. Found them via Explore.org and their 24/7 cams and became so interested in the sanctuary and their cause. Took a short vacation down to the area and went on the Day Tour two days in a row. The tours were great, the volunteers who led the tours were great and the facility is beautiful, peaceful and very well run. I can't wait to go back again.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great experience for the cost. Their philosophy is so crucial to the protection of these animals. It was a educational, relaxing tour. Definitely worth the trip, great staff and facility.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue does exactly what it says on the box - it rescues big cats from all over America and also from South and Central America, many of them having been orphaned by hunters when tiny, or subsequently abused by owners, or have been kept in terrible conditions or for nefarious reasons. It has, for example, 22 tigers (one of whom had, for example, been kept in a cage only a couple of feet larger all round than the animal itself) - by now magnificent animals in wonderful condition after being saved and cared for by BCR. Most of the staff are hugely enthusiastic volunteers or students studying related subjects at university - and all are well trained or in the course of thorough training, professional and delightfully polite and caring. Not only is this charity outstanding in preserving such threatened and magnificent animals, it does so in truly exceptional surroundings which provide the big cats with the sort of environment and space that they would experience in the wild, spread over 65 acres - definitely NOT a zoo! Tours are varied and take between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 hours walking with a guide around the site - a wonderful experience for "children" of all ages (I am 77). I cannot recommend this higher for anyone interested in these beautiful animals - varying from small bob-cats to fully grown lions.


Kelly228

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took my 18-year-old niece on the feeding tour and the sanctuary tour. We had an incredible visit and learned so much. What a great organization! Very impressive and very caring staff. Thank you for all you do!