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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

335 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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We went to Big Cat Rescue a few years ago, because we knew, before hand, that it was supposed to be a wonderful place for the animals, as opposed to being a great place to see big cats. We were amazed at what we saw and how the staff interacted with the animals, with the emphasis on the animals and educating us about them. Zoos are about profit first, the animals second. At Big Cat Rescue, it's about the animals first. I follow them on Facebook, and I can see how much the staff, etc. are so caring of these amazing animals. And, how much hard work they do to keep them healthy, enriched, and happy. Way to go Big Cat Rescue, and thank you VERY MUCH for what you're doing.
Sincerely and respectfully,
Spencer

1 Jessica242

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to the Big Cat Rescue twice and I had a great time each visit. The first time I visited by myself and the next visit I brought my whole family. The tour guides were very knowledgeable about the facility and every cat we saw. The organization brought to light situations that these cats are in that I had no idea existed. I strongly encourage anyone that visits Tampa area to visit the Big Cat Rescue.

1 Ruth Anne E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Let's see where should I start I have never visited the big cat rescue but i have learned a lot from there site and I like to say being well educated in wild cats whether they are small or big I now know that wild animals like these are not pets nor should they be in anyway or even in cages or abused in any way. So keep up the good work and keep the public educated on animals like these.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonder big cat sanctuary in Tampa. Knowledgeable and dedicated staff and volunteers conduct guided tours of the sanctuary. They excel in educating visitors on why the animals are in a sanctuary. You leave the sanctuary filled with desire to make the world a better place for not only wildcats but all animals!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've taken 2 tours at Big Cat Rescue and enjoyed them both! I love seeing all the cats and hearing the stories about how they came to reside at Big Cat Rescue. The staff and volunteers are very nice and knowledgeable. They are doing wonderful things for these cats! Great place to visit! I would highly recommend it!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I planned a vacation to Tampa with my mom last year specifically so we could visit BCR. Their facilities are top-notch. They take such good care of their animals - I love the enrichment they do with the cats and all the fun videos that result! Our trip was very educational and changed the way I thought about circuses and zoos. I can't wait to visit again soon!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love BCR! They really show how much they care, not only for their cats, but for the wellbeing of all wild cats. The tour was very fun and informative, and the cats look happy and well taken care of. I will definitely be visiting again.

1 Patty57

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is such a special place! We got to see so many varieties of cats, very close and we were educated in a great way to the endangered species and the abuse or neglect of the wrong people previously thinking these cats were pets. I would recommend Big Cat Rescue to anyone who respects animals.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited BCR on previous trip to Tampa area and cant wait to return. Great facility, informative & beautifully cared for cats

1 Sandra43

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing facility. They have rescued a number of cats that were in undesirable facilities or injured or ill, and brought them to this spacious facility. I have visited 3 times. The staff and volunteers are very dedicated to their roles and it is evident that they love what they do, and they love the cats! The cats have lots of space to roam and toys to play with; some of them have companions to play with. They are seen regular by veterinarians. It's a great place to bring your family to appreciate how a well-run non-profit can function. If you love cats, you'll leave with a very positive feeling about Big Cat Rescue!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary on several occasions. It is a wonderful facility. Not only does it care for injured cats, pets that have overgrown their welcome, it also urges the public to be aware of circumstances where cats are being abused and to contact the abuser(s). They have traveled all over the country to pick up cats that were in jeopardy and to give them a safe home. It is a non-profit, run primarily by volunteers who are so committed to their cats.