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Big Cat Rescue, Corp.

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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 67 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 https://bigcatrescue.org/2016-annual-report/

Target demographics: cats of all stripes

Direct beneficiaries per year: 60+ big cats

Geographic areas served: Planet Earth

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

Community Stories

343 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.

Alexandria S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is doing an amazing job educating the public on what is happening to these wonderful creatures. It is so amazing to be able to watch their youtube videos and read all about their work on facebook to see what a real difference they are making. It is so important that the USA makes some serious changes to the law in all states to protect these majestic animals! Thank you Big Cat for all the education you have given me and the delight of seeing these cats!

Sanne R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed Big Cat Rescue for a long time now, and I really admire all the work they are doing for these wild cats, Unfortunately I live too long away from them, so havent had the change to visit the place. But its one of my big dreams to go and see it all by myself. Their work do so big a differce in the world, and I'm very happy that there are places like this,

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is a great organization that works towards bringing awareness to the way big cats are abused in the United States. It does a great job at teaching people it's goals by providing permanent homes to otherwise abandoned big cats, whether they've retired from circuses, or were abandoned by their owners.

Julia J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know of no other organization that takes in cats of all sizes and gives them a good home forever. They are not a zoo, this is all done for the cats.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I really believe they are there to help the cats. They go out of their way to make sure they are well taken care of. They do not exploit them and they make the public aware of those that do. I have learned so much from this wonderful organization and i hope it continues to do amazing things in the future to educate the public and make people aware of the terrible issues at hand with these incredible creatures. Thank you

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With the number of stories of animal abuse I see every day I would be disheartened if not for Big Cat Rescue. They truly are a ray of hope. I truly enjoy seeing the impact they have made on so many animals that would otherwise have a miserable existence if they do live. God bless them and may they continue to provide such needed care and love to those helpless beings that others consider worthless. Thank you for this opportunity to share my perspective on such a worthy organization.

Vera W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These wonderful people are doing a necessary and great job. Please help them.

Sunny M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have looked into many of the big cat rescue groups, but none compare to Big Cat Rescue in Florida. Everyone involved gives their heart and soul to this amazing oasis for abandoned, abused, so-called imperfect cats (which I say there are none). Even after working long shifts daily, they have such compassionate hearts that they will go, even in the middle of the night (when really, all they want to do is fall into bed and catch some sleep before the next long day); but they go, forgetting about their own needs/wants, and rescue these magnificent cats. If ANYONE deserves thanks, credit, funding, it is Big Cat Rescue...they are AMAZING people AND they are constantly creating new oases for the cats so they can live out their lives in peace and have fun running and playing (instead of being cooped up in cages, etc.). I nominate Big Cat Rescue in Florida for the 2012 Top-Rated Awards for their excellence in going above and beyond what most people would do for these amazing cats.

Reba L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found Big Cats by chance, and I am so glad I did. It has helped me be involved with wildlife conservations and also they have been bet informative about all aspects of wild life, not just big cats. The issues present by Big Cats span the US and it is great to be informed about the happenings in other states not just mine. Thank you Big cats for your continued effort to educate and protect animals that need our help.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the only information you'll need...http://www.bigcatrescue.org. You don't have to be a cat lover to appreciate what this group is doing and they totally deserve 10 stars if they could.

Jessie7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue helps exotic cats recoup after the se that some humans put them thru. It's very important that we protect our animals in the world, since they are a reflection of or own selves.

Debbie20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BCR rescues Big Cats from deplorable situations and takes great care of them. They also take action on legislative issues the affect captive exotics and ask their friends and supporters to do the same. They are a force for good!

Linda Nelson Greene B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With our world seeming to shrink and territory needed for the cats shrinking, it is wonderful to know there is a haven for the hurt, badly treated and retired cat community. I have watched the dedicated work these people do at Big Cat Rescue. This facility is needed and these animals are in extremely good hands with people who have great knowledge for their care until they cross the rainbow bridge. By allowing all of us to observe the work they did with Skip the bobcat, they have allowed the world to see the need for this facility. My one huge wish would be for the Big Cat Rescue to one day be able to move to larger acreage out of the hustle and bustle of town. But for now God Bless all the folks there and the hard work they do.

Fredricka C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue doesn't just rescue big cats, which in itself is a huge undertaking and extremely important, but it educates the public so we can end the abuse big cats are subjected to in captivity. Through Big Cat Rescue, I am informed about petitions to sign and letters to write, so that I can participate in helping big cats. I wouldn't otherwise have access to this information, so I am grateful for what they do on a daily basis.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue does a great job saving the lives of exotic cats. Their daily efforts to provide the cats in their care with a happier, more enriching life is a lesson in compassion to all. In educating the public and advocating to protect the big cats, they provide an invaluable contribution to the conservation of these animals in the wild.

Amy_45

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is a little place in Tampa with a big mission--take care of the non-domestic felines that have been discarded. Tigers, lions, bobcats, cougars and other wild cats that people have mistakenly believed they could keep for pets are taken in to live out the rest of their natural lives in peace when things don't go well. After being born and bred in captivity, most can't be released into the wild. Bobcats that have been hit by cars or otherwise hurt are also taken in and cared for. They are fed, given top-notch medical care, and placed in "cat-a-tats" that are specially designed for them to thrive in while in captivity. As a fully functioning sanctuary, these angels do a thankless job, host guided tours, work on donations, and love every minute of it. I stay in touch with their Facebook postings and hope that I will one day get to visit in person.

regihaze

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization does everything they CAN because of an ignorant society having animals they should have never been in possession of!! The BIG CATS and the people that support you THANK YOU!

Marie25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When we visited BCR, we were overwhelmed by the sheer number of cats they have come to care for. That so many of these beautiful creatures have been abused, kept caged up in basements, mistreated in circuses and sideshows, and just discarded once people were done with them is astounding. BCR's work is vital to the survival of these animals and the education of the public.

Rhonda L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in Michigan and I learned about Big Cat Rescue about 10-12 years ago. Their mission was so close to my heart I have watched them grow from afar. I read the stories, donated what I could, and told everyone I knew about the rescue. This year, in September, I had the chance to visit because of a business trip in Orlando. I flew into Tampa first to spend the day at BCR. Everyone was wonderful, from booking my visit beforehand to my arrival and tours. I consider myself pretty aware of whats going on with wildlife conservation but I was astounded by the amount of information I learned at BCR. Some of the laws or lack of regulation amazed even me, a longtime activist. I made the call right from BCR to thank my representative for supporting Big Cat regulations and have since been able to excite many of my friends and family about working to help big cats. Among my friends and family I was a lone activist. Now, between the pictures and stories I was able to bring back with me, I have coached others into becoming aware and acting to help. This is how people learn. The volunteers and specialists at Big Cat Rescue are exceptional in educating the public through stories as well as hard facts. Excellent organization.

Christine46

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the most important things that any sanctuary can do is to inform the public of the plight of the animals they serve and help to change laws to someday eliminate the need for those animals to be rescued. Big Cat Rescue does just that. They truly care about the animals they serve and about helping them in all ways. They're not out there to make money by exploiting animals as many so-called sanctuaries do. They are truly top-notch and dedicated in so many ways. They give the big cats a loving home where they can live out their days in peace, away from the cruel conditions that served as their early lives. They strive to make a positive difference every day.