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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 Kathryn38

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had opportunity to visit this rescue many years ago, and although i don't remember now all the details of the tour itself, the Big Cat Rescue made a profound impact on us. I came away with much more awareness of the abuses, challenges and the needs of these varied and amazing creatures. Our visit was one of the reasons i jumped at the chance to join the Facebook page when i saw it. This page in particular is exceptional and keeps up awareness of those ongoing issues. I especially love the posted videos, old or new. Thank you for your desperately needed efforts!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I had the privilege of visiting Big Cat Rescue last January. What an amazing experience! The staff are truly committed to the animals in their care. And the cats seem to be content and happy with their circumstances. There is a definite captive wildlife crisis in this country. It is good to know that Big Cat Rescue is around to help those that they can. Thanks, BCR!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to Big Cat Rescue several times and always learn something new, either about the residents or about big cats and how heartbreaking their struggle to survive really is. These animals are well cared for, get immediate and quality vet care when necessary, and even have a special vacation area where they can go to run and splash in the water. Truly what a sanctuary should be, and you can just tell the cats are relaxed and happy. I look forward to my next visit!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big cat rescue is doing a superb job in caring for and rescuing unwanted/abused big cats. The Lions/tigers/panthers etc. are treated with love and respect. All the people who work or volunteer there are very friendly and compassionate towards humans and animals! I will continue to donate and visit when I can.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the best experiences ever! These are happy cats, to be sure! We went on a "basic" tour for our first tour with BCR and were so very impressed with the facility. It was clean, spacious, and had huge habitats for its' residents. The staff were very knowledgeable about each individual cat, and were ready to answer any question you could throw their way. We plan to return in the spring for the photo tour. Well worth the drive from Naples, and definitely worth the cost of admission!!

1 Courtney55

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome place to visit. The cats seem very content, relaxed and well taken care of. One of a kind experience and I recommend visiting.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my husband and I went to Big cat rescue . we were interested in how they took care of all of the cats and their stories. We found the rescue to be a very happy place for all of the animals. They were well taken care of and content in their surroundings. I can never understand why some people would want to have a wild animal in their home, The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. We hope to return soon. deb stone

1 Laura261

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a HUGE FAN of Big Cats. Their warm, their fuzzy, their dangerous and beautifully mysterious. When I found this rescue site and went on it I have followed many stories about many big cats none have been more positive than the ones on this site. I amazed at the care and love that these cats are getting. The moments they share with the cats and the pictures are truly amazing. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited Big Cat Rescue a few times over the years. I am amazed at what great care these cats are given. I like that many of them are able to live out their lives as close to nature as possible, as some prior to being brought to Big Cat Rescue had never touched Grass. I will continue to support and visit Big Cat Rescue.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have visited BCR on two occasions , and were impressed by the care given these cats. The enclosures are large with lots of plants, pools, and hidey-holes. One thing that really stood out was the fact that our guided tour did NOT go down one of the usual paths. Why? Because one of the cats along that route was upset by the tours! BCR respected that cat.
I am also impressed that BCR is speaking out for better rules and regulations on the keeping of big cats. (It's too easy for anyone to buy a tiger as a "pet". A pet! Here's a handy hint - wild animals don't make good pets.) This position is not popular with many people who make a profit by charging people to pet and play with young cubs, and seems to have caused BCR no end of harassment, but they are standing by their beliefs.