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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

338 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

14

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is great! Love all the big cats and how they are taken care of. The enclosures are laid out well so you can see the cats. Everyone is very knowledgeable and you can tell they love the creatures that are there.

1 Michael345

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

No one cares more about anything than Carole Baskin and her staff care about the health, welfare, safety, and security of the big cats under their care. Everyone should visit at least once.

1 Anne-Laure G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited the Big Cat Rescue Centre in Tempa in 2011. I live in Europe and had followed their work online before. I was impressed at the place. The cats had large spaces to live in, it looked clean and the cats didn't seem stressed, they seemed in good condition in fact. The staff member who showed our group around explained about each cat we saw, so I learnt about inbreeding for white tiger and that some cats were kept in places away from the tour for their comfort or because they were unwell. We were able to ask many questions and the staff was knowledgeable and friendly.
If you like big cats, if you want to learn more about what is going on with captivity issues, etc. I would recommend that you visit the Big Cat Rescue Centre in Tempa. I hope that I'll have an opportunity to go back there someday.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister is a volunteer at Big Cat Rescue and that's how I was introduced to the sanctuary years ago. She has taken me on two tours, most recently the Keeper Tour where operant behavior of the big cats can be seen directly. I enjoy the place very much, as I've learned about the different cats and their background stories, the wonderful ways they're cared for, and the fantastic ways they're able to live a dignified, wholesome, healthy and joyful life (in spite of former abuse and neglect). Enrichment, vet care, maintenance of the nearly 70 acres of land allows the big cats to live as close to "the wild" they can be. Kudos goes to Carole Baskin, the entire staff, interns, keepers, volunteers of every level and all workers who make this sanctuary live up to its name. It's truly beautiful to see.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I went a couple years ago and I've been wanting to go back since. If we lived closer I would have gone again multiple times. I learned so much and I loved that the animals were in a more natural setting than some other places where they have little space and concrete floors. The big cats here have lush greenery, grass, pools, etc. The animals seem happy and are treated well. They have made me understand so much about the abuse that big animals go through and how the laws need to change.

1 Linda373

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

the kindness and care these wonderful people provide for animals long abused is outstanding. we need more people like this for all of our wildlife that have been kidnapped , abused and killed for profits

1 Sarah266

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had the most wonderful experience at Big Cat Rescue. The cats looked healthy and happy in their homes. I highly recommend the feeding tour as it is your best chance to see close up views of the cats. I've heard that there is a night tour only once a month... if I lived in Florida I would DEFINITELY check that out. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Only downside???? I couldn't do more for this wonderful place.

1 Teresa76

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place! The tour was informative and not rushed. I love that they rescue these beautiful cats to live out their lives! I actually found this group by videos about the cats. My husband and I were in the Tampa area and went! Love the Big Cat Rescue!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This was a great tour. The facility is amazing and the cats look so happy! Our tour guide was great and when I get a chance I'll do it again!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best cat sanctuary in the US. A clean and a vibrant habitat for the big cats.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I stayed overnight in a cabin there many years ago when you could interact with a few of the smaller cats. I enjoyed my visit then, and donated money, which I now regret. I have watched stories about the cats evolve over the years since, many of them conflicting. I know some of them had to be out-and-out lies because two stories that contradict each other cannot both be true. I have watched other facilities and individuals get trashed online by the CEO, CFO, and supporters, few of whom deserved the misleading and sometimes vicious comments that were made. Anyone who speaks out against their smear campaigns is in danger of being added to their 911 Animal Abuse website, which was once just another page within the BCR site itself. There are many other deserving sanctuaries that could use your help, that will use your donations to upgrade their facilities as well as feed the animals. In recent photos, I have seen the same flimsy wire cages that were there 15 years ago, still in use, only now getting corroded and rusty. Yet somehow other sanctuaries that take in far less money manage to do better than that. For more information, check out this link: http://www.bigcatrescuewatch.com (PS - I was NOT paid to write this review. At one time, BCR actually paid people for positive reviews, which I find to be a despicable practice. Beware, there are many other companies that do this!)

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BigCatRescue 09/29/2015

These people who petted cats just can't get over the fact that it sends the wrong message and move forward. "Judge me by the enemies I have made." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely love Big Cat Rescue and everything they stand for! We did the Big Cat Walkabout on Father's day. The cats are so well cared for and gorgeous. They are truly deserving of accolades.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Being familiar with a few animal rescues and wildlife rehabilitation facilities, I must say that I'm most positively impressed with Big Cat Rescue. They have the safety and well being of both their cats, volunteers and visitors very well handled. I found the way that the facility was run extremely ethical. Taking the tour was one of the highlights of my trip to the area.

1 mh1962

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in Massachusetts and visited Tampa the one thing I had to do before leaving was visit this place, I have to say the best, most educational, caring, and exciting environment to visit . This should be without a doubt a must to do on your list if you are ever in the Tampa area, I went to visit again in Feb, but sadly you need to reserve, I was so upset not to be able to experience it again, but one day I shall be back. Such beautiful animals, I wanted to stay all day.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 3 visits to Big Cat Rescue were just wonderful - very educational in learning the plight of exotic cats. The staff were well informed, the animals looked healthy and happy. Big Cat continues to improve care and habitat of these cats and continue to make room for others in need of rescue.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EVERYTHING Big Cat Rescue does is for the betterment and well being of the animals. Their cats have such heart breaking tales and Big Cat Rescue does everything in their power to educate and inspire people to be more compassionate. Their facility is beautiful and a wonderful place for abused, mistreated, and abandoned cats to live their lives. And the cats truly look happy!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I went on a tour at the end of Aug while we were on vacation. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We loved seeing how large the enclosures are that house the big cats. They even have a special huge enclosure that the cats take turns using while they are on "vacation". It was so nice to see a wnderful facility and staff that cared. This tour was a highlight of our vacation.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have been down here in Clearwater for over a year now. My daughter came down last December and found Big Cat Rescue and we have been followers since. We visit and buy their products often knowing that revenues generated help support their good works. Right now I am looking at a screensaver of Raindance a bobcat resident that had passed earlier this year. This organization has made me more aware of how critical it is to voice your opinion on big cats and wolves in the US. We also follow them on Facebook which provides daily updates on current residents with pictures and video with staff interactions.

Dan and Deb Michaud Clearwater FL

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visit Big Cat Rescue at least twice a year... wonderful organization run by wonderful people!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this place!! they treat the big cats with so much respect and care and reverence and they seem wholly committed to prioritizing the cats' needs and wants .This place is probably the closest any of the cats there will get to a "life in the wild" as most of them are rescued cats from abusive circumstances and need special care. The grounds are well kept, beautiful and lush and the cats seem at peace there. Please support Big Cat Rescue!