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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

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited the end of august 2015. Had a wonderful warm and heartfelt tour of alot of the cats. Id like to return soon to see more of them. The cats are cared for there better then most people by a very dedicated staff. If you like cats you should visit big cat rescue.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to BCR quite a few times over the years that I have lived in Tampa. I have never once had a bad experience. The staff are always so nice and helpful .

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue continues to educate the public about the reality of owning a big cat. Their dedication to education and public awareness is awesome! They really do care about the cats.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We went on the child friendly tour on July 4th. What an amazing way to teach your children about humane treatment of these beautiful creatures!

1 Gretchen13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We did a tour of BigCat Rescue two years ago and it was wonderful! I was so impressed with how the owners managed the cats so that noone comes into contact with them except the owners and the vets. This prevents any problems that could occur, and put the animals at any risk of being destroyed. I also loved the story of how they got started, by saving a littler of Bob Cat Kittens that were being sold at auction and potentially going to a furrier! The owners werent even looking to save cats at that time, they were looking for grazing animals to keep the property tidy! They have really got this preservation down to a science and I tell everyone I can about the facility and that it is a must see! The tour guides had the story behind each and every rescue and it was so interesting and educational. My 14 year old son (now 16) loved the whole tour and was really engaged. Thanks to BigCat Rescue for all that they do!

1 Michelle324

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visited Big Cat Rescue in June 2014. There were about 15 of us and we had a great time. The employees are all very knowledgeable and the cats appeared to be very well taken care of. They also had a golf cart for my granddaughter to ride on since she has mobility issues. My only complaint was that there wasn't enough time to see ALL of the cats! I will definitely go there again when I get back to that area.

1 Lyn R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have visited on three occasions. They do fantastic work and really care for their cats. They have a huge vacation rotation habitat that the cats get to go to so that they can see the sky without bars. Love Big Cat Rescue keep up the good work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have personally been to the rescue on several occasions with friends and family on the various tours that they offer. I love the work that is done here and by the staff. They are an amazing group.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I spendt one day at the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa almost 5 years ago, and it was a day that still lingers with me. I can still hear the lions roar, from one end of the park to the other. The visit gave me knowledge that I happily spread to others. I was able to stop a group of people from going to pet tiger cubs in Bangkok Zoo, based on the knowledge I got from BCR. Also I saw that the big cats were being treated horribly in this Zoo.

1 Karri D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful time on our tour seeing a few animals we had never seen before like the Sand Cats. The employees were knowledgeable and really nice. The exhibit areas were nice and the animals seemed very well cared for. It's a great place to visit!!