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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

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.

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!

1

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!

Previous Stories
1

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.

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!

1

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!

1

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1 Steffanie G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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This is proof Carol Baskin is a liar. She claims that this F1 Bengal, is wild, pees everywhere, is hissy, and will not allow Baskin to touch her. Notice in the picture the hybrid cat is in her home, and drapped around her neck. Though this is a low quality Bengal, it is obviously her personal pet. So basically she wants owners and breeders that own F1- F3 hybrid cats to be have their beloved pets confiscated either killed or locked in cages next to lions and tigers. So, Mrs. Baskin that includes your personal pet, also. You want to make these feline illegal, that includes your personal kitty! I am tired of your lies, and how easy they are exposed.

Big Cat Rescue houses many cats, but a broad majority are from her own breeding program. If you search Big Cat Rescue you can find a list of cats she previously bred. Most of the paid employees are from her own family, and their salaries are very generous, as is Baskins. The donations keep her in the grand style she was accustomed to that her second husband kept her in.There are many misguided animal lovers that will fall for her tales of woe, for a abused cat. Most of the time it is exaggerated or a out and out lie. What is Baskin's history? Who truly knows since it changes as often as a women changes shoes. The animals live on a site that used to be a dump, so they are swimming and drinking polluted water. Many of her cats die or suffer of cancer. Also, she has had many violations for fencing, not caring for the amimals properly, and questionable business practices. Right next door to her horses were being slaughtered inhumanely for meat. Their terrified screams could be heard by employees, volunteers, and Baskin herself. They were concerned for the cats they made a bigger and stronger fence, but made the choice not to inform the authorities of the horrors happening next door. There was a giant horse bone grave yard close to the fence. I guess the suffering of other animals is no concern for BCR.

BCR is responsible for legislation that would ban hybrid cats in varying states. Currently, it is California and Florida. As I said earlier this ban is based on opinion, and cannot be collaborated with any factual evidence. This ban would basically kill many beloved pets. It is obvious that Baskin does not believe any of these opinions since she has hybrids splashed all over her Facebook, and owns one as a pet. Not to mention she had a passion for them in the past, and was not successful in breeding. I believe that this is ban is motivated by greed, envy, and the chance for more fame. Also, HSUS and BCR are opening another zoo. Which means more money and attention for her. I truly hope people open their eyes to her evil and deceptions.

4 Lally

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization are amazing, doing wonderful things for the preservation of our big cats, thank you & keep up the wonderful work guys.