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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

123 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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our first visit to BCR was in 2014 and there has been no turning back!!! I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but my life had changed forever when I came out. I don't want anyone to think this was an in your face, hard sell, guilt trip experience. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We learned some of the cats stories and about pay to play industry, the lives circus cats live, canned hunts, breeding farms and sale of body parts. It's not graffic, but eye opening. BCR tends to take the older cats or cats with medical needs, because of their on-site hospital and superb vet care. These cats have never had any control of their lives, but they run on cat time now. Unless, three is an emergency! They are fed restaurant quality meets everyday, along with a vetanary ground meat with supplements. Their cat-a-tats are designed for their comfort. Trees and platforms to climb on, dens and natural fauna and grasses to hide in. Shady spots and sunny areas to nap in. Toys and enrichments to play with and places to swim for those that do. We have done four other tours and we just attended the Wildcat Walkabout and had a Private Tour. It is wonderful to walk through the home that BCR has made for the cats. I love looking into their eyes and seeing them bright and interested. Some were in such bad shape, physically and emotionally when they came. Now their coats are shiny and they look so healthy. I truly believe they know that they are safe and loved. It is up to the cats whether to interact with the quest. Some are really shy and others love company. Andy tiger loves to show off for guest. Mon. he was in and out of the lake and attacking his red ball. He came over to chuff, moo and other tiger chatting sounds. It was nearly impossible to walk away from him. Seeing them playing warms your heart. The tours help to pay for the cats food and all of the animal care is done by a team of amazing volunteers. BCR fosters kittens for the Tampa Bay Humane Society and helps with spay and neuter of feral cats. They have a very successful Bobcat Rehab and Release Program and participate in many conversation programs. BCR is putting forth a bill that would stop the private owenership and breeding of big cats. This bill could make the need for sanctuaries obsolete. Read the BigCatAct Public Safety Act HR1818 and see if you might want to Make the Call of the Wild!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is a great organization that takes all injured or confiscated cats for release or forever home. Without our support, these beautiful creatures would be euthanized, a great loss for nature and mankind.

Donor

Rating: 5

I made my second visit to Big Cat Rescue over the last weekend (10/26-10/28) and went on the Night Tour, Keeper Tour and Feeding Tour. All three tours were fantastic as were the tour leaders (Rich, Maureen and Desmond, respectively). Can't say enough about this sanctuary. Their love and care for the cats is so apparent. Once again (as with my January visit), we saw the cats only if they wanted to be seen. They were not "made" to be out for viewing. It was strictly up to them. Their enclosures are huge. The grounds of the sanctuary are beautiful. I was lucky to see a lot of the beautiful cats. I highly recommend a visit to Big Cat Rescue. You won't be disappointed.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Big Cat Rescue. Found them via Explore.org and their 24/7 cams and became so interested in the sanctuary and their cause. Took a short vacation down to the area and went on the Day Tour two days in a row. The tours were great, the volunteers who led the tours were great and the facility is beautiful, peaceful and very well run. I can't wait to go back again.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great people doing great things for some BIG Cats who deserve some kindness.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We took our sons and grandchildren to the Big Cat Rescue. Took the Feeding tour & The Keepers Tour. We love the animals and the staff was so knowledgeable and friendly. It was such a great day. The animals are so lucky to end up at this rescue center. They receive lots of love and care by all. Keep up the great work.

Donor

Rating: 5

An excellent experience for me and my 10-year-old son. Also a great cause to support. Highly recommended.

Diana18

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a loyal supporter of Big Cat Rescue for many years and dreamed of the day I could go visit the siteh. I finally had the opportunity last week and it was amazing. The concern that all of the staff and volunteers have for these magnificent creatures is amazing. I am proud to be affiliated, if only in a small way, with such a wonderful group. And I have learned a great deal over the years about helping protect the big cats.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter and fan of Big Cat Rescue for over 5 years and the more I learn about them, the more respect I have for the work they do. I have learned a great deal from the group about properly caring for rescued big cats and about how to prevent the abuse that so many big cats suffer at the hands of inconsiderate, irresponsible, uncaring or downright cruel humans. If I lived closer, I would be proud to be a hands-on volunteer. Carole Baskin and all of the staff and volunteers do an amazing job. One of my favorites, out of all the wonderful things that they do, is the domestic cat rescue assistance program - so that the volunteers can cuddle with cats. Watching the videos of the rescues of abused big cats shows how much they truly care for these majestic animals and how hard they work to give those cats a safe, healthy, and peaceful life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We took our 12 year old twins to Big Cat Rescue for the Keeper Tour. It was worth every penny! Our guide Jennifer was very informative and you could tell she loved the cats and her volunteer job! We have been donors for over 10 years and visited over 12 years ago and we see that our donations are very well spent. We also learned that we can do more to be and "Advocat" and make sure that our political leaders are working to stop private ownership of these majestic, wild and wonderful creatures. Thanks Big Cat for everything you do!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

THE NEGATIVE REPORTS ABOUT BCR ARE NOT TRUE. I'VE BEEN THERE AND I SUPPORT THEM

Donor

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue does amazing work rescuing and rehabilitating big cats that have been kept in appalling conditions. Some of the cats they have rescued have been starving, others injured, some have never felt grass under their paws. At BCR all the cats are treated as wild animals - they have large enclosures with natural foliage - places to hide, places to play, places to rest. BCR recently added "vacation" enclosures - larger spaces the cats can take turns visiting (for a week or so) in order to have more room to roam and a change of scenery. The keepers and volunteers are very creative in designing enrichment for the animals, and is clear that the cats are adored by all who work or volunteer with the facility. All the funds donated goes to providing for the cats, it does not go into administration or staff salaries.

5 Marge6

Donor

Rating: 5

After visiting Big Cat Rescue and seeing what wonderful care is being given to these magnificent creatures, I felt compelled to donate and I do so regularly. The personnel are knowledgeable and are eager to share what they know. They are doing a great service by saving these cats from being killed or exploited. They care.






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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been following and donating to Big Cat Rescue for that last 2 years. Hands down they are an amazing organization who go above and beyond to make sure the utmost ethical treatments of these majestic creatures is being done. They are such a voice for these poor defenseless animals and have saved so many from human atrocities and continue to spread the word on how all humans should respect life and treat our animals w/ dignity and respect.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Big Cat Rescue is a fantastic experience. We have been numerous times, seen amazing, beautiful cats up close, and learned a lot about the great work they do for abused "big cats". Highly recommended.

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Donor

Rating: 5

An educational visit for anyone in the Tampa area. They provide a crucial service for big cats. I'm a visitor and donor, and my friends in conservation and animal care share my respect and appreciation for Big Cat Rescue.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have visited Big Cat Rescue many times and have always enjoyed seeing the big cats. The tour guides are extremely well educated about each cat. You will not only get to watch some gorgeous lions and tigers in action (or not!), but also many other breeds of smaller cats. If you visit Tampa, you must visit Big Cat Rescue. You will not be disappointed!

1 Elly G.

Donor

Rating: 5

BCR is an amazing rescue. They not only take great care of their rescues, they also educate and work to eradicate animal abuse worldwide. Carole and her crew are absolutely incredible. They still manage to find the time to give a great tour.

1 Sheila51

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been to Big Cat Rescue. Both visits were different and educational. The respect and love that Big Cat Rescue has for their cats is amazing. I've learned much about the cats and what it does to the different species when they are owned privately. I have a great respect for Big Cat and will continue to support them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I haven't been to the rescue but anyone who lovingly, selflessly saves animals that others have put in harms way should be helped and kept around as well.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We visited Big Cat Rescue on a recent visit to Florida when our girls decided they would rather go there than Disney world. They were not disappointed. It was wonderful to see the cats being themselves, well cared for and happy. We have been following BCR ever since.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My friends and I visited BCR last November after the Celtic Thunder Cruise. We were from Florida, South Carolina, Pennsyvania and Australia. It was a cool misty morning and the cats were watching us from beneath fronds and from the shelter of their dens. The guide was awesome, personable and very knowledgeable. We learned so much and vowed to apply our new knowledge to help change the way big cats are treated. We all bought a ton of stuff in the gift store which helps the cats at BCR. I hope that eventually big cats won't need rescue but until then, thank goodness for Big Cat Rescue!