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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

118 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

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!