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.
I just recently found BCR on YouTube and have been a HUGE fan ever since. I love cats of all sizes and the work that BCR does is so necessary. When it comes to how people treat animals I really really hate some people (the abusers, users and those that make money off of the suffering of animals) and I really really LOVE some people. Namely the folks who give their time and resources to help the animals we share this earth with. I have already become a donor (and got the sweetest thank you note back - something not many charities do) and have been trying to spread the word about your awesome work. My next vacation will definitely be to Tampa to see these wonderful animals.
I have been following the work of BCR for years now and i have seen a great growth and development in their organization. Everyone tends to the animals needs and I appreciate all they do for the cats. I am an occasional donor, hopefully i will be able to visit the sanctuary soon. Keep up the great work guys!
I have not visited big cats rescue I am a donor and I think what they do is very important and they are doing a great job of preventing animal cruelty.
I am an animal-lover, and have great respect for the Great Cats. To see them in circuses and in private collections breaks my heart. Big Cat Rescue takes these magnificent cats from often horrible circumstances and lets them live out their lives with comfort and dignity. I think it is the least we can do for the cats, and I greatly appreciate the work that Big Cat Rescue does. This organization deserves all the support we can give it.
I've taken three different tours of Big Cat Rescue and been impressed by the quality of the care given to the animals at the sanctuary. The quality of care of the animals and the quality of the work they do with the public lead me to donate annually.
I first visited Big Cat Rescue with my mom back in the days when it was called Big Cats on Easy Street. From that very first encounter, I knew this was a special place. Over the years I have visited many times and introduced Big Cat Rescue to many friends. No one ever ceases to be amazed and touched by the experience and the incredible work that goes on. I am proud to be a donor and love wearing my Big Cat Rescue hat, because it always gets people's attention and allows me to get the word out about Big Cat. Truly a great organization.
I love this organization, and not only am a regular donor, but made a special trip with two of my best friends to visit the sanctuary. They still tell others how that visit "changed their lives" and the way they see wild animals and the care of them. I am in awe of your dedication and consistent hard work toward good and toward humane rights. Please continue, and if you are reading this, please support this cause and do whatever you can to be sure no one in your life is mistreating or handling an animal.
Big Cat Rescue was introduced to me by in-laws over 15 years ago. I have been a supporter ever since. I love to visit the facility whenever the opportunity arises. The work that this organization does is just amazing and the awareness they bring of how big cats are treated all over the world is an eye opener. There tours are all very educational and I certainly look forward to the day I can do more. God Bless Big Cat rescue and all the volunteer, owner and other supporters.
As an animal lover and supporter I get endless mailings asking me to donate to very worthy organizations. Being retired on a fixed ncome I can only do so much and have to limit my financial support. After much research, I've chosen Big Cat Resue for my support. They do great work and help right some of the terrible wrongs done to innocent and helpless creatures. I urge everyone to support this organization in any way they can.
I have visited Big Cat Rescue on several occasions and often recommend it to others. It's a wonder to see these gorgeous creatures so well provided for after a lifetime of being neglected or abused. They get to live out their lives in safety and are obviously well cared for by a kind and concerned staff and volunteers. I with everyone had access to this marvelous place.
I have for many years been a proponent for animals and donate regularly to zoos, the Humane Society and now Big Cat Rescue. A few years back while vacationing in Florida my friends suggested a day trip out of the Orlando Area and offered up the choice of a zoo (keep in mind I love zoos) or BCR. I chose BCR out of curiosity and a desire to see their work. Let me tell you those cats have got it made!!! They have wonderful enclosures and all appear to be happy and very well cared for. I was inspired to make a donation based on the information I garnered on the tour and the appearance to the animals. I subscribe to the newsletter and am always happy that more big cats are on their way to their forever home at BCR. The staff is loving and insures that these cats are not exploited. One of the best non profit organizations out there.
The folks at Big Cat Rescue provide a safe, clean and stimulating environment to many animals who have been treated poorly in their past. It is clean and safe and very enjoyable to visit with guides who provide insightful answers to every question. I've seen firsthand how a casual visitor can become a very committed donor in just one educational tour. I have become acquainted with a volunteer who is in her second year at the Rescue, and gives countless hours to the cause despite her busy schedule. I've learned she is just an example of many other volunteer staff who have given of their time and love for many, many years.
I am passionate about the plight of tigers & other big cats as they face threats of extinction in the wild & abuse, neglect & exploitation at the hands of human beings. Big Cat Rescue works tirelessly to educate & inform while they actively rescue & care for these amazing creatures. If I lived closer I would give as much time as possible to help with their mission. As is I give as much $$$ as I can
The plight of abused and mistreated exotic cats has little awareness in society. Big Cat Rescue not only cares for abandoned exotics but is constantly fighting to raise awareness and support needed laws to reduce this problem.
I have been to this sanctuary around 6 times, sharing it with my friends when I can. The emphasis is on providing sanctuary for the cats, and also education to the public about the inappropriateness of trying to keep big cats as pets, or exploit them for entertainment.
It is very clean, and you can see how impassioned the volunteers are about caring for the animals. I always leave with mixed emotions; happy that the cats there have a better life, but sad that the exploitation continues. The admissionn fee helps to support their cause, and I consider it money well spent.
BCR serves a dual role as not only providers of care for these "unwanted" animals, but equally as important, as educators of the public. It is through education that they hope to stem the tide of inappropriate use of wild cats as pets and entertainment. People may innocently "support" this exploitation by paying for these shows and photo sessions, unaware of the ultimate end for the cats.
My sister in law introduced me to this rescue years ago. She was an impassioned supporter of animals, particularily Tigers and had the pleasure of spending time at Big Cat Rescue. For the last five or six years I have supported their work and donated any time I could. I wish I lived closer so I could visit more often, help more and work there. Nancy Johnson Tulsa, OK
We come to Florida every year and we come and support the wild cat rescue. This is not their natural environment, but it is as close as you can get. The staff treat these animals with soo much love and respect. Will always come back to see these beutiful animals.
I have been a donor to BCR for many years. When I was first introduced to BCR I was impressed by what I saw on paper and felt very deeply about the plight of the exoctic animals exploited and abused in our country. A few years later I had the opportunity to visit BCR. I was in total amazement. The area was so beautiful, the enclosures were very spacious (bigger than some zoos) and the care the cats receive (volunteers and professional) is awesome. Now I understand the address "Easy Street" This is a very worthwhile cause and organization. If you have never been there you should plan a vacation to the Tampa/Orlando area and plan a day at BCR. You won't regret it and you will come away totally inspired.
I've visited this place, and I have never seen a sanctuary where large animals are given such nice space and you can tell the staff and volunteers really care about these beautiful creatures. Their spaces are clean, they are well-fed, and they are provided with little experiences to make their lives in captivity less boring.
Big Cat Rescue is our favorite charity and so deserving. Our extended family members now visit during their vacations in Florida to experience first hand the professionalism and compassion @ BCR. From the folks @ BCR we learn not only about domestic rescues but also conservation efforts of big cats endangered in the wild. A cat lover's dream!