My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Big Cat Rescue, Corp., Tampa, FL, USA
I've been around Big Cat Rescue for some time now and have seen them grow and learn from everything they do. They always strive to make the facility safer, convenient and more hospitable to the residents. The education they provide visitors and amazing views of relaxed well cared for cats is beyond those I've ever seen. The life enrichment, toys, seasonal specialty treats, privacy and adoring staff make this a haven for so many of these animals that have had a rough journey in arriving here. Big Cat Rescues demand to have written proof that previous owners will not take another as a pet, fur farm animal or sideshow stealer, shows their commitment to the cause of keeping these animals in their natural habitat. I feel privileged to be able to help with these visionaries that help everyone understand that these animals are every bit as deserving as we are.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Seeing how the video and photos are used to keep visitors in the loop along with the information on how to keep in contact with these people. It gives me great pride to know that I'm not only helping the cats, but helping people understand and take action for others.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would like to see the facilities be able to expand. In particular, it would be nice if they could take on the pig farm nearby. The pig farm can sometimes raise enough stench in the summer heat that people have attributed to Big Cat Rescue. I believe this gives such a clean facility, a bad representation that is undeserved and hampers people from a good, fun education.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
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What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
If I could be able to make their training schedule, I might not have to bother others so much when I work near the cats.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
I've learned many statistics that were absolutely shocking. Such as the number of captive tigers in America alone, surpasses all the tigers in the wild. The fragile ecosystem is getting so weak that we have morphed it into concrete for these animals. I feel privileged to help people understand that we have essentially enslaved these animals without regards to their abilities to live free and majestic on their own. I'm also proud to help give these cats refuge from these entrapments in a more natural, caring setting.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
I've felt honorable and connected with the experience of how each cats personality shows their own, wants, desires and even dreams.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?