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Review for Big Cat Rescue, Corp., Tampa, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

For a few years I had traveled this country visiting various animal facilities. In 2004 I stumbled across BCR on the web. I was invited for a visit. After that visit, I was truly in love with the facility, the people, the cats, their mission and their dedication to both captive and wild big cats as well as their dedication to educating people on the need to stop these big cats from ending up in backyards and roadside 'wannabezoos' and other places that use, abuse and discard these great animals. I continued to visit other facilities for a couple more years but always always I found myself coming back to BCR as no other facility captured my heart as did BCR. In my eyes, no other facility adhered to the extreme standards that BCR does in ALL areas. For the past 4+ years I have completely devoted myself to BCR and their educational mission. BCR is not only the cleanest most well run facility I have been involved with but is also the facility that has the highest standards across the board of any facility I have ever came across. BCR has the highest standards in health care, emotional well being of the cats, cleanliness, dedication to education, food quality, food storage and prep, animal habitats, money management & responsible use of funds and the list goes on and on. They are leaders in the field in all aspects. Their long ago history of being a breeder, buyer, seller is so long ago it is ancient history. Carole is extremely open about where they came from. What all this says to me is they have more of an understanding of what the real problems are regarding exotic animals held by private owners. They saw there was a problem with exotics as pets, saw how big and wide the problem was, realized they were part of the problem and LEARNED and CHANGED and became part of the solution to ending those problems! BCR’s past as a breeder, buyer, and seller is ancient history! They have since then been a powerful leader for putting an end to breeding, buying and selling for a very very very long time for far longer than they were part of the problem. Since then they have evolved from being part of the problem so long ago they have become a powerhouse and respected leader in ending the problems, educating the public and encouraging change exposing truths about exotic pet ownership and so on. Others, who do not want exotic pet ownership ended, those who profit from buying, selling & breeding these great animals for the exotic pet trade hate BCR because what BCR strives for is an end to exotics as pets which will end the non-stop stream of abandoned, abused, neglected and exploited big cats that end up needing rescued. People who make a living off big cats hate BCR because BCR is making a difference with their widespread educational efforts. Those BCR haters have nothing to use but BCR's so long ago past and anything false they can come up with or any false twists they can put on things. You will notice those who bad-mouth BCR throw up that ancient history repeatedly because they have nothing current to smear BCR with because for years and years BCR has not been breeders, buyers or sellers. Instead BCR learned and evolved into being part of the solution instead of remaining as part of the problem where those bad-mouthers did not evolve and choose to remain part of the problem. BCR became part of the solution those bad-mouthers did not. Those bad-mouthers hate what BCR stands for therefore will say or do anything in an attempt to stop BCR’s educational efforts because as more states ban big cats as backyard pets the fewer customers those bad-mouthers will have. Ultimately, that means fewer big cats living in backyards and basements. GO BCR!!! BCR is all above board, adheres to the highest standards, educates the public about the terrible outcomes for the animals in private hands and encourages people to not support facilities who are part of the problem instead of part of the solution. BCR believes sanctuaries should become accredited, which is an easy inexpensive process that can help increase public donations to those facilities. However, facilities that are not willing to do what is right for the animals choose not to become accredited because they do not want to adhere to proper standards of care or because they prefer to breed buy and sell. BCR is outspoken on exposing the difference between real and phony sanctuaries. Many private owners who buy, sell and breed also beg donations from the public by calling themselves a sanctuary, when in fact they are part of the source of putting big cats in backyards of private owners that will later need rescuing. Big Cat Rescue is outspoken on explaining that real sanctuaries do not buy, sell or breed. Real sanctuaries are part of the solution not part of the problem. Again, I have visited, worked with, participated in, done projects for, done photography for, etc MANY animal facilities across this country, those accredited, non-accredited, and even AZA facilities and in my opinion BCR sets the and adheres to the highest standards in all categories of any!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have not only seen first hand the high standards of this facility since I met them in 2004, but have prior to 2004 and after 2004 been involved with MANY other animal facilities and found BCR's standards to be by far the highest!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them money to complete the outer wall and to further their educational projects nationwide.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Thier extreme dedication to educating the public about the need for ending private ownership of big cats, their dedication to preserving and protecting big cats in the wild, their dedication to the physical and mental well-being of the animals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The BEST by far!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Complete the wall, educate the public nation wide about the truths about white tigers and the need for laws banning the private ownership of wild animals and help projects that truly make a difference in preserving and protecting endangered wild big cats

Ways to make it better...

I could be at BCR 24/7/365

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Not enough people calling & writing legilators regarding the need for bans on private ownership of wild animals.

One thing I'd also say is that...


How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & Photography, programming, educational & web projects.