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Caring for Cats and Ending the Trade



This site is more than 10,000 pages of photos, videos, stories, facts and fun stuff about lions, tigers, leopards and many, many more varieties of exotic wild cats.

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Most-ImportantThis bill called the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act is the most important piece of legislation to ever be introduced to protect lions, tigers and other exotic wild cats from being kept as pets and in miserable roadside zoos. It ended the 113th Congressional session with more than 120 co sponsors.  Now we are working to re introduce the bill in January 2015.



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Who is Big Cat Rescue?



Big Cat Rescue, one of the world’s largest accredited sanctuaries for exotic cats, is a leading advocate in ending the abuse of captive big cats and saving wild cats from extinction.  We are home to about 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars, servals and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts.

  • The sanctuary began rescuing exotic cats in Nov. 4, 1992.
  • The non profit 501 c 3 sanctuary is home to about 100 exotic big cats
  • The cats at Big Cat Rescue are here for a variety of reasons, including:
    • Abandoned by owners who wrongly thought they would make good pets
    • Abused by owners in order to force them to perform
    • Retired from performing acts
    • Saved from being slaughtered to make fur coats
    • Rescued as babies after hunters killed their mothers.  See our Bobcat Rehab and Release work
  • Big Cat Rescue has many species of cats, many of whom are threatened, endangered or extinct now in the wild, including:
    • Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars, Bobcats, Lynx, Servals, Ocelots, Caracals, Jungle Cats and a Geoffroy Cat
  • The non-profit organization is:
    • Accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries
    • Certified by Independent Charities of America as a “Best in America Charity”
    • Member of the World Society for Protection of Animals
    • Rated 4 Stars by Charity Navigator (their highest rating) and has one of the highest scores of any animal based charity
    • Part of a global coalition including HSUS, IFAW, WWF, GFAS, Born Free and other animal protection groups who are working together to end big cat abuse.
  • The sanctuary is situated on 67 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.

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Purushothman Purushothman3 hours ago   ·  181
Kaleena Lace MarshStalking the infamous Red Dot is Chloe's favorite thing :)3 hours ago   ·  109
Barb SperlingI'm just glad he's not stalking me! What a magnificent cat... Does anyone else ever wonder if they are aware of just how beautiful nature made them... 100% animal <3 er animals will never cease to fascinate & amaze me... :)3 hours ago   ·  1
Garima SharmaBeautiful1 hour ago
Immy Kaijim-Brox<32 hours ago
Румена ДоневаМного мекички уши има това опасно котенце!2 hours ago
Mary Beth RobinsonLook at the intencity of his eyes!2 hours ago
Marina Binti Mohamadcomelnya..2 hours ago
Paula MercerHe looks so much like a house cat and sooo cute.2 hours ago
Rebecca PurcellCutie pie! <32 hours ago
Deanna Self-MarshallBeautiful cat :)2 hours ago
Anna-Karin UhlénNow the lizards better scuttle ASAP! ;-)2 hours ago
Carol JonesGorgeous kitty3 hours ago
Dawn DrogoGorgeous!!!3 hours ago
Jennifer Robinsonstunning3 hours ago
Yùrì BwÇàh ThàùbléÇkWowww that's so cute3 hours ago
Jacqueline Grayso focused on the hunt.3 hours ago
CoCo Tabbypretty meow3 hours ago
Feferi PeixesBeautiful beautiful animal3 hours ago
Patricia WintersPretty cat.3 hours ago
Beth McrightAmazing Kat. !!! Meow lil kitty ...3 hours ago
Ulrike Nosbeautiful <33 hours ago
Qizzin Phadjar Senjaap namanya itu ...??? kucing atw macan...????3 hours ago
Ning SeriGorgeous!3 hours ago
Gary R. MurphySt. Frances Prayer for Animals “Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless these animals. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.” Those who DON’T LIKE THIS PRAYER JUST BLOCK ME.2 hours ago   ·  1

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Cheryl Leitzen WardTypical cat behavior. "I'm too cool to talk to you".6 hours ago   ·  22
Christina OselandJust like a cat6 hours ago   ·  11
Jonathan Greentalk to the paw cause the rest of gilligan ain't listening6 hours ago   ·  3
Suzie MartinezYou my slave human! The program .... ME!!!! It's all about me! !!!6 hours ago   ·  2
Mary O'DeaHe is looking so good. Thanks for his rescue!6 hours ago   ·  2
Anna VarneyLol! Yup, he's a cat!6 hours ago   ·  2
Margaret ReedAloof. It's in the genes. <35 hours ago   ·  1
Shonna ZimmermannYes, but does he still play the "ignore" game when a treat on the end of a stick is involved? 😉5 hours ago   ·  1
Dale SullivanI'm too sexy for my fur; so sexy....6 hours ago   ·  1
Danielle CockburnGotta love cats!6 hours ago   ·  1
Bonnie WigandLook at those tuffs6 hours ago   ·  1
Leigh MusicofMaybe the skipper or Maryanne can get him to talk to his caregivers :-)6 hours ago   ·  1
Jessica Brayjust like my cat, hahaha6 hours ago   ·  1
Frances Richardplease send me more pic,s I would love to do a painting..6 hours ago   ·  1
Terry Cassada DeasonLol! Typical cat!6 hours ago   ·  1
James BarrattNicole Schutzbank6 hours ago   ·  1
Samantha Evonyso stunning! he knos it! :D6 hours ago   ·  2
Patricia CameliGorgeous!1 hour ago
Immy Kaijim-BroxHahaha,typical cat !!!! <31 hour ago
Marti MeersmanGuess he thinks you are not a threat to him. #catcompliment2 hours ago
Alie NeetahA kedvenc lynxem :-) <32 hours ago
Billy RhodesHow cool is this bloke.3 hours ago
Carol BaisdenSuch a very beautiful cat3 hours ago
Rita Spence PavolkaJust like a cat!3 hours ago
Minna NahkiaisojaIn true cat style! ;)4 hours ago

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