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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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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.


Joseph can rest easy knowing YOU cared enough to take action!

THANKS to EACH & EVERY ONE of YOU who took time to take immediate action a couple days ago on the post regarding the lion cub scheduled to appear at the American Legion!

Many of these venues simply don't have all the facts when they book exotic exhibits.

As a result of YOUR Quick Action Educating them that cub displays are mistreatment and showing them that so many people care, the lion cub appearance has been cancelled!

YOUR united efforts to educate the public has resulted in yet another in a string of successes achieved in recent years.

TOGETHER, YOU Truly Are Making A Difference!
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Kathleen MeyerWow.. Good news.3 hours ago
Alicia GrassGOOD JOB BCR Nation!!!!!!!!! I am so proud of each and every one of you!!! we are changning things one problem at a time!!! Congrats for such a big win!! <3 <3 <3 <33 hours ago   ·  8
Margit DombaiImàdom3 hours ago   ·  1
Amy O'DonnelWhat a bum animal! You need to get those critters up and working! :) Seriously, thank you for taking care of the big kitties who need help.4 hours ago   ·  4
Omi ReynoldsEPIC NEWS! feline good that no one got their lions crossed and clawed back some dignity for the big cats, but there's no paws in the effort to stop the trade in their exploitation. great work 8-)4 hours ago   ·  1
Barbara SevrensI agree Beautiful lion king of the jungle😀❤4 hours ago   ·  1
Dani JansenThis is fantastic. Thx for sharing <34 hours ago   ·  1
Tone JacobsenI'm happy to hear that😻❤️😘4 hours ago   ·  2
Lucinda GeorgeGod bless you all!4 hours ago   ·  1
Dianna RogersI am happy to hear that4 hours ago   ·  1
Vicky HumbargerGreat glad it help.4 hours ago   ·  2
Kris WaltersTechnically arent you doin the same thing when you have tours?4 hours ago
Marianne BoosOur voices were heard! Thank you American Legion for listening and understanding.2 hours ago   ·  1
Heidi SmithThat's awesome I believe wild animals should be left in the wild however if they are injured and can no longer be in the wild it is best that they go to a zoo or sanctuary. Wild animals do not belong in a circus, a magic act, or anything else in that field2 hours ago   ·  1
Christina Walter WingertAwesome!3 hours ago   ·  1
Mary O'DonnellHave to say it ''The Lion sleeps to night''......3 hours ago   ·  1
Nancy PelusoHurray! So glad to hear, and know our voices can make a difference, even when we are so far away!3 hours ago
Bob AverittNow that's a big cat!1 hour ago
Terri DamskyGreat news!!1 hour ago
Mark SchumakerYou and yours do good work. Thank you2 hours ago
Robin MissantGreat news!2 hours ago
Julie WeeksWhat a big, beautiful boy Joseph is!3 hours ago
Maria ZanettiA little nap...3 hours ago
Wendy Vromannaptime for the King..he doesn't have to worry about the little one now..3 hours ago
Veronika Sousa de MoriasEstou desse jeito hje3 hours ago

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The Introduction of Zeus and Keisha - Zeus and Keisha were rescued from the same facility and were showing interest in each other. Watch as we introduced two adult tigers for the first time. ... See MoreSee Less

Zeus and Keisha were rescued from the same facility and were showing interest in each other. Watch as we introduced two adult tigers for the first time.

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Lesley SchultzI really enjoyed this video very much! My heart is still broken over Kimba and Sasha too even though we never had the chance to know her (and the Sasha lioness we did know.) God bless you for all the wonderful work you do!!!5 hours ago   ·  6
Luna HoopsSo really interesting! Zeus is SO much bigger! Keisha learned not to sneak up on him. Thanks for sharing! Sarah Mitchell, have you seen this?5 hours ago   ·  3
Cindy WarnerI think about Kimba often. I wish so much she hadn't been so beaten down that she had no fight left to get better so she could discover the life you could have given her. I teared up once more from hearing the conditions they came from. I just love these two so much, though I have to say that lineage is straight from a soap opera.6 hours ago   ·  8
Sandra TunneyWonderful story and great footage !!! I'm so saddened about Kimba. I know you could have saved Kimba had you been able to get the cats sooner. But I'm really happy for the others. Kudos for all you do !!!6 hours ago   ·  2
Northern ChiqueI'm likely a bit slow noticing but they have such an amazing vocal range with so many small soft vocalisations in with the trade mark big cat growls, snuffles and roars...6 hours ago   ·  1
Cindy HuttonI wonder how many people were like me when viewing this - holding their breath!! In the beginning all I kept thinking was "Is there a Plan B?" if they didn't get along. I'm so happy they are at BCR and get to experience the care from humans who love, honor and respect them.6 hours ago   ·  1
Christy MatsuokaI didn't think I wanted to watch a 13 minute video, but this is fascinating!6 hours ago   ·  2
Sheryl GastonFrom heartbreak to happiness! Thanks for sharing.6 hours ago
Cedar WoodwardHOW IS CHEETARO DOING? Update???6 hours ago
Amanda KranDid you have to spray either of them with the hose at all?6 hours ago
Lynn Nagy WoodsThank you BCR for sharing this and helping us to learn about the cats and understand their relationships with one another. Glad to see they can enjoy the rest of their lives with each other's companionship. Beautiful.6 hours ago   ·  5
Laura P KellyI wish more people were concerned & cared about these beautiful cats.6 hours ago   ·  2
Mary Jane GreenI cried and cried when Kimba died. I keep her picture. To see Keisha change like this is just so wonderful. And Zeus is a heart stealer.5 hours ago   ·  1
Alison BohmHappy tears.5 hours ago   ·  1
Suzanne ManningReally enjoyed that video. Loved how they worked everything out and have become the best of friends.4 hours ago   ·  1
Linda B. Williamsthis would have been a fascinating behavioral video w/ out cuts. Keisha seems to be vacillate between acting in a dominant, then submissive, fashion.4 hours ago   ·  1
Sandy StrunkThank you for sharing this! It's educational to see their interaction with each other and how they find comfort between them!5 hours ago   ·  1
Olabisi CatYay! Success is sweet and they will not be lonely together.5 hours ago   ·  1
Pam StonesI enjoyed this video SO much. Thank you!5 hours ago   ·  1
Michele BrowneThat was fantastic. Amazing what love and patience will do. End result companionship for life. Thank you5 hours ago   ·  1
Shirlee RankinWonderful footage. Thanks for sharing :) I loved watching Zeus stalk Keisha. Those enormous foot pads! It's so good to see them together, healthy and on good care. Did/will Zeus have surgery for his eye?5 hours ago   ·  1
Tara MorseGreat video! It was wonderful to see the introduction go so well, and the quality of the videos have greatly improved in the past month or so. It's so great to see that once again!5 hours ago   ·  1
Kay Kellow HargroveHow long has it been since they were rescued. They look happy and amazing4 hours ago   ·  1
Patricia MilinoBeautiful to watch4 hours ago   ·  1
Bridget ElmSo happy for them. I wish Kimba had made it through.5 hours ago   ·  1

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