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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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Sharon Niesen"Stop killing my brothers and sisters in canned hunts!"1 hour ago   ·  6
Michele Lewis BonacorsiNot before my coffee !37 minutes ago   ·  1
Jenn FisherWho left the Legos on the floor?43 minutes ago   ·  1
Laura Mazurkiewiczwhere's my breakfast?30 minutes ago
James LopezLooks like Mickey doesn't like mornings. HA !!!34 minutes ago
Chris KendallYou've got a great photographer there. Really cool shots.36 minutes ago
Marilyn Bennett"oh no you mean it`s Monday again tomorrow?"38 minutes ago
Saif Man"What do you mean there is no coffee!!!!!"40 minutes ago
April HakeI am not Mickey Mouse!40 minutes ago
Marlena Ceselli-SkardoutosCome a little closer ,I haven't had my meat yet.....I wanted to write coffee but.....lol41 minutes ago
Heather AlexanderIf only I could speak!!!42 minutes ago
Trish Cabagnot"Good morning?! That's it! Drop and give me one hundred and fifty, cadet!" 😋43 minutes ago
Audélia AngelHo il est fâché lol44 minutes ago
Dawn DaviesGo on, I dare you yo move first lol46 minutes ago
Lou Ann CenterGet out of my face. !46 minutes ago
Kathy Jones"I want my breakfast NOW!!! Please."47 minutes ago
Carlos Alberto TrotmanMore like Good morning, are you my breakfast ??47 minutes ago
Corey Lynne EvansHow is Micky doing ? I cry every time i see him knowing what he is going through. He will never be without pain because of his useless 1st owner. That women should have been shot for doing this to him and having him suffer so much. I pray for Micky each day and hope he knows he is loved by Big Cat staff and he knows you do all you can to help him be pain free as much as possible. If i could , i would hold Micky tight and let him know i love him47 minutes ago
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Diana LynnJust tired from all the other naps I took today. Wore me out!4 hours ago   ·  9
Naomi Perreirawhat type of things have you got on your paws? They look strange! :-)3 hours ago   ·  3
Desiree VaughnForget the caption...what an elegant, beautiful creature! 😍3 hours ago   ·  2
Chiemi HondaI'm bored, entertain me human. .3 hours ago   ·  2
Carol BaisdenJust hanging around4 hours ago   ·  2
Casey UnderwoodDo i have to get up4 hours ago   ·  2
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Meehka H. Hacheyi love you now where are the treats?4 hours ago   ·  1
Katherine McGregorI'd bite your face off, but rather have the chicken!!!4 hours ago   ·  1
Mary GreenengerThink I'll just lay my butt here.4 hours ago   ·  1
Michael Lastionamiosideways life can be naprogiesical4 hours ago   ·  1
Anna Elizabeth WilsonJust chillin! And you?4 hours ago   ·  1
Kristine NiemeyerHmmmmm, what should I do today? :) Hello from my cat "Oscar" <34 hours ago   ·  3
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Sue ReidJust ... can't ... reach ... treat. Willing it to move closer ;)38 minutes ago
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