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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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Sankar Bhoothakulam6 hours ago   ·  378
Jacky Daniel'sIn German the words for Caracal and Bobcat are the same and refering to their latin name lynx (Luchs). Just a random funfact xD6 hours ago   ·  25
Lynn RaschYes I do but my three cats like to wake me up at 5:30am when I'm not working.5 hours ago   ·  3
Mary ZietenRaith and Marco also enjoy sleeping in general. LOL2 hours ago   ·  2
Slavica Koprivica6 hours ago   ·  6
Janet Llowell-ZimmerBeautiful cats. I would love to sleep in . But 1 of my cats relies on getting her medication at 7am ever day. That's ok, she takes it well.4 hours ago   ·  1
Zashs Zarith SofeaSo cute. I like see ear.5 hours ago   ·  1
Leah HopsonBaby Thomas enjoys sleeping in ♡6 hours ago   ·  3
Karen MastandreaSo do our boys ~ Paco & Cozi! 🐯🐈4 hours ago   ·  3
Annette ColtonThey are adorable30 minutes ago
Annette ColtonMyself, and my daughters, but they have children now, so that doesn't happen often with them. I use to have to do that too.32 minutes ago
Dana M. SmithSo beautiful & peaceful!!32 minutes ago
Kathy MalloySo cozy. Beautiful kitties.42 minutes ago
Justin KershnerMadison Armstrong60 minutes ago
Nancy G LaidlawCute1 hour ago
Donna Breedloveaww1 hour ago
Omar Bermudezhermoso animal1 hour ago
Molly Briar Bayne Cundallaw what a great pic!!2 hours ago
Emily WhiteAnd, yes, I'd love to sleep in.2 hours ago
Emily WhiteThese gorgeous creatures have such amazing markings.2 hours ago
ChampagneVip Jeff BoulangerAdorable être avec eux au milieu d eux wahaaaa2 hours ago
Linda Shawawe, adorable.2 hours ago
Lesley Arnoldtotal bliss2 hours ago
Israel LopezQue bellezas de gatos3 hours ago
Alan AkinLooks cozy3 hours ago

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