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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.

Tiger Lilly came to Big Cat Rescue on 6/6/95 along with Selena, Levi, Crazy Horse and the rest. She too was to be slaughtered and her fur used for Trade show competitions.

It is possible that she and Divinity were litter mates – with their silvery fur they look almost identical. Where they differ is in their personalities. Divinity is fearless, whereas Tiger Lilly is elusive and shy. Through operant conditioning, slowly Tiger Lilly is becoming a more outgoing bobcat.
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Susan WilliamsThis has to be outlawed!Pelts aren't needed for survival anymore! This is the 21rat century people, and I'm focusing on poachers and trappers.1 hour ago   ·  1
Terry MunroeI work as a retail cashier at my local Costco. We always have someone to help load the carts back up after the items are rung through. One day a woman I was waiting on had on a fur coat. After she left my helper said to me, "What a beautiful fur coat." I said, "I bet the animal that owned it thought so too." That was the end of the conversation.2 hours ago   ·  6
Rei StarrShe's so pretty with that silver colouring! I don't understand why people think it's attractive to wear fur. I see it as wearing a dead animal and that grosses me out not to mention the way fur farms are run...2 hours ago
Lesley ArnoldHow could you kill such a pretty kitty ? senseless2 hours ago
Vicki BanyasThank you for taking such good care of them!3 hours ago
Diane GoodmanPelts look best on their natural owner...3 hours ago   ·  2
Alison CallisHow can they do that to beautiful cteatures its unthinkable !3 hours ago
Jennifer OnwuamaegbuStunningly beautiful animals!!!3 hours ago   ·  9
Teresa CalvertSuch beautiful faces....the artistry of the Lord constantly amazes me. And the near trajedy is, before Big Cat Rescue, I didn't know most of them existed...except the lions n tigers...:)3 hours ago   ·  4
Pauline PaddockSo happy that she was not slaughtered for some rich b#!#!! to wear, she is precious and adorable!!!2 hours ago   ·  1
Denise BlanquetAnd look at the beautiful heart shapped nose! Awe. What amazing cats ❤3 hours ago   ·  1
Mikael Arling:-D Miiauu42 minutes ago
Clara Jean John YerickHow wonderful you saved these animals.50 minutes ago
Heidi DobeyShe's stunning! What a beauty!54 minutes ago
Lucinda GeorgeJust plain adorable!1 hour ago
Sandra LemlichBeautiful kitty!1 hour ago
Jussara FerreiraQue gatão mais lindo!!!!!!!!!! A se fosse meu.1 hour ago
Sue BrookesLovely!1 hour ago
Kayleigh WebsterStunning beautiful animals1 hour ago
Tracey AllenThank you for saving them ♡♡♡1 hour ago
Traci HannahI love this beautiful girl1 hour ago
Sarah KlassHow terrible that she was 2 be killed! Beautiful creature!!!1 hour ago
Laura HarveyWhat a beauty!2 hours ago
Teresa HartmanLove her heart shaped nose.2 hours ago
Laurien DavisBeautiful!!2 hours ago

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