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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.

Chained at the big top or free in the wild which would you choose? Which would Sundari choose? ... See MoreSee Less

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Marlena GunnWherever is safe! Free preferably56 minutes ago   ·  2
Janice MartellFree in the wild.1 hour ago   ·  2
Aninha BenegasLondoooo. Amooooo49 minutes ago
Patrick J. CollinsFree In The Wild !51 minutes ago
Nancy van SchaikFREE!!!!!!!51 minutes ago
Sheila WilliamsFree in the wild.51 minutes ago
Lori MielotzTo be free51 minutes ago
Helen Lofgrenfree to run wild51 minutes ago
Pavel Vetroffслучайная встреча...новый друг...!51 minutes ago
Sammy BearFree in the wild where it belongs52 minutes ago
Eileen TidwellSafe and free54 minutes ago
Deb Donato SchanderFreedom!54 minutes ago
Leanne AlexanderFreedom58 minutes ago
Cheryl LambertFreein the wild.59 minutes ago
Harindra PiyatungeFree in the wild1 hour ago
LaSonja HargroveFree1 hour ago
Mandie ThornicroftFree1 hour ago
Phoenix TeagueFreedom!1 hour ago
Margit DombaiSzèp!54 minutes ago
Kathy Redfernfree56 minutes ago
Delmont LynnSurely you don't have to Sk this question.FREE FREE FREE. That's just I case you are in Ny doubt.59 minutes ago
Rita BragançaFree in the wild... definately!!!1 hour ago
Nick SnymanSo beautiful52 minutes ago
Civis Aldoin my garden please!1 hour ago

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Bapi Dolai4 hours ago   ·  175
Norah JarvisBeautiful animal4 hours ago   ·  6
Monika PaulusHamma 💞💞💞3 hours ago   ·  2
Anton Rea Cutajarfantastic4 hours ago   ·  3
Brianna Mondryand anyone who didnt know that is retarded. i was gonna make it nicer but like... really you have to be told that?57 minutes ago
Joko WirantoJantan... ..1 hour ago
Alice GoldingSuper!2 hours ago
Belinda TangNice! Looks natural too :)2 hours ago
Bill ElwoodWhat a beautiful animal. How could someone kill him? If I were to shot this guy,it would be with my camera.2 hours ago
Linda GenellaThese remind me of the enclosures my husband used to build at an amusement park in New Orleans for the kiddie trains....hope your kitties enjoy them!3 hours ago
Gracie Cat MeowmeowIndy Catajedaeagoryahrajhaejaieahdanxjana aejxehiasd3 hours ago
Gracie Cat Meowmeowabajrnfda aaaaaaaaaaa abharvhra3 hours ago
Viv SherrenGorgeous3 hours ago
Monique Van den BoschVery nice animal3 hours ago
Christopher PriceBeats making a giant Rubbermaid tote feral cat shelter for them. ;)3 hours ago
Faye BrooksBeautiful4 hours ago
Norah JarvisJust love tigers4 hours ago
Sue ThrussellFabulous4 hours ago   ·  1
Slavica Koprivica2 hours ago   ·  1
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.4 hours ago   ·  1
Liiso RaudvassarTigers are awesome!2 hours ago
Micki Guidoni CucchiaraSo big and beautiful3 hours ago
Micheline Desjardins♡♡♡♡♡♡3 hours ago
Nick SnymanSo beautiful1 hour ago

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