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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.

THAT LOOK a cat has when they did something, you just don't know what that something is. Who can relate to that? ... See MoreSee Less

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Paige McCarsonKnow it well =)3 hours ago   ·  41
Vikki TigruAll the time. Having 17 cats, I know this look quite well :)))3 hours ago   ·  24
JJ FaithSuch a gorgeous creation God made.3 hours ago   ·  43
Susan NeibichI did not deflate the footballs.3 hours ago   ·  9
Cole FrazierFinally... Always beautiful pics, but this one is share worthy... :)3 hours ago   ·  3
Vern RidingsGet concerned !3 hours ago   ·  3
Anissa WimmerPee'd in the water!3 hours ago   ·  2
Julio Cesar GonzalezRealmente hermoso..51 minutes ago   ·  1
Sherry DisdierOk, what did you do with the dog?1 hour ago   ·  1
Laura HarveyI didn't do it! No one saw me!! You can't prove a thing!!!1 hour ago   ·  1
Russell WoodheadSeen that look before.1 hour ago   ·  1
Carlen Pierce ThomasI love that face :-)2 hours ago   ·  1
Kacey Van Pelt.....has anyone seen the canary?....2 hours ago   ·  1
Anne Gowin TisdaleMine don't really get that look because they never believe they've done anything wrong!2 hours ago   ·  1
Webster FarrellBird,what bird?2 hours ago   ·  1
Shaun TerryI saw that look too many times too- had dead bird in living room - looking ready to be placed in casket feet and beak up I salamander hidden in dining room and something eaten that gave her funky poop for a day !!3 hours ago   ·  1
Lisa M. MorrisWhat a beautiful kitty! I love bengal Tigers!3 hours ago   ·  1
Jared Hasaname"I didn't maul the feeder, honest!"3 hours ago   ·  1
Carol ThatcherLove my tigers. I must have about 30 tiger teddy s big and small which I have been brought over the years. Such beautiful animals Tigers & Snow Tigers. X3 hours ago   ·  1
Nancy K MasonThat's a naughty look for sure.3 hours ago   ·  1
Gemma 'Tilf' TarrMine both do that, at the same time, then run off in different directions, so I don't know where to check first!3 hours ago   ·  1
Lynne HagelinSylvester the cat knows his mouth is full of feathets3 hours ago   ·  1
Peggy RankinGorgeous cat..3 hours ago   ·  1
Nancy MunozYou mean this look? I have a cat burglar...his name is Bigboy. He loves nothing better than getting into my jewelry box and steal something shiny. This particular day I could hear the "clack" of the wooden jewelry box lid as he was trying to get it to stay open. When I called his name and asked what he was doing, he rushed into the front room and gave me his "who me?" look.3 hours ago   ·  2
Rebekah Lyons-DavisI have cheeky and mischievous fur babies too lol...3 hours ago   ·  2

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Joseph is a stinker; he doesn't appreciate keepers taking his poo so as soon as they leave he purposely deposits more ... See MoreSee Less

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Anton Rea Cutajarcleaning s the best way for this cats6 hours ago   ·  283
Cindy WarnerIt's typical feline...just like the minute I clean out the box and one of my two go in and poop in it. My male even strained to do it one time, he wouldn't be satisfied until it happened.6 hours ago   ·  112
Jessica GalvezMy husband does the same thing after I cleaned the bathroom6 hours ago   ·  31
Susan GrimshawI have a cat who sits, watches and waits until after I clean the litter box to leave me a present!6 hours ago   ·  12
Joy Ann FloydLOL6 hours ago   ·  27
Dianne O'Quinn BurkeThere's a valid reason for Cat poop ... It identifies his territory ... And you keep cleaning, so he has to keep pooping! Simple says he!6 hours ago   ·  10
Cherie HelmsIt's a cat thing.6 hours ago   ·  6
Meg WeesnerLion shaming! I love it!6 hours ago   ·  6
Angela B Lundmust just be a cat thing. mine do it, too, when i clean the litter box. :)6 hours ago   ·  4
Alyssa Petrovna TolstayaLOL he has no idea why you are taking his poops away. I bet he thinks you are doing it to spite him!! :)6 hours ago   ·  4
Leslie StevensJust like domestic cats using the just cleaned litter box! Feline solidarity!!4 hours ago   ·  3
Betty Pray FritzingerHe's a magnificent cat! He can poop where ever he wants! Lol6 hours ago   ·  3
Stephanie DeAquairJust like domestic cats when their litter boxes are cleaned!6 hours ago   ·  3
Robin MissantOf course he does, he's the King.3 hours ago   ·  2
Paige MarshallMy cats love to poop in the litter box just after it's been scooped.3 hours ago   ·  2
Susan EscobedoMy jungle,my man cave my Poop!! :-)4 hours ago   ·  2
Elizabeth Toepferjust like our 6 pound domestic vis a vis litter box4 hours ago   ·  2
Cynthia GiannolaYup, I had an alpha male cat who would poop right on top of the clean liter any time I changed it. Didn't cover it either. Like he was just making a statement to the other cats...It's Mine, you're just borrowing it..6 hours ago   ·  2
Lauren ElizabethSame with my gerbils! As soon as I clean up they have to go to the bathroom to make it smell like them again :p6 hours ago   ·  2
Chan BanJust like kitties and their litter boxes. Clean it and they poop in it immediately!6 hours ago   ·  2
Susan SnellingMy husband will clean the box and I come in and say it stinks in here. He says he just cleaned it and then he goes and cleans it again. To funny.6 hours ago   ·  2
Joanne WickhamJoseph, you are a real pill!6 hours ago   ·  2
Mariah LesterSometimes I wonder if Joseph is the Grinch of the lion world. Okay, I KNOW he is the grinch of the lion world =)6 hours ago   ·  2
Karen Spoonerme to, when the maid leaves2 hours ago   ·  1
K.l. EckhardtI guess he just wants y'all to be absolutely sure it's HIS place!2 hours ago   ·  1

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