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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.

Max is still enchanted by his roommate, MaryAnn. Both are young, energetic, and mischievous bobcats. ... See MoreSee Less

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Adela Montalvoonly the Almighty could create such beauty.2 hours ago   ·  12
Movieguru EngelmanHe is one handsome bobcat!1 hour ago   ·  1
Andrew BlackwoodAwwwah ^^,2 hours ago   ·  1
Nelly GudefinDKFH?Jmtosdmkso43 minutes ago
Lesley SchultzWho could resist such charm and handsomeness? Bot Maryanne and not us either!47 minutes ago
Michelle Cashi love him , he's beautiful,52 minutes ago
Ria Aria<31 hour ago
Linda handsome1 hour ago
John SteeleI'll have him.1 hour ago
Phil BlissAnd he's a handsome devil.1 hour ago
Alice GoldingGORGEOUS1 hour ago
Tone JacobsenSo beautiful face😘1 hour ago
Nader SorkheiWoW pretty .1 hour ago
Leila PassuelloAMO!!!1 hour ago
James C. Mason"This is my best smile along with my best profile"!!!1 hour ago
Sharon Zaggy KingryGod Bless ALL of you!🐯1 hour ago
Annie Metais<31 hour ago
Sharon Zaggy Kingry😎💜🙏1 hour ago
Ben O'neilStunner,2 hours ago
Holly LecterThat face is so adorable. :)2 hours ago
Toshihiko Akimotoきになるの2 hours ago
Mandy SmithJust gorgeous2 hours ago
Lynn RaschSo beautiful2 hours ago
Robin LeonardSa-weeet!😻2 hours ago
Maria Mazzocchibeautiful mouser. I have two and they both have different characters.2 hours ago

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Christopher Price"WASSUP!!!"5 hours ago   ·  17
Cheryl Leitzen WardI love that moment when the meds kick in!5 hours ago   ·  14
Shelly Kehler LarimoreGaaaaaa those peppers were HOT!!!5 hours ago   ·  6
Judy ThompsonBeing beautiful is exhausting.5 hours ago   ·  5
Kayla Lovell Hitchcock"Aye! Its the weekend!"5 hours ago   ·  5
Sharon Chase HurdHey there, Little Red Riding Hood, You shore are lookin' good!4 hours ago   ·  4
Cecilia KorverThis is my Big Cat Rescue! Haha, my baby Antonis!😍😍😍😍😍😍😍5 hours ago   ·  3
Kriss PurpleLion Murray"Crazy?? Who says I'm crazy??"5 hours ago   ·  3
Timothy SheetsEvery one has that one friend.5 hours ago   ·  2
អ៊ួ ចូវCute so much5 hours ago   ·  2
Devyani G. ReddyI love chicken ....some more please5 hours ago   ·  2
Lisa CarberryI'm ready for a break!5 hours ago   ·  2
Catherine Mistletoe Harner~That Face when you see the Ugly bitch he cheated on you with~ Bye Felicia~5 hours ago   ·  2
Goodall Theoneandonly Fantabulisfeed me semore !!!5 hours ago   ·  2
Gail HughesYou don't have to be mad to work here but it helps! 😜1 hour ago   ·  1
Belinda RunyonThat cat nip is great!!!!!1 hour ago   ·  1
James C. MasonI'm begging for some catnip treats, may I have some?? PLEASE!!!1 hour ago   ·  1
Beverly NewberryIs this how Miley does it?2 hours ago   ·  1
L Elizabeth AudOrange juice after toothpaste! Get it off! Get it off!3 hours ago   ·  1
Sarah TerryHa ha ha ha ha, now that was funny!!3 hours ago   ·  1
Frances RichardABSOLUTELY love this picture,,the cat caught its mischief mood..5 hours ago   ·  1
Vicki ReevesAaaah you sure I'm ok.5 hours ago   ·  1
Elaine WashingtonThis IS a smile!!5 hours ago   ·  1
Peyton Dawson'' Aaaaaah look whose Here!!!!'' :D5 hours ago   ·  1
Connie LawtonYou told me to say ahhh then stick my tongue out ... what for????5 hours ago   ·  1

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