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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.

VIDEO: Big Cats Vs Laser Pointers

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Karen FurlongAm I the only one who has a dog that loves to chase the red dot?3 hours ago   ·  2
Päivi Kivineni dont like this kind of teasing at all4 hours ago   ·  1
Jill DufourIn all the years I have worked with cats, I noticed the following. Some, I expected to not care, loved it. Then others that I expected to jump at it, could care less. Also, some that join in after seeing another cat engaged with it. Also, depends on mindset in the moment as well. Great video.4 hours ago   ·  5
Hope ThomasI learned by accident that toddlers love them too. LOL4 hours ago   ·  4
Lisa BenditAhh, the red dot! Always a fav in my house!3 hours ago   ·  3
Robynn Schoolcraft KirkwoodMy oldest (and smartest) cat followed the laser light around for a minute or so, looked up at me and went for the source!4 hours ago   ·  3
Kat Terrylol...."Dude, seriously?"4 hours ago   ·  3
Helena PopeMy cat mischief loves the laser pointer, but keep it away from the Cat's eye's. I loved watching the video, interesting how some of the cat's were afraid, while others showed no interest.4 hours ago   ·  2
Cheech L LangIt's actually not a good idea to use a lazer pointer to play with your pets. Some get completely obsessed and will constantly look for it. Every once in awhile is okay though4 hours ago   ·  2
James Alfredits all in fun paivi, dont get too worked up.3 hours ago   ·  1
Kathy NewtonThe ones that didn't want to play really didn't want to play LOL Great video !!!!3 hours ago   ·  1
Diane CampbellI had a laser pointer, but decided it was kind of mean because my kitties would keep looking for it. I think cats expect to win. Also, I worry that the wrong type of person would see this video and use a laser pointer to engage a wild cat or domestic for the wrong purposes.1 hour ago
Donna WaltsEven the wild cat's like to chase the lights.1 hour ago
Gladys Lacy-HollisTo funny.1 hour ago
Denise CoxThis video just proves that, no matter the size, they're all pussycats1 hour ago
Jeannette Tramm:)1 hour ago
Helen BowkerI miss chris pooles BCR videos1 hour ago
Fran CabanaConstantly amazed at how much alike the big cats and our kitty cats are.1 hour ago
Mary SchachtA cat is a cat is a cat1 hour ago
Daphne Martinsooo funny. They are the prettiest kitty's ever. <32 hours ago
Tina VanOver KendallIt started out cute, then reality hit. Those that didn't like it or were scared were probably traumatized at one point. Some guns have laser pointers :( Not a cool move! Those that didn't care were keeping their eyes on the big picture...YOU...THE HUMAN. Didn't like what you did here.2 hours ago
Melissa L WarrenLuv it!2 hours ago
Candy FielekLoved it2 hours ago
Larry SemeschukI wish I could check "Unlike."2 hours ago

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