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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.

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Sharon Niesen"Stop killing my brothers and sisters in canned hunts!"3 hours ago   ·  18
Gloria Waller EmeryDon't talk to me til I've had my coffee!2 hours ago   ·  7
Corey Lynne EvansHow is Micky doing ? I cry every time i see him knowing what he is going through. He will never be without pain because of his useless 1st owner. That women should have been shot for doing this to him and having him suffer so much. I pray for Micky each day and hope he knows he is loved by Big Cat staff and he knows you do all you can to help him be pain free as much as possible. If i could , i would hold Micky tight and let him know i love him3 hours ago   ·  3
Laura BottecchiaLeggo my eggo!!!1 hour ago   ·  2
Donnie ThunderFeed Me Seymour2 hours ago   ·  2
Jenn FisherWho left the Legos on the floor?3 hours ago   ·  2
Rebecca RichardsonWhere the heck is that breakfast cart?51 minutes ago   ·  1
Jaclyn MichelleWhere's the coffee?!!1 hour ago   ·  1
Markus StehrThat face rather says "P*ss off, i want to be alone!". :32 hours ago   ·  1
Debbie BallWhere's my breakfast!!!!2 hours ago   ·  1
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April Mia N"Meooow!"2 hours ago   ·  1
Lesley Hogg"It's monday. Whats good about it?"2 hours ago   ·  1
Wayne LeagueTurn that damn alarm off!2 hours ago   ·  1
Amy NickersonHey, you kids..get off my lawn..!!2 hours ago   ·  1
Afv-Patricia RuaneWhat do you mean the coffee pot is broken?2 hours ago   ·  1
Michele Lewis BonacorsiNot before my coffee !3 hours ago   ·  1
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Diana LynnJust tired from all the other naps I took today. Wore me out!6 hours ago   ·  13
Naomi Perreirawhat type of things have you got on your paws? They look strange! :-)5 hours ago   ·  3
Desiree VaughnForget the caption...what an elegant, beautiful creature! 😍5 hours ago   ·  2
Chiemi HondaI'm bored, entertain me human. .5 hours ago   ·  2
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Herb BlickhanSweet dreams are made of pork.5 hours ago   ·  1
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Meehka H. Hacheyi love you now where are the treats?6 hours ago   ·  1
Katherine McGregorI'd bite your face off, but rather have the chicken!!!6 hours ago   ·  1
Mary GreenengerThink I'll just lay my butt here.6 hours ago   ·  1
Michael Lastionamiosideways life can be naprogiesical6 hours ago   ·  1
Anna Elizabeth WilsonJust chillin! And you?6 hours ago   ·  1
Kristine NiemeyerHmmmmm, what should I do today? :) Hello from my cat "Oscar" <36 hours ago   ·  3
Mirela MustataChilling with my homies...and my humans33 minutes ago
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Michael OrtizUgh, a Queens work is never done!44 minutes ago
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