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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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Ryan YsianoVan is trying to copy the serious face haha3 hours ago   ·  132
Sandra RobertsonWhat a fantastic photo-you can see each ticked hair!3 hours ago   ·  6
Evelien van EgmondReise :)3 hours ago   ·  3
Va NessaReise?2 hours ago   ·  2
Jill Racine"Reise" as a word changes slightly in German, depending on context. It can also mean 'arise' among other definitions. Rammstein fans know this:D "Reise, reise, Seeman reise/Jeder tut's auf seine Weise..." I don't think that's her song, though. She's just beeyoutiful.2 hours ago   ·  1
Mary CiullaIs this Reise?41 minutes ago
Theresa Thomasyes41 minutes ago
Ellen MolkoGorgeous!46 minutes ago
Marlene FreedmanSo Pretty48 minutes ago
Cindy ClendenenStunning!!48 minutes ago
Elizabeth MeyerLove52 minutes ago
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Deneen DayShe is beautiful1 hour ago
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Sulyen CuartasHermosoooooo mi gato grande ♡♥♡♥♡1 hour ago
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Tiena Marie Harvey EllisBeautiful name for a beautiful cat. <31 hour ago
Christian BushBeautiful Kitty!!!1 hour ago
Melissa CarolinePossibly my favorite cat at BCR <3 I love how chatty she is!1 hour ago
Barbra Rice MoralesBeauty1 hour ago
Georgia MacPheeShe is beautiful1 hour ago
Kristine Kathryn MetznerGorgeous!!!!1 hour ago
Ronald Barry HarveyThat's what you call a beautiful cat1 hour ago
Rainer MårtenssonLove them !1 hour ago
Roberto Pablo DisagaYou mean "Reise" :D1 hour ago

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