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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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Sankar Bhoothakulam3 hours ago   ·  160
Jacky Daniel'sIn German the words for Caracal and Bobcat are the same and refering to their latin name lynx (Luchs). Just a random funfact xD3 hours ago   ·  12
Lynn RaschYes I do but my three cats like to wake me up at 5:30am when I'm not working.2 hours ago   ·  3
Janet Llowell-ZimmerBeautiful cats. I would love to sleep in . But 1 of my cats relies on getting her medication at 7am ever day. That's ok, she takes it well.1 hour ago   ·  1
Zashs Zarith SofeaSo cute. I like see ear.2 hours ago   ·  1
Slavica Koprivica3 hours ago   ·  5
Leah HopsonBaby Thomas enjoys sleeping in ♡3 hours ago   ·  3
Karen MastandreaSo do our boys ~ Paco & Cozi! 🐯🐈53 minutes ago   ·  3
Stacey S BritishWhat kind of cat is this?32 minutes ago
Chihiro NoguchiSweet dreamr(^○^)33 minutes ago
Bonnie O'NeilBeautiful! !34 minutes ago
Liiso RaudvassarI would like to sleep in.45 minutes ago
Maria Rodriguez<31 hour ago
Emily AntypasAdorable1 hour ago
Anneliese KnoffOh that is just too sweet. Sleepy big kitties!1 hour ago
Carol SmithLovely.1 hour ago
Karen L. SchreinOh yeah!1 hour ago   ·  1
Donna MerrittVery cute 💜1 hour ago
Marina Binti MohamadMe as of today..lol1 hour ago
Sulyen CuartasDivinosssss♥♡♥♡♡1 hour ago
Laura HarveyMe!2 hours ago
Riffat Gardezi🙀😽2 hours ago
Gayle Emerson DwyerWow beautiful pic2 hours ago
Madalina CaleanSo sweet2 hours ago
Trish St PierreSo cute xx2 hours ago

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Pauline PaddockSo precious and magnificent!!!5 hours ago   ·  1
Hydie AtoleReally looks great!5 hours ago   ·  1
Katherine Casselman-AlguireBeautiful boy and beautiful coat.27 minutes ago
Cheri KountzGorgeous !!39 minutes ago
Alcina ZaniniMenina! Que bixo lindo !41 minutes ago
Sherrie PierceHandsome guy!42 minutes ago
Marie Lipscomb GrahamIt's all that running...42 minutes ago
Liiso RaudvassarCute.44 minutes ago
Billie Nicolecute45 minutes ago
Zsuzsanna Nagygyönyörű!50 minutes ago
Tina CopasBeautiful1 hour ago
Deb Odierna17? Running Bear looks like a youngster! Proof of the great quality care you folks give the cats. <31 hour ago
Donna BuskeyHe's a beauty..1 hour ago
Movieguru Engelmanoh wow!1 hour ago
Donna MerrittBeautiful1 hour ago
Maryanne RandaOh my gosh 17, how long do they usually live? Beautiful cat!!!! I love that you guys there for the cats!!!! You all do a great job. It can't be easy, physically and emotionally ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️1 hour ago
Debi the good life at BCR =^••^=2 hours ago
Kathleen MeyerPretty!2 hours ago
Traci Hannah♡♡♡2 hours ago
Emily WireSure does! Beautiful cat2 hours ago
Lynn RaschLooking fabulous.2 hours ago
Carla Griffinhe looks awesome !!!3 hours ago
Marilyn GaltWhat a beautiful animal3 hours ago
Ls LaurinWonderful3 hours ago
Carla Santafè CivitHe looks so great! ^^3 hours ago

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