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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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Janete JanePara você em especial Arthur lindo domingo !!! Bjs2 hours ago   ·  87
Sam BurgessJust want to give these cats a big hug!!!! Ever so pretty all of them all big cats have a place in my heart! Beautiful animals xx3 hours ago   ·  8
Myriam GuéritQu'il est beau1 hour ago   ·  1
Monika Paulus2 hours ago   ·  1
Khawfang Farissaน่ารักจังเลยยย3 hours ago   ·  1
Sally CamposSo big n scary!37 minutes ago
Veronika Ivanova<3 <337 minutes ago
Elzy Gene Bryan Jr.39 minutes ago
Piper Hollysay what??1!! lol48 minutes ago
Jan TurnerMagnificent50 minutes ago
Barbara BurmisHappy Sunday to you Arthur!1 hour ago
Manuela TaghavifardThanks Arthur same to you lovley Tiger...1 hour ago
Manuela TaghavifardI love the Cats big or small cats ther all very beautiful and so powerful but only the big cats like Tiger Lion Shita and Leopard and co.1 hour ago
Anthoula JoshuaWow!!!2 hours ago
Elizabeth ThompsonHe s wonderful ! Please save them xx2 hours ago
Lucy ColemanBeautiful2 hours ago
Clara Jean John YerickSomeone caputred a nice picture.2 hours ago
Silvia WareGorgeous2 hours ago
Alice GoldingBeautiful2 hours ago
Silvia María BonoraGracias Arthur!2 hours ago
Valeria NatalíaMi amorrr si pudiera te morderia esos cachetes m vuelvo loca de mirar este ser es bellisimoooo!!2 hours ago
Virginia MarceloPerfeito!2 hours ago
Jorge GarciaLook Tony the tiger2 hours ago
Kimbery OnyenehoBeautiful2 hours ago
Sue AlexanderSame back to Arthur and the rest of the big kitties and little ones. And all of the caretakers also! :D2 hours ago

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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 him9 hours ago   ·  23
Sharon Niesen"Stop killing my brothers and sisters in canned hunts!"9 hours ago   ·  54
Amy NickersonHey, you kids..get off my lawn..!!8 hours ago   ·  7
Debra BurchettCoffee! You said there would be coffee!7 hours ago   ·  6
Gloria Waller EmeryDon't talk to me til I've had my coffee!8 hours ago   ·  12
Rebecca RichardsonWhere the heck is that breakfast cart?7 hours ago   ·  5
Lynne Lewis DonahueWhere is my bloodcicle? I want it and I want it NOW!!!!5 hours ago   ·  4
Carolyn Wallace"I said, five more minutes!"6 hours ago   ·  4
Karen SantosI want my bacon6 hours ago   ·  3
Eric Tadevich"Lord of Mountain's demands coffee!"3 hours ago   ·  2
Mark PetersonNot until I have had coffee. Where's my coffee5 hours ago   ·  2
Bugs BengalYou woke me up, now WHERE'S MY BREAKFAST6 hours ago   ·  2
Amy HoweCoffee!!!! Where's my coffee!!!6 hours ago   ·  2
Susan Campbell MetzlerLook,,,,,,no cavities!6 hours ago   ·  2
Cheryl TurnerDon't mess with me before my first pot of coffee or you will get hurt!6 hours ago   ·  2
Rick PerryNo coffee?????? Gonna take a bite outta that room service6 hours ago   ·  2
Laura BottecchiaLeggo my eggo!!!7 hours ago   ·  2
Markus StehrThat face rather says "P*ss off, i want to be alone!". :38 hours ago   ·  3
Nadia WuMonday is tomorrow, I'm NOT ready!8 hours ago   ·  2
Wayne LeagueTurn that damn alarm off!8 hours ago   ·  2
Donnie ThunderFeed Me Seymour8 hours ago   ·  2
Saif Man"What do you mean there is no coffee!!!!!"9 hours ago   ·  2
April HakeI am not Mickey Mouse!9 hours ago   ·  2
Jenn FisherWho left the Legos on the floor?9 hours ago   ·  2
Violet And-Daniel ZeglevskiCatniiiiiiiiippppppp!3 hours ago   ·  1

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