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Volunteer Management

Volunteer Management Big Cat Rescue had 89 volunteers at the end of 2014 who clocked in 40,547 man-power hours, in addition to 54 interns who clocked 32,400 man-power hours, plus 4,793 Volunteer Committee member hours. In total this amounted to 77,740 man-power hours provided roughly the equivalent workforce of 37 more full time staff.  Between paid staff, part time staff, contractors and volunteers we averaged the equivalent of 52 full time staff.     Read More

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Santuario mexicano de grandes felinos

Santuario Mexicano de Grandes Felinos This section will be for gathering assets to be translated into Spanish for use in creating sanctuaries for big cats in Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries. Esta sección será para la recopilación de los activos para ser traducido al español para su uso en la creación de santuarios para grandes felinos en México y otros países de habla hispana. Algunos de los artículos son un poco anticuado, pero estoy vinculándolos aquí para actualizar y traducir.   What Happens to All Read More

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What is a day like at Big Cat Rescue?

What is a day like at Big Cat Rescue? Some things happen EVERY day, some things happen a few times a week, some things happen once a month and some things happen once a year.  The problem with all of this structured order is that EVERY day there is some chaos introduced, so it is always a balancing act to take care of both the critically important, and the things that have to get done every day. To Set the Stage There are 100 exotic cats on 67 acres and about 80-100 volunteers and staff to care for them.  Some cats have more than one Read More

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Legislative Intern

Legislative Intern Position Description The Legislative Intern [LI] works under the direction of the Founder, the Director of Outreach, and the Operations Manager. As with all other intern paths, the LI must complete 600 hours of service during the 12-week internship. This is equivalent to working 50+ hours per week. Interns may be required to work more or less hours as needed by the sanctuary. SUMMARY The objective of the LI is to support the Director of Outreach in both our educational and legislative programs. Our goal is twofold: 1. Educate Read More

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Caging Big Cats

CAGING See more photos and explanation of Big Cat Cages   Since all exotic cats, no matter how early they are neutered or spayed, spray bucket loads of urine all day you will want to provide an outdoor cage. Because we have so many cats we have many varieties of cages depending on the cats’ needs. We will begin with our favorite cages and proceed down to our minimum cages. USDA only requires that the animal be able to stand up and turn around in the pen and that it be clean. Some states have minimum size standards but they, like Read More

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Big Cat Rescue Hands On Training

Big Cat Rescue Hands On Training   Mission   Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL is the world’s largest sanctuary in the world for abused, abandoned and orphaned wild cats (lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats etc.) accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries (GFAS). The mission of the sanctuary is to provide the best home we can to the animals in our care and to end abuse of big cats in captivity and avoid extinction in the wild  We do this by educating the world about the plight of these wild cats both in captivity, where the Read More

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Feed Cats

Big Cat Rescue's Feeding Protocol WHAT BIG CAT RESCUE FEEDS   Big Cat Rescue feeds our 500 pounds of food per day and we use Triple A Brand Meat Company because it is the best and the cats LOVE it. Feline Complete Diet: Beef muscle meat, KanTech Feline Complete vitamin/mineral premix. Packaged in three 10 pound frozen bags per box Click here for complete nutritional information* Bones:Bovine leg shanks. Packaged in one 40 pound bag per box Choice of 4-5" small and 8-10" large Raw Hides: Beef Hides Approximately Read More

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whats it like to work at big cat rescue

What's It Like to Work at Big Cat Rescue?   Most animal organizations our size have 30 paid staff, but we are able to maintain excellent care with about a third of that in paid staff because none of our paid staff are paid to work with animals. There are so many people who love big cats that they will do all of the cleaning, feeding, enrichment, operant conditioning and vet care for free. Our paid staff do the things animal lovers don't enjoy like managing the gift shop, managing the data base, paying attention to donors, writing newsletters Read More

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Operant Conditioning Video

Operant Conditioning Video   http://youtu.be/eH5iTBMh_O8 Operant Conditioning: Big Cat Rescue’s Animal Training Program is based on operant conditioning and clicker training techniques. Operant conditioning is a type of learning in which behaviors are altered by the consequences that follow them. The behaviors are not forced, but “caught”, reinforced and therefore trained. We train only natural behaviors, no entertainment types of behaviors. Clicker Training: Clicker training is a positive-reinforcement training system. It is Read More

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Quarantine

Big Cat Rescue's Quarantine Protocol   To prevent the introduction of disease to animals already established in the Sanctuary, new animal arrivals are quarantined on arrival in the Sanctuary's Quarantine Facility. Occasionally new arrivals will be quarantined elsewhere on site. To control certain health problems or outbreaks of disease, quarantine restrictions are sometimes placed on a certain Sanctuary area. The quarantine period is thirty days unless specified by the vet. The quarantine period may be extended indefinitely if the new Read More