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Whistleblower Policy

Big Cat Rescue Whistleblower Policy Big Cat Rescue is committed to maintaining a workplace where employees are free to raise good faith concerns regarding the sanctuary's business practices, specifically: (1) reporting suspected violations of law on the part of the sanctuary, including but not limited to federal laws and regulations; (2) providing truthful information in connection with an inquiry or investigation by a court, agency, law enforcement, or other governmental body; and (3) identifying potential violations of sanctuary policy. An Read More

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Anti-Discrimination Policy

Big Cat Rescue Anti-Discrimination Policy Big Cat Rescue Corp. shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers, selection of vendors, and provision of services.   Read More

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Document Retention and Destruction Policy

Big Cat Rescue's Document Retention and Destruction Policy In accordance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which makes it a crime to alter, cover up, falsify, or destroy any document with the intent of impeding or obstructing any official proceeding, this policy provides for the systematic review, retention and destruction of documents received or created by Big Cat Rescue in connection with the transaction of organization business. This policy covers all records and documents, regardless of physical form, contains guidelines for how long certain documents Read More

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Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest Policy Big Cat Rescue (BCR) serves the community as a non-profit fundraising entity. As such BCR operates in a role that calls for a high degree of community trust. Because BCR’s activities are subject to public scrutiny, conscientious efforts must be continually taken to maintain the confidence of the community and to avoid circumstances which might lead to a harmful conflict of interest and lessened credibility in pursuing the mission of the sanctuary. Therefore, it is the policy of BCR that representatives of BCR Read More

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CEO Report to Board

Big Cat Rescue's CEO Report to Board   The CEO shall submit annually to the Board of Directors a report describing the accomplishments of the preceding fiscal year, an assessment of the degree to which the accomplishments met the goals set in the Twenty Year Plan for that year or other goals as they may have been established from time to time, and recommendations for future actions that might be taken based on the findings.   Read More

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CEO Performance

Big Cat Rescue's Annual Review of CEO Performance Policy   The Board of Directors will review the performance of the CEO for that fiscal year and at its discretion year to date in the current year and provide feedback to the CEO.   Responsibilities of the CEO   The knowledge, skills and abilities assigned to the CEO’s role may vary depending on the mission and size of the organization. However, if an organization is to be successful, the CEO must give time and attention to strategic planning, financial oversight, internal Read More

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Don’t They Miss Being Petted?

Don't They Miss Being Petted? I hear that almost every time I explain that we are a NO CONTACT facility. Wild animals shouldn't be kept as pets.  Most of the cats at Big Cat Rescue were once kept as pets who are usually discarded once they become adults and begin to spray and bite.  We do not allow contact between staff or volunteers or the public with the cats; even the small ones.  There are a lot of reasons: 1.  The cats are solitary by nature and do not seek our affection. 2.  It is dangerous to have any part of your body Read More

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News Broadcaster Sue Zelenko

News Broadcaster, Sue Zelenko   Local News Broadcaster, Sue Zelenko with Lionell our Lion Mascot at the St. Francis Walk A Thon to raise money for spaying and neutering dogs and cats.  Big Cat Rescue is more than just a big cat rescue mission. We do our part in the community to provide a better life for all animals. Mary Ann Reed is dressed in the  costume here and she does most of our mascot's appearances.  By day she cleans cages and gives tours. Read More

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County Commissioners Approve Zoning

County Commissioners Visit the Cats After Zoning Approval   As noted briefly in our last issue because it happened just as we went to press, in February the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners approved our application for rezoning to a Planned Development. The new zoning is a huge event for the sanctuary. First, it clears up any ambiguity there may have been about our right to have the sanctuary at its current location and conduct the necessary activities required to run it into perpetuity. Second, it grants approval, subject to Read More