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Big Cat Rescue in the Washington Post

Big Cat Rescue in the Washington Post   Where the 'Wild' Things Are Washington Post: Tigers, Other Exotic Animals Should Not Be in Traveling Shows, Kids Say Wednesday, December 28, 2005; C14 There is a big debate across the country about whether large exotic animals -- a label that includes lions, tigers, bears and elephants -- should be part of the traveling shows at fairs, carnivals and circuses. What do you think? Are traveling animal shows a good idea? Supporters Read More

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Big Cat Rescue in the New York Times

The New York Times December 9, 2005 36 Hours Tampa , Fla. By CINDY PRICE POOR Tampa . Upstaged by glitzy, sophisticated Miami and kid-frenzied Orlando, Tampa often seems like the forgotten middle child. Don't let that fool you - this late bloomer has an easy charm and knows it. Downtown, the lazy Hillsborough River winds through a patchwork of history-filled neighborhoods, dotted with colorful cafes and museums. Visitors dive into rich cultural heritage with a Tampa Read More

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2005 Education Department Five Year Plan

Big Cat Rescue's Education Department Five Year Plan 2002 to 2007 The following plan is intended to guide the activities of the Education Branch over the next five years in order to achieve the goals set out in the mission statement. The five-year plan includes recommendations for additional budget and facilities. Without increased support in these areas, the plan can not be completed as outlined. While expenditures will increase to allow for additional staff and resources, the revenues will also increase proportionally. Mission: To encourage Read More

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2005 Annual Report

2005 Annual Report   See a year of Big Cat Rescue in Action click SLIDESHOW Big Cat Rescue's Mission Statement: To provide the best home we can for the animals in our care and to reduce the number of cats that suffer the fate of abuse, abandonment or extinction by teaching people about the plight of the cats, both in the wild and in captivity, and how they can help through their behavior and support of better laws to protect the cats. Advances In 2005 the IRS reported that there are 964,000 registered charities in the U.S.  Only 81 Read More

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2005 Fur Ball

2005 Fur Ball Welcome to the 2005 Fur Ball! 7TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER & AUCTION Friday October 13, 2006 FUN is the word that was most often used to describe last year's hugely successful Fur Ball by the sellout crowd of 850, and this year we plan to make it even better!  See the fun HERE. The fun starts in deciding what to wear. The traditional "Safari Costume Formal" attire is still very much in vogue. It is described in more detail below with links to photos from last year. In addition, this year's "Roaring 20's" theme adds a Read More

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Rescue of 3 Mountain Lion Cubs 2005

Rescue of 3 Mountain Lion Cubs 2005 See the cubs at the age of 10 months as they swim in their pool. You may have to click the button twice to make the video start.   Injustice in Our Own Country   Dusk was settling in; cold and drizzly damp, the kind of cold that just makes your bones ache. A single mom was bathing her toddlers before tucking them into bed for the night. Their bellies were full and their eyelids beginning to feel heavy as she hurried to dry them so that they wouldn't chill while she was gone. She had to Read More

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2004 Endangered Species Cat List

2004 Endangered Species Cat List IUCN Red List for All Cats According to the IUCN, all 36 of the listed cat species have a negative global population trend. Acinonyx jubatus Cheetah Hunting Leopard Vulnerable Decreasing Acinonyx jubatus hecki Northwest African Cheetah Endangered Unknown Acinonyx jubatus venaticus Asiatic Cheetah Critically Endangered Decreasing Caracal caracal Caracal African Caracal Asian Caracal Desert Lynx Least Concern Decreasing Catopuma badia Bay Cat Bornean Bay Read More

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Big Cats Big Hearts

Big Cats Big Hearts By Justin Brownlee   For the first time in its 12-year existence, the Big Cat Rescue of Tampa, Florida, met its yearly quota in 2004. The success is attributed many volunteers and interns who spend all their time keeping a difficult dream alive.   "Our long term-goal is to not have to exist, said Scott Lope in a phone interview. Lope is the Big Cat Rescue operations manager and lives on the 42-acre sanctuary. "We hope to get legislation to pass a law that will prohibit people from owning exotic cats and Read More

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2004 Annual Report

2004 Annual Report Advances Buy Big Cat Hat, Shirt or Tee The biggest advance in our history was this year when we went from "Tampabay'sBest Kept Secret" to a Household Name in the local area. This was due largely to the great media exposure donated by six local Cox Radio Stations. Hillsborough County gave us big green directional signs in 5 locations to direct visitors to our door. For the first year ever, in our 12 year history, we were able to cover all of the sanctuaries expenses from its own income! Thank you everyone! Read More

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Carole Baskin Weds Howard Baskin

Carole Baskin Weds Howard Baskin Big Cat Wedding Big Cat Rescue Founder Carole Lewis weds Advisory Board Chairman Howard Baskin on Nov. 1, 2004 ! On Nov. 1, 2002 Howie and Carole met at the kick off party for a new concept that Mary Hessler Key was introducing to Tampa Bay called No More Homeless Pets. The coalition was being formed to end euthanasia of healthy dogs and cats in shelters by implementing an aggressive spay and neuter program. Big Cat Rescue is one of the founding members of No More Homeless Pets of Hillsborough County. At that Read More