Animal Lover’s Dream Vacation

Animal Lover’s Dream Vacation

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Animal Lover's Dream Vacation

Animal Lover’s Dream Vacation Giveaway

You and a guest could win 4 Days/ 3 Nights at the Sirata Beach Resort, one of the most popular St. Pete Beach waterfront hotels, Airfare, Big Cat Rescue Keeper Tour, Dolphin Watch Cruise, and more! Print flier HERE Your Keeper Tour includes walking the 67 acre sanctuary and meeting many of the 80 (appx) exotic cats who call Big Cat Rescue home. Most were formerly bred to be coats, seized by police, abandoned or abused. You will be allowed to help our Keepers make treats to hand out and will be witness to the feeding of the great cats. Spend time with the Founder on a private tour. See more species of cats all in one place than you probably even knew existed. Many species of wild cat currently have a forever home at the sanctuary.

Random drawing on March 15th of each year determines winner. Must book your vacation within one year of winning. Vacation dates good on week days only. Some substitutions may apply in case of venues being unavailable, but will be comparable. We want this to be the experience of your life so that you will be telling everyone about your Animal Lover’s Dream Vacation!

Enter To Win

Or mail your name and email address to Big Cat Rescue 12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625 813.920.4130 fax 813.885.4457 Mark your entry:  Dream Vacation. Restrictions: Limit one entry per person. Void where prohibited. Must be 18 years old to win. Airfare limited to the continental U.S., no weekends and some black out dates apply.

 See what previous winners had to say about their Animal Lovers Dream Vacation and see photos, too:



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Digital Books

Big Cat Rescue has begun publishing iBooks for iPad on iTunes and on Amazon for the Kindle.  Some of them are free.  All of them have photos of the cats who call Big Cat Rescue home.  We hope you enjoy this new venture and will share the books, and this link, with your family and friends.  We will continue to add more books to this collection throughout 2014.  Any feedback from you on this new project would be greatly appreciated.

Featured Book: Big Cat Care, How To Start A Sanctuary

Big Cat Care Book CoverBig Cat Rescue has evolved since its inception in 1992. By 1997 we had seen enough of the abuse and abandonment caused by the pet trade that we had previously engaged in to know that there was no reason to breed exotic animals for lives in cages. As a result we increased our efforts through spaying, neutering and cage building to ensure that we would no longer be a part of the problem. As we have continued to learn about the causes of so much suffering we have become active in stopping the exotic pet trade through education and legislation.

This book is provided for those running a sanctuary who want to learn from our experience, or for those who have already made the mistake of supporting the pet trade so that the animal in your care does not suffer even more after being ripped from his mother. With more than 30 years experience, with every sort of exotic cat, I can assure you that there is nothing you can do to raise up an exotic cat to be a house pet.  It just isn’t possible.  No matter how young you neuter or spay the cats, both male and female, ALWAYS spray when they become adults.

The suggestions in this book are for those who are starting sanctuaries so that you don’t become another one of the 98% who kill their exotic animals in the first two years due to a lack of knowledge.

Purchase the iBook for iPad from iTunes


FREE Big Cat Books:



The Bobcats of Big Cat Rescue

Meet the bobcats that call Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida home.  Read their rescue stories and learn about their personalities.  Learn about bobcats in general as well as other bobcat related subjects.  Enjoy dozens of color photographs and videos.

iPad version  |  PDF version  Small 60.3 mb / Large 97.8 mb  |  Amazon Kindle version


cover170x170_BigCatAttacks Big Cat Attacks

The book is a partial listing (741) of incidents in the U.S. involving captive exotic cats since 1990.  The U.S. incidents have resulted in the deaths of 23 humans, 16 adults and 5 children, the additional mauling of 252 more adults and children, 266 escapes, the killing of 146 big cats, and 133 confiscations. There have also been 248 big cat incidents outside the U.S. that have resulted in the deaths of 85 humans and the mauling of 134 humans by captive big cats.  These figures only represent the headlines that Big Cat Rescue has been able to track.  Because there is no reporting agency that keeps such records the actual numbers are certainly much higher.

iPad version   |  PDF Version  Large 11.2 MB / Small 5.38 MB  |  Amazon Kindle Version


The Lions of Big Cat Rescue, Picture Book

Learn about lions and meet the lions who call Big Cat Rescue home.  Enjoy over seventy (70) lion photos.  Because of the large number of photos the PDF is being offered in a large size and a small size.

iPad Version  |  Download the PDF  Large 32.7 MB / Small 7.5 MB  | Amazon Kindle Version


cover170x170-MeetJoJo Meet JoJo, Wildcat Hybrid Gets a New Home

JoJo is a wild cat hybrid who has come to live at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida.  His previous enclosure was small with a concrete floor. We were told his diet had always been simply chicken necks. At Big Cat Rescue he enjoys a big enclosure with no concrete. He loves the high quality fresh meat diet he now gets.   Read JoJo’s story, see photos and learn about Caracal lynx, African Servals and hybrids.

iPad version  |  PDF version  |  Amazon Kindle version


cover170x170-Sand Cat The Elusive Sand Cat

This book has big full color photos of  Canyon and Genie, the little wild Sand Cat who call Big Cat Rescue home.  You will also find interesting information about this wild cat species.   Children will enjoy this book because of all the big photos. Parents will enjoy this book because of the educational value.

iPad Verion on iTunes   |   PDF version  |  Amazon Kindle Version



The Black Footed Cat, a.k.a. The Ant Hill Tiger

See large, color photographs of the Black Footed cat.  Black Footed cats can be quite fierce and for that they are often called “Ant Hill Tigers”.  Something that is different about black-footed cat is that they are poor climbers.  They are not interested in tree branches. The reason for that is their stocky bodies and short tails make tree-climbing awkward. The black-footed cat is perhaps the smallest species of wild cat in Africa, black-footed cats average only 2.4 lb. to 4.2 lb. when fully grown.  As with many other animals the females are usually smaller than the males.

iPad version  |   PDF version  |  Amazon Kindle Version


cover170x170-Shaq Shaquille, Shattered Dreams

What does a black leopard dream of?  Shaquille’s life was nightmare until he came to spend his last years at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa.
Shaq arrived at Big Cat Rescue on 3/4/96. He is retired from a nightclub act in Las Vegas.  He arrived with a cougar whose face and head had been so severely beaten that she arrived with an infection in her brain from the open wounds and has since died.  We were told that Shaq’s former owner beat him to the point that the skull around his eyes has been so badly damaged that the eyelids roll in, causing his eyes to tear a lot.  Perhaps they are tears for all of his kindred spirits who are still made to perform for man’s entertainment.

iPad version  |  PDF version  |  Amazon Kindle version


cover170x170-WhoIsBCR  Who Is Big Cat Rescue?

Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. We are home to over 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts. Our dual mission is to provide the best home we can for the cats in our care and educate the public about the plight of these majestic animals, both in captivity and in the wild, to end abuse and avoid extinction. Learn all about Big Cat Rescue’s history, mission, and evolution.

iPad version  |  PDF version  |  Amazon Kindle version


cover170x170-TigrinaOrOncilla Tigrina or Oncilla

The Oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus), also known as the little spotted cat, tigrillo, or tiger cat, is a small spotted cat native to montane and tropical rain forests of Central and South America. It is active during the night and in twilight, but has also been recorded during the day.
Learn more about this little wild cat.

iPad version  |  PDF version  |  Amazon Kindle version



 Black Panthers, Fact or Myth

Do they really exist? If so, what are they? Learn about the Leopard, Jaguar, Mountain Lion, and Jaguarundi. Enjoy color photographs of the above mentioned species.

iPad version  |  PDF version  |  Amazon Kindle version



FREE Big Cat Picture Books


cover170x170-PictureBkChinaDollPumpkin China Doll Loves Her Pumpkin

China Doll is a tiger that lives at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida.  She loves pumpkins and watermelons so much that she dives in the lake to get them.  She races through her jungle carrying them.  She pounces on them and attacks them, too. See MANY full color, full screen, close-up photos of China Doll and her funny pumpkin antics.  Learn about what Enrichment is and why it is so important.

iPad version  |  PDF version  |  Amazon Kindle version



Other Non-Big Cat Rescue Books that Promote Big Cat Rescue’s Mission

The Blood of the Tiger by J.A. Mills

blood-of-the-tiger-mills“What an extraordinary, must-read book for anyone interested in international wildlife policy! From her seat at the center of it all, J.A. Mills has pulled back the curtain on the global effort to save the tiger and in doing so has given the world a primer for any effort to save the world’s iconic species: tigers, elephants, rhinos, whales, and more. Endangered species need accountability. Blood of the Tiger makes those who got us here accountable.”

—Bryan Christy, director of Special Investigations at National Geographic, author of The Lizard King

If you love Big Cat Rescue you will love the chapter Judy Mills devoted to our work in this heart thumping, non fiction, thriller.

The Pill Game

The Pill Game Darryl BollingerBig Cat Rescue fans are going to love the way he was able to weave in their favorite sanctuary and some of their favorite cats by name.

Mango Glades

Walker and his bobtail cat, Mango Bob, are at it again. Traveling across Florida in their motorhome, enjoying a laid-back lifestyle while trying to stay out of trouble. In Mango Glades, our man Walker has been asked by a lady friend to drive Doctor Joy, the local veterinarian, to the Oasis Ranger Station in the Everglades. Should be an easy trip, just down and back. But this is Florida and things rarely go as planned, especially for Walker and Mango Bob. As it turns out, Doctor Joy has plans for Walker and they involve a lot more than just a drive into the Everglades. With Mango Glades, you get to ride along on another fun romp in the Mango Bob series, one you won’t want to miss! by Bill H. Myers Buy it on Amazon.


cover170x170-WhatDoUC What Do You See?   I See a Lion, a Tiger, and a Monkey

Willy Wizard sends your child off on a reading adventure to see a lion, a monkey, and a tiger.   Bright colorful cartoon graphics and big color photos or real lions and tigers. Children will learn about:  The colors green, red, blue and purple. They will learn about lions, tigers, and sharing.  They will learn that reading is fun and funny.  They will enjoy the rhyming and humor.  You might even get a chuckle or two while reading this to younger children.

iPad version  |  PDF version  | Amazon Kindle version


cover600x600-AfricanWildDog The African Wild Dog

Enjoy a lot of bright colorful photos of African Wild Dogs while you learn about this fascinating African predator. The African Wild Dog is considered a Threatened Species. If you are doing research for a school paper this book would be an excellent resource for you. If you just like dogs and want to see some photos of an interesting looking wild dog you will enjoy this book, too. You can also learn about other species and places by tapping on a word.

iPad version  |  PDF version  |  Amazon Kindle version



Working With Wild Horses, Tips & Basics

Saving Them From Slaughter

By Nancy Kerson Adopting a Wild Horse is a wonderful and sometimes challenging adventure. The intention of this booklet is to help you make the most of your experience and to be successful in your endeavor. My hope in creating this booklet is that I can share with you some of the things that I have learned that have helped me, and which I hope will help you. This book covers the basics on how to choose your horse, how to gentle your horse, how to train your horse the basics. It teaches you to “speak horse”. We share our experiences and introduce you to our Mustangs. (50% of this iBook’s Sales go to Big Cat Rescue’s iBooks Project)

iPad version  |  PDF version  |  Amazon Kindle version


Happy Valentine’s Day 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day 2015

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Happy Valentines Day 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day 2015

Did February 14th sneak up on you like a mystic black cat?

Here are some Valentine’s Day gifts you can buy and print out online for your sweeties, while helping to support our “kitties.”

http://big-cat-rescue. valentine

Free Valentine’s Day Fun


In this Big Cat Fun Valentine’s Day Goodies section you can find all sorts of Valentine Fun. You can download free Personalized Bookmark Designers, Free children’s classroom trading Valentine Makers, Valentine Bookmark / Ornament designers, Play Online Jigsaw puzzles, download free digital Jigsaw puzzles, print Valentine’s Day coloring pages, download free Valentine screensavers, Valentine’s desktop wallpapers and more. valentines.html


Show The Planet Some Love


Big Cat Rescue is committed to protecting exotic cats from captivity and in the wild and some may think that we put cats ahead of people, but that’s not true. Protecting habitat where cats live free is crucial to saving the planet for all of us because our forests are our planet’s lungs.

This week Arcadia Power made it possible for Big Cat Rescue to completely switch to clean energy!

It took about 5 minutes, and will only cost us about $20.00 a month over our typical electric bill for the entire sanctuary. (For a regular house, it’s more like $7.50 a month over your regular bill) There was nothing to install, no hassle, no red tape; just a quick call and a simple contract that can be freely terminated at any time (if we want to go back to using the dirty stuff).

Arcadia Power is the first nationwide Clean Energy utility option. By partnering with wind and solar projects, Arcadia Power provides homes and businesses with 100% pollution-free energy via local utilities. You can show support for your values through your electricity choice, decreasing demand for fossil fuels and helping to grow American jobs.



To see if it is available to you visit and just type in your zip code to check. If you do sign up you will get a Free Pass to Big Cat Rescue to show our love for you and your commitment to a healthy planet.


Valentine’s Day Photos of the Big Cats

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