Hear what the 2012 Animal Lover Dream Vacation winners said about their trip of a lifetime:
“Winning the Animal Lover’s Dream Vacation truly was like a dream for me. I’ve always loved big cats and have supported BCR for several years. Seeing the cats again was awesome and the keeper tour, where my fiancée and I got to make enrichment for the cats, was probably my favorite part of the trip. My fiancée would say his favorite part was the feeding tour because we happened to be there on “whole prey” day, where the cats were given whole rabbits or rats, (already dead). Although meeting Carole and Howard was really incredible too!! Discussing current big cat issues with Carole was very enlightening. The resort hotel that we stayed at, (courtesy of BCR), was simply fantastic! We had a beautiful view of the beach from our balcony and the amenities at the hotel were fantastic! This trip did not disappoint! Thank you Big Cat Rescue for an awesome trip and for all that you do for the cats!! Can’t wait to visit again one day! Amy Godwin and Mario Caballero”
The 2011 winners of the Animal Lover Dream Vacation said on their first day:
“It has already been so much more than expected! We are having the greatest time!”
Dennis and Marcia Coakley watch Regina do Operant Training w Grace the ocelot
They followed up with this letter:
Thank you so much for all the care you and your team took for our visit.
Linda, Regina and Becky made us very welcome, and each brought their individual spark and personality to the picture we gained of the BCR story.
We felt/feel extremely fortunate, and blessed to have had this gift.
Thank your husband for handling the travel details, too, of course.
We have spent much rather addictive time looking at our photos, and the photos and video on the BCR FB page and site, and showing many to our family and friends.
I am sure you are familiar with this tendency.
Look for a note and contribution from us soon.
We look forward to returning, and sending many folks, and their support, your way.
Other reviews that are evident from these recent awards
PC Magazine Names Big Cat Rescue in Top 12 Favorite Charities 2011
Big Cat Rescue, which takes in retired circus lions and tigers, also rescues other big cats from people who tried to keep them as pets, and otherwise offers sanctuary to large cats that are not eligible for release into the wild. It’s focused on educating people about the unsuitability of the animals as pets, working toward passing laws against roadside zoos, and shutting down breeding programs like the exotic pet trade. They also take in injured wild cats and rehabilitate them for release. The group has a video cam set up in the sanctuary, and they regularly post videos of the big cats. The cats eat a massive amount every day, naturally, so Big Cat Rescue relies on donations and paid tour groups to support them.—Arielle Rochette PC Magazine
The People’s Choice
Thanks to all of you who voted for Big Cat Rescue, we won the People’s Choice Award at the WEDU Be More Awards! Big Cat Rescue won against 90 contenders for the People’s Choice Award. WEDU has a viewing audience that includes 16 central Florida counties. Big Cat Rescue has won this award three years in a row, validating to us that many of your share our vision.
Voters Say Big Cat Rescue is Deserving
2011 Winner in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good Big Cat Rescue was given a beautiful Toyota Tundra for being the top voted charity during their competition week.
When I was on Facebook, I was browsing the different groups and foundations that had Facebook pages. One of those foundations that caught my eye was Big Cat Rescue. They are a legitimate foundation located in Florida that offer a good service to big cats like tigers, lions, and other big cat species.
When I went on their Facebook page, I noticed that they had a promotion. The promotion was a chance to win a free iPad mini by scanning the Front Flip code that they showed on the page. It really did not hurt to try so I scanned the code.
I am used to getting “sorry” on the scratch card games. But when I scanned the code and scratched the card on the Big Cat Rescue Front Flip app, it said I won an iPad mini!
The first time I scanned that code I won the iPad mini!
Of course, I thought that this was a scam since no one can really win things for free. So I contacted the CEO of Big Cat Rescue through email. I sent screen shots of the winning confirmation code. I then received an email back in as little as an hour. The CEO gave me her phone number so I decided to call her myself and make sure that this was not a scam. So I called the CEO and she knew exactly who I was because I kept bugging her on the legitimacy of the free iPad.
She reassured me that this was no scam and that all she needed was my address to send the iPad mini to. She did not ask for a credit card so my suspicions went down. She even asked what color I wanted! She told me that she would go to the Apple store the next day and pay for the fastest delivery possible.
I never win anything so winning this iPad mini meant a lot to me. I live on the other side of the country and I asked if the distance from here to Florida would effect me from receiving the iPad. I received the iPad in just 2 business days and I was so happy that I did not have to wait soooooooo long for it to arrive.
Now, I use my iPad very often and I use it at school for notes and I use it for homework. Winning this iPad really changed my life because it was free and it made my life easier. Thank you big cat rescue for helping a student succeed in school! Herman S.
This year is looking a lot better than last year in web visits:
Amy and Mario won the 2012 Animal Lover’s Dream Vacation. You could win if you join our mailing list in the right side bar of BigCatRescue.org One winning couple chosen each March 15.
Amy and Mario Godwin
Just had a fantastic time on my private tour with Carole! Thank you Carole and Howard for all you do for the cats! I’ll keep spreading the word about y’all and sharing the knowledge you have bestowed upon me. Every person that learns about what’s going on with the cats is one less person to abuse or use them. — at Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL.
April 9, 2013, Los Angeles, CA; Big Cat Rescue invites Republic Records recording artist Juliet Simms to Big Cat Rescue’s sanctuary located in Tampa, Florida on April 19th to honor her efforts in the fight against animal cruelty. In March, Florida-native Simms partnered with Closets for Causes, donating beloved pieces from her personal closet to be sold in an online auction with proceeds benefitting Big Cat Rescue.
“I’m humbled to have the opportunity to work with an organization like Big Cat Rescue, whose work with cats is so important to me as a massive animal lover. Cats specifically have always held a special place in my heart and life and I’m hopeful that the funds raised through our partnership with Closets for Causes will help them continue doing the great work they do!” says Juliet about her auction and upcoming visit.
“In honor of the great success of the auction and campaign, we are pleased to announce the press day at Big Cat Rescue. Juliet’s visit to the sanctuary she helped benefit will be a great moment for all parties.
The press day will be a unique chance for Juliet to interact with the staff and witness, first-hand, both the daily activities that take place at the sanctuary and the ways in which her funds are benefitting Big Cat Rescue” says Talia Bella, Founder and CEO at Closets for Causes.
Hosted by Director of Donor Appreciation Jeff Kremer, the event will see Juliet expressing her passion for helping the cats in a day filled with meet and greets and photo-ops. The generous team from Big Cat Rescue will arrange for senior animal keepers to demonstrate how they care for the magnificent creatures that call the sanctuary home.
“We are very excited to be partnering together with Ms. Juliet Simms and our wonderful friends at Closets for Causes” said Jeff Kremer, Big Cat Rescue’s Director of Donor Appreciation. “The sanctuary envisions a world where the animals we share it with are treated with compassion and respect and it is only by working ‘hand in hand’ with such like-minded friends that Big Cat Rescue is able to continue to make a positive difference in both the animal as well as human world that we share in.”
Juliet will also be honored with a commemorative ceramic donor recognition tile featuring her favorite big cat species.
Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. They 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. Their dual mission is to provide the best home they can for the cats in their 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.
ABOUT CLOSETS FOR CAUSES www.closetsforcauses.com
Closets for Causes is a unique cause-marketing agency dedicated to cleaning out celebrity closets, liquidating their items at online public auction and donating the proceeds to the charity of their choice. The results are brand loyalty, nonprofit enthusiasm and good celebrity buzz– all while raising serious money for causes that make a difference.
Wild child, rock star, fashion muse, and protégé to the infamous CeeLo Green, Juliet Simms is a multifaceted singer/songwriter currently signed to Republic Records. Following a runner-up finish on Season 2 of NBC’s hit show THE VOICE, she is set to release her debut solo album this summer. A commanding vocalist who’s been singing since she could walk, Juliet channels her emotions into her music through carefully chosen lyrics and is known for her signature raspy growl. Emerging as a modern day Joan Jett, Juliet is now evolving her career and building on her rocker roots as the former lead vocalist for the rock band Automatic Loveletter, where she established her presence among the rock world. The first single, “Wild Child” – an unapologetic ode to living life on the edge– is now available at iTunes. Juliet can be seen this summer touring nationwide on the VANS Warped Tour.