Sabre was 3 years old when he arrived at Big Cat Rescue on 7/20/95. Though he was only supposed to be here temporarily, his former owner moved and left no forwarding address.
This could have been another sad ending as most are in the exotic pet world. Luckily, we had taken Sabre in and he will have a home here for life. He is very playful and fun loving and always has a mischievous look on his face. He loves to act very silly, running about his cat-a-tat and jumping on top Read More
DOB 5/1/92 -6/11/2014
Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 9/27/96
Amazing Grace was reported to be a three-year-old female ocelot when she arrived on 9/27/96, but appears to be much older. Her ears were very tattered because the place where she lived before had cats with common walls; meaning that one wall of the cage was shared between adjoining cats. When Amazing Grace would rub against the wire, the cat next to her would bite off pieces of her ears trying to get a grip on her. She is safe from harm Read More
Enjoy the Kids Tour at Big Cat Rescue!
If you want to bring children under the age of ten, this is the only tour available for your family. This is a complete guided tour where children of all ages and their parents can get up-close and learn about exotic cats and other animals.
Tour Time is 9 AM on Saturdays and Sundays.
Geared toward children under 10 years old.
Privately guided small tour groups of 20 or less.
Tour is one hour long & children are expected to behave because this is a working sanctuary and Read More
Feeding Big Cats in the Rain
Keisha Tiger chats w/ Operations Manager, Gale, while she works. You can hear our neighbors shooting non stop next door on a Sunday afternoon while we try to shift tigers. Zeus and Keisha the tigers get fed, then Alex Tiger is fed in the rain.
Nirvana the ocelot loves the rain.
We rescue 5 more domestic kittens as part of our Foster Kitten Program with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
Raindance has been acting finicky at dinner time, so Jamie sets up a trail cam to see if Read More
When to Euthanize a Tiger
At Big Cat Rescue we have a general decision tree that we and our vets use to determine when it is time to euthanize a big cat, but every situation is different. The vast majority of the time we just aren't sure that it is the right decision until we do the necropsy, which is the animal version of an autopsy. The reason it is so hard to know, if we are doing the right thing, is because cats are hard wired to live the mantra of the wild; "Survival of the fittest."
They Read More
The June AdvoCat
When to Euthanize a Tiger
At Big Cat Rescue we have a general decision tree that we and our vets use to determine when it is time to euthanize a big cat, but every situation is different. The vast majority of the time we just aren't sure that it is the right decision until we do the necropsy, which is the animal version of an autopsy. The reason it is so hard to know, if we are doing the right thing, is because cats are hard wired to live the mantra of the wild; "Survival of the fittest." They just will Read More
Cameron the Lion and Zabu the White Tiger are Big Cat Rescue's odd couple.
They were both born at a run down roadside zoo in 2000 and were rescued in 2004.
At the New Hampshire zoo, Cameron had been raised with Zabu, the white tigress, with the hopes of cross breeding them and selling the resulting Liger cubs.
People often hybridize lions and tigers because they are either trying to create a novelty that people will pay to come see or trying to avoid the law. Until recently, Read More
Cat Chat 58 Jenny Schlueter
Jenny Schlueter, Development Director & Feral Friends TNR Program Manager, has consistently increased revenue for Tree House while at the same time greatly expanding shelter outreach activities using a grass roots approach which includes weekly adoption events and partnerships with local businesses and other nonprofits. An avid TNR activist, Jenny first practiced TNR in 1998 in Madrid, Spain, and she continued her work with feral cats here in Chicago by starting Tree House’s Read More
How Your Money is Being Spent
TAMPA, Fla. - ...The best three out of 62 bay area agencies evaluated by the respected and independent Charity Navigator are Big Cat Rescue, Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Homeless Emergency Project.
Big Cat Rescue got top marks for spending 87 percent of its revenue on programs and less than six percent on fundraising. But a big part of the rating is accountability and transparency, which includes listing board members, key staff and making their IRS form 990 available to anyone.
"They want Read More