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Ways to Donate

In order to meet the varying interests of our donors below are brief descriptions of different ways to donate.  We hope you will find one that appeals to you.  Every donation helps. We appreciate your support at whatever level is possible for you.


General Donations

One of the best ways to help is through general donations that can be used however it is most needed at the time.To make a general donation just click the Donate Now button below.

Give to Big Cat Rescue

Want to give to a special fund?  Here are a few, fun choices:

Or Use PayPal


Pay Pal takes a bigger cut of your donation that other methods listed here, but if that is your preferred way to give, just select as the payee.

Florida law requires that all charities soliciting donations disclose their registration number and the percentage of your donation that goes to the cause and the amount that goes to the solicitor.  Big Cat Rescue’s registration number is CH-11409 and non-program expenses are funded from tour income, so 100% of your donations goes to supporting the cats and stopping the abuse. We have the highest rating given by Charity Navigator. We are a 501 c 3 charity as determined by the IRS Federal ID# 59-3330495. Our 990s are available online at with a complete breakdown of how your donations are spent.


Sponsorships $25 to $5000


This is our form of “membership”. Choose a particular cat to have your donation associated with and provide ongoing annual support for that cat at a level you choose.  Details or  Buy Sponsorship Kit


Sustaining Donors Society – Automated Giving – Checking or Credit Card


Having your donation made by monthly or annual deductions from a bank account (which costs us the least in fees taken from your donation) or charges to a credit card or PayPal is particularly helpful because it allows us to better plan our cash flow to care for the cats while saving our donors the time it takes to mail checks or donate online. As members of our Sustaining Donors Society you receive special recognition on the website, in every issue of the Big Cat Times and on a sign outside our Trading Post in addition to the other recognition associated with your donation.  Automated donations can be changed or discontinued at any time.

For debits to a checking account please use this form: Checking Account Monthly Donation Form

To donate automatically please use this form: Credit Card Monthly Donation Form

For Paypal just select as the payee and then choose recurring in the options.



Make check or money order payable to Big Cat Rescue and mail to 12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625 813.920.4130


Big Cat Credit Card


You can give more without spending more by turning your everyday spending into meaningful donations with a customized Big Cat Rescue Capital One credit card.  Share your passion and donate to Big Cat Rescue with your everyday purchases. We’ve partnered with Capital One® Card Lab Connect to bring you our newest fundraising program, which helps us earn money doing what you do every day! Just carry one of our custom credit cards (it comes with a competitive rate and no annual fee), and 1% of purchases made with the card will be donated to Big Cat Rescue.

Not only will you be donating to the cats with each purchase you make, you’ll be helping to spread the word when people see your wildly unique card, designed specifically for Big Cat Rescue.  Three custom cards are currently available featuring Cameron the lion, Cheetaro the leopard, and Shere Khan & China Doll the tigers!  What a great way to share the cats’ stories every time you pull out your credit card.  Tell others too by downloading Credit Card Flyer

Sharing your passion and your support is easy and automatic. Apply today!


Tiger credit card Leopard credit card Lion credit card


Donations with Recognition


Your Name on a Brick to Help Pave the Paths to our Trading Post


Donor Recognition BricksYour name, or that of someone you want to honor, permanently engraved on a 4×8″ brick for $100 or 8×8″ brick for $200 which will be installed on the paths around our Trading Post for all visitors to see.  Details/Donate

Click on the image to see a larger photo.



Your Name on a Sign on Tour Path and on a Ceramic Tile at Gift Shop


$500 and up. Your Name or other inscription on a sign on our tour path and on a ceramic tile at our Trading Post for a year and then permanently installed in a building at the sanctuary.  Details/Donate


Your Name on Engraved Granite Memorial Plaque for Cats Who Pass On


When the cats we care for pass on, we permanently remember them with a beautiful 8×8” granite plaque with the cat’s image engraved on it along with the name of a donor who contributes $500 in memory of this cat to support the cat’s friends who still need our care.   Details/Photos/Donate


Engraved Granite Memorial Plaque for Your Pet Who Has Passed On


We offer a similar way to permanently remember your beloved pet with an 8×8” granite plaque with your pet’s name, engraved photo and years of life along with your name on our Domestic Pet Memorial Wall for a donation of $500.  Details/Photos/Donate

“It is wonderful to visit Big Cat to see the lovely memorial to our cats. Over the years, three of our beloved cats passed away and we feel so much at peace to have them permanently remembered at a place where thousands of animal lovers will see the plaques each year. The plaques are beautiful and capture the likeness of our wonderful pets. It’s heartwarming to honor our much missed cats.” Mary Key 


Wall Fund – Protect the Cats from Intruders


We had an incident where teenagers shot paintballs through our chain link perimeter fence at some of the leopards. As development closes in around us the risk to the cats of this or more dangerous intrusion grows. Of our 7000 foot perimeter, we completed 1000 feet of wall in 2008 and another 660 feet in 2009.  We have about 2000 feet guarded only by an aging chain link fence that we hope to do in 2010. Each foot of wall costs about $100 and you can donate as many feet as you are able. Wall donors are currently recognized on a special sign in the tour waiting area and will eventually be listed on a permanent appreciation sign. Details/Photos/Donate


Legacy Society


Make support of the cats part of your personal legacy by remembering them in your estate planning.   Details



Federal Employees Combined Federal Campaign


Our thanks to the over 400 Federal Employees and Military Personnel who donated to the cats through the CFC in our second year as national members.  Our CFC Number is 10766



Company Matching Donations


Please check with your employer to see if they have a matching program. This is a great way to double your impact at no cost to you.




Have a vehicle you no longer want?  Our vehicle donation partner will pick it up and part of the proceeds are donated to us.  For details click here


  1. Hello Dear ,

    just want to inform all members of these groups that i have male and female persian kittens to give out for adoption to any good home that will just promise me is going to show them love, care and affection any interested person or family should contact me via my email for more details , i wait for your replies to my email

  2. Unless you are extremely wealthy to buy a big cat 600 pounds of meat a week, provide a huge caged piece of land, and can pay the veterinary bills for this big cat for the next 30 yrs….probably NOT a good idea

  3. There is no need to buy a big cat that can not be provided the care it needs..

  4. loved this organization…..

  5. You'd think that with all the organizations now working to save big cats that we could get more done. It's just so hard to turn back powerful economic forces that result in poaching and to protect big animals that require big territory to thrive. With habitat shrinkage and lack of wealth in the remaining habitat countries, the threat is quite formidable. When big names like actor Leonardo DiCaprio get behind Save the Tiger, as he clearly has, it gives me more hope, but at the end of the day, you really have to wonder whether we have enough influence to turn this tide before it is too late. As we all know, once a certain critical mass in population size is lost, population collapse is all but inevitable.

  6. I love cats of all sizes they truly are he greatest of the animals, and make such loving devoted family members..;).

  7. Do big cats like mice ?

  8. and just donated to you guys through the cfc!

  9. this is a good thang that we are helping.

  10. thank you for inviting me, I wanted to be a part of this.

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