Big Cat Rescue has had the honor of being visited by and/or working with a number of big name celebrities including Bo Derek, Harrison Ford, Leonardo DeCaprio, Jane Goodall, Kate Walsh, Barbara Niven, Jack Harris, Jim Fowler, Jack Hanna, Bill Murphy, Tippi Hedren, Tim Harrison, Arch Deal, Congresswoman Castor, athletes from the Tampabay Bucs, the Lightning, the New York Yankees, and the casts of Wicked, Mary Poppins and the Jersey Boys just to name a few.
We have had many local celebrities come to love us such as Chadd & Kristi, Sue Zelenko and a number of media purr-sonalities.
In 2011 Ian Anderson created this wonderful PSA about the work he and Big Cat Rescue are doing to save exotic cats in the wild and to protect them from exploitation in captivity. Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull For Big Cat Rescue
Click on the links below to see photos from their visits and / or how they are working to help save big cats from extinction and exploitation.
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.
Lions & Tigers playing soccer!? …. Luke Mulholland of the Tampa Bat Rowdies visited Big Cat Rescue along with the NASL Soccer Bowl Trophy! The big cats enjoyed watching Luke show off his skills so we decided to hand out a few piñata soccer balls to the tigers to see what skills they had!Watch Luke and the Rowdies take on the Minnesota Stars this Sat Oct 27th, Al Lang Stadium – North American Soccer League – CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Tickets start @ $12 visit:http://www.rowdiessoccer.com/
On Sept 27, 2012 Quinton Aaron came to Big Cat Rescue, after filming a piece for Barack Obama, and filmed a PSA for Cox Radio to run for us on their 6 stations. You will probably remember Quinton Aaron best for his co starring role with Sandra Bullock in the Oscar nominated 2009 film called The Blind Side. Hear the PSA:
QUINTON AARON BIG CAT RESCUE PSA
Quinton Aaron Visits Big Cat Rescue
Actor Quinton Aaron, most famously known for his lead role in the movie The Blind Side along with Sandra Bullock, recently visited the sanctuary. Having played the part of abandoned and homeless Michael Oher who then found a wonderful home with the Touhy family, Mr. Aaron said he could readily identify with the cats who had been similarly abandoned and then found a wonderful home at Big Cat Rescue. While he was here, Mr. Aaron made a radio public service announcement for us that you can hear at the link above and on Cox Radio stations throughout the Tampa Bay Area. He also made a video that you can see at (URL when video is done). It was an honor having Mr. Aaron visit us and we very much appreciate his passion for thecats
Jacquian Williams Took a Founder Tour with Carole Baskin
Celebrity Jacquian Williams Visits Big Cat Rescue
Jacquian Williams and his son visited for a quite private tour on April 1, 2012. Says, Carole Baskin, “It was a very serene experience to walk amongst the cats and watch this gentle giant in his peaceful relationship with his son. He seemed to be astounded at the suffering these cats have experienced in their “former lives” and I believe he will carry their message to others.”
TAMPA – It’s the NFC championship game angle everyone’s talking about on Fowler Avenue.
On one side, there are two former University of South Florida players filling prominent roles for the New York Giants — Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and high-energy linebacker Jacquian Williams. What’s more, they played for the same junior college.
On the other side, Jim Leavitt, founding father of the Bulls’ program, is linebackers coach for the San Francisco 49ers.
Regardless of who wins Sunday’s game at Candlestick Park, USF football will be a story at Super Bowl XLVI.
Williams relates well to life in the shadows.
He was the 202nd overall player selected in last season’s draft. While Giants coach Tom Coughlin and staff did their due diligence on Pierre-Paul a year earlier, they also noticed Williams, known for his tenacity, open-field running ability and sincerity.
“We’d be working into the late night as coaches, talking about things, and Jacquian would be right there with us, listening, taking notes, asking questions,” Patrick said. “I think the Giants saw that. They did their homework and now they are rewarded.”
Earlier this season, Giants safety Deon Grant said Williams was playing like a first-rounder. Fellow linebacker Michael Boley described Williams as a “different cat.”
“Jacquian was never a guy in the newspaper or on ESPN,” Barrington said. “But his work ethic is through the roof. The way he plays football, that’s the way he lives his life.
“I just think the whole thing reflects well on USF football. We’re all going to see the benefits of this. This is the biggest stage there is in football, and our program will get put on the map. Those guys walked in our shoes.”
Patrick chuckled when he recalled part of his recruiting pitch to Pierre-Paul and Williams.
“I told them, ‘You guys both come with us and you’ll do great together. Who knows? Maybe you’ll play together in the NFL, too,’ ” Patrick said. “I guess some things are just meant to happen.”