Big Cat Rescue operates on donations and earned revenue, such as gift shop sales. All of our administrative and fundraising costs are paid by the earned revenue so that 100% of the donations go to the cats. BCR is proud to keep our fundraising and administrative costs well under 20% when the industry standard considers 35% to be good. The biggest expense to most businesses is staffing but people will train and work with wild animals for free, so we only pay staff to do the kind of work that volunteers won’t.
On average Big Cat Rescue typically has 80 Volunteers who clock in 40,000 man-power hours, in addition to 55 Intern trainees who clock in 32,000 man-power hours, plus 5,000 Volunteer Committee member hours. In total this amounts to 77,000 volunteer man-power hours per year, providing roughly the equivalent workforce of 37 more full time staff. None of our board members are paid for that service. Between paid staff, part time staff, contractors and volunteers we averaged the equivalent of 50+ full time staff to care for approximately 70 exotic cats.
Big Cat Rescue Staff
Big Cat Rescue Vets
Big Cat Rescue Board
Big Cat Rescue Volunteer Committee
Big Cat Rescue is blessed to have such a dedicated staff, board, volunteer committee and team of veterinarians to insure the future for these magnificent cats.
See what a typical day at the sanctuary is like: https://bigcatrescue.org/day-like-big-cat-rescue/
This video is from 2012 so it is a little outdated.