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Big Cat Updates

Natalia Leopard is LOVING FunCation.  The team has been doing work on her home suite of cages while she is away.

Andy’s biopsy results came back. The mass in his chest was lymphoma (cancer) and non-operable. The mass on his tail was skin cancer and unrelated to the mass in his chest.

Frosty is very happy to be back outside in his own suite of cages. He is now on a twice a day feeding schedule instead of once a day.  He is getting a special mineral oil mixed in his food and his poop is being checked and logged each day for the amount and graded on its consistency.

Ginger Serval was happy to have her neighbor, Frosty, back home.  She likes watching Frosty and they like showing off their treats to each other.

Nabisco is in the outside hospital cage.  He is still under close observation due to his seizures.

Foster Kitten Updates

The following kittens have been adopted!

  • Matilda
  • Melina
  • Mikey
  • Morty
  • Murry
  • Sugar

The following kittens are still waiting & and hoping to find their own furever families.

  • Melissa
  • Zuki
  • Mischief
  • Mongo

2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency on GuideStar!

We are thrilled to have received GuideStar’s Platinum Seal of Transparency for 2018

2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency on GuideStar

2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency on GuideStar

Guidestar said:  “Congratulations on achieving the 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency on GuideStar!”

What’s special about getting to Platinum?

  • Your organization stands for results in front of over 9+ million annual GuideStar visitors. Plus tens of millions more people who use the 200+ charitable websites that share GuideStar’s data including AmazonSmile, Facebook, and Network for Good, to name a few…
  • GuideStar Profiles with a Platinum Seal get 2x more views than other profiles.
  • You’re helping the sector shift from a destructive focus on overhead ratios to a focus on making progress and getting results – thank you!

Updated Internet Identification Guide – August 2018

Interns work very hard caring for the cats. The Big Cat Rescue intern program consists of two distinct departments, Keepers, and Partners, with diverse skill levels and responsibilities. These levels are designed to enhance intern strengths and meet the varied needs of the sanctuary. Unless otherwise specified, interns will work in both departments. Interns begin in Partner training to learn tour guiding and guest relations, to better familiarize themselves with the mission of the sanctuary and the daily operations, and then advance into the Keeper training to learn animal husbandry.

Intern Identification Guide - August 2018

Intern Identification Guide – August 2018

Learn more about becoming an intern at Big Cat Rescue.

Interns would like to THANK YOU for all the wonderful cookies and snacks you occasionally send to the sanctuary for them and the keepers to enjoy.


The Volunteer Committee is pleased to announce the following promotions:

  • Teagan Eckstrom to Level II Intern
  • Lauren Ivan to Level II Intern
  • Mary Jerome to Yellow Level Keeper
  • Stephanie Chaiser to Green Level Keeper

Please join us in congratulating them on their promotions.

More Exciting News

Carole got an email from Trip Advisor and look who they are calling a Hidden Gem?

TripAdvisor calls Big Cat Rescue a Hidden Gem in Tampa

TripAdvisor calls Big Cat Rescue a Hidden Gem in Tampa

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