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Our Mission is to provide the best home we can for the cats in our care, end abuse of big cats in captivity, and prevent extinction of big cats in the wild.

Big Cat Rescue is a four star charity with Charity NavigatorOur Goal is for our donors to find their gifts to us to be among the most satisfying they make by accomplishing our mission in the most financially responsible manner possible. We consistently receive Charity Navigator’s highest 4 star rating and are in the 1% of nonprofits who have received Charity Navigator’s perfect numerical score of 100.

Big cats may be the king of beasts, but without you they can’t survive.

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    • Mark Chappel

      August 4, 2020 at 11:48 am

      I would love to donate, however I’ve tried many of the buttons on this page and none of them work for me. Maybe someone needs to do a little website maintenance?

  1. Aleigha Lynn DeLellis

    December 2, 2012 at 1:07 am

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

  2. Ariel Hessing

    December 11, 2012 at 4:22 am

    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.

  3. Stella Gusman

    November 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    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

  4. Kim Allen Biddle

    May 1, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I have been able to get the Austin Zoo help with meat for the large cats through the capital area food bank, If you group is a non profit Please call them for meat, eggs and vegatables.

  5. Donna M. Harker

    June 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks for the chance to help the big cats that you have been caring for I have lived not too far from you all and have always been grateful for all you do.

  6. Muzette Oconnell

    August 20, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Surabaya zoo, in Indonesia has a very malnourished tiger! There animals are all starving to death, horribly. If you could look into it, that would be wonderful! 🙂

  7. Thomas KaiYu Liu

    September 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Just found out that the Capital One Big Cat Rescue credit card will be discontinued. Is there another Big Cats Rescue credit card that I can sign on to?

  8. Jedth

    December 3, 2018 at 8:36 am

    I just did a small donation through PayPal anything to help out, would love to give more but can’t get the Bitcoin donations to work and can’t find a BTC address.

    Love the big cats at this rescue! Keep up the great work.


  9. Amanda

    May 29, 2019 at 2:57 am

    When I search Paypal, it doesn’t find this charity. Could you please check if it’s because I’m in Canada or if the Paypal method is broken?

  10. Judy

    July 2, 2019 at 9:20 am

    I am happy to be able to donate a monthly gift to these majestic, beautiful cats!
    Thank you so much for all you do for them!

  11. Laurie S

    September 5, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    I have been becoming increasingly aware of the fact that several years ago I encouraged the big cat industry by paying to let my nieces pose for pictures with baby tigers. I somehow knew it wasn’t quite right at the time, but the girls were so excited to see them, so I squashed my gut feeling and we paid their fees. After reading articles in your Big Cat Times magazines, I’m sick to think that I contributed at all to this industry.

    My contribution today doesn’t quite make up for that, but I am happy to know that your organization is working hard to inform the public of this horrific industry and, of course, helping so many rescued animals in need! If there ever is a “next time” I see something like this, I will spread the word to everyone who can hear!!

    Thank you, Big Cat Rescue team for all that you do. And thanks for putting our donation dollars to good work!

  12. Kelli Carter

    March 30, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    I just made a small donation. I have been to BCR on a guided tour and it was beautiful. I am sorry for what you are enduring with the netflix documentary. My gift is a way of support in this tough time. Thanks for all you do for the big cats!

  13. Kate J.

    March 31, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    I was shocked and dismayed that the Netflix documentary would try to malign an organization that is so clearly doing right by these big cats. I hope the silver lining is that is raises awareness and garners more donations for BCR. Thank you for standing tall and doing the right thing!

  14. Mary

    March 31, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    I just watched the Netflix documentary, and despite having no prior knowledge, I was completely appalled at how they slanted this documentary and portrayed Carole Baskin, when clearly they had no actual facts and relied on angled, slow-mo shots and ominous music. In my opinion, the real story would have been a documentary called Tiger Queen. Thanks for all you do.

  15. Jen Paul

    April 2, 2020 at 5:17 pm


    I have not watched the Netflix documentary but today I heard about what the documentary was about. I am appalled about how people are taking some hack documentary as a point of fact and taking it out on BCR. I made a small donation today, all that I can afford in these times, but my thoughts are with the cats and the people at BCR. You all do great and important work.

    Thank you.

  16. Stephen

    April 5, 2020 at 2:30 am

    Hello, I’m a Tampa resident who has wanted to visit for awhile but haven’t gotten the chance. After visiting a roadside zoo for primates in the area that calls itself a “sanctuary”, I was concerned by the conditions of the animals and did some research. I found it wasn’t accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries. That prompted me to find real sanctuaries in the area. Of course, I was brought here by the latest documentary. I hope it raise awareness and helps end roadside zoos. I hope that people can see through the sensationalistic aspects of the documentary and see the actual underlying issues- the issue of exotic animal breeding, the necessity of ending roadside zoos, and all the things Carole has fought for legislatively. Keep up the good work!

  17. Frankie

    April 6, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    I just donated $25 and will continue to do so every time I see someone talk crap about Carole and the work that y’all do at the BCR. Keep up the good fight!

  18. Walter Swanson

    April 11, 2020 at 8:00 am

    I just donated $25 thru PayPal and would love to continue to help. I set your organization as my favorite charity on PayPal and Amazon. I think your organization does good work.

  19. Meg

    April 13, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    I have been watching BCR videos for years and I was shocked the way that the BCR habitats and organization were inaccurately portrayed in the Netflix docu. I am sorry for the harassment you are receiving from misinformed and hateful people. I should have made a donation sooner but I’ve made one today. My favorite videos to watch are the ones with the sand cats and Geoffrey cats. Thank you so much for your hard work and for providing a home for so many abandoned animals.

  20. Lynn P

    April 14, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    This is so great what you’re all doing to help these beautiful, majestic animals! God bless you all! I wish I could give a lot more but I’m not working now due to the pandemic. God bless our country and the world

  21. Alexander

    October 5, 2020 at 1:59 am

    Wow, Netflix is a money monger corporate! They showed other 2 money monger people way different than they are. Netflix owes so much money to your big cats, not including defamation, extreme stress and beyond to you, Carole, to your family and to the people work with you! Therefore Netflix needs to be sued for all that! Do not worry, Carole! People are awakening around the world for animal right and environmental causes rapidly! We are supporting you!

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