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12802 Easy St Tampa, FL 33625
12802 Easy StreetUSFloridaTampa33625
(813) 920-4130bigcatrescue.org
Wildlife Rescue Service, Animal Rescue Service
Wildlife Rescue Service
Animal Rescue Service
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"Big cat rescue is the epitome of what a sanctuary should be."
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"You can really tell these cats are well taken care of and loved."
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"Just amazing to see these wild cats being peaceful but active."
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Yolanda Arrambide
2 weeks ago
Its my dream to go to Big Cat Rescue but I can't I wish I could see my favorite animal which is the tiger imperson I wish that a person will donate money to me so I can go Big Cat Rescue well I know that will never happen I'm so sad that I can go to Big Cat Rescue I'm wonder if it s as magnificent as I imagine.
Response from the owner - 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the review. If you are over 18 and live in the U.S., you can enter the drawing to win a trip to see Big Cat Rescue here: http://bigcatrescue.org/animal-lovers-dream-vacation/
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Andrea Parks Fiske
a month ago
Well cared for and respected animals. They look so much happier that zoo cats.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Thank you for supporting the cats!
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Debora Moore
a year ago
The two times I have visited Big Cat Rescue have been two of my most enjoyable and memorable days of my life! Everyone is knowledgable and patient with the groups, explaining about why some of the cats were not visible at the time of the tour. The cats, of course, were the stars of the day. It is awesome to see these wonderful creatures up close and see how well they are taken care of each and every day of their lives. If I could, I would move down to Tampa to live near the rescue so that I could volunteer my time and be with the big cats more often. As it is, I must wait until my next trip to Florida!
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Ross Baldwin
11 months ago
Take your family, your friends and learn about what good people do to fix what bad people have done to some very wonderful Cats. You will have tears from the sad stories and tears of laughter at what fun you see the Cats having now! Big Cat Rescue should be on your Big List of things to see!
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Jarrod Lash
a month ago
This place is not for kids regardless of what their promotional materials say. We found their pamphlet at a local kids museum amongst all the other flyers for what to do in the tampa area. After we drove an HOUR to the site we were told that children are not allowed unless its the weekend and its our fault for not checking their website. NOWHERE in you promotional materials does it say CHILDREN ARE NOT WELCOME. Also it takes THREE CLICKS on your website to find out that children are not welcome during the week. We really wanted to see your cats and leave a donation but will probably NEVER VISIT OR DONATE as there are much better charities for protecting animals and not acting as a tourist trap. Also, the attitude we received from you staff when we walked in with a child (who was 4 years) old was the most condescending we ever experienced anywhere in Florida. I understand you have rules setup to keep kids out for whatever reasons but don't sell yourself and kid friendly and as a tourist destination when you intact are neither.
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Response from the owner - a month ago
I am sorry you drove so far to get here and learn that kids tours, for kids under 10, are only on week ends. If you have the pamphlet, I'd like to see it because we try to make it very clear, on all of our promotional materials, so that people don't make the effort and get turned away. Sometimes, well meaning people and reporters will print stuff up that doesn't have that info, so if we can figure out where it came from, maybe we can fix that. Happy to send you free passes if you want to contact me at Cat@BigCatRescue.org so you can see what we are all about. We do limit kids tours to the two tour times, one on Sat. and one on Sun. because we are not a tourist trap, but rather a serious educational facility designed to move our visitors into taking action to protect big cats from being used as pets, props and for their parts. Kids under 10 can't do much about that and tend to make it hard for parents to pay attention, thus they are not allowed on most of our tours.
A Google User
4 months ago
went on feeding tour and saw leopards, tigers and some other small cats. It was fun and educational. My only complaint is that for guests with a disability they charge 10$ to ride in a golf cart. The tickets are 65$ for the feeding tour and I did not want to have to pay for a cart.I am partially disabled and can walk however the terrain was rough, I did not feel that paying $10 for a cart was appropriate and chose to walk in protest. I understand the park requires funds but requiring disabled persons to pay for transport is pretty uncool in my book :(
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Response from the owner - 4 months ago
Hi Carrie. I'm sorry that you felt over charged for the use of the golf cart. We used to provide them for free, but found that almost everyone wants to ride, instead of walk, and we can't keep enough golf carts in good repair to do that, plus it creates a LONG train of guest who can't see or hear the guide. We tried requiring some proof of disability, but that didn't work either because most people aren't carrying that around, and some people just have a temporary situation. We don't like charging extra for the carts, but haven't found any other way to make sure that only the people who really need them get them. Contact me at Cat@BigCatRescue.org and we can discuss further. Thanks for visiting!
Zoe DeVore
a year ago
I took my mother here when I went to visit Tampa. I support Big Cat Rescue and follow their newsletters from CA. It was so exciting to see the place in person. It was a dream sanctuary!! It was especially exciting for my mother who doesn't work with big cats. She had never heard a lion roar or seen many of the species they had there. She had definitely never seen them so close. The enclosures are large and beautiful. You can really tell these cats are well taken care of and loved.
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JT Genter
a year ago
I am about to return to Big Cat Rescue for my 5th visit. I live in Austin Texas now, but visit the sanctuary every time I am back in Tampa. I have donated over $1,000 to the organization. I cannot let Sharon's misinformation stand... She is absolutely incorrect about many items in her review. Before I get to those specifically, if you want to understand her motivies, just check out her only other review: a 5-star review for a nearby zoo. Her misinformation seems to stem clearly from a conflict of interest Debunking: (1) "electrified fences" - absolutely untrue, I have personal experience knowing that their cat-a-tat walls are not electrified from touching them myself. The cats also known to rub up against them when tours go by without any ill effect. (2) "cats confined in small areas" - the absolute smallest cat-a-tat they have is 1200 sq ft. Their tigers have a three acre area to prowl. Sadly, what is limiting BCR from being able to give their cats even more room to roam is the huge supply of cats to save from irresponsible people. They recently completed the "vacation enclosure" - a 2.5-acre roof-free area for the cats to rotate through. I know that they would love to give this to each cat they have (since this is the closest to freedom that they can achieve in their semi-domesticated condition). However, they would have to rescue less animals to do so. (3) "sad looks on their faces" - admittedly, I have never been on a feeding tour. Maybe the cats look "sad" when they are about to be fed.... Whatever. Every time I have gone, the cats on the tour route look thrilled to see us. Or, if they are not happy with human visitors, they are out of sight somewhere in their cage! I have never seen a single "sad cat" during my visits. (4) "just feed them normal cat food" - absolutely incorrect. The cats receive high-quality meat 6 days per week, and fast on the 7th day (to try to simulate the periodic dry spells cat would go through naturally in the wild) (5) "most of these cats have.. been declawed" - absolutely incorrect. Go and see the scratch marks the cats leave on their trees (just big scratching posts to them) and you know that this is incorrect. Besides, BCR is a no-touch facility. *No human ever comes in contact with a cat* (except in the rare circumstances when they are tranquilized for medical care purposes). So, what motivation would they declaw the cats? That's right, none. Any cats that are at BCR that are declawed arrived at the facility from their origin of rescue that way. Please completely ignore Sharon's review and go see how amazing BCR is for yourself. If you find any of Sharon's facts are true, post a 1-star review yourself. But, you won't... I know that you will not be disappointed with BCR and will instead return to add yet-another 5-star review to this exceptional organization.
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