About Us

Big Cat Rescue, one of the world’s largest accredited sanctuaries for exotic cats, is a leading advocate in ending the abuse of captive big cats and saving wild cats from extinction.  We are home to more than 60 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars, servals and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts.

    Big Cat Rescue was founded in November of 1992 and is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity. The sanctuary is situated on 67 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa, Florida.

    The cats residing at Big Cat Rescue are here for a variety of reasons, including:
    • Abandoned by owners who wrongly thought they would make good pets
    • Abused by owners in order to force them to perform
    • Retired from performing acts
    • Saved from being slaughtered to make fur coats
    • Rescued as babies after hunters killed their mothers.  See our Bobcat Rehab and Release work
    Big Cat Rescue is:
    • Accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries
    • Certified by Independent Charities of America as a “Best in America Charity”
    • Member of the World Society for Protection of Animals
    • Rated 4 Stars by Charity Navigator (their highest rating) and has one of the highest scores of any animal based charity
    • Part of a global coalition including HSUS, IFAW, WWF, GFAS, Born Free and other animal protection groups who are working together to end big cat abuse.

    Contact us or visit our onsite gift shop at:

    Big Cat Rescue
    12802 Easy Street
    Tampa, FL 33625

    Gift Shop Hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, & Sun 9 AM - 5 PM (Closed Thursdays)

    Phone (813) 920-4130

    Email:  CustomerService@BigCatRescue.org

    Website:  www.BigCatRescue.org

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    Every dollar helps us to provide the best care to nearly 70 big cats currently residing at Big Cat Rescue as well as to put an end to the causes of abuse and abandonment.

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    Questions about products or orders? Email CustomerService@BigCatRescue.org

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