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Fluffy Kitty’s Visit to the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL {Review}

Big Cat Rescue Review by Fluffy Kitty

In December 2018, Paul and I (Brittany) had the stunning alternative to go to and assessment the Massive Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida. This submit describes our expertise, our assessment, and has the aim of informing others about BIG CATS, their rights, and plight for freedom from unlawful buying and selling, circus acts, imprisonment, and so forth. Please learn, remark, and share! <three

What Is the Huge Cat Rescue?

The Huge Cat Rescue is a number one non-profit accredited sanctuary for unique cats whose mission is multifold:

  1. Rescue unique cats from dangerous environments (i.e. personal possession, circus wagons, and so on.).
  2. Rehabilitate rescued or injured cats and home them in a spacious, caring sanctuary for the rest of their lives.
  3. Educate and inform the world about massive cats and their rights.
  4. Finish the personal commerce of unique cats.
  5. Advocate for the implementation of laws that may shield unique cats from personal possession throughout the 50 US states.

Manny the Jaguar

On the Huge Cat Rescue, there are roughly 15 paid employees members and roughly 100 volunteers and interns. Interns can come (with boarding and stipend) to start studying and dealing inside the sanctuary. The sanctuary receives about 30,000 guests yearly.

Massive Cat Rescue’s final dream is to “exit of enterprise” as a result of that might imply there’s not a have to rescue unique cats from the personal commerce.

The Huge Cat Rescue firmly stays, and can all the time stay, a non-profit instructional sanctuary. Financially, the sanctuary depends on donations, ticket gross sales, merchandise gross sales from their store, and sponsors.

What Is NOT a Cat Sanctuary?

Actual cat sanctuaries or cat rescues are NOT locations the place you possibly can:

  • Work together/contact/maintain/pet/have your image taken with the cat.

🌟 That is so essential to recollect! As defined by our information on the Huge Cat Rescue, an actual sanctuary for unique cats will NEVER let you pay to have your image taken or to allow you to play with child unique cats, and so on.

Big Cat Rescue Review by Fluffy KittyDutchess the Tiger

The employees at Massive Cat Rescue are not any exception to that rule. They purposefully perform their every day actions (feeding, cleansing cages, transferring from area to area, and so forth.) in a method that ensures no contact is made between the cats and people. Cleansing employees cleans excrement every day with a 10-ft pole as most cats will poop all the time inside 10ft of the borders of the fence.

What IS a Cat Sanctuary?

A real cat sanctuary, one which prioritizes the well-being of the cat over anything, can be accredited by the International Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). As said on their web site,

Why is Accreditation Necessary?

Not all sanctuaries are created equal. Animal care is a poorly regulated business, and hundreds of organizations worldwide which describe themselves as “sanctuaries” or “rescues” don’t present high quality or humane care for his or her animals.”

The GFAS is the one animal sanctuary accreditation program on the earth. Should you’re touring and see a “sanctuary” or “rescue” and want to examine if they’ve accreditation, examine the GFAS database which incorporates over 150+ organizations around the globe.

🌟 Anybody can name themselves a rescue/sanctuary so it’s essential to be additional conscious of animal tourism once you journey. 

Big Cat Rescue Review by Fluffy KittyZucari the Serval

Concerning the Cats at Massive Cat Rescue 

There are 70+ cats on the Huge Cat Rescue (that includes bobcats, lynx, Canadian lynx, tigers, caracals, lioness, lions, jaguars, cougars, servals, savannah cats).

Listed here are a number of the cats we had the chance to go to on our tour:

  • Nikita – Giant lioness.
  • Mary Anne & Max – Bobcats who met on Valentine’s Day and have been inseparable since.
  • Seth – Largest tiger at BCR housed in 1 acre of land.
  • Hoover – Tiger from Peru, bred in a touring circus wagon. His first contact with water was complicated for him since he’d by no means been in it earlier than.
  • Reisa – 23 yr previous cougar.
  • Manny – Beautiful jaguar. 
  • Zabu – White tiger (PSA: 📢 White tigers DO NOT EXIST IN THE WILD, they’re the product of fixed inbreeding. Consequently, they’re born with large deformities and well being points). 
  • Cameron – Neutered lion (Neutered lions lose their mane as manes are testosterone-driven).
    • Watch Cameron & Zabu’s story under!
  • Reacher – A hissy however candy serval cat. 

As soon as introduced in to the power, the cats are taken care of for the rest of their life till demise.

For example, cats, like Reisa (cougar), usually stay Eight-10 years within the wild. Nevertheless, she is nearly 23 years previous on the BCR proper now as a consequence of having distinctive medical care, optimum vitamin, and exercise all through her life.

The place do the cats come from?

Some are rescued from journey wagons/circus’, some from personal possession, some from failing proprietor’s well being, some have been from Serendipity Springs (a pretend sanctuary). 

What do the cats eat?

As for his or her vitamin, the cats are fed a premium uncooked meat eating regimen. 

The place do the cats obtain medical care?

The Massive Cat Rescue has an on-site hospital for vet care. Sedation is prevented in any respect prices until completely needed (dental issues, tumors). Some cats have been very sick and malnourished once they arrived. Some even had damaged bones or tumors once they first got here in.

Max & MaryAnn the Bobcat couple

What do the cats reside in?

Every cat has their very own outside area with shelters, which options two separate sections for every cat with a purpose to allow cleansing of 1 cage whereas the cat safely resides within the different part. The “cages” (extra like outside tons) are uniquely tailored for the wants of the cat.

The cage system additionally options collapsible underground tunnels which permit protected passage for cats once they rotate cages. The aim of rotating their cages is to stop boredom.

As well as, BCR additionally supplies an enrichment program for the cats, which incorporates numerous toys, a trip within the “trip pen” for two weeks, Christmas timber on Christmas, pumpkins on Halloween, and so on! The enrichment program’s aim is to eradicate boredom since they’re, in any case, in captivity. 

Big Cat Rescue Review by Fluffy KittyThe BCR “memorial wall” devoted to each cat who has handed away since arriving in BCR.

Extra concerning the BCR facility

Reside cameras are put in for supporters to observe across the clock a few of their favourite cats relaxation or play, like Hoover or Seth.

Your complete facility is solar-powered. There’s additionally operating water/swimming pools/ponds for many cats.

There are the extra social cats on the tour path, nevertheless, if cats stress/have nervousness about seeing individuals, they keep within the cages off the path/within the again the place there’s much less/no foot visitors.

The power additionally homes a rehabilitation middle for Florida-native Bobcats (which might be deserted, injured, sick). They don’t have any contact with employees/people in any respect, not even radio in order that they keep wild and could be safely launched again into wild/Florida.

BCR additionally companions with the native humane society to foster child kittens (on-site) till they’re 2-lbs after which they return to the shelter for adoption.

Reisa the Cougar

Key Takeaways: Unique Cats

🐾 It isn’t unlawful to personal an unique cat. (At the very least not but). There isn’t any laws in place in the mean time which prevents the personal possession of unique cats.

The Huge Cat Rescue is closely advocating for the implementation of the “Huge Cat Public Security Act” which can present safety for unique cats and will put in place that possession is against the law throughout the 50 US states.

The Massive Cat Rescue is ready for it to be handed in Federal Courtroom. They’ve been meticulously preventing for its passage into regulation for almost Eight years.

🐾 Unique cats make horrible pets for various causes (wild, unfriendly, messy, requires numerous area and a particular weight-reduction plan, harmful, will mark territory). 

🐾Unique cats are primarily bred in captivity for the circus/roadside zoos, and for personal possession. In most, if not all instances, they’re topic to abuse on all accounts.

Big Cat Rescue Review by Fluffy KittyCameron & Zabu sleeping within the solar within the background.

🐾 White tigers don’t exist in nature (they’re bred with irregular delivery defects and sicknesses).

🐾 Unique cats have to be rescued as they can’t be launched again into the wild as soon as they’ve imprinted with people. For one, they could strategy people for meals as they’re used to.

🐾 The GFAS (International Federation of Animal Sanctuaries) ensures accredited organizations. PLEASE don’t pay excursions or pretend sanctuaries to the touch or take your image with these valuable cats.

🐾 The USA is SLOW to acknowledge the rights of massive cats. Peru has made a nation-wide ban on all possession of unique cats and is releasing them. The US has zero laws in place.

An Additional Phrase of Warning

Please study from organizations such because the Massive Cat Rescue. They’re preventing for giant cat’s rights each day and are making a distinction, however we have to be louder!

Whenever you journey, don’t interact in actions or excursions that function captive animals.

Big Cat Rescue Review by Fluffy KittyUSDA Tiger cage measurement rule = “Make regular postural & social changes with enough freedom of motion.”

Be cautious of zoos with ‘USDA-approved’ cage dimensions. Their wording is obscure, making it inconceivable to be legally binding. This implies zoos, so-called rescues or sanctuaries can truly hold a lion in a tiny cage for all times, with out punishment. The state of Florida requires cages to be 10 X 24 sq ft, which continues to be tremendous small to imprison a tiger or lion (or 2) for all times.

🌟 The Huge Cat Rescue has minimal 1,200 sq ft closed fences for small bobcats and as much as 1 acre for bigger cats, comparable to Seth the Tiger who weighs 500 lbs. The BCR trip space for cats is 2 acres giant.

Take a Tour

Massive Cat Rescue invitations you to do a guided tour of their superior facility. It is advisable buy your ticket on-line and select a date and time.

  • The Day Tour is 90 minutes.
  • A Feeding Tour, Keeper Tour, Youngsters Tour, are additionally obtainable.

How You Can Assist:

📞 Name your state senators to point out solidarity for the Huge Cat Public Security Act. 

🦁 Then take a tour and store on the BCR store.

💵 Lastly, donate if you’ll be able to. 

Moreover, choose the Massive Cat Rescue as your group of selection once you store by way of AmazonSmile (Amazon will donate a portion of your buy to the BCR at no additional value to you).

Why did we evaluate the Massive Cat Rescue?

Paul and I have been contacted by a consultant of the BCR in 2016 when Cole & Marmalade (well-known Insta kitties) co-launched a marketing campaign with BCR, together with H3 Necessities, referred to as “Little cats serving to massive cats”. Yoda was provided to assessment their particular line of freeze-dried cat treats.

We’ve got been following together with the Huge Cat Rescue ever since. So once we knew we have been going to be in Florida for 2 weeks in December visiting household, we reached out to Huge Cat Rescue to see if we might take a tour and write a evaluation.

Big Cat Rescue Review by Fluffy KittyPaul, Susan, and I @ the BCR

Last Ideas: Huge Cat Rescue Assessment

Above all, we beloved our tour of the Huge Cat Rescue, and we owe an enormous because of Susan for welcoming us and taking the time to share with us her shared ardour for giant cats.

Lastly, in case you are ever within the Tampa space, it’s undoubtedly value reserving a guided tour. You gained’t remorse it. In case you go, say hello to our massive kitty associates on our behalf!


Brittany, Paul, & Yoda

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