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Big Cat Rescue Corp.

Caring for Big Cats - Ending the Trade as Pets, Props & Parts

aka BCR   |   Tampa, FL   |  http://bigcatrescue.org

Mission

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.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our mission has always had three prongs: Animal Care, Ending Mistreatment in Captivity, and Avoiding Extinction in the Wild. We were leaders in passing the federalBig Cat Public Safety Act on 12/20/2022. By outlawing private possession of big cats and cub handling this eliminates 90% of the mistreatment and means the need to rescue cats will decrease dramatically over the next few years. Meantime, the threat of extinction of big cat species in the wild has increased. Our focus will now shift primarily to keeping big cats from going extinct in the wild. In order to achieve this, we have funded the construction of much larger enclosures for our cats at another GFAS accredited sanctuary, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas, where we will continue to fund our cats' food and medical care for as long as they live. This will allow us to continue our advocacy work on the remaining captive abuse issues but primarily focus on funding projects around the world to avoid extinction.

Ruling year info

1996

Founder & CEO

Mrs. Carole Baskin

President

Ms. Jamie Veronica Murdock

Main address

17342 Gunn Hwy

Tampa, FL 33556 USA

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Formerly known as

WildLife on Easy Street

EIN

59-3330495

NTEE code info

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The threat of extinction of big cat species in the wild due primarily to habitat loss, poaching, and human/animal conflict.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Lifetime Care of the Cats

Providing the best lifetime home that we can for the big cats in our care, including spacious natural enclosures, regular enrichment activities to stimulate them mentally and physically, state of the art medical care and the best available food.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Educating the public about the mistreatment of big cats in captivity and the extinction challenges they face in the wild.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We are a leading advocate for better laws and regulations to end the abuse of big cats in captivity in the United States and in mustering grass roots support for such laws and regulations. Current efforts include the federal Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 263 / S. 1210) and a Petition to USDA to ban the cub petting that drives so much of the breeding and suffering.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We devote over $100,000 of our revenue each year to specific high impact efforts being conducted by others in the wild to avoid extinction of big cats. We make a point to devote a significant portion of this budget to the smaller exotic cats who are less well known, receive much less funding generally, where our donations have meaningful impact.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

People's Choice Award by Popular Vote 2009

WEDU's People's Choice Award

People's Choice Award by Popular Vote 2008

People's Choice Award

America's Favorite Animal Shelter Top 10 2009

Care 2

Toyota's 100 Cars for Good 2011

Won a Toyota Tundra by Popular Public Vote

GFAS Carole Noon Award 2019

The Global Federation of Sanctuaries

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Facebook is the single largest mechanism for educating our audience and continues to grow dramatically.

Number of captive animals released

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Dollars donated to insitu conservation projects in the wild

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

In Situ Conservation Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Although a portion of our donations go to projects involving the large "iconic" species like tigers, we are unique in our emphasis on supporting projects involving the smaller less well known species.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Avoid having any big cat species in the wild become extinct.

We have moved our cats to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge where we funded new larger enclosures and continue to fund their food and medical care. This allows us to sell our existing property and use the proceeds to fund many more insitu projects around the world focused on keeping big cats from going extinct.

We have the expertise to identify the projects that will yield the most results for the investment dollars and with the sale of our land will have the financial resources to fund many more such projects.

Our leadership role in passing the federal Big Cat Public Safety Act in December 2020 that ends cub petting and private ownership has eliminated 90% of the mistreatment of big cats in captivity. Along the way we have for most of the last decade invested over $100,000 each year in insitu projects devoted to keeping big cats in the wild from going extinct. Going forward we will be able to do much more of the latter work.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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    To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Big Cat Rescue Corp.

Board of directors
as of 03/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jamie Murdock

Big Cat Rescue

Term: 2008 - 2024

Howard Baskin

Big Cat Rescue

Carole Baskin

Big Cat Rescue

Jamie Veronica Murdock

Big Cat Rescue

Darren Kipnis

Merrill Lynch

Keith Lawless

Hubbard Broadcasting

Kim Mahoney

Retired

Lynda Licht

KHS&S Contractors

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/9/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/03/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.