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

One of the unusual sources of revenue and public recognition for us that shows the passion and breadth of our support base is our success in winning online voting contests, many of which were national. For instance, we won $25,000 in a contest sponsored by Chase Bank, a $33,000 Toyota Tundra in a contest sponsored by Toyota, $5000 as Pet Partners Animaltarian of the Year, $1000 in the Sunstate Federal Credit Union Contest, $1000 in the Dalton Cares Initiative, $10,000 first prize in a Razoo contest, $53,000 in 2016 in the online voting contest sponsored by the PGA and Astellas Pharma, and four times (every time we entered) we have one the online voting contest run by WEDU, our local PBS station. Our federal bill to ban big cat abuse has 227 cosponsors and has passed the committee hearing.

Ruling year info

1996

Founder & CEO

Mrs. Carole Baskin

President

Ms. Jamie Veronica Murdock

Main address

12802 Easy Street

Tampa, FL 33625 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)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the United States an estimated 10,000 - 20,000 big cats are living in miserable conditions in cramped back yard cages as pets or mistreated and exploited at roadside zoos and traveling shows. Worldwide the cats face increasing threat of extinction driven by poaching to sell their body parts, human/animal conflict with local residents, and habitat destruction.

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 50+ 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 cat in captivity in the United States and in mustering grass roots for such. Current efforts include the federal Big Cat Public Safety Act H.R. 1818 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 a portion 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

Accreditations

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries 2017

Awards

Accredited Sanctuary 2017

The Global Federation of Sanctuaries

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

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2017

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 people influenced to undertake conservation action

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

Legislative and Regulatory Change

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

People who took online action to on our big cat alerts. 2018 and 2019 are only actions to Congress on the Big Cat Public Safety Act. Prior years include other advocacy actions.

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 cumulative views of online videos

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

Cumulative views on our main YouTube Channel BigCatTV.com through the end of 2016.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

In the United States we seek to end private ownership of big cats like many other countries have done, with logical exceptions such as the zoos who meet the standards of accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Worldwide we seek to stop the steady dramatic decline in cat populations in order to preserve these apex predator species that are critical to the balance of nature.

Our primary strategy is educating the public with two goals in mind. One is to reduce demand for activities like visiting roadside zoos, cub petting, cub photo ops, and circuses to create an economic basis for the cessation of these activities that drive the mistreatment. The second is grass roots advocacy to encourage people to contact legislators and regulators to change the laws and regulations. We carry out this education through personal guided tours of the sanctuary, a virtual tour app for iPhone and Android,and through outreach (but never taking wild animals offsite) and through our online website, social sites including Facebook and YouTube, a online course we offer at nominal cost at ZooCollege.com and 9 live webcams on the sanctuary grounds that can be viewed at Explore.org.

We have the volunteer force necessary to give the daily educational tours and have a full time Director of Outreach who arranges for outreach programs. We have a two full time people dedicated to our videos which have received over 240 million views and to answering questions on our social sites. We have more than 2.2 million Facebook followers and interact with them daily on big cat issues. Our website gets 3.5 million unique visitors per year and has over 10,000 pages of educational content that explains why wild animals belong in the wild and not in our homes and back yard cages.

In 2003 the Captive Wildlife Safety Act (CWSA) that we supported made it illegal to sell a big cat across state lines. This partial solution resulted in a drop in requests we receive to take in cats. The Big Cat Public Safety Act is the rest of the legislative solution, closing what have turned out to be loopholes in the CWSA, ending pet ownership and cub petting, and insuring that breeding is truly for conservation purposes. It was first introduced in 2012 and through our efforts along with a coalition of other animal welfare organizations has steadily built momentum each session, which is the normal path for a bill that after multiple sessions passes. Meantime, numerous states of have passed bans or partial bans on the private possession of big cats.

Our direct action against offsite cub petting and exhibition has been very successful in getting venues to either cancel or agree to no longer allow cub petting or exhibition of big cats. These include the owners of over 200 shopping malls, numerous restaurants, and some large companies like Citigroup and Porsche.

What is next is clear: continued work to pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act while continuing our education efforts to reduce demand for cub petting and exhibition and to foster true concern for conservation in the wild.

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 7/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jamie Murdock

Big Cat Rescue

Term: 2008 - 2018

Mary Geis

No Affiliation

Howard Baskin

Big Cat Rescue

Carole Baskin

Big Cat Rescue

Jamie Murdock

Big Cat Rescue

Darren Kipnis

No Affiliation

Keith Lawless

No Affiliation

Kim Mahoney

No Affiliation

Lynda Licht

No Affiliation

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 07/13/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data