Wanted: Your Giving Heart on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving to non profits – giving of time, heart, money.

The 7th annual Giving Tuesday is November 27th. This year I want to ask for your support of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL – an organization near and dear to my heart.

For over 10 years , I’ve supported Big Cat Rescue (BCR) financially and through visits several times a year. I can attest to the dedication of the staff, mostly volunteers, who work with an open and giving heart to care for the beautiful big cats who have a permanent home at Big Cat Rescue: volunteers who clean out enclosures, sing and talk to the cats, and go on rescue missions to save a cat from abuse. Every dollar donated to Big Cat Rescue goes directly to the cats. And this Giving Tuesday BCR is raising funds to rescue 3 former circus tigers from Guatemala.

What is Big Cat Rescue ?

Big Cat Rescue is one of the largest accredited sanctuaries

in the world dedicated to abused and abandoned big cats. At anytime it is home to 60 -100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars, lynx, servals, ocelots and caracals . The cats come from horrific abuse situations, are orphaned, saved from becoming fur coats, retired circus performers, or rescued as babies left motherless when killed by hunters.

Founded in 1992, its mission is 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. “

Giving Tuesday is one of the largest and most important fundraising days for Big Cat Rescue. This year’s goal of $120,000 will help feed and provide veterinary care to 3 young former circus tigers from Guatemala that BCR is in the process of rescuing after the government banned wild animals in circuses .

These tigers are currently safe and being cared for at a temporary facility in Guatemala awaiting export/import permits to their

fur-ever home at Big Cat Rescue, hopefully in January.

Over the years I have sponsored many cats including this year:

Keisha – Rescued from horrible abuse in upstate NY where she was barely fed . Keisha Tiger came to BCR emaciated and with a severed tail but is now doing well and never hungry!

Zabu Tiger and Cameron Lion – Rescued in 2004 from a run down roadside zoo in New Hampshire.

Bobcats Max and Maryann – Max was rescued from a backyard breeder in Rhode Island and now shares a home with Mary Ann. Mary Ann’s previous life included living in a filthy 5’ x 10’ cage filled with feces and meat scraps.

Nabisco Bobcat – I met Nabisco during his first week at BCR when he weighed only 9 lbs! He is a ball of energy!

Mrs. Claws Bobcat – Rescued but due to brain injuries can’t be rehabbed and put back in the wild.

Seth Tiger – Rescued from a breeding facility in Colorado.

Hoover Tiger – Former circus tiger from Peru

Manny Jaguar – Manny has a ton of purrsonality and he knows it!

Can Kimba, Max and Simba Count on You?

The goal of $120,000 on Giving Tuesday will feed and provide veterinary care to the rescued Guatemalan tigers for their first FOUR YEARS at the sanctuary! Can Kimba, Max and Simba tigers count on you on Giving Tuesday? You can safely donate by clicking here

BUT This is Just ONE Way You Can Help the Cats

Here are some other ways you can give on Giving Tuesday:

1. Make the Call of the Wild FREE – only costs a few seconds of your time


The Call of the Wild is a quick call to your members of Congress to ask for their support of the Big Cat Public Safety Act. which would:

  • End the ownership of big cats as pets,

  • end cub petting (the main cause of big cat abuse),

  • and limit exhibitors to those who do not repeatedly violate the law.

It is not often in our daily lives that we get to do something that really makes a difference, but you can make a difference with one call. Click here to make the call of the wild

2. Sponsor a cat(s) – Just like I do ! I already renewed my support for the cats for 2019 and even included more cats in my sponsorship!

Click here for info

3. Sign up for Amazon Smile – Shop on Amazon and support the cats at the same time and at no extra cost to you! Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases to Big Cat Rescue. Nothing better than getting a deal on Amazon and knowing Amazon will donate directly to the cats! Sign up for the Smile program here

4. Watch and Share BCR Videoes – Big Cat Rescue is on YouTube and by sharing the educational videos you help educate others on important cat issues and bring awareness to Big Cat Rescue.

A Star on Charity Navigator

Rest assured your money donations are being used appropriately and for the cats. Big Cat Rescue is transparent in its operations and has earned Charity Navigator‘s highest 4-star rating for “sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency” EVERY YEAR since first evaluated in 2010.


Please consider this Giving Tuesday a gift to the precious cats of Big Cat Rescue. With our voices and support these cats can live the life they deserve at their forever home in Tampa. Click here to donate!

From the bottom of my heart thank you for your consideration and for saying YES to these cats. It’s only because of generous financial support that Big Cat Rescue continues to exist.

The cats and I thank you and wish you a peaceful and joyous holiday season!

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Foodie who is allergic to milk and lamb and eats vegan and gluten free. I’m a life long fitness enthusiast , runner, dancer and passionate about talking food, nutrition, health and exercise. I am a lover of cats big and small, and call Disney World my 2nd home.