People new to this website and are still in the process of learning about Big Cat Rescue might be wondering just how much of Big Cat Rescue's revenue actually goes towards the care of their exotic cats. Caring for their cats is basically what their whole mission revolves around, after all. That must mean most of their money goes towards their care, right? Well, that's what they would have the public believe.
To find out how much money Big Cat Rescue spends on animal care we need not look further than their own filings to the IRS. Their most recent 990 form currently available covers the year 2013.
In 2013 Big Cat Rescue raked in a whopping $2,773,831. That's not too shabby considering the fact that other facilities they are competing against make do with way less. That must mean Big Cat Rescue is able to provide luxurious enclosures and habitats for the cats in their care? One would think that would be the case but sadly that just isn't true. Unless of course we're to believe rusty cattle panels, algae covered dog igloos, and overgrown weeds are something special.
So just how much money did Big Cat Rescue spend on animal care? It turns out they only spent about $500,000 (20%) on their cats. Of course that total would actually be even less due to the fact that cost of "educational" programs are lumped in with the cost of animal care.
Over $600,000 went to salaries and payrolls. Of that $600,000, $250,000 went to the Carole Baskin, CEO and founder of Big Cat Rescue, and her family. $35,000 went to their cameraman. $100,000 went to fundraising. $150,000 went to advertising. $200,000 went to legal and accounting fees. $97,000 went to printing and publication.
To put what we're saying into perspective we'll add up the total amount of money Big Cat Rescue has raked in and has spent on animal care from 2004-2013. If our math is correct, Big Cat Rescue has netted a staggering $17,704,885. Out of the nearly $20-million only $3,730,355 (21%) went to animal care. Remember, "educational" programs are lumped in with animal care making the total amount they have spent even less.
So if you're still considering donating to Big Cat Rescue just remember that your donation will most likely go into someone's pockets and not to the cats. Big Cat Rescue has a great money making strategy. They show heartwarming pictures and videos of their previously "abused" cats to lure people into donating. Don't take the bait.
To learn the truth about Big Cat Rescue's "abused and abandoned" cats click HERE