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Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue

305 Pine Street
608-524-5466

About Us:-

Jeff Kozlowski,and Jenny Meyer established "Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue" in March of 2005. We have been working with big cats for about 8 years, and have had our own since 2003. We are licensed by the USDA .

We started out by thinking that if you take pictures with these animals, it would make a lot of money, which it did for the first two months... We made about $200-$300 per hour. Then we realized all the stress it causes the animal was too much. We stopped the picture taking and started doing some investigating on what actually goes on during this photo business, as well as what happens to the animals afterwards. Our findings were disgusting. We then contacted rescues around the U.S. and our findings were even worse about the abuse of these animals. We then decided my goal in life will be to give what we can and help these majestic creatures as much as we could.

One big cat rescue turned away hundreds of cats in one year. So then we started Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue with the money we had from pictures and donations. We built cages on land donated for the rescue. We started with six cats and in less than a year, we ended up with 26 big cats... 16 Tigers, 7 Lions, and 3 Leopards. The worst part was we turned away over 15 others. If they did not find a home they were probably euthanized. Our goal now is to give these cats a home where they can live out their life, and not be made to jump through firey hoops or sit on a table to have pictures taken of them with people at resorts or fairs. Here they can simply run, play, and relax as they please, and receive plenty of love and attention.

We are open to the public and run on "Strictly Donations". We invite schools and groups there not just to look at them, but also to learn. We want the public to know that these cats are NOT pets, and could never make good pets. They are not meant to do tricks, and are not for people to exploit them to the point where it harms the animal.

These animals were not put in nature to jump through hoops or perform tricks, or to pose for pictures. These cats come from private owners who can't take care them anymore, zoos who think they are no longer beautiful enough to display to the public, and people who use them as cubs to take photos (who later dispose of them when the cubs are no longer small enough to handle, and simply get new cubs). Or just simply animals that need a home.

Our last objective is to get the state of Wisconsin to make some legislation to protect these animals. Wisconsin is now one of five states left, that does not have laws regarding the ownership of large cats. Yes, that means that anyone in the state of Wisconsin can legally own one. What does that mean? All the people who have them in others states with legislation and can no longer have them there, they come here where there is no legislation. The bottom line is, my life is now dedicated to the big cats, and I will do whatever we can to save them.

Mission:-

"Is to provide a safe place and a comfortable home for abused,neglected, and unwanted big cats and also to educate the public about these extraordinary animals and the actions that necessitate theneed for Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue & Educational Center."

 



Reviews

Alisha Spruit

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Sunday, July 22, 2018
It was such a wonderful trip! Nice donation price to see all the big cats! It's about 25 minutes away from the dells, but very scenic on the way there. Helping rescue big cats from not so good locations. They take great care of them! They have ice cream and some beverages for sale. You can pay $12 to watch the big cats get chicken or give them a box with basically catnip and they love it! They have some merchandise for sale and bathrooms as well. best to go on cooler days as the cats are more active and out.

Chrisp414

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Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
Great place to bring the family. We are big cat lovers and enjoyed spending time at the rescue. The work the rescue does saving and housing these beautiful animals is amazing. We had a chance the following evening to come back to Rock Springs for a car show and the rescue was raising money to support saving these beautiful animals, we thank you for all your dedication. Can't wait to come visit again on our next trip to the area.

Jen D

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Friday, July 6, 2018
We were in the Dells for the week and when we were looking up things to do with our girls (14 & 8), we came across this! Being a big cat lover, we knew this was a must see! We tried to visit Wednesday but due to the heat, they had closed early. We were pretty disappointed, but very fortunate to have 80┬░weather today for us to try again! They were all out and lounging in the sunshine! We got to see one of the cats play with a box, and 2 of the cats each fed a chicken! Super neat place, gorgeous cats, friendly staff! We highly recommend!!

Beth P

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Saturday, June 16, 2018
We've gone to Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue numerous times now. It's DEFINITELY worth the trip. The walkway is close to the cages and it is awesome hearing the lions and tigers roaring at times. It's great seeing the improvements to the rescue over the years...you can definitely tell that the owners truly care about the animals. They've also added enrichment packages that you can purchase (raw chicken or a scent box) if you want to see more interaction with the animals.

Melissa C.A.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018
Super cool! And so much fun. Way better than any zoo I've been to. They weren't too active because it was hot but some of the workers walked around and it got some of the cats up and they put on a real show! You can buy chickens for 12$ and watch them eat it (cat of your choice) Must see!!!!

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