Frequently Asked Questions by the Community
Who should join the BCSA?
Non-profit sanctuaries that operate a place of refuge for abused, neglected, unwanted, impounded, abandoned, orphaned or displaced big cats in need of lifetime care. Non-profit organizations and others who share the aims of the BCSA.
When can I submit an application?
You can submit an application at any time.
Where do I submit my application?
Please submit your application online at the BCSA website. You will have to scan and attach required documents.
How long will the application process take?
We will send an email confirming receipt of your application. Please allow up to 90 days for completion of the application process.
Who decides if my application is accepted?
The BCSA Steering Committee thoroughly reviews all applications and determines membership.
Does the BCSA conduct a site visit for Sanctuary Member applicants?
No. The BCSA is an alliance of like-minded sanctuaries and supporting organizations, not an accrediting organization.
How will I know the status of my application?
You will be updated via email of your application status and provided with information on next steps if required.
Are membership dues required for Sanctuary Members?
Yes. Sanctuary Member dues are determined by an organization’s budget as follows:
- $250 – Your budget is than $1 million
- $500 – Your budget is over $1 million
Are membership dues required for Partner Members?
Yes. Dues are determined by an organization’s budget as follows:
What if my Sanctuary Member application is not accepted?
It may be that your application was not complete. If so, you will be notified by the BCSA and given the opportunity to complete your application. If your application was not accepted as a result of not meeting the BCSA qualifications, a member of the BCSA Steering Committee will contact you. Assistance is available for those who wish to work toward meeting the BCSA membership qualifications and reapply for membership.
How soon can I re-apply for BCSA membership if my Sanctuary Member application was not accepted?
If a Sanctuary Member application was not accepted, the organization must wait six months before submitting another application.
How do the Sanctuary and Partner membership levels differ?
All members can participate in BCSA committees, however, only Sanctuary members can serve on the Steering Committee and as chairs of subcommittees. Subcommittee membership will be comprised of 50 percent or greater Sanctuary Members.