Become a Member

Be a part of the solution

The Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance works to eliminate private ownership and the commercial exploitation of wild cats in the United States.

In 2017, the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance (BCSA) was created to:

  • Speak with a unified voice on issues affecting big cats, such as the exotic pet trade, use of big cats for entertainment, and other areas of concern –

    One significant step toward achieving BCSA’s mission was the signing of the Big Cat Public Safety Act – a federal level solution to the dangerous and cruel practices associated with the private ownership of big cats and direct contact activities like cub petting – into law on December 20, 2022. Thank you to all of our supporters for contacting their legislators in support of the bill!

  • Support and strengthen both member sanctuaries and those interested in obtaining BCSA membership, with the goal of advancing standards of animal care.

  • Promote professional development through an annual workshop focused on animal care and welfare, veterinary issues, operations, and finances.

  • Foster collaboration, relationships, and communication within the big cat sanctuary community.

Learn more about our upcoming 2024 BCSA Conference to be held in Providence, Rhode Island, in October by clicking the image above.

Wondering how you can be a voice for captive big cats? If you are aware of a traveling show, circus, or other act exploiting big cats, please click the image above to report it. The Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance is tracking these acts and will use the information you provide to advocate for the big cats exploited in these performances. Want to learn more about the exploitation of big cats and incidents involving big cats? Click here to learn more. (*Please note that we ask you to only complete the form once for each act and/or event. Thank you!)

Our Vision

BCSA works towards the day when sanctuaries are no longer needed because the ownership and commercial exploitation of wild cats have been eliminated.