Become a Member

The Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance welcomes all groups who support the preservation and care of big cats.

Why become a member?

  • Join a group of professionals dedicated to the welfare of captive big cats.
  • Speak with a strong, unified voice on behalf of captive big cats, including in the media.
  • Be identified with quality sanctuaries and organizations committed to big cat care and well-being.
  • Access to information sharing and best practices that benefit animals and organizations.
  • Involvement in advocacy efforts, from the local to federal level.
  • Serve on BCSA committees.
  • Collaborate on big cat rescues.
  • Attend professional development conferences.
  • Engage in professional networking opportunities.
  • Discount on BCSA annual conference registration.
  • Make a difference for captive big cats!

Sanctuary Member

An establishment that provides lifelong care for abused, neglected, unwanted, impounded, abandoned, orphaned or displaced wild cats. Sanctuary members need not care exclusively for wild cats.

Membership qualifications for Sanctuary Members include:

  • 501 (c)(3) or 501 (c)(4) status.
  • Provide lifelong care for the animals.
  • Sanctuary does not engage in breeding.
  • No buying, selling, trading or loans of animals. Animal transfers only occur when in the best interest of the animals.
  • Animals are not euthanized to create space for other animals.
  • Animals are not taken off-site, except for medical purposes.
  • Animal transfers are only conducted when they are in the best interest of the individual animal.
  • No commercial use of animals (does not include sanctuary visitation or tours if a strong educational message is presented).
  • Possess local and state permits; federal permits where applicable.
  • Compliance with local/state/federal laws and regulations.
  • The public is not allowed to come into contact with the animals.
  • Access to appropriate veterinary care.
  • Practice protected contact with big cats. (Unprotected contact only in case of medical emergencies.)
  • For USDA licensed facilities, no direct violations in the past three years.
  • Agree to the BCSA Code of Conduct.
  • Support the mission of the BCSA.

Partner Member

An organization who supports the mission of the BCSA through advocacy, funding, or professional services, or provides related services, such as rehabilitation of native wild cats. Partner members must not engage in activities or messaging that conflict with the mission of the BCSA.

Membership qualifications for Partner Members include:

  • Support the mission of the BCSA.
  • Organization does not engage in activities or messaging that conflict with the goals of the BCSA.