Membership Overview

Thank you for your interest in the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance (BCSA), the only professional sanctuary organization advocating for the welfare of captive big cats.

Vision Statement

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


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

Organization Purpose

The Alliance will achieve its mission through the following activities:

  • Advocacy
  • National collaboration with other groups to improve the lives of wild cats in captivity
  • Assisting sanctuaries toward achieving professional, high-quality care.

Become a Member

There are two levels of membership:

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.

Partner Member

An organization or individual 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.

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