Guidelines for Membership

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Guidelines for Membership

Registration is Open and Free

The Big Cat Trust community welcomes all staff & volunteers of approved groups who support the preservation and care of big cats.

All Big Cat Trust member sanctuaries meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 501(c)3 non-profit organization
  • Operates a place of refuge only for abused, neglected, unwanted, impounded, abandoned, orphaned or displaced wildlife in need of lifetime care, or native wildlife held temporarily for rehabilitation/release
  • Does not conduct any commercial activity with respect to any animal of which the organization is an owner. Sanctuary visitation by the public has a strong educational element.
  • Does not buy, sell, trade, auction, lease, loan, or breed any animal of which the organization is an owner
  • Does not allow public contact with any wild animals
  • Does not take animals off property except for medically required or emergency reasons
  • Does not engage in activities or messaging that conflict with the guidelines stated

Partner organizations meet these minimum requirements:

  • Perform activities that directly benefit sanctuary members
  • Do not engage in activities or messaging that conflict with the guidelines stated above

If your organization meets these requirements and is interested in becoming a Big Cat Trust member, please contact example@bigcattrust.com. As a member of Big Cat Trust you will gain access to a variety of valuable resources as they become available, including educational materials that can be distributed to the public, advocacy tool kits, and discussion forums to share ideas and information with other Big Cat Trust members.

Other organizations wishing to join the information sharing website must meet these minimum requirements:

Performs activities that directly benefit sanctuary members;

Does not engage in activities or messaging that conflict with the guidelines stated above.

Administrators will investigate sanctuaries requesting membership through online investigation and discussion with existing members in the same geographical region to determine if they meet membership criteria.  Administrators are not infallible and cannot be expected to do site visits or follow up investigations to make sure sanctuaries continue to meet criteria.

In the event of disagreement about whether or not a group meets the membership criteria, the administrators will vote.  A majority is required for membership to be accepted.

Proposed changes to the above listed membership criteria will be presented to the entire group of members, who will vote on the proposed change.  Proposed changes to the above listed membership criteria will be voted on by a representative from each member organization.  A majority is required for the proposed changes to be accepted.

Start your application by contacting us here:  http://bigcattrust.com/register/

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